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February 6, 2013

Get whisked away this Valentine’s Day

Local hotels share the love with romantic amenities

By Mary Beth Almond and Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writers

Greeting cards are nice. Flowers are even better. Nothing says “be mine,” though, like a romantic night away. This Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of places around town you can take your sweetheart for a luxurious hotel stay — just for two.

A Night on the Town
Tucked in the middle of downtown Birmingham is The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., a European-inspired getaway known for its upscale accommodations. According to Managing Director Steven Kalczynski, the hotel has prepared special packages for couples looking for an escape.

“We will be offering champagne and delicious culinary delights, as well as a romantic Valentine’s weekend getaway,” said Kalczynski in an email.

Among the specials available to guests throughout the week of Valentine’s Day is the “Romantic Encounter” package, which includes luxury room or suite accommodations, Tuxedo chocolate strawberries, champagne and a full breakfast for two the following morning.

On Feb. 14, The Townsend’s famed restaurant, The Rugby Grille, will feature a lavish four-course dinner with gourmet selections like ahi carpaccio, beef tenderloin, Scottish salmon and more. According to staff at the Grille, reservations for the specialty menu dinner are filling up fast, though guests of the hotel can skip the seating and enjoy the Rugby menu in the privacy of their room. 

No romantic encounter is complete, however, without a sweet ending. The Townsend Bakery has been planning its Valentine’s Day selections for some time and is offering a variety of tasty treats, including beautiful iced cookies and heart-shaped cakes.

“‘Will you be mine?’ is not a question you will have to ask your Valentine once you have made arrangements to celebrate this Valentine’s Day at The Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille,” said Kalcynski in a prepared statement. 

To make reservations at The Townsend Hotel, call (248) 642-7900 or visit www.townsendho tel.com. To make reservations at The Rugby Grille inside The Townsend Hotel, call (248) 642-5999. 

Lucky in Love
For a lively, big-city-style Valentine’s celebration, Feb. 14-16 will be days to savor in Detroit’s Motor City Casino. MCC’s “Valen’dine’” package includes a deluxe overnight stay in one of the hotel’s chic guest rooms and a $100 credit at the casino’s award-winning restaurant, Iridescence.

If a night away isn’t in the cards, couples can still enjoy MCC’s signature restaurant on Valentine’s Day with a prix fixe three-course menu that includes a cabernet sauvignon and Hoisin-braised beef short rib, salmon bouillabaisse, and salted-caramel crème brulee, among other selections.

“(Iridescence) is a very attractive location, and we have the best view of the city you can have; sitting on top of the hotel with basically four stories of glass. It really is quite a unique venue,” said Randall Villareal, vice president of nongaming operations at Motor City Casino.

For more information, or to make reservations, call (313) 237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com. To make reservations at Iridescence inside Motor City Casino, call (313) 237-6732.

A Royal Romance
Romance is in the air all month at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive in downtown Rochester.

Whether your planning to whisk your sweetheart away for a romantic retreat on Valentine’s Day weekend or looking to keep the romance going throughout the entire month, the Royal Park Hotel is just the place.

“Whether your coming from afar, or even if you just live in the Rochester, Oakland County or Michigan area, it’s not a long drive, but you really feel like you are in a completely different retreat location. We pamper you. You’re treated like a queen and king for the night, royalty — and that’s always nice,” said Sue Keels, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy being pampered in a luxurious boutique hotel surrounding, according to Keels.

“Our concierge services specialize in creating an experience exclusively designed for each couple. Whether that includes a couple’s massage, a night out on the town, a turndown with rose petals, champagne and chocolate, a nightcap, we can really customize it for each couple,” she said.

All of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, which have a European feel, offer a turndown service.

“We play some soft music, we turn down our beautiful executive king luxurious bed, we place slippers out for the guests to enjoy, and then, of course, we have our thick plush terrycloth Royal Park Hotel bathrobes that they can utilize, as well. And if they like them, many times couples purchase them,” Keels said.

Before heading up to a room, Keels said, couples can enjoy upscale fine dining in the Brookshire Restaurant, relax in the hotel’s beautiful library — where they can sit by the fire and enjoy a cocktail, or warm up with a cup of coffee — take a shuttle, or enjoy a romantic walk to downtown Rochester, and even have a night cap in the hotel’s Elliot’s Lounge, which features entertainment scheduled on the weekends.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Royal Park Hotel is celebrating 28 days of love with a special month-long promotion. Throughout February, couples can take advantage of the Love Package, which includes a one night stay in an executive king room, along with the choice of one of two amenities, delivered to the room, for $199. Patrons can either have shaken, not stirred, Valentine Vodka select martinis mixed in their room and served with a Valentine Vodka shaker for each guest to take home, or opt for a bottle of pink moscato with chocolate dipped strawberries.

“We create a personalized experience, so it’s not just a hotel package, it’s so much more. We can truly create a wonderful experience, and we’re excited to offer it throughout the entire 28 days of February. We are celebrating love all month long,” Keels said.

Those who visit the Brookshire restaurant on Feb. 14, 15 and 16 can also sample items from a special Valentine’s Day menu, designed by executive chef Colin Brown.

“Guests can review the menu online. It’s very creative. I love his dessert — it’s the Raspberry Devil — and then he has a strawberry pistachio heart,” Keels added.

To book a night at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive in downtown Rochester, call (248) 652-2600 or visitroyalpark hotel.net.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.