I went out of the way and made a special trip to Four Seasons Hong Kong during my short visit to Hong Kong.
One- I’m visiting all Four Seasons properties in the cities I visit.
And two- I found out Four Seasons Hong Kong has a unique tea blended by Tealeaves, which you can only get at the hotel!
Though I am a bit disappointed with my afternoon tea experience at Four Seasons Hong Kong, you may find afternoon tea enjoyable… even if it’s just for the specially blended tea…
Four Seasons Hong Kong is located on Hong Kong Island and is a waterfront property overlooking the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. The hotel is easily accessible to both parts of Hong Kong as it is only a short walk to the pier to take a ferry.
And for those who love shopping, there’s no shortage because the hotel is connected to the IFC shopping mall which has almost every brand you’ll possibly need.
The lobby at Four Seasons Hong Kong is rather busy. But walking into The Lounge, where afternoon tea is served, is a whole different story. The lounge is connected to the lobby in a separate room without doors.
There’s a piano for live music towards the entrance and the room is bright due to the big windows. It’s quiet and calm. And decor could be considered normal as it would be the type of setting you’d find in most hotels’ afternoon tea spots.
I made a reservation in advance and was seated all the way inside the lounge, away from the windows and by the kitchen area where staff came in and out of. Staff were chatting and laughing amongst each other, so it was a bit loud.
As for seating, we were seated at a table with four chairs and were told exactly which seats we could sit on. My mother who accompanied me, wanted to sit on a different seat since the sun was shining directly at her face. However, the waiter told her she had to move back to her seat since she was “in the way” of them getting out of the kitchen area.
Green, black, herbal, white teas- both Chinese teas and international can be found on the menu. But there’s no need to think as the highlight of afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hong Kong (and my main reason for visiting!) was for Four Seasons Hong Kong’s special tea blended just for the hotel by Tealeaves.
The tea, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Signature Blend is a green tea. Tealeaves wrote a comment on my Instagram photo and said, “More on this tea from the Tealeaves master blenders: singular notes of golden jasmine blossoms and lavender flowers from Provence highlight this delicate green tea perfumed with vanilla bean.”
I may say it’s worth going to the hotel just for the tea.
A one or two person tea package is offered at Four Seasons Hong Kong.
The Savory – (four items per person)
The classic smoked salmon sandwich (with a twist, since the smoked salmon is on top with capers), pate, lobster sandwich and an egg sandwich (the egg part on top of a purple yam):
Extra! A plate of additional savories of mini ham sandwiches was brought to each table.
The Scone – (two scones for a one person set)
A warm classic scone:
Cream and jams:
The Sweet – (4 items per person)
Flavors included chocolate (in the pastry with the Four Seasons logo and glitter), mint, pineapple, lychee:
Overall, food for afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hong Kong was just ok. I did like the look of the items where it looks like there was a lot of attention to detail- and especially the Four Seasons logo on the chocolate pastry.
One word to describe presentation- traditional. Afternoon tea was served on a three tiered afternoon tea tray with all the same sized white plates. The jams and cream were served on a separate plate, also white. And the tea cup and pots were white. All matching nicely.
I’m sad to say that the same exceptional Four Seasons service that I always gloat about was not found at Four Seasons Hong Kong. Usually, you’d feel welcomed but this time it felt cold.
Unlike hotels like the Fairmont Peace Hotel where staff love their jobs or even Four Seasons St. Petersburg where our server took time to explain things on the menu and tell a little about the city, staff seemed kind of bored and didn’t seem to really care about guests.
Yes. With the same log in page that you’ll find at most Four Seasons properties, you can easily connect to fast WiFi with no code necessary.
Social Media Aspect
Four Seasons Hong Kong is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Normally in this section (if it’s about a Four Seasons property) I’d talk about how great all my Four Seasons experiences were. But unfortunately, I can’t positively compare afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hong Kong to the others.
Four Seasons Hong Kong won’t be among my other experiences of welcoming staff and quality of my stays/food experiences at Buenos Aires, New York, Bali at Jimbaran Bay… and St. Petersburg, Guangzhou, Pudong, Jakarta, Bali at Sayan and even Puxi (where food wasn’t my favorite) for afternoon tea.
It could be that expectations were high, but I hadn’t been let down by Four Seasons before. So overall, I’m really sad to say it’s not my favorite and I wouldn’t recommend afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hong Kong.
Cost: Set Afternoon Tea for one 260 HKD (about USD $30); 495 HKD (about USD $45) for two; note there is a 10% service charge
Time: 3 pm to 5:30 pm at The Lounge
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
8 Finance Street