He said The Greenbrier resort "looks forward to revisiting this issue with AAA for next year and continuing the legacy of being America's resort."
The Mobil Travel Guide removed the Greenbrier's five-star rating in 2000. The guide is now known as the Forbes Travel Guide.
The ratings are based on unannounced on-site property evaluations by AAA inspectors. AAA spokeswoman Heather Hunter told The Associated Press that AAA doesn't discuss individual ratings or property inspections.
"The Greenbrier is one of the nation's most historic and notable hotels," Hunter said, "and we are proud to have it as AAA Approved and Four Diamond Rated hotel."
AAA awards five diamonds to properties that provide meticulous service, exceed guest expectations and maintain standards of excellence. Hunter defined four-diamond hotels as being "refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail."
Joining The Greenbrier resort on the four-diamond hotel list in West Virginia is Stonewall Resort in Lewis County and the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown.
The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the only hotel in the nation to earn AAA's Five Diamond Award every year since the rating system's inception in 1976. The Greenbrier and JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., enjoyed that status until this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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