The Lodge at Torrey Pines Earns AAA Five Diamond Award for 15th Consecutive Year
La Jolla Resort Celebrates Milestone in AAA Luxury Recognition
La Jolla, California (January 2017)—The Lodge at Torrey Pines, one of Southern California’s most recognizable resorts, has earned the 2017 AAA Five Diamond award for the 15th consecutive year. Since its opening in 2002, The Lodge has maintained its Five Diamond designation annually, based on the rigorous criteria put forth by AAA. Only .3 percent of the nation’s 59,000 hotel properties and restaurants earn the Five Diamond distinction, known as one of the travel industry’s most notable awards.
According to the Auto Club, AAA inspectors collectively visit some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week and conduct multiple unannounced evaluations of each property. In addition to evaluating the physical attributes of the resort, inspectors assess all aspects of guest service, from initial reservation through checkout, to determine if the hotel offers the custom service today’s luxury hotel guest expects.
“We are honored that we have been able to accomplish this milestone of 15 years in a row,” said Bill Gross, General Manager of The Lodge at Torrey Pines. “This achievement is a reflection of our dedicated staff who exemplify remarkable customer service on a daily basis, as well as our property’s craftsmanship and luxurious amenities.”
The Lodge at Torrey Pines has continued to build upon its notoriety within the past year. In summer 2016, The Lodge reopened its popular long-standing casual eatery, The Grill, following a $2.5 million renovation. The restaurant debuted its reinvigorated patio expansion overlooking the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, complete with five outdoor fire pit tables, an overhead wooden trellis, Craftsman teak furniture that doubled the outside capacity and an alfresco lounge. Alongside Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s revamped kitchen, The Grill introduced a new menu that pays homage to the Santa Maria style of slow cooking over an open fire. The pride and joy of Chef Jackson’s enhanced dining concept is a custom-built wood-fired grill and rotisserie anchoring the restaurant’s remodeled outdoor patio.
In fall 2016, the newly redesigned North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course also reopened as another exceptional amenity for guests, just steps away from the resort. Following a nine-month, $12.6 million improvement project by noted golf course architect Tom Weiskopf, the new North Course is accessible to amateur players but will still challenge PGA TOUR pros. The world-famous South Course, the North Course’s counterpart, is the site of the Farmers Insurance Open each January; it hosted the U.S. Open in 2008 and will again in 2021. The courses are open to the public and operated by the independent Torrey Pines Club Corporation.