The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is celebrating its achievement of obtaining an AAA Four Diamond Rating, placing it among the best in the country according to the travel organization’s inspection standards.

The hotel is owned by Auburn University and managed by The Ithaka Hospitality Partners. It has 236 guestrooms and suites, as well as 27,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting and event space.

Located at 241 S. College St., the hotel is adjacent to the new South College parking deck.

AAA’s Four Diamond hotels account for just 6.3 percent of the more than 27,000 AAA-inspected and approved Diamond Rated hotels, assessed on comfort, cleanliness, security and available services and amenities.

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is one of only a select few properties in the state of Alabama, and the only in Auburn, to attain the rating.

Named by Auburn University President Jay Gogue as “The front door to Auburn” when he first arrived on campus, the hotel provides a competitive advantage for the university by helping to provide prospective students and their parents, faculty, staff, athletes, speakers, members of the media and donors to campus a highly rated luxury hotel, according to its promotional materials.

The hotel also serves as a teaching facility for Auburn University’s Hospitality Management Program, providing students hands-on experience.

“We enjoy a wonderful partnership with Auburn University. Without their commitment and support, this Four Diamond rating would not have been possible. We are thrilled,” said Hans van der Reijden, Ithaka Hospitality Partners Founder and CEO. “What excites me the most about this award is that our team members are recognized for the exceptional service they’ve given to our guests, our university and our community.”

Susan Hubbard, dean of the Auburn University College of Human Sciences, praised the hotel for its achievements.

“Our Auburn hospitality management students have the unique opportunity to learn the best practices in hospitality at The Hotel at Auburn University, a true diamond standard of the industry,” Hubbard said. “The invaluable lessons learned in the classroom, paired with the premium service experience gained at the hotel, give our hospitality management students a competitive edge in the flourishing hospitality industry.

“This is a much-deserved accolade for Ithaka Hospitality Partners and the entire Hotel at Auburn University team.”

The hotel was informed of its Four Diamond Rating in a July 3 letter from Michael Petrone, of AAA.

“We are proud to acknowledge The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center as one of North America’s most select accommodations,” he said.

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