Five lodging properties, one restaurant in Myrtle Beach area earn AAA Four Diamond rating

dbryant@thesunnews.comFebruary 17, 2014 

Cypress Inn

George Bullock, co-owner of the Cypress Inn in Conway on the porch of the popular B&B located along the Riverwalk in October 2012. The Sun News file photo


All five lodging properties and one restaurant along the Grand Strand that made the cut as AAA Four Diamond properties this year have been in the four diamond club previously.

The exclusive rating - given to only 34 hotels and 14 restaurants in South Carolina -- signal a high level of service at properties that pass AAA’s rigorous test, which includes a specially trained evaluator staying overnight or dining in the restaurant incognito.

Nationally, AAA annually inspects 59,000 properties, and only 3.4 percent get the Four Diamond rating, said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.

“AAA’s requirements for a Four Diamond rating are rigorous, and those that achieve this designation are among the finest hotels and restaurants in the world,” Parsons said in a news release.

The Four Diamond properties in Horry County for 2014, and the number of years each has had the rating:

• North Beach Plantation, three years

• Mar Vista Grande, four years

• Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, seven years

• Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes, nine years

• The Cypress Inn in Conway, 16 years

• Divine Prime restaurant, five years

Charleston has the most Four Diamond properties in the state, 13 hotels and 10 restaurants.

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