Townsend Hotel honored as best in state

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 25, 2017

 The Townsend Hotel’s award-winning restaurant was listed among the features that make the boutique Birmingham hotel a favorite among travelers.

The Townsend Hotel’s award-winning restaurant was listed among the features that make the boutique Birmingham hotel a favorite among travelers.

File photo by Deb Jacques

BIRMINGHAM — Plenty of locals will be happy to fill travelers in on the Townsend Hotel, known for its ornate décor, award-winning restaurant, charming tea service and — from time to time — a bit of celebrity spotting.

But now the designation as Michigan’s top hotel is official, as named by Travel + Leisure magazine. The publication’s readers voted the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham the top spot to stay in the state as part of the World’s Best Awards program.

Readers were asked to share their picks for top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, spas, airlines, cruise lines and more, according to Travel + Leisure author Melanie Lieberman.

“Readers taking our World’s Best Awards survey ranked hotels in the United States for value, service, location, amenities and attention to detail,” she explained in her article, which can be found online at TravelandLeisure.com.

One survey participant described the hotel as “a five-star hotel on the outskirts of Detroit that offers the best service, accommodations, restaurant and surroundings in Michigan.”

Another said it’s “the best place to stay in Michigan, period.”

While it’s certainly an honor to be bestowed with such a title, Townsend Hotel Managing Director Steven Kalczynski was hardly surprised.

“We are so proud of this readers poll honor by Travel + Leisure, one of the leading quality publications on travel,” he said. “My own hotel management experiences has taken me personally around the world managing five-star hotels, but I believe the Townsend and its employees are so special that welcoming guests and creating experiences is almost to the level of a relative returning home. That’s what makes us special.”

The Townsend Hotel opened in 1988 and since then has earned numerous awards, earning AAA Four-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star ratings.

For more information, visit TownsendHotel.com.