Article By Eugene Lombard
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It was on a gloomy Tuesday afternoon, when my companion and I set off to Courtyard by Marriott Xi’an North for afternoon tea. This being my first high tea experience, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I skipped lunch and made sure that I arrived with an appetite. After a brisk 15-minute walk from the Shi Tu Shu Guan metro stop, we found ourselves on the 3rd floor of Courtyard by Marriott Xi’an North.
We were met by friendly staff and kindly shown to the lounge area, which is easily visible from the reception desk. Generous seating space and a variety of seating options make the lounge the perfect setting for a group of friends or an intimate date for two.
Ordering is a simple process, as the afternoon tea allows you to choose from two options: chocolate or strawberry. Having quite the sweet tooth, I decided on chocolate. What an absolute treat. The afternoon tea for two consists of a healthy portion of savory snacks and delicious pastries, all baked by the in-house chef. It also includes a hot or cold beverage of your choice, available from a set menu.
The portions are generous and the service is excellent. I’d accidentally spilled my coffee, the friendly waiter was on hand immediately, and was insistent on bringing me a fresh brew. I was mightily impressed. Overall the service was impeccable throughout.
Courtyard by Marriott Xi’an North also offers a tea tasting with a twist. A twist, as these are no ordinary teas. The teas are inspired by a very popular reality show,令人心动的Offer (Ling Ren Xin Dong De Offer) or Tempted Offer. The teas strive to reflect the desires and ambitions of each of the contestants and it’s immediately noticeable in the names: Passion, Dream, Awaken.
They are served in an artisanal bottle which immediately catches the eye and the tea tastes exceptionally fresh. Peach, passion fruit, dragon fruit, honey, mint and lemon are just some of the flavours that all contribute to this delicious beverage. The teas are freshly made every day and are available for a limited time only. What makes this even more special is that Courtyard by Marriott Xi’an North is one of only 5 Marriott hotels in China to offer this one of a kind tasting.
If the afternoon tea is not entirely your thing, then pop in at the Pavilla Restaurant on the 5th floor. During lunch they serve delicious dim sum and for dinner they offer an excellent buffet. My recommendation is to go for dinner, after which you make your way to the lounge for some live music and a night cap or two to end of your evening. Or just head straight to the lounge for some live music and a glass of Prosecco.
So should you find yourself experiencing a gloomy Tuesday, want to celebrate an afternoon out with friends, or treat that special someone in your life, make your way to the Courtyard by Marriott Xi’an North. Awaiting you is a warm, inviting atmosphere, accentuated by the beautiful décor, you can’t help but indulge in the luxury of the moment. You’d be forgiven if, for a fleeting moment, you forgot you were in Xi’an.
*The menus are all available in English.*
Afternoon tea @ The Lounge
14:00 to 17:30
138 for two people sharing
Savory snacks, pastries and two drinks
Tea tasting @ The Lounge
40 per bottle of tea
Live band @ The Lounge
Eugene is an avid city cyclist living in Xi’an. If not cycling he’s drinking coffee or beer.