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Why Not Partake Holiday Tea in Cali's Wine Country?

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  Site Where: 25 Matheson Street [map], Healdsburg, CA, United States, 95448
November 28, 2012 at 4:32 PM | by | ()

Sonoma, California is best known for its lush vineyards and wine selection, but visitors to the area who need a break from the region's Cabernets and Chardonnays can find just that at the chic Hotel Healdsburg.

Their newly-launched "Wine Country Holiday Tea Experience" is available from now until Christmas every Saturday from 2 to 4pm.

The hotel, which is a favorite of Anne Hathaway and Hilary Swank, features a sparkling fireplace, festive decor and a live pianist playing a mix of easy listening and Christmas carols that transforms the lobby into a relaxing, casual spa-like experience.

The afternoon tea attracts everyone from the casually-dressed shopping crowd in jeans coming off the square to patrons in their Sunday best who take their tea-sipping seriously. Think formal jackets on the men and hats fit for the Royal Wedding on the women. The hotel encourages children to partake in the experience, offering little girls white gloves and fans and boys stick-on moustaches and top hats.

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Where Does London's Tea Poet Go for Afternoon Tea?

November 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM | by | ()

Tea at The Savoy

There's no shortage of places to sit down for a prim and proper session of high tea in London, the city that's all but perfected the art of pinky-up drinking and snacking on miniature sized cakes. Travelers can consult any number of resources for suggestions on where to knock back a cuppa English Breakfast, whether guidebook or U.K.'s Tea Guild (a real organization, we assure you), or, you know, us.

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San Diego's Grand Del Mar Serves Up a Less Stuffy Teatime

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  Site Where: 5300 Grand Del Mar Court [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92130
May 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

We are always in search of a good cuppa, so we stopped at the Grand Del Mar for teatime to see whether you can get a decent cup in a warm-weather destination like San Diego.

Tea is typically served in the cozy library just off of the lobby, but our teatime companion wanted to sit at one of the several lobby tables overlooking the golf course. Although several parties came in for tea, we found out that the Grand Del Mar's high tea's high time is during holidays like Mother's Day and Christmas.

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Pinky Up For High Tea at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

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  Site Where: 9882 Santa Monica Blvd [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
November 18, 2009 at 2:53 PM | by | ()

Los Angeles is a city whose locals are fueled by lattes, energy drinks, or sated by cocktails. Yet, that doesn't mean that Angelenos are averse to taking a breather and enjoying tea time, that serene mid-to-late afternoon tradition that's become fashionable at high-end hotels like The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The hotel's cushy, semi-Victorian decor is redolent of a traditional salon, and like most swanky tea rooms, it also bears a "you break it and you buy it" air. That just means you'll have to mind etiquette rules when sitting down with that pot of Darjeeling.

Tea is served in the hotel's Living Room, where a harpist—sadly not Joanna Newsom—sets the mood. There are two seatings per day, one at 2:30 and the other at 5:30, plus a noon seating on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. At these times you're handed a menu and allowed to choose from spreads that range anywhere from $29-59. There's the rub. High-tea is high-end at a place like the Peninsula, not a grab-and-go affair like that $1.50 cup of Tazo you can get at other places.

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Cocktails, Cupcakes, and Carcrash Celebs at the May Fair This Week

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  Site Where: Stratton Street, London, United Kingdom, W1J 8LT
October 30, 2009 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

Ah The May Fair, how we love your quirky ideas. In-room Nobu, in-house jeans, celebs on tap, and the latest ruse - Cocktails & Cupcakes, which launched this week, and combines two of our favourite things, sugar and booze.

For £20, their new take on afternoon tea - set in the bar - gives you tea and coffee-flavoured cocktails (Caramel Espresso Martini, Peppermint Tea Martini, or the intriguing-sounding, Chamomile, Spiced Rum & Pomegranate cocktail, served hot, so you can pass it off as a cup of tea, see), served with equally exotic (coconut and strawberry, lemon curd) cupcakes. Yum.

But oh the May Fair – we’re slightly tiring of your celeb ambassadors. If it’s not the ghastly Peaches Geldof, or the dreadful Danny Dyer, or some footballers better known for their extramaritals than their prowess on the pitch, it’s mega-boobed glamour model Jordan, who used to be popular until she went all kamikaze on us this summer, or her ex, the drippy Peter Andre (speaking on the May Fair's Youtube channel here).

To be fair to the hotel, it’s only allowed to talk about the guests who want publicity. Also, when we asked this morning, they swore blind that, seeing as it was the official hotel for the London Film Festival which finished this week, it had loads of A-listers staying this month – it just had to keep hushed up about them. May Fair, we hear you on that. But you might want to take your ambassadors up a notch if you want to keep your trendy image.

(Ps: Just to clarify, we don't categorise Mel B as part of the despo lot – we won’t hear a word against her. Ahem)

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Bubblegum Tea at the Empress in Victoria

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  Site Where: 721 Government Street , Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 1W5
July 11, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

Where would the original grand hotel in the most British town in British Columbia be without high tea in the afternoon?

The Empress Hotel opened in 1909 in the style of an Edwardian chateau and hosted a steady stream of British royalty and celebrities. It went through several rounds of additions and renovations and became part of the newly formed Fairmont chain in 1999, when the Canadian Pacific railway company spun off its hotels and rebranded them.

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Hotel High Tea Death Match: The Ritz-Carlton Greenhouse Trumps The Drake

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  Site Where: 160 E Pearson St. Water Tower [map], Chicago, il, United States, 60611
March 20, 2008 at 3:11 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Hotel Maven and High Tea enthusiast JetSetCD gives us her recommendation for Chi-town's finest tea hour. Enjoy.

Indeed the master of the Chicago institution of Hotel High Tea is, surprisingly, not The Drake. Only a few blocks away and tucked just off Michigan Ave sits the Ritz Carlton (which is actually a Four Seasons property), and at its 12th Floor Greenhouse you can expect the best High Tea in the Windy City.

Set at $27 per person for a complete service of seasonal pastries and choice of tea, they also offer a selection of rare and iced teas for a little extra $.

The Ritz Carlton service absolutely requires reservations, as the seating is true English style in arrangements of plush floral-print chairs and couches around a quiet fountain, and the staff is strict on the number in your party so as to seat you best. Settle in and you'll note the Frette linens, Wedgwood China, and silver service stamped with the Ritz Carlton insignia.

No skimping on the "proper way" here.

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Cheesecake $17. Pancakes $26. Tea for Two $173. A Meal at the Plaza? Pricey

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  Site Where: Fifth Avenue at Central Park South [map], New York, ny, United States, 10019
March 20, 2008 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

We just finished reading about the lavish new Palm Court Restaurant and Champagne Bar at the Plaza Hotel, wherein the Bloomberg review by critic Ryan Sutton left us gasping for some free-er air.

Having completed the $1 billion re-do of the 1907 landmark hotel, the folks at Fairmont decided to drop another $400 million to open the new restaurant and bar. While Plaza condo residents including the likes of a Kuwaiti billionaire and Faberge Egg-toting realtor may well afford these menus, Manhatten travelers opting to dine better be packing fat wallets.

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Weekend Hotel Happenings: Poolside Tea Party at the Standard West Hollywood

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  Site Where: Sunset Boulevard [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
May 4, 2007 at 9:22 AM | by | ()

Hotel: Standard Hotel West Hollywood

When: Sunday, May 6th: 4-7pm.

Where: Poolside.

What: Tea, Tinis, Tails and Snacks. The Standard's unique take on the traditional English tea launches this Sunday, featuring appetizers, a selection of tea and martinis with DJs spinning some tunes.

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High Tea at the Palace Hotel in SF

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  Site Where: 2 New Montgomery Street [map], San Francisco, ca, United States, 94105
October 12, 2005 at 10:59 AM | by | ()

LiveJournal member jazzxine is lookin' for folks who have been to high tea at fancy SF hotels.

She isn't looking for hoi-polloi, but she wants a fancy setting for her tea party.

Fellow LiveJournal member notbob suggests the Palace Hotel might fit the bill:

I've been to the tea at the Palace Hotel several times. it's fantastic, mostly because of the location. you sit in the glass-roofed atrium full of light and greenery. the scene is very grand. the sandwiches, sweets and tea are all very good, though the price is a tad high. but it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. i highly recommend it.

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Related Stories:
·   High Tea in San Francisco [LiveJournal]
·   Palace Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]

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High Tea at the Sheraton in Addis Ababa

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  Site Where: Woreda 14 Kebele 24, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
September 28, 2005 at 10:52 AM | by | ()

[Publisher's Note: Hotel Maven ananda k lets us in on her stay at the Addis Ababa Sheraton. Enjoy]

We ate three different kinds of cake iced in butter cream, sipped Earl Grey tea with milk, sat across the table from an executive from the African Development Bank. We attended high tea in a room full of international dignitaries in the decadent Sheraton Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Ethiopia? Yes. Just days before checking in, Brad, Angelina and new baby Jolie checked out of a poolside villa. With a winding heated swimming pool, lavish Italian style décor, as in huge stone columns and marble floors, its no wonder Ethiopia's upper crust and celebrity guests frequent this place.

Here's what other guests have said about the place:

Apart from the very beautiful surroundings and the good food the staff could not be more accommodating. On a recent stay I requested my favorite dish by room service which was only available at the pool restaurant, so there was a very slight delay on the arrival of my food.

A few minutes later the manager himself brought my food up to me on a table and arranged it so beautifully with flowers and candles. He could not have done enough. I can only hope this sort of behaviour is recognised and rewarded by top end managers. People like this are NOT trained or managed by high ranking mangers who desparately want to claim credit for the success of a hotel rather these people are born.

The level of service from the staff at the Sheraton can only be partially credited to hotel. Ethiopian people themselves are truly a warm people that understand that class has nothing to with material wealth but rather in the strength of character.

Related Stories:
·   Sheraton Addis Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]


Five-Star London: Champagne wishes and afternoon tea

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  Site Where: 6 Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
September 16, 2005 at 3:07 PM | by | ()

[Publisher's Note: Hotel Maven ananda k is back with her take on a London property.]

Luxury is nothing to run from when in London, a city plagued with over sized broom closets disguised as hotel rooms, or worse still, the city B&B. The St. James Sofitel just off Picadilly Circus is walking distance from every tourist trap on the west end but just paces from of its world renowned theatre district. And the rooms... big enough for a small man to run a bed and breakfast in one of the broom closets. Well maybe not that big.

The décor of white linens and shades of grey is tastefully colorless, otherwise known as monochromatic, sleek, or minimal. It is lovely.

London's legendary highbrow service of discreet excellence is in many cases just that, a legend, but when my husband and I checked in blurry eyed from a delayed flight we arrived to complimentary strawberries and chocolates, last minute dinner reservations and after saying the magic words, "we're on our honeymoon", presto, a fabulous room upgrade.

Hotel Review Continues Post Break

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