Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle receives AAA Four Diamond Award for Second Consecutive Year
Published Date : 12 Nov 2008
SEATTLE – (November 2008) – Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, which opened in 2007 in the city’s South Lake Union district, once again received the AAA Travel Guide’s Four Diamond Award for 2008. This prestigious award is bestowed upon a select group of hotels and restaurants. The AAA Diamond Awards are one of the oldest and most widely distributed rating standards in the hospitality industry.
“We are honored to receive this award from AAA and it feels like icing on the cake to receive it upon the hotel’s second anniversary,” said Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle General Manager David Sullivan. “To maintain our standards of excellence for the second year in operation demonstrates our commitment to offer the best personalised service to our guests and being a leader in the industry.”
The assignment of a AAA rating of One to Five Diamonds marks the completion of a successful annual evaluation. All properties must first meet AAA's rigorous requirements and guidelines during an evaluation by one of AAA's 65 full-time professional inspectors to become AAA Approved. The inspectors visit more than 50,000 lodgings, campgrounds, restaurants, and attractions each year throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Tourism editors conduct unannounced evaluations of lodgings and restaurants, scrutinizing such areas as cleanliness, ambiance, amenities, and service.
AAA's Diamond Rating System is the only rating system that covers all of North America and one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations. It is the only system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis using a set of guidelines that are made available to all establishments.
AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity. AAA considers and investigates member feedback during reviews, but does not depend on guest opinions to derive a rating. In addition, AAA provides travelers the opportunity to post comments about their experiences at AAA Approved establishments.
AAA has included lodging information in its travel publications since the early 1900s. The association began rating hotels and other accommodations in 1963, adopting the current 'Diamond' rating systems in 1977 in celebration of AAA's 75th anniversary. Evaluations and Diamond ratings of restaurants began in 1986.
Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
As Seattle’s premiere urban destination, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle features 160 superbly appointed, Hirsch Bedner-designed guest rooms and suites, premium bedding and furnishings, including Hypnos Royalty mattresses, flat screen plasma HDTVs with premium movie channels, Internet radio, complimentary wireless Internet access, and accommodating working spaces.
The 2008 AAA 4-Diamond award recipient also offers a full service fitness center, 5,405 square feet of luxurious meeting and event space and a sleek, modern library lounge serving cocktails, meals and light snacks, as well as 24-hour private dining. Distinguished with an East meets West theme; sleek modernity is apparent through a mix of zebra-wood furnishings and decor in muted hues of taupe, slate, and cream. Guests will enjoy views of city lights, Lake Union and the Space Needle.
Part of the exclusive 2200 complex featuring Vida Spa, Whole Foods Market®, Starbucks and many more retail outlets all conveniently located in the plaza, and within walking distance of Seattle’s Central Business District, Nordstrom’s flagship retail store, Pacific Place upscale shopping center and scenic Lake Union. Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle is setting a new standard for excellence in the Pacific Northwest with personalized service and amenities within a prime location in downtown's cultural epicenter. Thriving retail, office and residential activity is now conveniently connected by the new Seattle Streetcar, providing access to nearby hubs including Westlake Center and South Lake Union Park.
About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts
Headquartered in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is a leading hotel management company in the Pacific Rim and is part of the UOL Group, one of Singapore’s largest hotel and property companies. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has been recognised by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 25 hotel companies demonstrating social responsibility and has won esteemed accolades such as World Travel Awards, Best Business Hotel in Asia, Condé Nast Gold List and Readers Choice Awards. It has a portfolio of 16 hotels and resorts throughout Asia and North America, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance. For more information, visit panpacific.com