The Park Hyatt Hamburg was my second afternoon tea ever. I remember googling something like “what to do in Hamburg on a rainy afternoon” and ended up going there with my grandparents. We had a great time and that guys, is how I became a high tea addict:
The Park Hyatt Hamburg Setting ★★★★★
The Park Hyatt Hamburg sits on Mönckebergstraße, within walking distance of Hamburg’s Hauptbahnhof, Rathaus and other upscale shopping streets. Despite its very central location, the hotel is very quiet.
The Park Lounge ★★★★★
Afternoon tea is served in the Park Lounge, a very nice room with plenty of natural light and a direct view on Mönckebergstraße.
I recommend to book ahead and ask for window seats during the good sunny days, or seats by the chimney in the winter. The lounge is very nice and the atmosphere feels very hushed wherever you get to sit.
The Tea & Beverage Selection ★★★★★
There are 15 teas (black, green, oolong, herbal…) on offer from the Althaus tea company. The quality is good and the teas are brewed properly. As is often the case in Germany, the teapots are placed on a tealight holder to keep the tea warm. If only this was the case everywhere else in the world…
Since there are refills, each guest may try out several different teas. It’s the strongest aspect of this afternoon tea, as the Park Hyatt Hamburg is the cheapest venue to offer tea refills with the afternoon tea (29€/person).
The Savouries ★★☆☆☆
Each guest is served with three sandwiches, which turned out to the biggest disappointment of this afternoon tea:
- Salmon & Mayonnaise
- Cucumber & Cream Cheese
- Roast Beef
The sandwiches were way too creamy and saucy. It’s as if the chef had decided to put 2 or 3 times the normal quantity so guests would not be able to tell the exact content of each sandwich.
The Muffins ★★★★☆
In theory, this category is almost always “scones” but the Park Hyatt Hamburg serves muffins instead (3 for each guest). The muffins themselves were tasty though this choice may seem odd, if not even questionable, to some afternoon tea purists.
The toppings (authentic clotted cream, apricot jam and peach compote) were all delicious, though a bit tricky to spread on a muffin.
The Cakes & Sweets ★★★★☆
We were served with five cakes and sweets:
- Chocolate éclair
- Café macaroon ♥
- Chocolate-banana fondant
- Raspberry tart
I’m not normally very keen on coffee-flavoured sweets but that coffee macaroon was amazing. The fruitcake was second best and the only disappointment was the chocolate-banana cake.
Guests with smaller appetites may order pastries individually. I don’t recommend doing so as you’d lose the benefit of the tea refills but if you must, the Tiramisu is both tasty and gorgeous.
The Service ★★★★★
The staff balances attentiveness and discretion really well. Our Waiter, Karan, was particularly nice.
The reservation team is also very responsive, whether it’s by email or on the phone.
Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★★★☆
The Park Hyatt Hamburg afternoon tea is solid. At 29€/person with tea refills, it offers the best price/performance ratio for big tea drinkers.
However, if you are keen on savouries and scones, you’d better choose another venue.
+: The Lounge
+: Brilliant location
+: The tea selection & refills
+: Tasty sweets
+: The service
+: Great value for money
-: The savouries
-: No scones
Phone number: 040 3332 1771