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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Mar 31, 2020 Schlarigna

During these challenging Coronavirus Covid-19 times which are disrupting all our lives, my mind wanders back to happy days spent this year in January and February and in also in previous years at the Mount Nelson Hotel where the friendly welcome makes one relax as soon as one walks through the doors. The hotel becomes a soothing home from home.… Read more
During these challenging Coronavirus Covid-19 times which are disrupting all our lives, my mind wanders back to happy days spent this year in January and February and in also in previous years at the Mount Nelson Hotel where the friendly welcome makes one relax as soon as one walks through the doors. The hotel becomes a soothing home from home. The timeless decor which includes tasteful modern art and the generously proportioned rooms make it a most pleasant base for long or short stays. The hotel's location is perfect for exploring Cape Town be it for shopping, sight seeing or exploring yet is also a peaceful retreat to switch off from the hassle and bustle of every day life. Attention to detail such as one's favourite tea at breakfast or wine at dinner is noticed by attentive staff. In its peaceful setting, the hotel provides excellent facilities including two pools, a spacious and well appointed gym, a beautician's, an excellent hairdresser's and two very good shops. My personal favourite are the tennis courts: tennis lessons with the outstanding coach Barkie McKrea have been the highlight of my holidays and are highly recommended. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Outstanding - as always!

Mar 30, 2020 stevenkt9841yy364 Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Mount Nelson is an outstanding property. All aspects of the service and facilities are excellent.Dining options - breakfast in and lunch the Oasis, dinner on theTerrace or fine dining in the top class Lord Nelson Restaurant are all excellent. Rooms and suites are comfortable furnished to the highest standard. The gardens are maintained by… Read more
The Mount Nelson is an outstanding property. All aspects of the service and facilities are excellent.Dining options - breakfast in and lunch the Oasis, dinner on theTerrace or fine dining in the top class Lord Nelson Restaurant are all excellent. Rooms and suites are comfortable furnished to the highest standard. The gardens are maintained by a team of gardeners. Just a wonderful experience! Read less
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Mar 30, 2020 margaretslewington Cape Point, South Africa

The hotel was great the food the great if only the virus wasn't there even the company we had was great would recommend this hotel to everyone It was a shame that everything was closed so it might be a future visit for us
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5* Excellence during difficult times

Mar 29, 2020 mbardrick Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

We had a 3 night stay cut short to 2 because of COV-ID 19 but while we were there the hotels and staff were exceptional. The atmosphere was fairly generally intimidating because of the changing scenario with hotel amenities shutting down gradually but the hotel team did their very best to make the stay as enjoyable as possible. We would visit… Read more
We had a 3 night stay cut short to 2 because of COV-ID 19 but while we were there the hotels and staff were exceptional. The atmosphere was fairly generally intimidating because of the changing scenario with hotel amenities shutting down gradually but the hotel team did their very best to make the stay as enjoyable as possible. We would visit again in happier times. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still the most atmospheric place to stay at the Cape

Mar 26, 2020 TrophyCollector Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Stayed here for the first time again after 25 years. Still in love with this place. Can't be beaten for atmosphere and class. I also looked at the new Silo, and I stayed at the Grace, but will always prefer the Nelson. Magical terrace, garden and pool area. Highly attentive staff, in particular at valet. The restaurant and public areas can be a… Read more
Stayed here for the first time again after 25 years. Still in love with this place. Can't be beaten for atmosphere and class. I also looked at the new Silo, and I stayed at the Grace, but will always prefer the Nelson. Magical terrace, garden and pool area. Highly attentive staff, in particular at valet. The restaurant and public areas can be a bit crowded. Read less