The Hotel du Pont and Green Room in Wilmington, Del., have once again received the coveted AAA Four Diamond Awards. The Green Room is being honored for its 27th year, the longest consecutive run since 1985, of a AAA Four Diamond rating. The Hotel's impressive 36 years on the list easily exceeds many newcomers in far larger cities, such as Chicago and New York City.
Approximately 32,000 hotels in North America and the Caribbean hold AAA diamonds, but far fewer maintain a level of service exceptional enough to claim four or five diamonds.
According to AAA, four diamond restaurants “reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients.” Refined, yet comfortable ambiance, upscale design and a knowledgeable wine steward to offer wine pairing suggestions for the meal also contribute to the Four Diamond rating. AAA Hotels must “be upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”
The Hotel du Pont recognition doesn't stop there. Lisa Bolten, director of Hospitality, was named “Hotelier of the Year” for the Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association's Stars of the Industry Award.
George Fiorile, chairman of the DH&LA, said that the awards are given to “dedicated and talented people whose professionalism and commitment to service exemplify the higher standards in our industry and make the lodging industry in Delaware so successful.” In addition, Lisa was named Maitre de Table Hotelier of the Delaware Chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs in January 2012. The Chaine, an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in the 1950s, includes members from more than 80 countries who share a passion for fine dining, unique international cuisines and great wines.