I haven't actually stayed here but we live locally and the ladies decided to get together for Afternoon Tea and to celebrate a friends birthday.
The entrance is really impressive, the doorman were opening the doors as we walked towards them. The concierge was really lovely and when we said we were here for tea he immediately called through and a waitress came to get us and show us to our seats. The Afternoon Tea is held in the lobby area, with a choice of times. There were 5 of us so we had an oversized sofa and 2 comfy armchairs. The table was laid out with lovely silverware including a cream/milk juig and sugar cube holders with mini tongs, along with jam and cream ready for the scones.. The waitress gave us all a copy of the tea menu and left us alone to choose our type of tea. My personal favourite Darjeeling was among the several choices on the menu along with Earl Grey and a local speciality. When the tea was bought out we had indiviual tea pots and little silver tea strainers to us (slightly odd as it's tea bags, but never mind). Next the goodies were bought out. There was a wrap, ham and cheese roll, chicken salad sandwich and a cucumber and dill sandwich. On the next tier were plain scones, fruit scones, chocolate covered strawberries and 2 other types of cake (1 chocolate). On the top tier were little Macaroons, a chocolate nibble and a fruit cup.
Even for 5 of us there was too muich and we had to take the rest home in a box. They gave the lady celebrating her birthday a chooclate cake and we all had a taste. It's $32 including tip and tax and we had a great time. It's definately a ladies thing as all around us were groups of women, not too close to each so we had privacy.
We took a look aorund the hotel as we are all from overseas and have a lot of guests come to stay and the decor is simply amazing, The Painting by Faulkner above the concierge is stunning, the ceiling is ornate and it's just really plush. We also had a look around 3 types of room and all I can say is I hope my husband will take me for a night for my next birthday. We had a quick look in the bar area and the cocktails were $8-$12 and a burger was £12 - no more than anywhere else.
I've worked in the travel industry for over 20 years and seen some very nice hotels, I would place this in the lower half of the best ones I have seen. It's not in a very pretty area but it has all that you need within it's walls including a small sundeck and nice pool.
The only thing I found confusing was where to park although I understand if you stay or eat there you can get free valet parking, we just parked opposite.
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- Since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel has been recognized for its genuinely friendly service, luxurious guestrooms, breathtaking architecture and elegant decor. Guests of The Jefferson enjoy two award-winning restaurants, 24-hour room service, a complimentary on-site health facility,indoor swimming pool, and complimentary wireless internet access and local calls. Located in the heart of downtown, all of the city's most popular destinations can be reached using the hotel's complimentary transportation. ... more less
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