The Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis, located on 7th Street in the heart of downtown, today announced that it has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for 2009. The hotel's restaurant, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, was also recognized with a national culinary award by Santé Magazine, earning a 2009 Santé Culinary Hospitality Award in the category of Innovative Restaurant. The hotel is the original property in the Radisson portfolio, which has grown to more than 420 hotels in 73 countries.

"By passionately living the brand's Yes I Can! service culture, the Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis continues to exceed guests' expectations with superior personal service, first-class amenities, and impressive surroundings," said Fredrik Korallus, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Hotels & Resorts. "Coupled with FireLake's Santé award, the AAA Four Diamond distinction is evidence that this hotel is committed to providing exceptional hospitality for visitors and guests."

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis joins a select group of AAA Four Diamond winners. Only 3.25 percent of the estimated 31,000 AAA Rated®lodgings and 3.21 percent of the estimated 18,700 restaurants are awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation each year.

The Four Diamond symbol will be included in the property's listing in the 2009 AAA North Central TourBook®guide, and AAA's more than 46 million members depend upon TourBook guides to assist them with their travel-related decisions. An establishment's diamond rating is often the deciding factor when members choose a lodging or restaurant. Tourism editors conduct unannounced evaluations of lodgings and restaurants, scrutinizing such areas as cleanliness, ambiance, amenities, and service.

Now in their twelfth year, the Santé Restaurant Awards were created to recognize excellence in restaurant food, wine, spirits, and service hospitality. The Santé Awards program is the only peer-judged restaurant and hospitality competition in North America. The Santé Restaurant Awards are based on a variety of criteria, and winners represent a broad spectrum of restaurant- and hospitality-industry professionals with a common passion for their work and a commitment to excellence.

Now in its thirteenth year of publication, Santé magazine features award-winning editorial on food, wine, and spirits management for restaurant professionals. Santé has a qualified circulation of more than 40,000 and a pass-along readership of 195,000 in full-service restaurant and hospitality establishments across the nation.Reservations for the hotel can be made online at, by phone at 800-333-3333 or through a travel professional.