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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Apr 8, 2021 Raymond G Cape Town

A very special experience which we thoroughly enjoyed.The room we had was excellent, with a view of Table Mountain, which is incredible. Although situated in a busy location ,once you enter the spectacular grounds you become immersed in another world with so much history all around you.
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Apr 7, 2021 Melanie G

Wonderful time away. Had a short weekend break to enjoy some quiet romantic time with my husband. Fantastic personalized service from arrival to departure. Food was excellent and beautifully presented. The selection of available Tea is extensive and interesting, served beautifully in clear glass pots, and is an experience in itself. Large… Read more
Wonderful time away. Had a short weekend break to enjoy some quiet romantic time with my husband. Fantastic personalized service from arrival to departure. Food was excellent and beautifully presented. The selection of available Tea is extensive and interesting, served beautifully in clear glass pots, and is an experience in itself. Large comfortable and clean room and bed linen Read less
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Apr 5, 2021 Gasnolar

The Mount Nelson stay was exceptional. Not only did they make COVID-19 protocols a breeze to manage, but nothing delayed or impacted their impeccable service and ability to go far and beyond! For a local, this experience will stay on in my memory as one of the best experiences in the world - far better than upmarket hotels in NYC, Switzerland, DC… Read more
The Mount Nelson stay was exceptional. Not only did they make COVID-19 protocols a breeze to manage, but nothing delayed or impacted their impeccable service and ability to go far and beyond! For a local, this experience will stay on in my memory as one of the best experiences in the world - far better than upmarket hotels in NYC, Switzerland, DC or in locations like Zanzibar! Read less
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Apr 5, 2021 Qbash Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

Mount Nelson is what everyone dreams it to be. It is a beautiful hotel with history edged in it and you feel a privilege enjoying the comforts of the hotel. Service and rooms are impeccable. Breakfast is an event, the menu offers variety and if you don't count hours breakfast could last until lunch.
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Apr 3, 2021 heinzwiesner

After several years we stayed again at the Mount Nelson. For us it is still the best hotel in town. Their is still a fantastic atmosphare around the hotel, beatiful garden, top service and outstanding breakfast. We could not find any shortfalls.