While in the elevator to Four Seasons Guangzhou’s lobby, a screen by the door says, “Welcome to Four Seasons in the sky”.
Once you arrive at the lobby you really are in the sky as you have just entered the 70th floor in one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
For those who enjoy having afternoon tea with a view or just want to experience ‘being in the sky’, Four Seasons Guangzhou is the place to be at since the high floor allows for an incredible view…
Guangzhou is the largest city in the Guangdong province in southern China and the third largest city in China. It’s situated by the Pearl River and is just 75 miles north of Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Four Seasons Guangzhou occupies the top floors of the Guangzhou International Finance Center. Within walking distance, and some of what you can see from the hotel are the Guangzhou Opera House and Guangdong Provincial Museum, to name a few.
The view is the main attraction on the 70th floor Atrium, where afternoon tea at Four Seasons Guangzhou is served. It falls into the ‘you can’t leave without seeing’ list when visiting Guangzhou.
Tall floor to ceiling glass windows allow for a clear view. There are tables with two chairs each lined up by the windows so everyone has a chance to be by the window. (Though tables are spread out enough to allow for conversations without having to listen to the other table.)
In addition to this seating arrangement, you can also have the option of sitting on couches among greenery or in an area you will see when coming right out of the elevators.
It was very busy and all three areas to sit were full on a weekday. I guess everyone got the memo about the view.
Four Seasons Guangzhou does not have a tea blended specifically for the hotel however a variety of teas are offered.
Under the International Fine Tea Selections are teas like earl grey, fruity teas and darjeeling (the one I picked!). While under the Chinese Fine Tea Selections are teas like pu er and chrysanthemum.
There’s one tea package available at Four Seasons Guangzhou though the menu changes seasonally. As a sample, the winter menu’s sweet items include Raspberry Mousse Shooter; White Chocolate Mousse with Blood Orange; Lemon Macaron; Chocolate Truffle Cake; Orange Madeleines; Cranberry and Brown Sugar Scones.
And savory items include Roasted onion, thyme and Gruyere quiche; Egg and chive salad in rye toast; Boccocini, eggplant caviar, confit tomato on crostini; Smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese sandwich; Chicken Caesar in brioche bun.
The savory – a delicious crostini (front) was the highlight…
…along with the bricohe bun….
The scone – (two types of scones, cranberry and a twist to the classic scone- topped with brown sugar! paired with cream and orange marmalade):
The sweet – the perfect amount of sweetness (and the madeleines tasted just like the ones at Four Seasons St. Petersburg!)
A colorful raspberry mousse shooter…
Afternoon tea is served on a classic three tiered tray. Paying close attention to details, each spoon, fork and knife has a Four Seasons logo at the end of the handles.
From the time you enter the hotel on the first floor, take the elevator to the 70th floor lobby and into The Atrium for afternoon tea, there are helpful staff who are always smiling and ready to help. It’s no less than what you’d expect at a Four Seasons property.
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When in Guangzhou, don’t miss having afternoon tea at Four Seasons Guangzhou. You’ll kill two birds with one stone- get an amazing view from above and enjoy some delicious sweets and savories. (This may be the best view in the entire Guangzhou because you get to see the most popular building in Guangzhou, the Canton Tower!)
It’s also worth visiting for the awesome architecture. When I saw the picture on Four Season’s website, I knew I had to visit. Don’t forget to look up when at the 70th floor lobby.
Having afternoon tea at Four Seasons Guangzhou was definitely a highlight of my visit to Guangzhou. As usual, my favorite hotel brand didn’t disappoint : )
Cost: Afternoon tea set for one 238 RMB (about USD $39) and for two 388 RMB (about USD $63); note there is a 15% surcharge
Tea Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm on weekdays and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 4 pm – 6 pm on weekends at The Atrium
Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou
5 Zhujiang West Road
510623 Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China
Note: I was a guest of Four Seasons Guangzhou for afternoon tea. All views are my own.