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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 5:24 am | Updated: 2:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

East Valley inns and their eateries picked up a few more diamonds this year than last. Mobil Travel Guides continue to snub posh Scottsdale resorts when doling out stars, but AAA has bestowed the top-tier five-diamond rating on five Arizona hotels — all in the Scottsdale area — and four restaurants, one each in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, and the newest, Kai, at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort on the Gila River Indian Community.

“Four and five diamonds represent the best of the best, and the five-diamond (designation) is really significant. Less than a quarter of a percent of the properties get five,” said Linda Gorman, AAA Arizona pokeswoman. “Scottsdale (area) has more than Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami. The state of Arizona, and Scottsdale in particular, has really risen to world-class status.”

And Camelback Inn has earned a full five gems every year since the awards began 31 years ago, Gorman said.

Arizona also picked up three new four diamond restaurants, all of them in the East Valley, and five new four-diamond hotels.

How they ranked 5 diamonds

• AAA five-diamond awards in Arizona (number of consecutive years on the list):


• The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa, Carefree (18 years)

• Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (16 years)

• Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort at Troon North (6 years)

• JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley (31 years)

How they ranked

4 diamond hotels

• Four-diamond hotels in or near the East Valley (number of consecutive years on list)

• Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix (3 years)

• Caleo Resort & Spa, Scottsdale (1 year)

• CopperWynd Resort and Club, Fountain Hills (5 years)

• Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas (4 years)

• Hotel Valley Ho (1 year)

• Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch (19 years)

• JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix (4 years)

• Pointe South Mountain Resort, Ahwatukee Foothills (5 years)

• Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino, Fort McDowell Indian Community (1 year)

• The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix (2 years)

• Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Phoenix (9 years)

• Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley (5 years)

• Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountain (4 years)

• Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center (3 years)

• Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Gila River Indian Community (4 years)

• The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Phoenix (4 years)

4 diamond restaurants

• Four-Diamond restaurants (number of years on list)

• Acacia, Four Seasons Scottsdale (7 years)

• Alchemy at CopperWynd, Fountain Hills (4 years)

• The Chaparral, JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Paradise Valley (17 years)

• Deseo, Westin Kierland, Phoenix (4 years)

• Elements Restaurant, Sanctuary, Paradise Valley (5 years)

• La Hacienda, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (14 years)

• Latilla Dining Room, Boulders Resort, Carefree (13 years)

• Latitude 30, Pointe South Mountain Resort, Ahwatukee Foothills (1 year)

• Lon’s at the Hermosa, Paradise Valley (1 year)

• Michael’s at the Citadel, Scottsdale (3 years)

• Mosaic, Scottsdale (3 years)

• Palm Court, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center (3 years)

• Ristorante Tuscany, JW Marriott Resort at Desert Ridge, Phoenix (4 years)

• T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Phoenix (3 years)

• The Terrace Dining Room, The Phoenician, Phoenix (12 years)

• Vu, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch (2 years)

• Windows on the Green, Phoenician, (1 year)

• Wright’s, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix (5 years)

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