The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: Afternoon Tea

Diana Chan April 21, 2012 Downtown, Three Beakers

A year ago, I purchased a Dealfind coupon for Afternoon Tea for 2 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for $38. It seemed like a good deal, but I forgot to redeem it. Apparently, they extended the deadline until the end of April, so I just had to make a reservation and go before I forget again.

I had quite a hard time making a reservation since every time I call, I get the answering machine and who ever calls back has a very thick accent. I resorted tweeting their Twitter account out of frustration and I got my reservation!

Since Fairmont Vancouver has sold tens of thousands of deals, reservations are a must! A majority of the people who were around us were using the deal.

Included in your afternoon tea set are the items listed above. I find that $38 per person is a bit steep , but with the deal, it’s much more affordable.

The plates and cutlery are quite ornate!

Each person can choose their type of tea. They have lots to choose from, so you won’t be disappointed. The tea is served in cute little teacups too.

M chose the earl grey and I chose the jasmine tea. They also have sweet fruity teas too! If you don’t know what to get, you can always ask the servers to help you make a decision.

The tier of sandwiches and desserts arrive at the table for you and your other guest. Depends how hungry you two are, you may not get full. It is afternoon tea, so it’s supposed to be a light meal.

Mango curried Chicken salad on French Baguette had a subtle curry flavour on top of a piece of spinach.

West Coast Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Fresh Dill was a perfect combination of ingredients. The salmon was fresh and the added dill made the taste more refreshing.

Classic Cucumber with minted cream cheese was a bit of a let down for me because it seems so simple. Taste was alright, but there’s no meat 🙁 I just like meat too much.

Mini croissant filled with black forest ham, brie and dijon mustard was my second favorite item since it was a bit larger than the other items. It had a nice flaky crunchy exterior with savory ham and cheese filling.

Fresh baked raisin scones with cream, strawberries and jam. You get 4 scones, so 2 for each person. After eating these, you’ll probably start getting a bit full.

I actually used honey instead of the other toppings. I know the honey is supposed to be for tea, but I thought the raisins and honey would work better together… and it was good.

Chocolate dipped french vanilla eclair were very small, but it does have a lovely taste inside with the creamy custard center.

Mini lemon-lime meringue pie was a bit messy to eat, but tasted good.

Frosted chocolate cupcakes was ok, the frosting was a bit sweet.

Overall, all the items in the afternoon tea were just alright, but not too impressed by the selection. Its fun to catch up with friends over afternoon tea, but I would not think it’s worth $38 per person. Since it seems like they always have a deal each year around March or April, I would suggest waiting till then.

Words of Wisdom:

  • Hard to find the Afternoon Tea area, it’s behind the bar of the lobby’s lounge
  • Beautiful decor
  • Expensive when its regularly priced
  • Good service

We Rate Fairmont Vancouver’s Afternoon Tea:

900 W Georgia St (Fairmont Vancouver)
Vancouver, BC


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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Amy April 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I got this deal too and me and my mom recently went to try it. We felt the same way as you, it was okay but way too expensive for what you get. I can’t believe some people would pay $40 for that!

    • DesignGirl April 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

      @Amy I have a feeling there are better place in Vancouver, but they always seem to be a bit on the expensive side. 🙁
      @Kayce The scones were warm!

  2. Kayce April 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I got the deal too! I can’t wait to go, hopefully the scones are nice and warm 😀

  3. Prerana April 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I got the deal too, do you have to pay the mandatory 15% gratuities that are included on a 76$ bill? Or do you pay 15% of the 38$?

    • DesignGirl April 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      It’s the 15% of the original $76, it’s already on the bill, so you don’t need to put an additional tip to it. We paid about $15 I think.

  4. Sab March 28, 2013 at 12:16 am

    make sure to make your reservation early otherwise you may end up wasting your voucher. I’ve trying to make reservation since early March as the voucher expiring on April 3/13. It was fully booked until April 6/13.

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