5 Colorado Hotels Newly Designated with AAA’s Four Diamond Award

The Maven Hotel
The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block in downtown Denver.

Today, AAA Colorado announced that 47 hotels and 19 restaurants in Colorado have been awarded AAA’s Four or Five Diamond Designation — two of the most coveted, well-known, and respected distinctions in hospitality. While four hotels maintained their position in the Five Diamond program, five Colorado properties joined the ranks for the first time.

“There are a lot of reasons to love living in Colorado,” said AAA Colorado Spokesman Skyler McKinley. “That 66 Colorado properties placed at the top of AAA’s transformed Diamond Program helps cement our top-tier status as a travel destination of global significance. These hotels and restaurants consistently exceed expectations by providing their guests highly personalized, memorable experiences. There’s no question that they represent the upper echelon of their industry.”

Denver-based Johnson Nathan Strohe designed the 172 guest rooms at The Maven Hotel.

Four hotels maintained their position in the Five Diamond program, which includes just 0.4 percent of the nearly 27,000 properties AAA reviews every year. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has kept its Five Diamond designation for the 44th consecutive year. First awarded when AAA unveiled its Diamond system in 1976, The Broadmoor is the only hotel in the world to have maintained its rating through the present day. In Aspen, The Little Nell has received a Five Diamond rating for 29 consecutive years. In Denver, The Ritz-Carlton this year celebrates ten years of its Five Diamond designation, while the Four Seasons Hotel has held the distinction for six straight years.

For the first time, five Colorado properties joined the ranks — which include just 6.5 percent of the nearly 27,000 AAA Diamond lodgings and are noted for their upscale style and amenities enhanced with the right touch of service.

  • Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, Aurora. Inspector notes: This massive property has an impressive atrium with a nine-story window offering views of the mountains and downtown. Guest rooms feature a rustic decor with custom artwork. While the property has all that a guest may desire such as multiple restaurants, pools and a spa, the location is quite remote.
  • The Lodge at Flying Horse, Colorado Springs. Inspector notes: This expansive resort features a pristine golf course surrounded by mountains. A variety of amenities, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center and spa, appeal to both business and leisure guests. Upscale guest rooms offer either a balcony or patio.
  • Kimpton Hotel Born, Denver. Inspector notes: This hotel is centrally located and steps away from Union Station. Guest rooms have an urban rustic aesthetic and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete ceilings and custom headboards.
  • The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block, Denver. Inspector notes: This unique hotel anchors the stylish Dairy Block and boasts over 400 pieces of local art. Guest rooms vary in style but all feature industrial elements, large windows and exposed concrete ceilings.
  • Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride. Inspector notes:  Admire the ski-slope view from the floor-to-ceiling lobby windows with your favorite apres-ski beverage. Feel at home with your friends or family in the spacious two- and three-bedroom condos. Leave your car and take the 15 minute sky ride gondola to downtown while enjoying remarkable views. Transportation is provided to and from the Montrose and Telluride airports.

How the Designations Work

To earn the coveted AAA Five Diamond designation, hotels and restaurants must pass a rigorous evaluation that includes unannounced, in-person inspections, anonymous overnight stays for hotels, and, finally, review by a panel of experts as an additional step to ensure credibility. All AAA Diamond Program hotels and restaurants are re-evaluated annually to ensure they provide the best experience for travelers and diners.

To see the complete lists of 2020 AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants, visit

Photos courtesy of Johnson Nathan Strohe

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