Mirbeau Inn & Spa, located on Genesee Street in Skaneateles, has once again secured the prestigious Four Diamond Award from the prominent and trusted American Automobile Association (AAA). In a ceremony held at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, Mirbeau was recognized as a Four Diamond accommodation winner while Giverny, the restaurant which accompanies the Inn and Spa, received the Four Diamond restaurant award.
According to Wally Smith, Vice President of the Western and Central New York chapter of AAA, "Four Diamond winners are members of an elite group, demonstrating unwavering commitment to superior hospitality--attentive service, premier comfort, impressive surroundings, and an extensive selection of amenities."
More than 60,000 locations are visited yearly by AAA tourism editors, where they are evaluated for Four Diamond eligibility. Mirbeau is one of 17 New York accommodations outside of New York City recognized for the award. Giverny Restaurant shares the honor with only 12 other restaurants in Upstate New York. Less than 3 percent of the all locations assessed receive the four diamond rating. Mirbeau General Manager Brent Truax believes that recognition for awards like the Four Diamond contributes to the overall reputation of the destination and inspires interest in the entire region. "This award brings deserved attention to the Central New York area, where retreat destinations are generally overlooked. Very few locations outside of New York City achieve such high-end status, and this kind of recognition makes people realize that world-class amenities are no more than a car ride away," explains Truax.
Giverny Food and Beverage Manager Dave Lenweaver has worked at the restaurant on and off since 2001. Lenweaver points out that it is exceptional for an entire property to be graced with this prestigious award. "AAA standards require that a very difficult set of criteria be met." Lenweaver observed, adding that in addition to the Four Diamond Awards, the Inn, Spa, and Restaurant were also winners of the 2008 Mobile Four Star award in January. "There are only a handful of destinations in the country with both an AAA Four Diamond and a Mobile Four Star rating. We are the only location in Upstate New York," Lenweaver noted.