SOURCE: AAA Texas

December 27, 2006 08:00 ET

98 Texas Lodgings and Restaurants Receive 2007 AAA Four Diamond Award®

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 27, 2006 -- AAA has assigned its Four Diamond Award® rating for the year 2007 to 67 lodgings and 31 restaurants in Texas, AAA Texas announced today.

"AAA Four Diamond Award winners know the language of customer satisfaction as they consistently deliver premier experiences, complete with superior personal service, first-class amenities, and impressive surroundings," said Mark Bell, general manager of AAA Texas. "Only establishments that meet the extensive quality criteria required to become AAA Approved receive a AAA Diamond rating. The two components work in sync -- AAA Approved offers the stamp of quality and AAA Diamond ratings show where establishments fit in the spectrum from basic to luxury."

The Texas establishments join a select group of AAA Four Diamond Award winners. Just 3.4 percent of the more than 32,000 AAA Rated® lodgings and 2.7 percent of the nearly 28,000 AAA Rated® restaurants were awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation for 2007. The total of 1,859 winners includes 1,102 hotels and 757 restaurants in North America.

The Diamond ratings are included in each lodging and restaurant listing in the 2007 AAA Texas TourBook® guide, in print and on AAA's Web site at www.aaa.com. AAA's nearly 50 million members depend on TourBook guides to assist them their travel-related decisions. An establishment's AAA Diamond rating is often the deciding factor when members choose a lodging or restaurant.

AAA's 65 AAA/CAA tourism editors visit nearly 60,000 lodgings and restaurants each year throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Tourism editors conduct unannounced evaluations of lodgings and restaurants, scrutinizing such areas as cleanliness, ambiance, amenities, and service.

AAA has included lodging information in its travel publications since the early 1900s. The association began rating hotels and other accommodations in 1963, adopting the Diamond symbol with the 1977 TourBook edition in celebration of AAA's 75th anniversary. Evaluations and Diamond ratings of restaurants began in 1986.

Area lodgings and restaurants receiving the prestigious 2007 AAA Four Diamond Award® are listed with the consecutive years that they have earned the award:

                                LODGINGS
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Lodging Name                                          Years      City

Barton Creek Resort & Spa                                11          AUSTIN
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Omni Austin Hotel Southpark                               3          AUSTIN
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Renaissance Austin Hotel                                  3          AUSTIN
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Omni Corpus Christi Hotel-Bayfront Tower                  7  CORPUS CHRISTI
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Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre                             19          DALLAS
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Hilton Dallas Park Cities                                 1          DALLAS
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Renaissance Dallas Hotel                                  4          DALLAS
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The Westin Galleria, Dallas                              24          DALLAS
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Four Seasons Hotel                                       20          AUSTIN
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Hilton Austin                                             3          AUSTIN
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Hyatt Regency Austin                                     10          AUSTIN
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Omni Austin Hotel & Suites                               14          AUSTIN
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The Driskill                                              7          AUSTIN
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Hotel Crescent Court                                      5          DALLAS
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Hotel St. Germain                                        15          DALLAS
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Hotel ZaZa                                                4          DALLAS
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Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion                           6          DALLAS
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The Adolphus                                             14          DALLAS
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The Fairmont Dallas                                       7          DALLAS
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The Melrose Hotel                                         1          DALLAS
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The Ashton Hotel                                          5      FORT WORTH
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The Renaissance Worthington Hotel                        26      FORT WORTH
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Hilton Americas-Houston                                   2         HOUSTON
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Hotel Icon                                                2         HOUSTON
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Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk                        9     SAN ANTONIO
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Emily Morgan Hotel                                        2     SAN ANTONIO
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Hilton Palacio del Rio                                   31     SAN ANTONIO
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Hotel Contessa                                            1     SAN ANTONIO
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Hotel Valencia Riverwalk                                  3     SAN ANTONIO
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Hyatt Regency San Antonio                                25     SAN ANTONIO
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Marriott Plaza San Antonio                               28     SAN ANTONIO
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Marriott Riverwalk                                       27     SAN ANTONIO
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Noble Inns-The Jackson House                              6     SAN ANTONIO
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Omni La Mansion del Rio                                  31     SAN ANTONIO
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San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter                         18     SAN ANTONIO
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Sheraton Gunter                                           1     SAN ANTONIO
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The Columns on Alamo                                     10     SAN ANTONIO
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The St. Anthony-A Wyndham Historic Hotel                  4     SAN ANTONIO
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The Westin Riverwalk                                      4     SAN ANTONIO
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Watermark Hotel & Spa                                     2     SAN ANTONIO
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Omni Dallas Hotel Park West                              10  FARMERS BRANCH
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Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Conference
 Center                                                   1          FRISCO
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The Westin Stonebriar Resort                              4          FRISCO
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Hotel Galvez-A Wyndham Historic Hotel                     3       GALVESTON
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Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa                                 3       GALVESTON
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The San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center               7       GALVESTON
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The Tremont House-A Wyndham Historic Hotel                3       GALVESTON
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Embassy Suites Outdoor World                              4       GRAPEVINE
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Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake
 Grapevine                                                2       GRAPEVINE
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Hilton DFW Lakes                                          4       GRAPEVINE
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Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott Hotel                       2   HORSESHOE BAY
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Omni Houston Westside                                     1         HOUSTON
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Hilton Houston Post Oak                                   2         HOUSTON
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InterContinental Houston                                  4         HOUSTON
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Omni Houston Hotel                                        1         HOUSTON
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Renaissance Houston Hotel Greenway Plaza                  5         HOUSTON
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The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa                         12         HOUSTON
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The Westin Galleria, Houston                              4         HOUSTON
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The Westin Oaks, Houston                                  4         HOUSTON
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Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas                       20          IRVING
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Lajitas The Ultimate Hideout                              3         LAJITAS
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Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel                       6      RICHARDSON
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort                        14     SAN ANTONIO
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Omni San Antonio Hotel                                   11     SAN ANTONIO
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The Westin La Cantera Resort                              5     SAN ANTONIO
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                                                            STONEWALL (near
Rose Hill Manor                                           1 Fredericksburg)
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The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention
 Center                                                   3   THE WOODLANDS
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                                RESTAURANTS
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Restaurant Name                                       Years      City
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Hill Country Dining Room                                  2          AUSTIN
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Republic of Texas Bar & Grill                             4  CORPUS CHRISTI
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The Cafe                                                  2          AUSTIN
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The Driskill Grill                                        5          AUSTIN
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Abacus                                                    6          DALLAS
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Aurora Maison de Cuisine                                  2          DALLAS
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Chaparral                                                 2          DALLAS
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Ciudad D.F.                                               5          DALLAS
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Dragonfly                                                 2          DALLAS
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Hotel St. Germain                                         7          DALLAS
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Nana                                                     12          DALLAS
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The Landmark Restaurant                                   1          DALLAS
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The Old Warsaw                                           12          DALLAS
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The Pyramid Grill                                        18          DALLAS
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Bank Jean-Georges                                         2         HOUSTON
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Quattro                                                   5         HOUSTON
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Bohanan's Prime Steak and Seafood                         3     SAN ANTONIO
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Fig Tree Restaurant                                       8     SAN ANTONIO
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Las Canarias Restaurant                                   8     SAN ANTONIO
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Bistro Louise                                             2      FORT WORTH
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Shearn's Restaurant                                       3       GALVESTON
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The Steakhouse                                            4       GALVESTON
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Brennan's of Houston                                      5         HOUSTON
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Noé Restaurant & Bar                                      2         HOUSTON
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Rouge                                                     2         HOUSTON
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The Remington Restaurant                                  5         HOUSTON
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Tony's                                                    5         HOUSTON
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Cafe on the Green                                         1          IRVING
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Ocotillo Restaurant                                       3         LAJITAS
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Bolo's Latin American Grille                              8     SAN ANTONIO
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Francesca's at Sunset                                     5     SAN ANTONIO
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The 2007 recipients will be recognized at AAA Texas events throughout the state, with the first Four Diamond Awards presentation taking place in Galveston at Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa (Shearn's Restaurant) on Tuesday, January 9th, 2007. Fifteen hotels and nine restaurants in the Houston-Galveston area will be recognized.


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