Colorado gains another five-diamond hotel

The Ritz-Carlton in Denver is the newest Colorado hotel to receive AAA’s five-diamond award, the highest ranking. Four hotels in the state hold this award.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has held the five-diamond award since 1976. Only three other hotels in the nation have held that distinction for as long.

Other hotels in the state with a five-diamond rating are The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, in Beaver Creek, since 2005, and The Little Nell in Aspen, since 1991.

In addition, the Penrose Room restaurant at The Broadmoor once again received the state’s only five-diamond rating. It is Colorado’s only restaurant to hold both AAA’s  five-diamond and Forbes five-star rating.

With 51 million members, AAA evaluates 60,000 hotels, lodges and restaurants annually for its ratings.

AAA’s diamond ratings are the third most important consideration for travelers when they make vacation plans, according to a study conducted by InsightExpress. Cost was the leading attribute, with 85 percent citing its importance, followed by the presence of a pool, 52 percent, and AAA ratings, 49 percent.