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Some Say Diamonds are Also a Resort’s Best Friend

For the first time in the property’s almost 50 year history, AAA has awarded Paradise Point Resort its coveted Four-Diamond award. The designation is presented to only three percent of the 32,000 hotels AAA reviews nationally, according to the Auto Club, which reviews establishments without giving any prior notification. Paradise Point is one of just 11 AAA Four-Diamond hotels of more than 250 San Diego properties in the area.

Known as San Diego’s Island Resort, the 462-room resort, owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties, and managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is located on a beautiful 44-acre island on Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego with tremendous appeal to both leisure and meeting travelers.

 “We’re honored and delighted to receive this enviable distinction.  As we continually strive to provide an exceptional and memorable experience for all of our guests, the AAA Four-Diamond Award is a powerful acknowledgment of our collective efforts,” said David Hall, General Manager of Paradise Point Resort. 

Even in the wake of the recent technological information explosion, AAA members and the rest of the traveling public still want and trust inspector evaluations. Both traveler generated satisfaction scores and professional quality ratings are important, according to the 2010 PhoCusWright Consumer Technology Survey. A full 68 percent of respondents noted each of these website features as influential in their travel planning decisions.

Since 1937, to provide better travel information for members, AAA employed its first inspectors, called field reporters, to evaluate and report on hotels and restaurants. In 1976 AAA introduced its current Diamond Rating System for hotels, using a diamond in honor of the association’s 75th anniversary.  Today, AAA’s professionally trained inspectors continue this practice as they inspect, approve and rate more than 59,000 hotels and restaurants to help ensure travelers have a positive experience.

Paradise Point completed a $20 million renovation in 2010, and features comfortable, California beach bungalow-style guest rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and meandering lagoons. The resort’s location offers guests one of the best settings for indoor and outdoor dining, offering spectacular views of Mission Bay. An Indonesian-themed spa transports guests into a pampered retreat with custom-designed spa services and rituals. Additional guest amenities include five swimming pools, five hard-surface tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an 18-hole putting course, a full-service marina, bicycle rentals, lawn croquet and a 1.3-mile jogging course.

The property’s central location and proximity to San Diego International Airport makes it a great escape for business travelers, as well as group and meeting attendees. Paradise Point’s 29 meeting and banquet rooms offer more than 32,000 square feet of indoor event space for group and social activities which are complimented by an additional 30,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space. Spacious meeting rooms overlook Mission Bay and provide a unique setting for both day and evening events.

Paradise Point’s convenient, beachfront location provides travelers’ with easy access to all of San Diego’s attractions. The resort is adjacent to SeaWorld Adventure Park and a short drive to Balboa Park where the world-famous San Diego Zoo is located. The hotel’s proximity to these attractions and its family-friendly amenities caught the attention of the editor’s at who designated the resort one of the “Top Ten Family Resorts in the World.”

About Paradise Point
Paradise Point is a AAA Four-Diamond 462-room bungalow-style resort set on Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego. Established in 1962 by famous Hollywood Director Jack Skirball, this island getaway features over one-mile of sandy beach encircling the resort, five swimming pools, a freshwater lake and tranquil lagoon. Among the resort’s various amenities are a luxurious Asian-themed spa, two dining venues, an 18-hole putting golf course, fitness center, and private marina equipped with sailboats, jet skis, kayaks and more. Secluded yet centrally located, the resort is just minutes from top attractions including SeaWorld, Old Town, the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. For more information, visit

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 8,200 guest rooms, 13 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.

For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

Media Contact:

Hilary Townsend
Townsend PR
(760) 333 - 3385

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