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Hotel at a Glance: AAA Four Diamond Townsend Hotel

The 4-star Townsend Hotel is a fine-dining destination, home to the Rugby Grille, recognized as one of the country’s top 10 best restaurants by Zagat’s Restaurant Guide. Inside, Executive Chef Eric Avila crafts delicious entrees while on-site Pastry Chef Taylor Brockenshire churns out breads, pastries, and tortes. Seven days a week with a reservation, you can head to the lobby for afternoon tea served with finger sandwiches and orange-cranberry scones beneath a canopy of Waterford chandeliers and mahogany.

Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms include terry robes, a flat-screen TV, Egyptian-cotton sheets, marble bathrooms, and high-speed WiFi. For extra room: Choose a luxury suite, with 500 square feet, including a deep soaking bathtub and a living area. Extra perk: twice-daily housekeeping with turndown service Squeeze in a workout at the fitness center, stocked with ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent bikes, stair climber, and weight machines. Distance from Detroit: 20 miles Detroit: World-Class Museums and Revitalization Projects in the Motor City

The Motor City has certainly seen better days, but if you’re willing to look, you can still find a lot of worthwhile things to do and see. The downtown area has many top-flight cultural institutions and museums, and an influx of young people and artists are working to revitalize the city.

The 658,000-square-foot Detroit Institute of Arts, located downtown, comprises 100 galleries, an auditorium, a lecture hall, and a reference library. Among its vast collection: a dragon-tile relief from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh. One of the city’s most fascinating art displays can’t be found at a museum or gallery. Tyree Guyton’s The Heidelberg Project is two blocks of once-decrepit houses that have been transformed into an open-air art installation, with colorful sculptures made out of discarded items including stuffed animals, vinyl records, old shoes, and scrap metal.

The fine Print

Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased. 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable. No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate. Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in. No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in. Must be 21 or older to check in. Credit card required at check-in.

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100 Townsend St, 48009
Birmingham, MI
United States

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