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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 12:45 am | Updated: 6:08 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Camelback Inn kept its five-diamond rating for the 32nd year in a row, and The Phoenician snagged a record double dose.

The Phoenician, the elegant east Phoenix resort with a Scottsdale address, earned a whole handful of gems from AAA, which annually rates U.S. hotels and restaurants for its travel guides.

And so did the ultra-tony resort within the resort, Canyon Suites at The Phoenician.

AAA Arizona doled out diamonds at a reception Tuesday at the Hotel Valley Ho, the hip downtown Scottsdale retreat that is a repeat four-diamond winner.

Six Arizona resorts, including the double-regaled Phoenician, and three restaurants earned the five-diamond designation.

All of the highest heralded hotels and two of the top-tier restaurants are in the East Valley.

The auto club also bestowed four diamonds on 36 Arizona hotels and 30 restaurants.

The national awards won’t be announced for a week, so it’s too soon to know how the local destination fared compared to other tourist favorites

Last year, the Scottsdale area earned more diamonds than travel hot spots Chicago, Las Vegas or Miami.

East Valley AAA Diamond Award Winners

Five Diamond Hotels:

Camelback Inn, Paradise Valley

Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale

The Boulders Resort, Carefree

Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, Phoenix

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale

The Phoenician, Phoenix

Five Diamond Restaurants:

Kai, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Gila River Indian Community

Mary Elaine’s, The Phoenician

Four Diamond Hotels:

Arizona Biltmore Resort, Phoenix

CopperWynd Resort, Fountain Hills

Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, Paradise Valley

FireSky Resort, Scottsdale

Hilton Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale

Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale

Hyatt Regency Resort, Scottsdale

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix

Pointe South Mountain Resort, Ahwatukee

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, Fort McDowell Indian Community

Royal Palms Resort, Phoenix

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountain, Scottsdale

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Gila River Indian Community

Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

Westin Kierland Resort, Phoenix

Four Diamond Restaurants:

Acacia, Four Seasons, Scottsdale

Alchemy, CopperWynd, Fountain Hills

Asia de Cuba, Mondrian, Scottsdale

Bistro 24, Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

Deseo, Westin Kierland, Phoenix

Elements, Sanctuary, Paradise Valley

La Hacienda, Fairmont, Scottsdale

Latilla Dining Room, Boulders, Carefree

Latitude 30, Pointe South Mountain, Ahwatukee

Lon’s, Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley

Mosaic, Scottsdale

Palm Court, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center

Ristorante Tuscany, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix

T Cook’s, Royal Palms, Phoenix

The Terrace Dining Room, Phoenician, Phoenix

Vu, Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale

Windows on the Green, Phoenician, Phoenix

Wright’s, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix

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