Friday, January 16, 2015

Orchids at Palm Court Awarded AAA Five-Diamond Award for 2015

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded the prestigious Five-Diamond Award for 2015 to Orchids at Palm Court, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza’s fine-dining restaurant.

“We are humbled to be one of just 63 restaurants in North America to receive a Five- Diamond rating in 2015, especially as the only restaurant in Ohio to secure this honor,” said Michel Sheer, managing director, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. “Chef Todd Kelly and his team were vying for the AAA Five-Diamond Award as a strategic benchmark for 2015, which makes the accomplishment that much more rewarding for all of us."

Chef Kelly, executive chef and director of food and beverage, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, said, "It’s just so incredible to be in the company of the best of the best in the country, and for our team here at Orchids at Palm Court to receive this prestigious acknowledgement for the hard work we’re doing.”

AAA and its team of designated field inspectors evaluate thousands of lodging & dining establishments each year and assign an overall rating of one to five diamonds. Five- Diamond establishments are renowned for world-class experiences with cutting edge menus and unique food preparation by a highly acclaimed chef with a maĆ®tre d’ leading an unobtrusive expert service staff. Only 0.3 percent of the 30,000 restaurants receive a Five- Diamond rating. The rating will be indicated with the hotel and restaurant's listings in the 2015-2016 AAA TourBook - a series of travel information guides published for AAA's more than 55 million members.

About Orchids at Palm Court and Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Orchids at Palm Court is one of The Restaurants at Palm Court, which also includes The Bar at Palm Court and The Grille at Palm Court. The restaurant features rare Brazilian rosewood walls with German silver-nickel metalwork and lighting fixtures. The two-story ceiling features large Romanesque murals and on the north end of the restaurant is an original Rookwood Pottery fountain flanked by two large Rookwood seahorses, all of which illustrates some of the finest French Art Deco in the world. Orchids at Palm Court has been recognized as one of the best restaurants in the U.S. Accolades and awards include: • OpenTable has named Orchids at Palm Court “One of the Top 100 Best Restaurants” for five consecutive years including 2014’s ranking as No. 7 Best in the U.S.

• Executive Chef Kelly was named the American Culinary Federation's U.S.A. Chef of the Year, the highest honor given by the 20,000 chef national organization
• Hilton Hotels & Resorts No. 1 Food and Beverage Hotel in the U.S. for four of the last five years
• Hilton Hotels & Resorts “Award of Excellence” winner – given to the top five performing hotels
• Forbes rated Orchids at Palm Court “Four Stars” for 2013 and 2014
• Chef Kelly is a Hilton Hotels and Resorts Signature Chef, one of just six in the U.S.
• Zagat named Orchids at Palm Court as Cincinnati's "Top Restaurant" for three consecutive years

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, located in the heart of Cincinnati, is one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco architecture. The hotel is a charter member of Historic Hotels of America, is a registered National Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel features 561 updated guestrooms and more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space-from boardrooms to ballrooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, one of the Midwest's most breathtaking ballrooms.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and Orchids at Palm Court are located at 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. For more information or reservations, call the hotel directly at 513-421-9100 or visit our website at or

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