HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - November 25, 2008) - AAA Texas has announced the four lodgings and one restaurant that achieved Five Diamond Award® status in the region for 2009. The AAA Five Diamond Award designation, the travel authority's highest rating for hotels and restaurants, was awarded to just 5 area establishments overall.

Area lodgings and restaurants receiving the prestigious 2009 Five Diamond Award rating include:

Recognized Texas Hotels:

Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek

Four Seasons Hotel Houston
The St. Regis, Houston

Four Seasons Resort and Club

Recognized Texas Restaurants:

The French Room
(in The Adolphus)

Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA Four and Five Diamond Award winners make up just 3.0 percent and 0.28 percent, respectively, of the 58,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

"Four and Five Diamond lodgings and hotels represent the best the hospitality industry has to offer," said Dan Ronan, Texas Corporate Communications Manager. "These properties are extraordinary in every manner. Lodgings at this level offer guests a wide range of amenities and services, and restaurants feature a distinctive fine dining experience and complex menus. We are pleased that so many establishments in our area have reached this level of service, and we are honored to present them with the Four and Five Diamond Award designation for 2009."

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 about their experiences at AAA Approved and Diamond Rated establishments at AAA.com. Information about AAA Diamond Ratings and the complete 2009 Four and Five Diamond Award winners lists are accessible at AAA.com/Diamonds. Travelers can access detailed listings and photos of Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants by location on AAA.com.

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

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