Seven San Antonio restaurants and seventeen hotels have made the list of AAA Four Diamond Award winners, the most coveted recognition for those facilities, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  Newcomers to the San Antonio hotel list include the Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection on the city's northwest side, and the Hilton Palacio Del Rio Hotel downtown.


  The veteran hotel on the Four Diamond list is the Omni La Mansion Del Rio, which has made the list each year since 1976.  The Marriott Plaza Hotel and Spa has been on the Four Diamond list since 1979.


  Other local hotels on the list include:


Grand Hyatt Hotel Downtown

Hotel Contessa

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency San Antonio

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

La Cantera Hill Country Resort

Mokara Hotel and Spa

Nobel Inns - The Oge House Riverwalk

Omni at the Colonnade

Sheraton Gunter

Westin Riverwalk.


   "Receiving these designations is not an easy undertaking for these hotels and restaurants," said AAA Texas Vice President Rhonda Wilson.  "These establishments provide an unparalleled environment, knowledgeable staff, and memorable experiences that guests will fondly look back on for years to come."


  The Gruene Apple Bed & Breakfast and the Lamb's Rest Inn in Comal County also made the Four Diamond list.



  In the restaurant category. The only newcomer is Sustenio, the Stephen Pyles restaurant at the Eilan on the northwest side.


  Other Four Diamond restaurants in San Antonio include:


Antler's Lodge

Bohannan's Prime Steaks and Seafood


Francesca's at Sunset

Las Canarias