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A friend of mine and her 93 year old mother will be visiting from Florida this week, and I'd like to take them to a nice tea somewhere. I've heard the Willard is very good, but it is also a bit pricey for me, since it's my treat. What about the Hay-Adams or anywhere else? I know Blue Duck does a tea. Anyone been to that? The only requirement is that there is either valet parking or an easy drop-off place so the 93 year old doesn't have to walk far. Many thanks.

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  1. I assurme you mean afternoon/low tea; manners, lace and dainty foods. Where as high tea is more like a family meal served after work.

    http://coffeetea.about.com/od/history...

    This link is a place for $25/person

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750866

    There are other recs, just do a search.

    1. For a slightly different take on tea try Ching Ching Cha in Georgetown - it's a Chinese tea house and you can drop the 93 year old off curbside then park underneath Georgetown Park mall directly across the street. Their "tea meal" is delicious.

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      Ching Ching Cha
      1063 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste B, Washington, DC 20007

      1. I did some research a while back on this -- copied and pasted below (prices are accurate as of Dec. '10). The Willard is very nice. Four Seasons is good (though the last time I went was probably 6-7 years ago), but a bit stuffy in my opinion. I think that the Mayflower is great -- good tea and snacks and lovely atmosphere -- and a bit more economical. I've also been to the Henley Park Hotel (the least expensive of the bunch), but it was kind of a weird atmosphere (and not as great tea).

        Mayflower Hotel:
        http://marriottmodules.com/restaurant...
        $28 for Mayflower Tea
        $35 for Mayflower Royal Tea (includes a glass of champagne
        )
        Wilard
        http://washington.intercontinental.co...
        http://washington.intercontinental.co...
        Traditional Afternoon Tea -- $39
        Afternoon Tea Libations (afternoon tea with aperitea sparkler or glass of champagne) -- $49

        Jefferson Hotel
        http://www.jeffersondc.com/media/docs...
        $39 Afternoon Tea
        $55 Champagne Tea

        Four Seasons:
        http://www.fourseasons.com/washington...
        $40 Afternoon Tea
        $50 with champagne

        Henley Park Hotel:
        http://www.henleypark.com/coeur_de_li...
        English Tea: $25
        Royal Tea: $30 (with a glass of kir royal)

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        1. re: WashDC33

          I walked into the Four Seasons Georgetown a month ago and they told me they no longer held regular afternoon teas. I'm wondering if the web page is referring to an afternoon tea in the context of holding a wedding or special catering event.

        2. Recently had a wonderful high tea at the Jefferson. The setting is amazing, the tea is great and I can't recommend it enough.