AAA Four Diamond Award

Hyatt Regency Sacramento And Dawson’s Restaurant Earn AAA Four Diamond Awards

Hyatt Regency Sacramento hotel announced today that it has once again been awarded AAA Four Diamond Status.  In addition, Dawson’s Restaurant, located in the Hyatt, has also once again earned the Four Diamond distinction. The awards were announced Janaury 27, 2017.


AAA’s professionally trained inspectors use published guidelines to conduct unannounced hotel and restaurant evaluations, assigning Approved establishments a rating of One to Five AAA Diamonds. Four Diamond hotels account for 5.9 percent of the more than 28,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels; Four Diamond restaurants account for 2.1 percent of the nearly 31,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants.

When the Hyatt Regency opened its doors in 1988, it was a symbol of Sacramento’s emerging status as a major metropolis. Since opening, the Hyatt can certainly boast that nothing as large or inspiring has replaced the 15-story property as the largest hotel in town, nor challenged the Hyatt’s record of AAA Four Diamond Award status for the duration of a quarter century. In recent years the hotel has undergone a $20M transformation with renovations to the guestrooms in 2009, public areas in 2011 and Regency Ballroom in 2013. 


Located in the lobby, Dawson’s, has stayed true to its legacy of serving savory steaks and hearty side dishes.  The cuisine at Dawson's is prepared using the freshest local ingredients, with intriguing original creations and unexpected twists on American classics. Indulge in signature dishes like Bone-in Ribeye, Seafood Cioppino and Lobster Mac and Cheese prepared by Chef Michael Grande and his team. And no evening is complete without a slice of Vo’s Famous Carrot Cake, which is a favorite among regulars and been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 1988.


AAA designates Four Diamond Restaurants as those that “provide a distinctive fine-dining experience that is typically expensive. Surroundings are highly refined with upscale enhancements throughout. Highly creative chefs use imaginative presentations to augment fresh, top quality ingredients. A proficient service staff meets or exceeds guest expectations. A wine steward may offer menu-specific knowledge to guide selection”. This is certainly the case with Dawson’s and the Firehouse, the only other restaurant in the Sacramento area to earn the Four Diamond Award.


“The hotel has been proud to have been a Four Diamond Award winner since opening in 1988, but this is a momentous award for Dawson’s and a tribute to the part we play in the Farm-to-Fork movement in Sacramento” said Scott VandenBerg, general manager, Hyatt Regency Sacramento.


About AAA Diamond Ratings

AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity. It is the only rating system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and the only rating system that conducts professional, on-site evaluations using published guidelines weighted by member priorities.


Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants are listed in AAA trip planning products: the eTourBook® guides and AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the TripTik®Travel Planner and Travel Guides on and AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA/CAA offices.


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