Townsend Hotel Again Earns Four-Star Rating From Mobil Travel Guide
Award places Townsend on list of top U.S. hotels for 2009
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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. Jan. 27, 2009 - The Townsend Hotel has again been honored with a Four-Star Award by Mobil Travel Guide, providers of one of the most comprehensive evaluation systems of hotels, restaurants and spas. The Townsend is the only hotel in Michigan to hold a perennial spot on this prestigious list - a position it has held for 20 years. This recognition also places The Townsend on Mobil Travel Guide's list of the top hotels in the United States and Canada for 2009.
"Each year, we are honored to receive the Mobil Four-Star Award, as it reflects the culture of excellence that defines the Townsend," said Peter Wilde, managing director of The Townsend. "We continue to work every day to represent Detroit as a world class hotel, uphold our reputation as Metro Detroit's best hotel and extend to our guests and clients world-class service and unbeatable value for their money."
For more than 50 years, Mobil Travel Guide had rated hotels using a process based on more than 750 rigorous and standardized criteria that are evaluated and updated annually. To achieve Mobil Four-Star status, properties must then meet or exceed Mobil's bar-setting service standards, which are determined through undercover service evaluation conducted by Mobil Travel Guide's expert inspectors.
In Mobil's review, The Townsend received high marks for its attention to detail, convenience to downtown Detroit and trendy downtown Birmingham location, along with its handsomely-furnished guest rooms, renowned Rugby Grille restaurant and The Corner, an appealing hotspot for urban nightlife. The Townsend's comprehensive review may be found online at www.mobiltravelguide.com.
"It is in these difficult economic times that consumers recognize the importance of great service and hospitality," said Shane O'Flaherty, President and CEO for Mobil Travel Guide. "For over 50 years, Mobil Travel Guide has been a trusted travel companion to millions of people across the country. The latest additions to Mobil's Four- and Five-Star family exemplify what extraordinary service is all about."
Since The Townsend opened in 1988, it has received numerous awards and accolades including Mobil Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations as well as a perennial position on Conde Nast'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 the hotel at 248-642-7900 or 800-548-4172. Additional information is also available at www.townsendhotel.com.
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