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Mobil Travel Guide Announces the 2007 Mobil Awards

Only 53 hotels and restaurants in the United States and Canada reach Mobil Five-Star level; Las Vega

NOVEMBER 9, 2006. Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the Mobil Five-Star ratings program and certifications, today unveiled its list of Mobil Four- and Five-Star hotels and restaurants for 2007. For the first time in Mobil Travel Guide's 49 years of evaluating hotels and restaurants, a Las Vegas hotel, The Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, earned a Mobil Five-Star rating. Four other hotels and three restaurants also are new additions to the Mobil Five-Star category. The complete list of Mobil Star award winners and updated, comprehensive reviews written by Mobil Travel Guide's experts are available exclusively at www.mobiltravelguide.com.

"Mobil Travel Guide's rating process minimizes subjectivity, enabling us to provide expert, objective guidance that travelers can trust," said Shane O'Flaherty, Vice President of Quality Assurance for Mobil Travel Guide. "Because our process is the most stringent on the market today, the results - the 53 Mobil Star-rated properties we recognize today - are rightfully in a class of their own."

In addition to The Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, new members of the Mobil Five-Star hotel list are St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach (Dana Point, California); Mandarin Oriental, New York; St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco; The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, the first Mobil Five-Star hotel in Tennessee.

Newcomers to the Mobil Five-Star restaurant category are Alinea (Chicago), Alex (Las Vegas), and Joel Robuchon at The Mansion (Las Vegas).

Six hotels and thirteen restaurants are making first-time appearances on the Mobil Four-Star list, which honors properties with outstanding service in all areas of the dining and lodging experience.

Mobil Travel Guide's proprietary ratings process is based on more than 750 standardized criteria for hotels and more than 250 for restaurants, making it the most rigorous and comprehensive in the industry. The process begins with a facility inspection that considers every aspect of the property, including its overall cleanliness, condition and location. To achieve Mobil Four- and Five-Star status, properties must then meet or exceed Mobil's bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation conducted by Mobil Travel Guide's expert inspectors. The service evaluation focuses on the myriad of details that combine to create the "overall guest experience," such as whether the inspector was greeted by a valet within sixty seconds upon arriving at a hotel or offered a beverage within sixty seconds after being seated at a restaurant.

In conjunction with today's announcement, Mobil Travel Guide's website (www.mobiltravelguide.com) has been re-launched to simplify and enhance online travel research and planning for consumers. HowStuffWorks, Mobil Travel Guide's exclusive online publisher, introduced new features and a streamlined interface on the site, giving users easy access to expert inspector reviews and consumers' opinions of thousands of hotels, restaurants, and spas, as well as comprehensive destination guides for popular cities in the United States and Canada.

2007 MOBIL TRAVEL GUIDE FOUR- AND FIVE-STAR LODGING AND RESTAURANT AWARD WINNERS

ARIZONA

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa, Carefree

  • Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Scottsdale

  • The Phoenician, Scottsdale

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, Phoenix

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Acacia, Scottsdale

  • Mary Elaine's, Scottsdale

  • Ventana Room, Tucson

  • Vu, Scottsdale

CALIFORNIA

Five-Star Lodgings

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

  • Chateau du Sureau, Oakhurst

  • Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, San Francisco

  • Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

  • The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills

  • Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills

  • The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, San Francisco

  • St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, San Francisco

  • St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, Dana Point

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Bacara Resort and Spa, Santa Barbara

  • Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley

  • Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga

  • Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach

  • Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

  • Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto, East Palo Alto

  • Four Seasons Resort Aviara, North San Diego, Carlsbad

  • Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

  • The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach

  • The Inn on Mount Ada, Avalon

  • The Island Hotel, Newport Beach

  • The Lodge at CordeValle, San Martin

  • The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla

  • Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, San Francisco

  • Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena

  • Montage Resort and Spa, Laguna Beach

  • Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

  • Rancho Valencia Resort, Rancho Santa Fe

  • The Regent Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Half Moon Bay

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa, Pasadena

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Niguel

Five-Star Restaurants

  • The Dining Room, San Francisco

  • The French Laundry, Yountville

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Aqua, San Francisco

  • Auberge du Soleil, St. Helena

  • The Belvedere, Beverly Hills

  • Campton Place Dining Room, San Francisco

  • Cyrus, Healdsburg

  • Erna's Elderberry House, Oakhurst

  • Fleur De Lys, San Francisco

  • Gary Danko, San Francisco

  • La Folie, San Francisco

  • Laurel, San Diego

  • L'Orangerie, Los Angeles

  • Manresa, Los Gatos

  • Masa's, San Francisco

  • Melisse, Santa Monica

  • Ortolan, Los Angeles

  • Patina, Los Angeles

  • The Restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

  • Sierra Mar Restaurant, Big Sur

  • Sona, Los Angeles

  • Stonehill Tavern, Dana Point

  • Terra, St. Helena

  • The Village Pub, Woodside

COLORADO

Five-Star Lodgings

  • The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

  • The Little Nell, Aspen

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Brown Palace Hotel, Denver

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Avon

  • St. Regis Resort Aspen, Aspen

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Flagstaff House Restaurant, Boulder

  • Mirabelle at Beaver Creek, Vail

  • Montagna, Aspen

  • Penrose Room, Colorado Springs

  • Restaurant Kevin Taylor, Denver

CONNECTICUT

Five-Star Lodging

  • The Mayflower Inn, Washington

DC

Five-Star Lodging

  • Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C. , Washington, D.C.

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C.

  • Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.

Four-Star Restaurants

  • CityZen, Washington, D.C.

  • Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, D.C.

  • Palena, Washington, D.C.

FLORIDA

Five-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Palm Beach

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Naples

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Manalapan

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach

  • Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Miami

  • Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach

  • Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Miami

  • The Peabody Orlando, Orlando

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Amelia Island

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Coconut Grove

  • The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Naples

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne

  • The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Sarasota

  • The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami Beach

  • The Setai, Miami Beach

  • Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort, Sunny Isles

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Azul, Miami

  • Blue Door, Miami Beach

  • Caf'e Boulud, Palm Beach

  • The Dining Room, Naples

  • La Palme d'Or, Coral Gables

  • L'Escalier, Palm Beach

  • Matthew's, Jacksonville

  • Norman's, Coral Gables

  • Norman's, Orlando

  • The Restaurant, Palm Beach

  • Salt: The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

  • Vernona Restaurant, Sarasota

  • Victoria and Albert's, Lake Buena Vista

  • Wish, Miami Beach

GEORGIA

Five-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Atlanta

  • The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Atlanta

  • The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro

Five-Star Restaurants

  • The Dining Room, Atlanta

  • Seeger's, Atlanta

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Bacchanalia, Atlanta

  • Park 75 at the Four Seasons, Atlanta

HAWAII

Five-Star Lodging

  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Wailea, Maui

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, Kona, Hawaii

  • Halekulani, Honolulu, Oahu

  • The Kahala Hotel and Resort, Honolulu, Oahu

  • The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Chef Mavro, Honolulu, Oahu

  • Gerard's, Lahaina, Maui

  • La Mer, Honolulu, Oahu

  • Spago, Wailea, Maui

ILLINOIS

Five-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Chicago

  • The Peninsula Chicago, Chicago

  • The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago

Four-Star Lodging

  • Park Hyatt Chicago, Chicago

Five-Star Restaurants

  • Alinea, Chicago

  • Charlie Trotter's, Chicago

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Ambria, Chicago

  • Avenues, Chicago

  • Crofton on Wells, Chicago

  • The Dining Room, Chicago

  • Everest, Chicago

  • Les Nomades, Chicago

  • Seasons, Chicago

  • Spring, Chicago

  • Tru, Chicago

LOUISIANA

Four-Star Lodging

  • Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Bayona, New Orleans

  • Emeril's Restaurant, New Orleans

  • The New Orleans Grill, New Orleans

  • La Provence, Lacombe

MAINE

Four-Star Lodging

  • The White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport

Five-Star Restaurant

  • The White Barn Inn Restaurant, Kennebunkport

MASSACHUSETTS

Five-Star Lodgings

  • Blantyre, Lenox

  • Four Seasons Hotel Boston, Boston

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston

  • Charlotte Inn, Martha's Vineyard

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, Boston

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, Boston

  • The Wauwinet, Nantucket

  • XV Beacon, Boston

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Aujourd'hui, Boston

  • Clio, Boston

  • Hamersley's Bistro, Boston

  • L'Espalier, Boston

  • Meritage, Boston

  • No. 9 Park, Boston

  • Twenty-Eight Atlantic, Chatham

MICHIGAN

Four-Star Lodging

  • The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

Four-Star Restaurants

  • The Lark, West Bloomfield

  • Tapawingo, Charlevoix

MISSOURI

Four-Star Lodging

  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, Clayton

Four-Star Restaurants

  • The American Restaurant, Kansas City

  • Tony's, St. Louis

NEVADA

Five-Star Lodging

-The Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Bellagio Las Vegas, Las Vegas

  • Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson

  • Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

  • Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Mobil Five-Star Restaurants

  • Alex, Las Vegas

  • Joel Robuchon at The Mansion, Las Vegas

Mobil Four-Star Restaurants

  • Aureole, Las Vegas

  • Bradley Ogden, Las Vegas

  • Michael Mina, Las Vegas

  • Mix - Las Vegas, Las Vegas

  • Picasso, Las Vegas

NEW MEXICO

Four-Star Lodging

  • Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe

Four-Star Restaurant

  • Geronimo, Santa Fe

NEW YORK

Five-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Hotel New York, New York

  • Mandarin Oriental, New York, New York

  • The Point, Saranac Lake

  • The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, New York

  • The St. Regis Hotel, New York, New York

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Carlyle, New York

  • The Lowell, New York

  • The Mercer, New York

  • The New York Palace, New York

  • The Peninsula New York, New York

  • The Pierre New York, New York

  • The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, New York

  • Trump International Hotel and Tower, New York

Five-Star Restaurants

  • Alain Ducasse, New York

  • Jean Georges, New York

  • Masa, New York

  • per se, New York

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Asiate, New York

  • Atelier, New York

  • Aureole, New York

  • Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills

  • Bouley, New York

  • Daniel, New York

  • Danube, New York

  • The Four Seasons Restaurant, New York

  • Gilt, New York

  • Gotham Bar and Grill, New York

  • Gramercy Tavern, New York

  • Kai, New York

  • La Grenouille, New York

  • Le Bernardin, New York

  • March, New York

  • Picholine, New York

  • Sugiyama, New York

NORTH CAROLINA

Five-Star Lodging

  • The Fearrington House Country Inn, Pittsboro

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst

  • Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville

  • Richmond Hill Inn, Asheville

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Carolina Crossroads, Chapel Hill

  • The Fearrington House Restaurant, Pittsboro

OHIO

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, Cleveland

  • The Cincinnatian Hotel, Cincinnati

Four-Star Restaurant

  • Jean-Robert at Pigall's, Cincinnati

PENNSYLVANIA

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, Philadelphia

  • The Hotel Hershey, Hershey

  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington

Five-Star Restaurant

  • Le Bec-Fin, Philadelphia

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, Philadelphia

  • Striped Bass, Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND

Four-Star Restaurant

  • Mill's Tavern, Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA

Five-Star Lodging

  • Woodlands Resort and Inn, Summerville

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Charleston Place, Charleston

  • The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

  • The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Kiawah Island

Five-Star Restaurant

  • The Dining Room at Woodlands, Summerville

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Charleston Grill, Charleston

  • Peninsula Grill, Charleston

  • Ocean Room at The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island

TENNESSEE

Five-Star Lodging

  • The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville

Mobil Four-Star Lodging

  • Blackberry Farm, Maryville

Mobil Four-Star Restaurants

  • Chez Philippe, Memphis

  • The Capitol Grille, Nashville

TEXAS

Five-Star Lodging

  • The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Hotel Austin, Austin

  • Four Seasons Hotel Houston, Houston

  • Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving

  • St. Regis Hotel, Houston, Houston

  • Watermark Hotel and Spa, San Antonio

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Abacus, Dallas

  • Caf'e at the Four Seasons, Austin

  • The French Room, Dallas

  • Le Reve, San Antonio

  • Nana, Dallas

  • Quattro, Houston

  • Restaurant at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

  • Stephan Pyles, Dallas

UTAH

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City

  • Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City

Four-Star Restaurant

  • Riverhorse on Main, Park City

VERMONT

Five-Star Lodging

Twin Farms, Barnard

VIRGINIA

Five-Star Lodgings

  • The Inn at Little Washington, Washington

  • The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Tyson's Corner, McLean

  • Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg

Five-Star Restaurant

  • The Inn at Little Washington, Washington

Mobil Four-Star Restaurant

  • Maestro, McLean

WASHINGTON

Four-Star Lodging

  • The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle

Four-Star Restaurants

  • The Georgian, Seattle

  • The Herbfarm, Woodinville

  • Lampreia, Seattle

  • Rover's, Seattle

WEST VIRGINIA

Four-Star Lodging

  • The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs

Four-Star Restaurant

  • The Tavern Room, White Sulphur Springs

WISCONSIN

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The American Club, Kohler

  • Canoe Bay, Rice Lake

WYOMING

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Amangani, Jackson Hole

  • Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole

CANADA:

ALBERTA

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Banffshire Club, Banff

  • Post Hotel Dining Room, Lake Louise

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Four-Star Lodgings

  • The Aerie Resort, Malahat

  • Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver

  • Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Whistler

  • Hastings House, Salt Spring Island

  • The Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver, Vancouver

  • Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

Four-Star Restaurants

  • The Aerie Dining Room, Malahat

  • Bishop's, Vancouver

  • La Belle Auberge, Ladner

  • Lumiere, Vancouver

  • Restaurant Matisse, Victoria

  • West, Vancouver

NEW BRUNSWICK

Four-Star Lodging

  • Kingsbrae Arms, St. Andrews

ONTARIO

Four-Star Lodgings

  • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Toronto

  • Park Hyatt Toronto, Toronto

Four-Star Restaurants

  • Canoe, Toronto

  • Chiado, Toronto

  • The Fifth, Toronto

  • North 44 Degrees, Toronto

  • Scaramouche, Toronto

  • Splendido, Toronto

  • Truffles, Toronto

QUEBEC

Four-Star Lodging

  • Hotel Le St. James, Montreal

  • Mobil Four-Star Restaurants

  • L'Eau a la Bouche, Ste. Adele

  • Laurie Raphael, Quebec City

  • Toque!, Montreal

Total Mobil Five-Star Awards: 37 Lodgings; 16 Restaurants

Total Mobil Four-Star Awards: 117 Lodgings; 145 Restaurants

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