Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Most Charming Tea Delicacies and Gracious Service

Entrance: The entrance to The Ritz-Carlton's afternoon tea room, The Greenhouse, is spacious and bright with a grand fountain in the center. One wall is all windows as is a portion of the ceiling creating a very open, inviting space.

Greeting: Upon entering, we walked up to the host stand and were greeted and shown to our table.

Service: Our server was very friendly and kindly went over their afternoon tea service and tea options.

Presentation: The food presentation was one of our favorite parts of the tea. The food was so delightful you almost hated to eat anything! We loved the fruit dessert served on the cute, white spoons.

Table decor: The table decor was pretty and simple. Lovely white tea pots and tiered serving trays.

Aesthetics: The tea room was clean, bright and open. The wall of windows and partial ceiling of windows gives The Greenhouse its names and creates a lovely, space with lots of natural light. When entering The Grenhouse, the gleaming floors and large fountain give the space a crisp and polished look.

Tea quality: The tea was good and our server kept our tea warm for the entire visit!

Tea variety: The Ritz-Carlton offered the standard teas we love, with a variety of black, green and white teas.

Food quality: The food was delicious and tasted as good as it looked, which is saying a lot because the food presentation was so darling! We particularly enjoyed the scones, Devonshire cream and lemon curd as well as the dainty desserts with fresh fruit.

Food quantity: There was an abundence of food served with our afternoon tea. Four sandwiches, four desserts, and a variety of bread and scones.

Food variety: The variety of food was perfect. Each treat was lovely to look at and enjoyable to eat. We took three varieties of bread home as we were too full to eat everything.

Music: We arrived for tea around 3:30pm and were still enjoying tea at 5pm when the pianist arrived. We loved the beautiful piano music that accompanied the latter part of our tea. We recommend bringing in the pianist for the entire afternoon tea - the music was lovely and added to the overall ambience of the tea.

Lighting: The large windows offered lots of natural light which created a lovely tea experience.

Bathroom: The bathroom was beautiful. We particularly loved the decadent plush, white hand towels which were disposed of in lovely large wicker laundry baskets in the bathroom.

Take aways: In all likelihood a good portion of your tea delicacies! Three varieties of bread accompanied us home.

Extras: The beautiful piano music at 5pm.

Price: Average

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