Guests will be welcomed with a Mimosa or Champagne cocktail while a pianist performs on a grand piano in the lobby from 7 to 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
When The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead opened its doors Jan. 8, 1984, it was embraced by tastemakers and trendsetters throughout the Southeast. The Chevy Chase, Md.-based hotel company will mark the Buckhead location’s 30th anniversary in 2014 as an icon of luxury in the region, renowned for preserving longstanding traditions and introducing new experiences destined to become traditions for couples and families.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of our longevity in the city is that we now welcome generations of loyal guests,” said General Manager Erwin Schinnerl. “Guests who attended our teas as children now bring their own children to experience these traditions, and a new generation of bridal couples celebrates their weddings with us.”
Afternoon tea is one of the hotel’s great rituals. It was served on opening day in 1984, with loose tea steeped in Wedgwood teapots and poured through sterling silver strainers into teacups. Earl Grey, the most popular tea at the time, continues to be the most requested today, although the tea menu now includes red and green teas as well as tisanes. A commemorative 30th Anniversary Afternoon Tea — served on the original Wedgwood china and featuring a 30th anniversary blend from the original tea supplier Harney & Sons — is added to the hotel’s afternoon tea offerings in 2014.
The lively scene and evening entertainment in the Lobby Lounge is another enduring feature at the hotel. Guests will enjoy an expanded roster of artists in 2014. Two years ago the hotel underwent a visually dramatic transformation of interior spaces, adding new design elements to traditional décor to reflect the collections of cherished heirlooms and contemporary objects d’art in fine private homes.
“We strive for excellence,” said Schinnerl. “We are dedicated to offering unparalleled service, while delivering a sophisticated, gracious experience desired by our guests. We look forward to the future with great excitement. Cheers to the next 30 years.”
The hotel is also offering a Celebration Overnight Package, with overnight deluxe accommodations. It starts at $309 per night and includes Any Time Check Out, a chilled bottle of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to the guestroom, American breakfast for two in The Café and overnight valet parking.
Information: (404) 237-2700 or www.ritzcarlton.com/buckhead.