BIRMINGHAM, Mich., - THE TOWNSEND HOTEL is a Four Diamond, Four Star Hotel. Since its grand opening in 1988, THE TOWNSEND HOTEL has set new standards with spacious rooms and suites, fine dining, and exceptional amenities in a desirable location.

The hotel has been providing world-class service for a luxurious getaway or business meeting for over 20 years. Offering afternoon tea, an impeccable dining experience and a chic Corner bar for cocktails, the hotel is located in the prestigious shopping district of Birmingham, Mich.

"Our guests expect the best of everything," said Managing Director Steven Kalczynski. "It is our pleasure to meet their expectations and more. We have gained an international reputation because of our outstanding services and distinguished amenities."

The hotel lobby is enhanced by traditional English decor, marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, murals and fresh floral arrangements. Afternoon tea is served five days a week in the lobby, featuring the finest European teas, finger sandwiches, hot hors d'oeuvres, scones with clotted cream and fresh fruit preserves, and other delicious pastries.

The hotel's 150 rooms and suites are stocked with Egyptian cotton sheets, custom Italian made duvet covers, marble baths, including deep soaking tubs, Gilchrist & Soames spa products. Guests are also provided the latest high-tech touches such as high-speed Internet connection, voicemail, two-line phones and CD players.

The Townsend's guest suites provide spacious accommodations ideal for entertaining, executive meetings or vacationing families. The hotel also offers two penthouses that feature a gas fireplace and a gourmet kitchen. Upon request, the Townsend's award-winning chef is available to prepare a private dining experience.

Also on site is a 1,100 square foot fitness facility featuring Precor and Tectrix treadmill, recumbent bikes, StairMasters, elliptical cross trainers and Cybex weight machines.

THE TOWNSEND offers a number of meeting and event style facilities to accommodate gatherings for five people or gala events for 500, including the Townsend Ballroom, which accommodates up to 500 people. The Ballroom features carved paneling, fabric wall coverings, crystal chandeliers and floor to ceiling windows. The Ballroom is the ideal place for business or social functions with an extensive multi-media package.

THE TOWNSEND caters to business people with a state-of-the art business center, stocked with personal computers with standard Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), laser printers, scanners, copiers, fax service and high-speed Internet.

THE RUGBY GRILLE, THE TOWNSEND'S award-winning restaurant has received numerous awards including, "Top Ten Best Restaurant in the United States," by Zagat's Restaurant Guide, "Restaurant of the Year," by HOUR Detroit. The attentive wait staff makes the restaurant a popular and memorable dining choice for guests enjoying everything from business lunches to romantic dinners.

THE CORNER bar is a true Birmingham original. It is located adjacent to THE TOWNSEND HOTEL. Guests will enjoy an impressive selection of first-class wines and champagnes hand picked from around the world. All varieties are available by the glass, including Dom Perignon. THE CORNER also features an eclectic selection of premier spirits, including Small Batch Bourbons, Single Malt Scotches, XO Cognacs, and Premium Vodkas. Knowledgeable members of the bar staff concoct hundreds of cocktails ranging from the award-winning Mojito and Flirtini to the original Mai Tai. Guests can also indulge in a specially-selected light-fare menu developed by the hotel's Executive Chef.

THE CORNER'S décor is unquestionably urban chic with stainless steel, mahogany, pewter tiles, mosaic tiles, and beveled glass. Euro-Contemporary light fixtures, an intimate layout, and a striking backlit bar lend a trendy feel to this unique locale.

An inventive lighting system with spots and rotating lights creates an edgy enhancement to the surround sound of soul, contemporary, classics and rhythm and blues. THE CORNER also offers live entertainment every night of the week with live performers and Metro Detroit's best DJs.

Since THE TOWNSEND opened in 1988, it has received numerous awards and accolades including Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations as well as a perennial position on Conde Nasts's "Top 100 Gold List," and Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Hotels." THE TOWNSEND HOTEL, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is located at 100 Townsend Street in downtown Birmingham, Mich.

For more information, contact JASON BROWN, PublicCityPR 248.252.1687