The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix
|2401 East Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Tel. 468 0700
Because this classic and very elegant hotel always tends to stand out amongst the
southwestern background of Arizona, the Ritz Carlton of Phoenix is a choice that many
celebrities and dignitaries like to select. Upon entering, one steps onto a marbled floor,
even before you are through the door. I love to see the existence of this kind of elegance
in the desert.
Once inside the lobby, prepare yourself for the classic decor that will greet you. Beautiful
oil paintings grace the walls, chandeliers hang from the ceilings, and European furniture
can be found in all directions. This description can also apply to the Lobby Lounge,
where they serve afternoon tea.
The Ritz Carlton of Phoenix has been serving afternoon tea since its grand opening in
1988. However, tea at the Ritz Carlton Phoenix has never been more popular until today,
because of Jeff Hattrick taking over the Lobby Lounge. Afternoon tea lovers have so
much to thank for because of this man. His creativity reaches a new level on how to
enjoy this English tradition even more. Jeff is the only host I know who would actually
sing for you! Wearing a traditional tailcoat similar to those in the Ritz London, he always
make sure you are being taken care of.
Traditional afternoon tea is served on a three-tiered silver stand. The choices include
assorted finger sandwiches (curried chicken salad with cashew, rare roast beef with
horseradish and sweet relish, egg salad with chives, cucumber and tomato with light
cream cheese and smoked salmon with dill cream cheese), freshly-baked scones with
lemon curd, devonshire cream and fruit preserves, and a variety of French pastries.
Some of the tea choices include Taylor's tea room, Indian nimbu, china rose petal, citron
green, herbal tisane, and two more dozen favorites. All this is served on a fine
Lomonosov porcelain china. While sipping tea and savoring the delectable food, the
sound of the Steinway piano, played by Nicole, makes you forget the outside world.