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CHARLOTTE, NC. February 24, 2017 – The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is celebrating receipt of its seventh consecutive AAA Five Diamond award, this time for 2017. The accolade signals that the hotel has retained its highest-level AAA ranking based upon meeting rigorous standards of service, facilities and amenities which the travel organization associates with the finest luxury hotels. Only 0.4 percent of the nearly 28,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels receive Five Diamond designation, and for this year, only 89 properties in North America have earned Five Diamonds. The Ritz-Carlton is the sole Charlotte recipient of the award.

"We are deeply honored to receive a AAA Five Diamond award for 2017,” said David Rothwell, General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. “This distinction is a tribute to the Ladies and Gentlemen who create the guest experience at our hotel every day. The team’s commitment to our guests, our community and each other shines very brightly in these Diamonds."

David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas, further explains the significance of the award: “AAA Five Diamond lodgings and hotels offer the highest level of hospitality in the most luxurious surroundings. These properties are unique, enticing and extraordinary – complemented by an extensive array of personalized services that consistently exceed the expectations of even the most refined traveler.”

The repeat AAA Five Diamond rating for The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is complemented by its February 2017 receipt of a coveted Forbes Four Star award, and by designation as the #1 hotel in Charlotte, as announced earlier this month by US News & World Report. The accolades come on the heels of the hotel’s successful opening of Kinship, which was unveiled in January 2017 and which is now revolutionizing the lobby lounge experience for the luxury hotel sector. Also new on the lobby level, the innovative Hidden Wine boutique has recently opened, presenting a transformative wine purchasing experience for Charlotteans as well as hotel guests.

For further information about The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and its Kinship lounge, Punch Room, Bar Cocoa, Cocoa Lab and Spa & Wellness Center, please call +1-704-547-2244, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte or engage directly with the hotel at https://www.facebook.com/ritzcarltoncharlotte. For room reservations, call 1-800-241-3333 toll-free, visit the hotel website, or contact a travel professional. The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is located at 201 East Trade Street, at the corner of Trade and College Streets in the heart of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.