AAA Alabama today awarded the largest number of diamonds in Alabama ever to one group – The Retirement Systems of Alabama. Executives from the Resort Collection on the RTJ Golf Trail were presented eight Four Diamond Awards from AAA Alabama. “With six hotels and two restaurants receiving this honor on the same day, this is definitely a record for Alabama,” said Clay Ingram, AAA Alabama spokesperson. “From the Grand Hotel, a long-time recipient of the Four Diamond Award, to Renaissance Riverview Plaza in Mobile receiving the honor for the first time, RSA has done a great deal to improve the hospitality level in our state and for our AAA members.”
RTJ Golf Trail Resort Collection (RSA owned) Four Diamond Ratings include:
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza, in Mobile- 1st year (2012)
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center, in Montgomery – 2 years
The Battle House, A Renaissance Hotel, in Mobile – 3 years
Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa, in Florence – 4 years
Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, in Hoover – 5 years
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, in Point Clear – 31 years
The Grand Dining Room, in Point Clear – 3 years
The Trellis Room, in Mobile – 3 years
“Our goal behind the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and its Resort Collection is to bring new tourists and businesses to Alabama,” said Dr. David G. Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, which owns six of the hotels and two restaurants featured on the AAA Four Diamond list. “Guests are coming to Alabama from around the world and experiencing Four Diamond properties, cuisine and service. Tourism is changing the perception of Alabama within our state and internationally. We are pleased to be a leading player in this growing industry and continue to work very hard in maintaining our Four Diamond recognitions.” Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA Four and Five Diamond establishments make up just 3.5 percent and 0.28 percent, respectively, of the 59,000 AAA/CAA Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
“Four and Five Diamond lodgings and restaurants represent the best the hospitality industry has to offer,” said Ingram. “These properties consistently deliver a high level of personal comfort and attention to every guest. To achieve and maintain these ratings is a commendable accomplishment, and we are honored to present these establishments with the Four Diamond Award designation for 2011.” AAA Four and Five Diamond lodgings offer guests a wide range of amenities and services. Restaurants at this level feature a distinctive fine dining experience and complex menus.
For more information on the Resort Collection on the RTJ Golf Trail please see www.pchresorts.com.