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Oh, how they glitter: 14 Southern California properties make AAA's Five Diamond List, but how much will a night cost you?

Oh, how they glitter: 14 Southern California properties make AAA's Five Diamond List, but how much will a night cost you?
The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla is one of AAA's Five-Diamond hotels. (Lodge at Torrey Pines)

It's awards season again — for hotels. AAA's Five Diamond Awards were unveiled Friday, and Southern California had 14 in the top category, an honor bestowed on just 120 hotels in the U.S.

Inspectors visit the hotels unannounced, AAA said, and evaluate properties on "guest services, hospitality and the hotel's physical attributes."

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But we wanted to know how much one night in the lap of luxury might cost, so we selected a midweek stay (Feb. 22, a Wednesday, because rates tend to be lower at midweek) and found the best available rate using each property's website.

Here are the Five Diamond properties announced Friday and the best rates we found (which may no longer be available). These prices do not include taxes and fees:

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Beverly Hills
The bungalows of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalow
The bungalows of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalow (Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows)

Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills: $704.65 (prepay, standard rate $829)

Dana Point area

Monarch Beach Resort, Monarch Beach: $398.76 (for a March 1 stay — no availability for Feb. 22)

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Laguna Beach
Newport Beach
The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill (Resort at Pelican Hills)
Ojai
Carlsbad
The pool at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa
The pool at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa (Park Hyatt Aviara)

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa: $279 ($252 with a AAA discount)

Westlake Village
Santa Barbara 
San Diego area
The Fairmont Grand del Mar
The Fairmont Grand del Mar (Fairmont Grand del Mar)
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La Jolla
The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. (The Lodge at Torrey Pines)

The Lodge at Torrey Pines: $325 ($296.10 with a AAA or AARP discount, $289.52 if you're a returning guest)

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UPDATES:

10: 27 a.m.: This article was updated to correct the price of The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

This article was originally published at 6:00 a.m.

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