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.

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Rooms Noisy and Small - Save your Money.

Jul 22, 2019 Spoilt129 Florence, Italy

Dont waste your money: Old/Noisy (can hear phone conversation in next room) Location: OK Beds: Comfortable (including pillows) Bathroom: Very poor - very small bench space ONLY one large overhead shower (no hand shower/barh) Amenities of room: No ironing board (yet heaps of wardrobe space) In room safe: Need to be tall to use Outlook: we… Read more
Dont waste your money: Old/Noisy (can hear phone conversation in next room) Location: OK Beds: Comfortable (including pillows) Bathroom: Very poor - very small bench space ONLY one large overhead shower (no hand shower/barh) Amenities of room: No ironing board (yet heaps of wardrobe space) In room safe: Need to be tall to use Outlook: we look to mountain over a car park No screen on windows Gym: external, hard to access(particularly in inclement weather) Pool: Smallish, outside, difficult to swim laps in Lots of window dressing to this hotel, but no real substance. Read less
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Jul 18, 2019 Richie3466 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

If your in CT and want a wee treat this is for you. High tea was fantastic, it was pretty reasonably priced and the range of sandwiches, cakes and pastries beat our 11 & 13 year olds. It’s s short taxi from the waterfront and we’ll wort the trip. A really nice old school high tea experience
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One of the best Afternoon Tea.

Jul 15, 2019 sproggz London, United Kingdom

Whilst on a tour of South Africa, I took my friend to the The Belmond as a Birthday treat and her first ever Afternoon tea. What a wonderful experience! The surrounding were sumptuous, the service was 6 stars and of course the Afternoon tea was sublime. I have had Afternoon Tea around the world including the Ritz in London and this was much,much… Read more
Whilst on a tour of South Africa, I took my friend to the The Belmond as a Birthday treat and her first ever Afternoon tea. What a wonderful experience! The surrounding were sumptuous, the service was 6 stars and of course the Afternoon tea was sublime. I have had Afternoon Tea around the world including the Ritz in London and this was much,much better, all round. Highly recommend you try it if you get the chance. I couldn't fault it in any way. Thank you to The Belmont, please keep up your high standards. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great hotel in excellent location

Jul 12, 2019 NorthernWanderer0 North Sydney, Australia

Stayed 2 nights here, and this is an excellent hotel. After confusion with our pickup from the airport was sorted by management, everything was smooth sailing. This is an older style British colonial hotel, lovely decor and architecture. We had a junior suite in the Greenpark wing, which was quiet, spacious, luxurious. Everything was provided and… Read more
Stayed 2 nights here, and this is an excellent hotel. After confusion with our pickup from the airport was sorted by management, everything was smooth sailing. This is an older style British colonial hotel, lovely decor and architecture. We had a junior suite in the Greenpark wing, which was quiet, spacious, luxurious. Everything was provided and worked well. The staff here are excellent and really made our stay. Recommended. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Gorgeous hotel in prime location

Jul 8, 2019 rosieka Los Angeles, California

Wonderful hotel right in the centre of Kloof Street which has lots of great bars and restaurants! The staff were all extremely helpful and polite and went above and beyond our expectations to make sure that my partner's birthday was a memorable one. We stayed in one of the cottages by the main reception which I think really made a difference (from… Read more
Wonderful hotel right in the centre of Kloof Street which has lots of great bars and restaurants! The staff were all extremely helpful and polite and went above and beyond our expectations to make sure that my partner's birthday was a memorable one. We stayed in one of the cottages by the main reception which I think really made a difference (from walking the halls of the main building I suspect I wouldn't have liked the room there as much as the cottage we stayed in). The cottages were beautiful, with their own little front yard and shared pool. The exterior was old time England but the room itself was updated and spotlessly clean. We didn't get to eat there because the restaurants in Cape Town had us fully booked, but suspect the food was also 5 star. Highly recommend this place! Read less