I’ve been to Atlanta multiple times, since my family considered relocating there. We ended up further south in Florida, and I really didn’t have the intention of visiting Atlanta again since I’d been so many times.
Fast forward a decade and some twenty countries later, when I’d return to Atlanta with an invite from the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). Even with a packed schedule of tours, events and accommodation provided by ACVB, when I found out Four Seasons had a property in Atlanta, I knew I had to find every way possible to get to there.
In my attempt to visit every Four Seasons property in the cities I visit (and also because it’s no secret I love the Four Seasons!), I’m happy to say, I got to squeeze in afternoon tea at Four Seasons Atlanta.
Four Seasons Atlanta is a little less than 30 minutes away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in a neighborhood called Midtown. It’s located on Peachtree Street, where Atlanta’s notable buildings and parades occur.
Places of interest around the area include the Piedmont Park (the Central Park of Atlanta!), an art museum and The Woodruff Arts Center, an event center.
Afternoon tea is held between the lounge, Bar Margot and restaurant, Park 75. The area overlooks the entrance of an impressive staircase, chandeliers and columns.
Brownish marbled walls throughout the hotel interior creates a dim feel and mixed with deep hued furniture shouts classic luxury. There are windows too for some natural light, leaving a nice ambience for having a conversation over tea.
Afternoon tea is only held once a week and during my visit, there were four tables occupied by guests.
Tealeaves brand tea which I was looking forward to having and usually provides tea for Four Seasons properties, wasn’t served at Four Seasons Atlanta. But I was in for a surprise. Of all the afternoon teas I’ve been to, in five countries, this was my first time having the tea leaves brought out to me.
A wooden display with test tube like containers filled with tea leaves from tea brand, Rishi were brought to the table and we were told to smell the leaves before deciding which tea we wanted.
We were then instructed to choose two (Jasmine Green and Earl Grey for me!) and were advised to start with our green selection first. Though my second selection never arrived (we were late and stayed a little later, so I understand!), the jasmine green was satisfying.
Park 75 at Four Seasons Atlanta offers three afternoon tea packages. Afternoon Tea Menu, Celebration Tea (with a glass of champagne) and Children’s Tea (catered for kids). This review features the Afternoon Tea Menu.
The Savory – (four per person)
A satisfying and filling selection of tea sandwiches including Egg salad & truffle mayonnaise; cucumber & watercress; coronation chicken salad; and creamy crab in profiterole.
The Scone – (two scones per person)
The menu calls their scones Southern shortcake. All the food was great, but this was the highlight.
Star shaped shortcakes were accompanied by peach chutney, chantilly cream and lemon custard. Peaches are the state fruit of Georgia and it is delicious.
I always love when a hotel uses local ingredients and incorporates something into their afternoon tea that’s unique to the hotel. Four Seasons Atlanta does this with their scones!
The Sweet – (five items per person)
A selection of sweets included tea cake, fruit tart, jam filled tea cookies, meringue cookie, coconut and chocolate macaron and chocolate dipped strawberries.
We were told everything was made in house, including the chocolate!
Food is served in a traditional three tiered tray. While the tea is served in a more modern way… a French press!
You can always expect excellent service at any Four Seasons property, and Four Seasons Atlanta is no different. Our server was attentive and paid attention to detail.
Usually I’d ask the server questions to find out more about the hotel, afternoon tea, or about the city from a local perspective. This time I was having tea with a friend from London and didn’t take time to ask questions but I’m sure they’d be just as friendly and informative as any other Four Seasons property.
Yes. No password is required to connect fast and easily to the lobby area’s WiFi.
Social Media Aspect
As always, all Four Seasons hotels do an incredible job on social media. Four Seasons Atlanta is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and are active on the platforms. They replied to all my questions, pictures and posts about the hotel.
Even if you have a tight schedule in Atlanta, don’t miss afternoon tea at Four Seasons Atlanta!
It’s an obvious must for Four Seasons lovers but if that’s not really you, it’s still worth it to experience a southern take on afternoon tea. I could have just gone for the peach chutney and southern hospitality!
Overall, I’m extremely glad I went. 🙂
Cost: $36 for Afternoon Tea (in this review)
Tea Time: Saturdays 2 – 4 pm at Park 75 (Please note reservations are required!)
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
75 Fourteenth Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309