When it comes to a high tea service not all luxury hotels even offer it and among those who do there is a vast range of quality. It already says something about the hotel’s atmosphere if a high tea is offered. It portrays a traditional sense of luxury and assumes the guest will wish to take advantage of the place itself, rather than going outside for lunch or a midafternoon snack.
A common trend that we have identified is that high tea is offered in high luxury hotels with roots in Asia. The afternoon tea service from a practical perspective is good because it can allow more time for touring, exercise, lounging by the pool and can substitute or add to the lunch or dinner experience. Here are five properties whose tea service we found to be luxurious, bespoke and savory.
The afternoon tea is set in the main lobby overlooking Chicago’s impressive cityscape. There is live music and we happened to be there at Christmastime and enjoy live carols sung. The service was prompt and delightful salty and sweet snacks were provided with a range of teas.
This is probably one of the most culinary impressive high teas we had. The chef took our dietary restrictions to heart and masterfully crafted some exquisite snacks and sweets to meet our needs. The writers bar always felt like we had the place to ourselves and the wait staff were ready at a moments notice. It was five star service.
This high tea had very generous hours of operation. Which allowed for us to come and go from the city without much of a hassle in our schedule. Even though we were visiting during a time of religious fasting in the country, the kitchen made sure we had everything as it would be normally.
This is the most tea centric experience we’ve ever had. A range of beautiful teas each with stunning flavors and ornate aromas were presented and we didn’t have to pick one, several were brewed for us to try at our leisure. Capella allows you to feel like you are escaped to an far flung resort with a city just nearby.
JW Beijing Central
This hotel offers a beautiful lobby which is semi secluded from the foot traffic of the front desk. In comfy couches and with minimalist artwork and design all around we sipped on fine Chinese teas and snacks. It was a welcome experience coming in from our exploration of the nearby Forbidden City.