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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Tea Time at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, New York

Old world values take on new meaning at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, New York. The American introduction of Thieme’s Achte Thee will give New Yorkers and visitors alike the opportunity to feel, smell, and taste various genuine tea specialties and join the five thousand year old tradition of tea drinkers.

Developed in the Netherlands by Tea Master, Karel Christiaan, Thieme’s Echte Thee offers genuine tea for the connoisseur. These teas represent a top of the range selection; the unique infusing system sets the teas a world apart from any existing American teas. After the first cup is poured, the level of the liquid in the teapot is below the infuser inside which prevents the leaves from soaking too long. These flavorful teas are made with soft, pure water specifically chosen for its low mineral content. The carefully designed teapot works on a system of reversed osmosis creating a true experience for the senses.

A tea card allows tasters to choose from twenty-two different varieties of tea ranging from traditional Earl Grey, to specialties such as “China White Monkey” and “Java Dry Monsoon.” For passengers arriving from a long flight, the Hotel Plaza Athenee invites its guests to regain energy with Thiemes’s world famous Anti-Jet Lag Blend. Recommendations vary from sweet, mild, strong, or brisk according to your mood of the day. Allow the specially trained staff at the Hotel Plaza Athenee’s “Arabelle” help you choose a tea that is right for your mood.

The Hôtel Plaza Athénée, New York is the only hotel in the United States, and only the fourth luxury hotel worldwide, to offer Thieme’s Echte Thee and this special presentation.

Afternoon tea is served in Bar Seine lounge daily from 2:30pm – 5:00pm. Please visit www.arabellerestaurant.com to view our tea menu.

Nestled among the residences and quiet tree-lined street of the fashionable East Side of Manhattan, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée is just a stroll away from Central Park, Madison Avenue shopping, museums and business areas. This European-style hotel, known for providing the ultimate in personalized service, offers 114 guest rooms and 35 suites. Acclaimed by Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2008 as being, “one of the top hotels in the world,” and by Travel & Leisure , the Hôtel Plaza Athénée offers sophisticated surroundings and outstanding service, entitling guests to a truly indulgent stay.

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