2014 Four and Five Diamond establishments: Growing recognition, undeniable Quebec talent!

QUEBEC CITY, March 24, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - With 66 Four and Five Diamond restaurants and hotels, Quebec is home to one-quarter of all establishments in these categories in Canada: 2014's crop is highly impressive, capped by the addition of two new Five Diamond restaurants, La Tanière and Le Patriarche.

Four Diamonds: new blood
Quebec now has 38 hotels with the Four Diamond rating, including a new one, Le Saint-Martin Hôtel Particulier, located in Montreal. In the restaurant category, two new partners have joined the ranks of a select group that includes 23 establishments: Le Cheval de Jade and sEb l'artisan culinaire, both in Mont-Tremblant.

This annual honour, awarded by the Canadian and American Automobile Associations (CAA/AAA), recognizes the outstanding work of master restaurateurs and hoteliers, based on the most stringent criteria. "Scoring a Four Diamond rating is a feat in itself," says Richard Lachance, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAA-Quebec. "Maintaining it over the years, as is the case for many of the entrepreneurs honoured, is even more meaningful. It is an achievement that demands a tireless effort to meet the highest standards and excel in an ever-evolving world."

Five Diamonds: Quebec shines!
The induction of two celebrated Quebec City restaurants, La Tanière and Le Patriarche, into the Five Diamond club is a noteworthy event. Only 183 establishments of the 59,000 that participate in the program can display this highest honour—in a territory that includes Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. This reality demonstrates the very special value of achievements such as these.

"In 2014, only 14 new hotels and restaurants earned the Five Diamond rating," Mr. Lachance notes. "That two new Quebec restaurants have taken this ultimate step is quite exceptional. At this stage of their development, they must offer a superior product as well as wowing their clientele."

Along with Le Patriarche and La Tanière, Initiale in Quebec City and Le Baccara in Gatineau are among the Five Diamond-rated restaurants. The Ritz-Carlton in Montreal is the only hotel with a Five Diamond rating in Quebec.

Where to find them
In addition to the On the Road section of CAA-Quebec's website, One to Five Diamond hotels and restaurants in Quebec are listed in the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec TourBook, free for CAA-Quebec members.

About CAA-Quebec
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges to its 1,260,000 members.

SOURCE CAA-Québec

For further information:

Philippe St-Pierre
Assistant Director, Research and Public Affairs
418 624-2424, ext. 2418
Cell.: 418 580-1633
pstpierre@caaquebec.com