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Diamond Collection Expands to Include Properties in Canada

AUSTIN, TX (February 14, 2012) –℠ today announces more than 300 B&Bs and inns have joined the Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and top-rated guest-reviewed luxury inns with modern amenities. Due to the program’s success in the United States, also is expanding the Diamond Collection to include properties in Canada.

Established in 2009, the Diamond Collection features bed and breakfasts and inns that offer premier service, hospitality and accommodations to discerning travelers, and maintain a 4.0 or higher out of 5.0 review rating by guests. According to surveys, nearly two out of three travelers rank guest reviews among the most important factors in deciding where to stay, second only to photos.

“Discerning guests looking for luxury accommodations can turn to the Diamond Collection with confidence that they will enjoy a pampered, special experience in some of the finest bed and breakfasts in the country,” says Gregory Sion, general manager of “We are excited to expand the program to Canada, making it easier for travelers to find luxury properties for their getaways.”

Two years ago, the Garth Woodside Mansion became the first inn to earn the prestigious Diamond Collection designation. Owners and innkeepers John and Julie Rolsen credit the Diamond Collection status as a key reason for their success.

“The comprehensive annual inspection combined with guest reviews give guests who consider staying with us the assurance and confidence that we meet the highest standards among B&Bs and inns,�� says Julie Rolsen.

Diamond Collection inns participate in a comprehensive third-party annual inspection conducted by InnConcierge, maintain top consumer reviews on, and offer the following amenities and services, among others, required for a top-quality guest experience:

  • Rooms with private bathrooms
  • 24-hour-per-day guest access to service or staff 4.0 or higher out of 5.0 consumer review rating on
  • Free Internet service
  • Flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival
  • Online reservations on their website and/or
  • Acceptance of Gift Cards

In a recent online survey* conducted by, the following amenities ranked highest among B&B travelers when deciding where to stay: flexible check-in, free breakfast, free onsite parking, free in-room Internet access, free cable or satellite television, and pool or hot tub, most of which are provided by Diamond Collection inns.

About, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 12,000 properties worldwide. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., which operates the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals. helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 160,000 consumer reviews. offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

* online survey of 1,148 B&B travelers conducted in September 2011

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