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Afternoon Tea at Biltmore Hotel - British Miami

The acclaimed Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel
The acclaimed Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel Miami

Tea time at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami's Suburb Coral Gables shows it clearly. In Miami, there are not just Cubans and Latin Americans. Every visitor to Miami is repeatedly bumped into it in guidebooks, films and TV series. A majority of the inhabitants of the metropolis of Florida has fled from Castro's Cuba. Part of it produces cigars and serves mojito. In any case, many are linked to the Caribbean neighbors.

However, there is never talk of other residents. And although I knew that the population of American cities was a colorful crowd, I was surprised when I heard about Tea Time at the Biltmore Hotel. At least I did not expect this typical English tradition here! We wanted that on ours Winter trip to Miami try out.

Opulent pillars at the Biltmore Hotel
Opulent pillars at the Biltmore Hotel - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

Drink tea at the fine Biltmore Hotel - an experience!

As we are planning a visit to this hotel in Miami this time, the decision is easy. We will have tea at the Biltmore Hotel! No sooner said than done - we reserve a table for tea time at 16.30 and are lucky enough to get one more. As expected, the Biltmore Hotel alone is worth a visit. Even if we do not stay there. It's located in one of Miami's most beautiful neighborhoods, Coral Gables. On the way we pass the front gardens that overlook the Spanish-American style villas. Our first impression of the hotel is breathtaking. It rises like a castle across from a church that looks like it belongs to the hotel, with the Spanish elements on its façade.

Birds are singing in the aviaries
Birds chirping in the aviaries - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

Elegant luxury hotel

We park our car in the parking lot of the golf course, which belongs to the hotel. From there we take the driveway up to the main entrance of the Biltmore. A bellman opens the door for us. And at the reception they give us the information that the tea is served in the hotel lobby. We still have some time and can study the equipment of the hotel. Two aviaries with birds stand in the middle of the entrance hall. This is reminiscent of a castle with its wood paneling, columns and coffered ceiling.

Noble silverware makes a real Tea Time, right?
Noble silverware makes a real Tea Time, right? - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

The tea ceremony

Shortly before half past four o'clock we are led by our - unmistakably Latin American - lady to our table. So no Latino flair so it's not here. Lydia - that's the name of the lady - introduces us to the varieties of tea that are available. Then she diligently prepares our tea and tells us that he has to draw another five minutes before unfolding his full aroma. As we wait, we admire the porcelain and the silverware that adorns our table.

The guests, who enjoy tea together with us, are as colorful as the inhabitants of Miami. In addition to a Latin American family, these are three elegantly dressed ladies who celebrate their tea time in style. A little late, a couple finally arrives: an Anglo-American with his Asian companion. Nice, I think. Tea connects people.

Delicious vegetable sandwiches have to be
Delicious Vegetable Sandwiches Must Be - Afternoon Tea at the Biltmore Hotel

Sandwiches, scones and more

Then come the sandwiches and cakes that are part of a tea time. The breads are covered with vegetables. However, the cucumber sandwich is missing, which is mandatory in the home country of tea time, in England. Instead we find zucchini slices, tomatoes and artichokes between our slices of bread. The scones, the biscuits of the English, which you eat with butter and strawberry jam, must not be missed. These are then served. There are muffins, raspberry tartlets, nut corners and macaroons. We enjoy the atmosphere and luxurious surroundings until our can of Darjeeling or Souchong is empty. It's almost hard to dive into the bustle of Miami after two relaxing hours.

Typical tea biscuits for afternoon tea
Typical tea biscuits for afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea is served daily at the Biltmore Hotel at 13.00 pm and 14.30 during the week. A reservation is advised. During the Christmas season, there are Christmas cookies.

Travel Arrangements

You can also stay overnight at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami:
Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables,
Miami, FL, 33134
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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  1. Tea time fan
    | Reply

    Scones are not, I repeat it urgently, NOT eaten with butter!
    It is clotted cream, and it is most similar to a mascarpone, if you can and do compare it with anything.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Tea-Time fan,

      Thank you for your comment. The problem is, you do not get clotted cream in Florida. I've never seen them anywhere except in England. At our tea time at the Biltmore Hotel, there was butter and jam with the scones.

      Best regards,

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