Tokyo, Japan (Mitsukoshimae Station)
The Oriental Lounge is located on the 38th floor of the Mandarin. It can offer good views of the city if you can go on a clear day (obviously, that didn’t happen for me).
The lounge was comfortable with nice seating and tables, although not as plush as the Shangri-la Tokyo.
Tea is served by the cup, which means that you get to try a number of different teas instead of just the 1 or 2 pots you may normally drink. I’m a big tea drinker, so I always get my money’s worth by trying out at least 3 different teas. Luckily with the way that the Mandarin serves tea, I was able to try around 5 different teas. Another benefit is that you can be a bit more adventurous with your tea choices without having to be stuck with a whole pot if you don’t like it!
The scones came a bit later after our tea stand and still warm from the oven, which was a nice touch. (I forgot to take a picture of them, oops.)
All in all, a lovely way to spend an afternoon!
Tea 5/5, unlimited, good variety
Atmosphere 4/5, ask for a seat by the window
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
12pm – 5:30pm daily
(It ‘s cheaper to go on a weekday)