News: Colorado's Best Hotels for 2019

The Broadmoor remains the longest-running, luxury-rated hotel in the country.



DENVER (Feb. 5, 2019) – Four Colorado hotels have been awarded AAA's annual Five Diamond Rating, with three new hotels coming in at the Four Diamond level. That, according to AAA's 2019 Diamond Ratings, one of the longest-running and most-trusted distinctions in travel. 

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has kept its Five Diamond Rating for the 43rd consecutive year. First awarded when AAA introduced its Diamond Rating system in 1976, The Broadmoor is the only hotel in the world to have maintained its rating through the present day. The Little Nell in Aspen has received a Five Diamond Rating for 28 consecutive years. In Denver, The Ritz Carlton, Denver has been a Five Diamond property for nine consecutive years, while The Four Seasons Hotel, Denver has held the distinction for five straight years.

Five Diamond candidates undergo multiple unannounced evaluations by a AAA inspector and a final decision by a panel of experts. Inspectors meticulously evaluate guest services and physical attributes, closely examining the level of competence, refinement, and hospitality - from reservations to checkout.

Only 121 hotels, nationwide, earned the Five Diamond distinction - representing less than one half of one percent of the more than 27,000 AAA inspected hotels across North America.

Colorado is also home to 39 Four Diamond properties. All told, Four Diamond hotels, which represent just 6.3 percent of AAA inspected hotels, must be refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities, and a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. New to the Four Diamond list this year is the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, in Colorado Springs; The Oxford Hotel, in Denver, Vail's Hotel Talisa; and The Westin Westminster. 

"There are a lot of reasons to love living in Colorado," said AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley. "And, with this year's Diamond Awards, there are at least 43 reasons to plan a fantastic staycation at one of these dazzling properties."

Find the complete list of Colorado winners at For a full list of winners across North America, visit For the road trip of a lifetime, find a map of winners here

AAA Colorado will release its local Four and Five Diamond restaurant winners on February 14. 

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.

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.

About AAA Colorado

More than 685,000 members strong, AAA Colorado is the state's most-trusted advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 58 million members with travel, insurance, financial, and automotive-related services - as well as member-exclusive savings. For more information, visit