The Bernards Inn Earns 2016 AAA Four Diamond Award for 20th Consecutive Year and Becomes the Longest Tenured Hotel in NJ to Receive the Distinction

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Terrace Dining is a Favorite at The Bernards Inn.

“Our commitment to excellence at every level—from dining and events to our luxury accommodations—has never been stronger and we delight in delivering exceptional experiences for all of our guests," said General Manager Joshua Barbee.

For the twentieth consecutive year, The Bernards Inn, a luxury boutique hotel located in the Somerset Hills, is the only restaurant and hotel in New Jersey to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award. It is now the longest tenured hotel in New Jersey to earn the prestigious rating.

“We’re incredibly honored to mark two decades of earning the impressive Four Diamond Award from AAA,” said General Manager, Joshua Barbee. “Our commitment to excellence at every level—from dining and events to our luxury accommodations—has never been stronger and we delight in delivering exceptional experiences for all of our guests.”

Receiving the AAA Four Diamond award status are those establishments that are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. Restaurants of this stature are often orchestrated by an executive chef with an accomplished staff and menus reflecting a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance market-fresh ingredients.

“AAA Four Diamond Award winners are a cut-above the rest as they consistently deliver and demonstrate a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Only establishments that meet the extensive quality criteria required to become AAA Approved receive an AAA Diamond rating,” Noble stated.

Already well-known for its gourmet getaways, the historic Bernards Inn offers escapes for the sophisticated traveler that combine luxury accommodations and acclaimed dining with all that the Somerset Hills has to offer including golf, hiking, fishing, shopping, spas and more. The Inn also enables travelers to design their own getaways with the assistance of personalized concierge services.

Only 5.7 percent of the nearly 28,000 restaurants approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list, while just 2.3 percent of hotels earn four diamonds. These select properties represent the upper echelon of the hospitality industry.

The Bernards Inn has consistently garnered the hospitality industry’s top awards, including being named to the Best Luxury Hotels list by U.S. News and World Report; Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”; Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence; the DiRona Distinguished Restaurants Award, New Jersey Restaurant Association’s Gold Plate Award and more.

For 80 years AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Established in 1907, the Bernards Inn is an award-winning restaurant and inn located in the heart of downtown Bernardsville, New Jersey. A Somerset Hills landmark, The Bernards Inn welcomes guests with the style and elegance of a small European luxury hotel, while preserving the charm of a historic American country inn. Under the ownership of Hampshire Destination Properties, The Bernards Inn recently marked its 100-year anniversary with a multimillion dollar renovation and redesign. The Inn offers fine dining, wedding and banquet services, conference rooms, as well as 20 well-appointed guestrooms. For more information about The Bernards Inn, call 908-766-0002 or visit

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