Circa Las Vegas Receives Coveted AAA Hotel Rating, First for Downtown

Circa Las Vegas has created buzz downtown since opening amid the pandemic last October. Now the nation’s largest leisure travel agency has taken notice.

Circa Las Vegas is seen from above, its iconic outdoor Stadium Swim, seen below. The downtown Las Vegas hotel and casino has received a Four Diamond rating from AAA. (Image: Getty)

AAA recently sent a few unannounced inspectors to Circa to spend a couple of nights at the 777-room resort. The examiners liked what they found.

Circa, developed and owned by downtown Las Vegas visionary Derek Stevens, has announced that the property has received the distinguished AAA Four Diamond Award.

Stevens is the dominant player in downtown Las Vegas. Along with Circa, his company’s portfolio includes D Las Vegas, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

Exclusive Company

Circa Las Vegas was the first from-the-ground-up casino resort to open downtown in 40 years. Downtown Las Vegas was already amid a revival of sorts prior to its opening, as gross gaming revenue (GGR) was steadily increasing, leading up to the pandemic. But Circa fueled additional visitor traffic downtown once it opened for business.

Circa’s Instagram-worthy features, such as its rooftop Stadium Club and world’s largest sportsbook, have better put the downtown area on the map. AAA says it’s worth the short taxi ride from the Strip.

According to the travel agency and insurer, only 6.5 percent of hotel properties inspected are granted Four Diamonds. Circa is the only hotel in downtown Las Vegas to receive the Four Diamond Award.

To qualify, hotels apply for review with the AAA. The agency then sends inspectors, unannounced and appearing as regular guests, to examine the hotel. To receive the Four Diamond Award, AAA explains that the hotel “must be upscale in all areas.”

Las Vegas Diamonds Shine Bright

Circa Las Vegas is the first and only downtown Las Vegas casino to be an accredited AAA Four Diamond property. But in Southern Nevada, it’s one of many.

Numerous popular Vegas resorts have four AAA diamonds, including Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, MGM Grand, The Cosmopolitan, The Venetian and Palazzo, Wynn and Encore, Palms, M Resort, and Red Rock.

Las Vegas is additionally home to six hotels that have achieved the highly exclusive Five Diamond distinction. AAA says just 0.4 percent of reviewed hotels meet the criteria to earn the highest-tiered rating.

The Five Diamond destinations in Las Vegas are Aria, Aria Sky Suites, Bellagio, Waldorf Astoria, Four Seasons, and Wynn Tower Suites.

Devin O'Connor

Gaming Legislation, Politics, Casino Business, Entertainment----Devin O’Connor’s passion for politics and background in the world of pop culture television give him insight into the gaming industry backstories that often drive news these days. After graduating from Penn State University with a theater arts degree, he worked at MTV Networks/Viacom from 2005 to 2010 as a writer and producer, where his credits included Total Request Live, New Year's Eve specials, and a special featuring poker superstar Daniel Negreanu. He later moved on to the HGTV/DIY Network, where he created, wrote, and produced three series specials: That's So House Hunters, That's So 80s, and That's So 90s. Devin came on board with in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania, and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races to date. Email:

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  • This place sucks! Their no pets policy is outrages we always have our 10 pound chihuahua on a stroller at Caesar’s, Mlife and many other Casinos properties with no problem.

  • Well i was there last week and let me tell you that yes the hotel it’s nice and new obviously. But valet parking sucks you have to wait a long time for car and can’t request it ahead of time 2 they make you wait almost an hr for your room and they only have 3 people checking in guess in The from doesn’t make sense. 3 house keepers don want to do their job and don’t clean your room even if you’re requested. And last the worst of all if you get a room facing the pool which you will be charged extra, forget about sleeping or resting it will be a nightmare. Music starts at 8am all the way to 11pm and the boom from fremont and the dj playing at the pool it’s horrible and annoying!!!! I recommend Treasure Island better much better location you can rest and valet parking it’s free and fast also everything it’s close by.

  • I guess Aliante Casino & Spa (owned by Boyd Gaming) lost its 4 Diamond rating. Sad to see it lose it, because it is a beautiful property, but management’s lack of doing things right (keeping things clean, having a 24-hour restaurant, going above expectations for guests) is probably what cost it the coveted rating.

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