Travel + Leisure 500: The World’s Best Hotels

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A questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, in association with ROI Research Inc., was made available to Travel + Leisure readers at Readers were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine (January, February, and March issues), and online at To protect the integrity of the data, respondents were screened by Travel + Leisure and responses from any identified travel-industry professionals who completed the survey were eliminated from the final tally. The survey website,, was maintained, monitored, and kept secure by ROI Research Inc., which collected and tabulated the responses and kept them confidential.


The scores are indexed averages of responses concerning applicable characteristics. Respondents were asked to rate hotels on rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value, as well as optional characteristics (for business, for families), though these ratings were not included in the final score. For each characteristic, respondents were asked to rate a candidate […]

Townsend’s top chef boils down cooking basics

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By Tiffany Esshaki
June 17, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — If the only one shouting advertisement acclaim for your cooking is your smoke detector, don’t worry — the Townsend Hotel has you covered.

For the first time, the hotel’s famed Rugby Grille will open its kitchen doors to visitors for a special cooking instruction series. Participants will get the chance to learn tips of the cuisine trade from Rugby’s executive chef, Drew Sayes, who’s earned countless awards in the culinary industry. “Drew is always kind of big on giving back and promoting his knowledge to other people in regards to cooking,” said Townsend Hotel’s food and beverage director, Jared Chorney. “Some people are intimidated by cooking certain items, so (Sayes) offered to open up the kitchen for people to come in and learn some basic skills they can translate in their own home kitchen.” Chorney said the cooking class will be different in that students […]

Business Matters-Downtown Publications: Hotel Honors for Townsend

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By Katie Deska
Business Matters


Hotel Honors for Townsend
06/02/2015 – The Townsend Hotel, located at 100 Townsend Street,
in Birmingham, was recently named one of the 500 best hotels in the
world by Travel + Leisure. The Townsend is the only Detroit-area
hotel on the magazine’s “T+L 500″ list. The 500 distinguished
properties were chosen by a reader survey that evaluated
rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value.
Business Matters for the Birmingham – Bloomfield area are reported


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DBusiness: Townsend Hotel Adds Assistant Food and Beverage Director

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BIRMINGHAM — Jérôme Fosset has been added to the Townsend Hotel staff as an assistant food and beverage
Fosset, of Birmingham, is responsible for operational support of The Townsend’s banquet department, as well as
managing The Corner, the property’s cocktail lounge. A mixology enthusiast, Fosset assists in the ongoing evolution of
The Townsend Hotel’s broad cocktail program.
Born and raised in Bourges, France, Fosset previously worked across the country. Fosset served as beverage and food
manager at Starwood Hotel’s W Hollywood, leading the re-launch of the property’s pool bar in summer 2014.

Tesla Charging Stations Installed at The Townsend Hotel

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – April 1, 2015 – Beginning today, April 1, 2015, overnight guests of The Townsend Hotel, as well as corporate event attendees and visitors to the property’s Rugby Grille and Afternoon Tea, will have access to the luxury hotel’s three new complimentary electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The Townsend Hotel, a AAA 4-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star luxury property known for its exceptional service and amenities, is now home to EV charging stations that include two Tesla High Power Wall Connectors, as The Townsend becomes the latest property to join a rapidly growing nationwide network of hotels, resorts and restaurants in the Tesla Destination Charging Program.

The stations also include one Clipper Creek Universal Charger, which can be used to power all other makes and models of electric vehicles. Guests wishing to charge their vehicles will have them parked by The Townsend valet team at the charging stations located […]