Pinkies Up! Tea-riffic IHG hotels to indulge in afternoon tea this holiday season

Pinkies Up! Tea-riffic IHG hotels to indulge in afternoon tea this holiday season
Anna Smith | 6 minutos de lectura
Publicado el 12th November 2021 |
From the first cup of tea brewed in ancient China, to the dainty finger sandwiches and elegant pastries of the British empire, the tradition of afternoon tea dates back centuries. Today, the custom is embraced worldwide, from a mid-afternoon pick-me-up to a special occasion with loved ones. Whether you’re looking for a traditional afternoon tea or something more unique, here are some hotels steeped in teatime excellence.

Traditional English Tea

InterContinental London Park Lane

Location: London, United Kingdom

Description: Once home to Queen Elizabeth – when the address was 145 Piccadilly – the iconic InterContinental London Park Lane has always been synonymous with Buckingham Palace. Taking inspiration from its royal heritage, newly appointed Head Pastry Chef Radoslav Georgiev has created The Royal Afternoon Tea menu.

Underpinned by the hotel’s royal roots, the savory selection features a Scottish lobster and saffron aioli open sandwich, alongside an array of classic finger sandwiches. The cakes and pastries take inspiration from the Queen's travels around the Commonwealth and include a Malibu coconut delice and an organic cherry and tonka bean slice. To finish, there’s a piece of the Queen’s favorite chocolate biscuit cake, which she shares with her grandchildren. Naturally, there are plenty of high-quality loose-leaf teas to choose from, and for celebrations (or just because), the Royal Afternoon Tea can be accompanied by a glass of R de Ruinart Champagne.

Presidente InterContinental Mexico City

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Description: You don’t have to be in England to enjoy a classic English Afternoon Tea. Presidente InterContinental Mexico City’s restaurant, Balmoral, is recognized worldwide for its Victorian touch. The restaurant is decorated in the fashion of a charming English tea house and offers a wide variety of homemade pastries, sandwiches and tea that are served daily.

InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Description: Indulge in an authentic Parisian culinary experience with “Dubai’s finest” afternoon tea at InterContinental Dubai Festival City. With a premium collection of French delicacies from three-star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire, enjoy signature scones, pastries and the finest tea selection all while taking in the hotel’s ambient setting with friends or family.

Regent Berlin

Location: Berlin, Germany

Description: At Regent Berlin, tea enthusiasts are expertly looked after and pampered. The luxury hotel only uses loose leaf teas of the highest quality from reputed companies, such as Ronnefeldt and Fortnum & Mason. The lobby lounge, with its comfortable regency style armchairs, leather sofas in front of an open fireplace, and soothing piano music, is an ideal place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of the capital. To make the experience even more special, try the Regent´s own tea creation: The "Meissener Rose”, a Chinese green tea with dried grapes from Meissener vineyards and rosebuds.

Tea with a Dash of Curated Art

Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Description: With more than 200 original artworks, Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown is an art lovers paradise. Now with its afternoon tea offering, guests can stylishly devour a three-tiered stand of mouth-watering savory and sweet treats with a hint of signature quirk and oozing with culinary creativity. After you've indulged in the edible art, it's time to explore the hotel's unique curated collections of art and design objects on display.

Tea with a View

voco Kirkton Park

Location: Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Description: Live the high life at voco Kirkton Park with the ultimate Hunter Valley high tea experience. Enjoy a variety of delicate delights perfectly paired with a glass of sparkling wine with views of the rose garden and the Brokenback Ranges cascading in the distance. Not a sweets person? For something different, try the “High Cheese” for an assortment of cheese, local olives and condiments.

Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Description: Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina's afternoon tea promises an impeccable experience. With views of picturesque Dubai Marina, you can sample traditional flavors of tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts from two different menus for up to 15 attendees at on-site restaurant, Lo+Cale. Need to host a large event? You can book a private afternoon tea in the hotel’s ballroom.

Tea for the Holidays

InterContinental The Willard Washington, D.C.

Location: Washington, D.C.

DescriptionWillard Holiday Afternoon Tea is one of the hotel’s most cherished holiday traditions. Seated in the grandeur of Peacock Alley, among the festive décor and elegant sounds of a harp, guests indulge in a tantalizing array of festive teas, sandwiches and seasonally inspired pastries. Offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting on the first Friday in December.

EVEN Hotel Times SquareEVEN Hotel Brooklyn and EVEN Hotel New York - Midtown East

Location: New York, New York

Description: Traveling to New York City for the Holidays and want something to help you relax after a long day of exploration, shopping or visiting with friends? All EVEN Hotel properties, including EVEN Hotel Times Square South, Brooklyn and Midtown East offer complimentary nighttime tea service as you come back to the hotel to wind down for bed.

Not Your Cup of Tea?

Kimpton Hotels

Tea not your drink of choice? Every day from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Kimpton guests are invited to enjoy Wine Hour hosted in the majority of Kimpton living room lobbies. Wine Hour was created as a gathering place for guests to feel a sense of community and inclusion, as well as relax at the end of the day. Kimpton became the first hotel company to offer a hosted nightly wine hour with the opening of the brand’s first hotel in San Francisco in 1981.

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