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Christine Delise
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AAA has unveiled nine Maryland hotels that earned the AAA Four Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying these properties for the 2018 Four Diamond Award list.  Two hotels have been added to this year’s list: The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore and MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill.


2018 AAA Four Diamond Maryland Lodging Award Recipients


  • Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore (2012)
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore (2011)
  • Royal Sonesta Harbor Court (2015)
  • The Ivy Hotel (2017 – newly designated)


  • Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina (2003)


  • Rocky Gap Casino Resort (2001)

 National Harbor

  • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (2008)

 Ocean City

  • Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites (2008)

 Oxon Hill

  • MGM National Harbor (2017 – newly designated)

(Note, year in parentheses indicates year hotel first received current, consecutively maintained Diamond rating).


A total of 1,676 hotels throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean received the Four Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2018 list.  Four Diamond hotels account for 6.1 percent of the more than 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved and Diamond Rated hotels.


To earn a Four Diamond designation, properties must be refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.


“AAA Four Diamond recipients recognize the importance of customer satisfaction as they consistently deliver superior personal service, first-class amenities and impressive surroundings,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “After 80 years, the AAA Diamond Ratings system continues to be recognized as the most trusted rating process for North American restaurants and lodgings.”


AAA began field inspections of lodgings and restaurants in 1937, then went to a formal rating system in 1963 that in 1976 evolved into the Diamond Rating system for lodgings. (The Diamond Ratings for restaurants started in 1985.)


The AAA inspectors who assign these ratings have a wide range of hospitality experience – their resumes include stints as hotel managers and food and beverage experts – that gives them an authoritative perspective. Inspectors provide an unmatched first-person, on-site view of emerging trends, which includes the continuing evolution of technology to elevate the guest experience.


 To see the complete lists of 2018 AAA Four and Five Diamond Hotels, visit


About AAA Inspections

For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.


Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online AAA Travel Guides and Travel Planner and the AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.

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