HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - November 25, 2008) - Seventy-three hotels and 34 restaurants in Texas have been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating for the year 2009. San Antonio had the most AAA Four Diamond recognized hotels this year and Dallas had the most restaurants. Lodgings at this level offer an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. Restaurants at this level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience marked by high-quality ingredients, creative presentation, and attentive service.

These hotels and restaurants are part of a select group of AAA Four Diamond Award winners. Just 3.9 percent of the more than 31,000 AAA Rated® lodgings and 2.8 percent of the 27,000 AAA Rated restaurants were awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation for 2009.

"AAA Four Diamond Award winners represent an important tier of the hospitality industry, offering guests superior experiences with a high level of hospitality in luxurious surroundings," said Michael Petrone, AAA director of Tourism Information Development. "To achieve and maintain this level of service is an amazing accomplishment, and AAA is pleased to honor these locations."

Recognized Texas Restaurants:

AUSTIN
III Forks
Hill Country Dining Room
Jeffrey's
Restaurant Jezebel
The Driskill Grill
Trio

COLLEGE STATION
The Republic

CORPUS CHRISTI
Republic of Texas Bar & Grill

DALLAS
Abacus
Aurora Maison de Cuisine
Dragonfly
Fearing's
Hotel St. Germain
Nana
Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek Restaurant
The Landmark Restaurant
The Old Warsaw
The Pyramid Grill

FORT WORTH
Bistro Louise

GALVESTON
Shearn's Restaurant
The Steakhouse

HOUSTON
Noé Restaurant & Bar
Quattro
The Remington Restaurant
Tony's

IRVING
Cafe on the Green

SAN ANTONIO
Bohanan's Prime Steak and Seafood
Citrus
Fig Tree Restaurant
Francesca's at Sunset
Las Canarias Restaurant
Le Reve
The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills

WASHINGTON
The Inn at Dos Brisas


Recognized Texas Hotels:

AUSTIN
Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Four Seasons Hotel
Hilton Austin
Hyatt Regency Austin
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
Omni Austin Hotel & Suites
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark
Renaissance Austin Hotel
The Driskill

CORPUS CHRISTI
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel-Bayfront Tower

DALLAS
Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
Hilton Dallas Park Cities
Hotel Palomar
Hotel St. Germain
Hotel ZaZa
Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
Rosewood Crescent Hotel
The Adolphus
The Fairmont Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Westin City Center, Dallas
The Westin Galleria, Dallas
Warwick Melrose Hotel

FARMERS BRANCH
Omni Dallas Hotel Park West

FORT WORTH
The Ashton Hotel
The Renaissance Worthington Hotel

FRISCO
Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel; Convention Center & Spa
The Westin Stonebriar Resort

GALVESTON
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Hotel Galvez-A Wyndham Historic Hotel
Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa
The San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center

GRAPEVINE
Embassy Suites Outdoor World
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine
Grand Hyatt DFW
Hilton DFW Lakes

HORSESHOE BAY
Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott Hotel

HOUSTON
Hilton Americas-Houston
Hilton Houston Post Oak
Hotel Icon
Hotel Za Za Houston Museum District
InterContinental Houston
Omni Houston Hotel
Omni Houston Hotel Westside
Renaissance Houston Hotel Greenway Plaza
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
The Westin Galleria, Houston
The Westin Oaks, Houston

IRVING
Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas

RICHARDSON
Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel

SAN ANTONIO
Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk
Emily Morgan Hotel
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Hilton Palacio del Rio
Hotel Contessa
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort
Hyatt Regency San Antonio
Marriott Plaza San Antonio
Noble Inns-The Jackson House
Noble Inns-The Oge House Riverwalk
Omni La Mansion del Rio
Omni San Antonio Hotel
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
Sheraton Gunter
The St. Anthony Hotel
The Westin La Cantera Resort
The Westin Riverwalk
Watermark Hotel & Spa

STONEWALL
Rose Hill Manor

THE WOODLANDS
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

The assignment of a AAA rating of One to Five Diamonds marks the completion of a successful annual evaluation. All properties must first meet AAA's rigorous requirements to become AAA Approved® establishments.

AAA's Diamond Rating System is the only ratings system that covers all of North America and one of only two that conducts physical, on-site evaluations. It is the only system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis using a set of guidelines that are made available to all establishments. AAA evaluates more properties than any other rating entity. Additionally, AAA provides travelers the opportunity to post comments on AAA.com about their experiences at AAA Approved and Diamond Rated establishments. Information about AAA Diamond Ratings and the complete 2009 Four Diamond Award winners list are accessible at www.AAA.com/Diamonds.

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA Texas can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com.

IMPORTANT: The distinctive words, logos, and symbols associated with the AAA Approved designation and the AAA Diamond Rating System are registered trademarks of AAA. Promotional use of these marks is restricted to lodgings and restaurants that have a current AAA Official Appointment licensing agreement as outlined on www.AAA.biz/Approved.

Contact Information: Contacts: Dan Ronan - Statewide/Dallas Ronan.dan@aaa-texas.com danronan@sprint.blackberry.net 469 221 8217 office 469 583 7070 cell Sarah Schimmer - Houston Schimmer.sarah@aaa-texas.com 713-284-6552 office 281-797-7886 cell