AAA Four Diamond hotel in suburban Detroit features an upscale restaurant and elegant guest rooms
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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, the skilled culinary team crafts delicious entrees and 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 downtown area of the Morot City 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.