The Heathman Hotel, Restaurant and Spa-Kirkland announced they received the AAA Travel Guide’s Four Diamond Award, according to a Oct. 15 press release. The prestigious award is given to a select group of hotels and restaurants based on standards of comfort, cleanliness, and hospitality. Started in 1977, the AAA Diamond Awards are one of the oldest and most widely distributed rating standards in the travel industry.
“We are thrilled to receive this honor from AAA, and the timing is impeccable as we mark the first anniversary of the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland’s unveiling,” said Les Utley, general manager. “To have achieved one of the Association’s highest rankings in our first year of operation is a true testament to the original vision for the property as well as to the ongoing commitment of our staff to pamper each guest.”
Opened in October 2007, the Heathman Hotel in downtown Kirkland was one of more than 60,000 lodgings and restaurants throughout North America evaluated by AAA professional inspectors. Less than 4 percent of evaluated properties met the rigorous standards to earn an AAA Four Diamond Award. Kirkland’s other high-end hotel at Carillon Point, The Woodmark, is also a Four Diamond winner for 19 years running. Bellevue’s Club, Hyatt Regency and Westin hotels are also Four Diamond winners.
“AAA Four Diamond lodgings – such as the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland – are part of an elite group that continues to set the standard for personal service, first-class amenities and exquisite surroundings,” said Steve Pomranz, AAA’s Travel Services vice president. “The care that the Heathman Hotel’s staff takes ensures that their guests will have an experience they will never forget.”
Their highest award — Five Diamonds — is rarely given. The only hotel in the Puget Sound to hold that distinction is The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.