There are some indulgences that can be justified in the spirit of the season and Holiday Tea at the Willard hotel is one of them.
After you make a reservation, which you’ll likely need, you must not think too much about the price. Though comparable to formal afternoon tea at other hotels, it will be expensive. Even if you don’t add a glass of bubbly (an additional $14) to accompany your brew, your wallet will be $50 lighter. So, too, however, will your soul.
As you nibble on sweets and savories, a harpist strums “Silver Bells.” Tourists clad in mittens and scarves snap photos in front of the lobby’s grand tree. Little girls wearing tights on their legs and buns in their hair return from performing in “The Nutcracker” with roses in their arms. It’s Christmas time in the city.
The best part of tea at the Willard is not even the hotel’s specialty holiday blend, or the holiday-inspired pastries (with the exception of the candy cane puff; one bite could trump even the hotel’s perfect ambiance) but the sights you take in pausing for a few hours seated in Peacock Alley. As always, the lobby at the Willard is perfectly bedecked. From a comfortable wing chair in the Alley, tea-takers take in bustle of the season, escaping the hustle with a chai in hand.
Holiday tea will be offered at the Willard every afternoon in December. Valet parking is free with hotel validation.