The Mobil Travel Guide has bestowed one of the hospitality industry's most prestigious designations, the Mobil Five Star award, upon Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, making it the first Utah property to achieve this distinction.

The Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the star ratings certifications, is celebrating 50 years as a trusted name in travel evaluations. In this year's edition, which was released Monday, only 61 hotels, restaurants and spas in the U.S. and Canada reached the coveted five-star level.

The Stein Eriksen Lodge was one of four properties to make the guide for the first time.

Four other Utah properties received four-star ratings in the 2008 guide:

• The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City.

• Riverhorse on Main restaurant, Park City.

• The Glitretind restaurant, Park City.

• The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City.

Mobil's ratings are based upon anonymous visits by staff members and a ratings process based on more than 750 standardized criteria.

For a detailed explanation of how Mobil Travel Guide compiles its star ratings as well as a complete list of starred properties, visit