Best Hotels for Afternoon Tea
in the U.S.
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The splendor of Florida's high society, resort living of the early 1900s recalls the atmosphere of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
This is Disney’s grand flagship hotel, modeled after early 1900s Florida beach resorts, with a Victorian theme of flawless consistency, from design to service protocols. Among a palatial setting of red gabled roofs, the opulent lobby (with marble floors and elaborate chandeliers), expansive verandas, vintage automobiles, a staff donning Edwardian attire and afternoon tea accompanied by old-time piano music create a scene right of out of the Great Gatsby. The pool resembles a natural Florida spring, while a white sand beach, vibrant flower gardens, a wedding chapel and croquet reveal the resort’s more romantic attentions and appeal to honeymooners Most rooms enjoy panoramic views, be it of the Seven Seas lagoon, or the hotel’s marina, courtyard or gardens. Its spa is ranked among the best in the U.S., and the resort’s collection of restaurants includes the intimate and award-winning Victoria & Albert’s, featuring Floridian and seasonal fare.