The Editor's Foreword

Most Exquisite Afternoon Tea Service in Canada
Most Exquisite Afternoon Tea Services in Canada
… and the first runner up is…
The Windsor Arms Hotel - Toronto

“Deluxe, compact and bijou” will be my description for the elegant 1920s French styles, tea rooms with cozy fireplaces at Windsor Arms Hotel located at 18 St Thomas Street, on the corner of Bloor Street West, Toronto. In fact, this is the tea room that presented the most exquisitely cut sandwiches and petit fours. The property has been in existence since 1927, however, the tea rooms alongside 28 unique suites ranging from 500 to 1,500 square feet, conference rooms, and a spa, reopened to fanfare and accolade in May 1999 when developer George Friedmann purchased the property in 1995 and commissioned architect, Sol Wassermuhl of Page + Steele to refurbish the property while maintaining the original characteristics from 1927 – result, the charming French-style lobby tea room, the majestic purple room with its original working fireplace and the red
Hats makes ladies give back at the Tea room of Windsor Arms Hotel
velvet drapes in our Russian Red Tea Room and cozy fireplaces.

The whole atmosphere and service takes you back many years when “Ladies” of a certain class met at a quaint boutique tea room to share idle gossip about their friends and neighbours. The delightful French-style lobby tea room is decorated with dolls. The tables had white linen graced with crotched throws.

The most exquisite sandwiches and petit four of the tea rooms of Windsor Arms Hotel

Fancy Hats and Afternoon Tea

Look Good Feel Better by giving back in one simple way: wear a fancy hat for afternoon tea.
The Windsor Arms Hotel partners with Look Good Feel Better for a Give Back Program to support women with cancer. The Hotel uses its famous Afternoon Tea, which takes place in their luxurious Tea Rooms to promote this event where guests have the opportunity to support the meaningful work of Look Good Feel Better by giving back in one simple way: wear a fancy hat for afternoon tea. The Windsor Arms Hotel has always accepted fancy hats and for this, guests will be encouraged to wear a fancy hat during Afternoon Tea for a $5 donation with all proceeds benefiting Look Good Feel Better. Guests are happy to know that beyond enjoying tea and scrumptious treats, by participating in our Fancy Hats for High Tea initiative they are also helping to support women at one of the most challenging times of their lives. 


The Executive Traveller verdict:

Third place, The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria:
Had I been basing my judgment simply on location and stature, the Fairmont Empress hotel, Victoria would have leapt way ahead of my first and second choices. The hotel sits majestically at the cornerstone of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and one cannot fail to bow as you are greeted by its grandeur whether you arrive by land or sea...read more

And the Winner is...Why the Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver BC is the Most Exquisite Afternoon Tea Place in Canada. The tea service at the Urban Tea Merchant comes out trumps in quality, service and finesse to be our choice for the Most Exquisite Tea Place in Canada. The entrance to the Signature Store does not give much away….read more

Executive Traveller 2003