UPDATE: In 2018, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts bought the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. Afternoon tea is not offered at this location.
Where: Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia
Style: Classic luxury
Tea Selection: 12 loose leaf teas by Tealeaves
Teatimes: Thursday to Sunday, 2:30-4:30
Contact: 404-995-7500 or online
Cost: $38 Traditional Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Though the Mandarin has a Peachtree Road address, you’ll actually turn onto Stratford Road to enter the hotel driveway. Reminder to bring cash to tip the valet.
Destination Tea Notes: We celebrated when the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta reinstated its afternoon tea service this summer, especially given that an icon of afternoon tea – the Ritz-Carlton – closed its Buckhead hotel earlier this year. At the Mandarin, you will find every component of a traditional afternoon tea at an upscale hotel: gracious service, leisurely pace, elegant decor, luxury tea selection and an elevated culinary take on the standard sweets and savories. Fancified girlfriends laugh over their royal teas (champagne added) in the ivory rotunda while other guests step through to the sunlit, charcoal grey bar room to take a late lunch or cocktail. As our servers encourage an unrushed affair, we happily settle into our quiet alcove for a private, uninterrupted teatime chat.