Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

The hotel

The very height of refinement, the Belmond Mount Nelson takes you on a rose-tinted trip down memory lane. Nicknamed ‘the Nellie’, this pink hotel takes you back to a bygone era of aristocratic activities like afternoon tea, painting masterclasses, and convivial strolls in its glorious gardens, with Table Mountain views. Even the avant-garde dining of its Lord Nelson Restaurant comes with a side order of history, with its bust of the Admiral carved from timbers from HMS Victory. The service and style may be timeless, but the features are decidedly current, with luxuries like Librisa Spa, two heated pools, tennis courts, and dedicated clubs and zones for children and teens. And the location gives you all the contemporary colour of central Cape Town, with excellent bars and restaurants within walking distance, and the V&A Waterfront a complimentary shuttle ride away.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Conveniently located near the city centre, about a 10-minute walk. Popular sightseeing spot Table Mountain/Lions head is 15 minutes away. Transfer time from Cape Town Airport: 25 minutes.

Hotel information

All rooms have a writing desk, widescreen LCD TV, WiFi, marble bathrooms and 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Superior Rooms offer views of the gardens or Table Mountain, some rooms have a balcony or terrace. 

Deluxe Rooms are located in the main building, with views of the gardens, Table Mountain or the pool area. These rooms have a seating area and most have balcony.

Spacious Junior Suites have an open-plan lounge area with views of the gardens or Table Mountain. Some suites have a balcony. 

Planet Restaurant and bar (dinner), Oasis Bistro (breakfast and lunch). Afternoon tea and lounge. 2 heated outdoor swimming pools (1 adult-only). Poolside service*. Spa*. Fitness centre. Yoga*. Tennis courts. Children's activity centre (3-12 years). Hair salon*.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1760)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Phenomenal stay

Jan 18, 2021 catharinabrenn Zurich, Switzerland

This hotel and our visit exceeded our expectations! Everything was just super. The staff were attentive and went out of their way to help. The setting and rooms were beautiful. The food was delicious. Despite all the interruptions from Covid, the hotel did everything to make our stay amazing. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back!
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Jan 18, 2021 Verototoo Cape Town, South Africa

Amazing day spent by the pool of this gorgeous hotel. The package includes the access to the swimming ppol and and delicious picnic basket... We spent the whole afternoon there and it was difficult to leave!
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Jan 18, 2021 timthescorpio Observatory, South Africa

Most cities have that one classic elegant hotel & Mt Nelson is that exact quintessential address in Cape Town. From the natural friendliness of the staff to the elegant furnishings and décor, Our entire experience was flawless and thoroughly enjoyed.
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Jan 15, 2021 Roelof C Kuils River, South Africa

When I first made a reservation at the Mount Nelson, I was a bit apprehensive because I thought it was going to be...uhm...stuffy. Boy was I wrong. Totally, hopelessly wrong. Nothing could have prepared me (us) for the welcome we have received. Busi at reception is THE ultimate host - we LOVED her (and the rest of all the staff - they do not… Read more
When I first made a reservation at the Mount Nelson, I was a bit apprehensive because I thought it was going to be...uhm...stuffy. Boy was I wrong. Totally, hopelessly wrong. Nothing could have prepared me (us) for the welcome we have received. Busi at reception is THE ultimate host - we LOVED her (and the rest of all the staff - they do not pretend to be friendly. They are). As for the hotel, the room, the services, the food, the pool(s), what could I possibly say that The Mount Nelson surpass its well deserved 5 stars. Read less
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Jan 13, 2021 ShezCT Cape Town

We stayed in a Deluxe Junior Suite at the Belmond Mount Nelson. Our room itself was very spacious. One area of improvement in our room was the decor and carpets, which could both do with a refurb. Generous amenities and lovely mountain view with private balcony. The bathroom was lovely and had a high-end feel. My baby was also made to feel… Read more
We stayed in a Deluxe Junior Suite at the Belmond Mount Nelson. Our room itself was very spacious. One area of improvement in our room was the decor and carpets, which could both do with a refurb. Generous amenities and lovely mountain view with private balcony. The bathroom was lovely and had a high-end feel. My baby was also made to feel welcome. The grounds are one of the aspects that make the Mount Nelson stand out for me. Absolutely stunning gardens, perfectly manicured, with a large pool. I had a fillet at the restaurant which was very well-prepared; whilst my husband had a curry which was average. The breakfast was excellent. We would love to be back! Read less