In honor of the summer slowly crawling towards an end, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) is honoring those families looking for one more family vacation fling by posting the results of a survey they put to their lodging and restaurant inspectors in search of the ideal family hotel.
Although not explicitly numbered, the second spot on the released list of the top ten is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (a 3-diamond resort) located at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
According to the report, ‘If your kids love animals, this is the place for them. Hundreds of animals are represented in the 40 plus acre wildlife sanctuary, and can be seen roaming about the savannahs from various locations around the hotel. Rooms with balconies can get a round-the-clock view of these wonderful creatures. The resort caters to kids, both old and young. The authentic African architecture is carried through the entire property, and interactive exhibits make learning fun for the kids. Kids’ programs run all year long. This resort is very popular and very busy 365 days of the year.’
For more information on the report as well as the complete list of all hotels recommended by AAA inspectors for families, click here.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 24, 2009 – For the 10th year in a row, Victoria & Albert’s restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award. As one of only 52 restaurants to receive this symbol of excellence in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Victoria & Albert’s delivers “haute cuisine” with seven-course prix-fixed menus, wine pairings and the finest ingredients from the world market.
At the helm of this critically-acclaimed restaurant is 15-year Victoria & Albert’s veteran, Chef de Cuisine Scott Hunnel.
“It takes every individual on the team to achieve such a great honor consistently, from the reservationists to the wait staff and culinary team,” remarked Hunnel about reaching this prestigious milestone. “The secret to our success is realizing that it’s a continuous journey of reinvention in the restaurant and what we’re doing today has to be better tomorrow.”
Only 0.27 percent of AAA’s 60,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants in North America received this honor for 2010. According to AAA’s ratings guidelines, to achieve Five Diamond status, restaurants must “consistently provide a world-class experience.”