The Townsend Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- 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
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.