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Review: Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Macdonald

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Review: Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Macdonald

I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Edmonton, Canada. I had no idea what to expect, really, and was so pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the area and the friendliness of all of the people. Although…it is Canada – so YA KNOW PEEPS ARE GONNA BE NICE =) Anyways, I had some free time and decided to mosey on over to the 101 year old, grande dame of Edmonton, the Fairmont Macdonald.  Fairmont has some of the most beautiful hotels in the world, in my opinion, andThe Macdonald is no exception. It as just my luck they were having ” Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Macdonald.” and there was a spot open for this monkey =)

The Deets

  • Where: Fairmont Macdonald, Edmonton Canada
  • When: September 2016
  • Occasion: Afternoon Tea “High Tea”
  • Cost: 49 Cad with Champagne and a tour

The setup for tea:

The Fairmont Macdonald advertises their afternoon tea with an accompanying tour of the building. I mean, for a hotel nut, and especially a tour of an old Fairmont, this was cheese on the cracker! screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-4-59-47-am

As you can see we were supposed to have a tour of the Queen Elizabeth II Suite, but alas, there was a wedding and the honeymoon couple took it. UGH!

The Fairmont Macdonald Lobby


The Harvest Room:

The Harvest room is just inside and to the left. I was able to nab a last minute table, but if you were to make a reservation ( which I highly recommend), request one near the window. The views are amazing…especially in the fall.

This is actually the first time Miles and I have done a tea alone. It was the two of us, several large groups, a bachelorette party, and lots of ladies who do tea time. I absolutely loved the looks we got =)

harvest room entrance
harvest room
Miles and his bubbly

I chose one of the loose teas and it was delicious.

loose teas
berry compote and clotted cream
amuse bouche
two kinds of scones

Since Miles and I eat only fish and veggies, they tailored the food to suit our needs. I was very thankful, especially because we were walk ins. In fact, this was the first time I’d ever had a felafel with High Tea and it was unexpectedly very good.



I would highly recommend The Royal Tea at the Fairmont Macdonald. The service was prompt, attentive, and extremely friendly. Annnnndddd they Loved up on Miles. The food exceeded expectations and the ambience was HIGH TEA WORTHY! 😉 The hotel itself is very cool as well. If you’re looking for hip and modern…uhhhh you’re gonna be very disappointed. If you’re looking for traditional, regal, and historic – this is your spot. I can imagine this would be a great spot to sip cocktails on the veranda during the warm summer months.

The tour of the hotel was great as well. Our guide, who I believe was managing the Harvest Room, was informative, knowledgable, and had a great air about her. I would highly recommend doing it. And if you go and get pics of the QUEEN ELIZABETH SUITE…send them and i’ll credit you on this post =) I was so jealous I couldn’t see it. I love a good penthouse 😉

Here’s some more hotel shots

main entrance
main entrance
main lobby
view down to the lobby
view from the veranda

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