AAA has awarded Bellagio Resort and Casino the Five Diamond Award for a 12th consecutive year. Bellagio was the first resort in Las Vegas to achieve this milestone in 2001.
To be considered for AAA rating and approval, lodgings and restaurants undergo evaluations by AAA/CAA's full-time tourism inspectors. Five Diamond establishments go through a much more extensive review. AAA experts judge lodgings on the exterior of the facility, public areas, guest rooms, amenities and bathrooms.
Less than one-half percent of more than 31,000 hotels and less than one-quarter percent of 26,000 restaurants achieve Five Diamond status, according to information released by Bellagio Friday.
"The AAA Five Diamond Award serves as a symbol for the highest level of excellence within North America's hospitality industry and to preserve this pinnacle of distinction year after year is an important achievement for all of us at Bellagio," said Randy Morton, president and COO of Bellagio. "The Five Diamonds are a testament to the dedication and impeccable service our entire team provides on a daily basis to ensure every guest has a first-class experience at our beautiful resort."
Julian Serrano's restaurant, Picasso, garnered its 12th AAA Five Diamond Award this year while Le Cirque, by the Maccioni family, earned the award for the 10th consecutive year. Bellagio remains the only hotel in the U.S. with two AAA Five Diamond restaurants under one roof.
Cynthia Harris, AAA Nevada spokesperson, said, "Bellagio is a consistent leader in the hospitality industry, representing the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. By earning the AAA Five Diamond rating once again, Bellagio continues to demonstrate its impeccable standards of excellence while offering an unmatched commitment to guest service."
Restaurants are evaluated on criteria including food, service, décor and ambiance.
Bellagio is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).
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