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The Townsend Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • One of the World's Top 500 Hotels and the best hotel in Michigan (Travel + Leisure)
  • Earns rave reviews for the attentive staff, English-style decor and luxurious rooms 
  • Recent renovations added 49-inch flat-panel TVs and updated all guest rooms
  • The Townsend features a traditional afternoon tea service with scones, pastries and finger sandwiches while classical music plays

Map & Directions

The Townsend is a half hour north of downtown Detroit, three hours from Cleveland and just under five hours from Indianapolis, Chicago and Toronto. The hotel is approximately an hour's drive north of the Detroit airport.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

One of the World's Best Hotels sits north of metro Detroit in Birmingham, in the form of the luxurious Townsend hotel. 

All guest rooms -- fully renovated in 2015 -- feature plush bedding with Egyptian cotton sheets and down pillows, marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and 49-inch flat-panel TVs. Guests staying in a Luxury Suite also receive extra living room space separated from the bedroom by French doors; select suites have kitchens and fireplaces. Basic Wi-Fi is complimentary, as is access to the hotel's fitness center. 

Dining options include chocolate tortes, French macarons and other baked delights at the Townsend Bakery, as well as a Contemporary American menu at the Rugby Grille available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Rugby Grille features a steakhouse-style menu with wagyu strip steak, dry-aged rib eye and Colorado lambchops, as well as a decadent Wagyu hamburger topped with black truffles and seared foie gras. The hotel's daily afternoon tea service comes highly recommended, as does the "gentleman's tea" with flights of whiskey and beer. 

The Townsend sits in downtown Birmingham, an upscale suburb of Detroit that earns praise as one of Travel + Leisure's "Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit" -- they report that it's "not uncommon" to rub elbows with Detroit Red Wings players and visiting celebrities at the shops, boutiques and restaurants nearby (including Michigan native Madonna). 

Nearby you'll find the Somerset Collection of stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton; you're also a quick drive to Tigers games at Comerica Park, Lions games at Ford Field and downtown Detroit. 

From the press: 
  • "Impresses guests with its classy atmosphere, afternoon high tea and attentive staff" -- U.S. News and World Report Travel
  • "Visiting celebrities often fill the rooms of this downtown hotel across from Shain Park" -- Fodor's

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking

  • Public car park (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Cribs available on request (and based on availability), free of charge for one child. Extra bed available on request (and based on availability), for one child or one adult in the Luxury King Rooms and Luxury Suites ONLY: $20.00 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be applied by hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on requested and will be charged a $150.00 (subject to tax) non-refundable fee and a $5.00 (subject to tax) daily cleaning fee. All size dogs accepted. The hotel has the right to refuse housing for any dog at any time, for any reason. The hotel does not allow cats or any other animals. There is a no bark and no bite rule. The dog must be in a crate at all times when left alone in a guest room. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not permitted in any dining areas. Dog walking is provided on request by bell staff at a $10.00 (subject to tax) per walk fee.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee (with in/out privileges) of $28.00 (subject to tax), per night applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

Note: Self-Parking is available in a garage adjacent to the hotel for $10.00 (subject to tax) maximum per night. 

High-Speed Wi-Fi is available for $6.00 (subject to tax) per night and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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