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The Townsend Hotel Earns 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award

September 19, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Forbes Travel Guide, originator of the Five-Star Ratings and known for establishing the benchmark for excellence in global hospitality, today announced its updated 2013 Star Award winners, including Birmingham, Mich.’s The Townsend Hotel, which earned a four-star award.

According to the publication, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award indicates The Townsend Hotel is an outstanding establishment, offering guests a truly exceptional level of luxury and service.

The rating is a particularly distinct honor for the property, as The Townsend is one of only two hotels in all of Michigan to receive a Four-Star Award, and is one of only 264 worldwide to meet Forbes’ four-star bar-setting service standards.

Additionally, The Rugby Grille, the award-winning fine-dining restaurant located inside The Townsend Hotel, also earned an exclusive Forbes Travel Guide rating – a 2013 Recommended Award. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award signifies The Rugby Grille is one of the best establishments in its destination. According to award criteria, recommended restaurants serve fresh, appealing food in a unique setting that offers a strong sense of location either by style or menu. Also, attention to detail is evident throughout the restaurant, from the service to the menu.

The Rugby Grille is the only restaurant in Michigan to receive a 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award, and is one of only 28 Forbes Travel Guide recommended restaurants in the world.

“For more than five decades, Forbes inspectors have traveled the globe seeking the finest hotels and restaurants, and it’s truly an honor to have The Townsend Hotel and The Rugby Grille included among that exclusive list,” said Steven Kalczynski, The Townsend’s managing director.

A complete list of 2013 Star Award winners is available starting today on the Forbes Travel Guide website at

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