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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Jan 27, 2020 celebration6 Celebration, Florida

We stayed for nine nights in this beautiful Oasis in Cape Town. The gardens are so well kept the hotel interior is beautifully decorated and furnished. Wonderful view of Table Mountain and such a calm and relaxing hotel. But above all amazing friendly and helpful staff. The security guard on the back gate is a gem, Wilson serving the lovely… Read more
We stayed for nine nights in this beautiful Oasis in Cape Town. The gardens are so well kept the hotel interior is beautifully decorated and furnished. Wonderful view of Table Mountain and such a calm and relaxing hotel. But above all amazing friendly and helpful staff. The security guard on the back gate is a gem, Wilson serving the lovely afternoon tea very good but our all time favourite was Sim in the Planet Bar he is an absolute asset to the hotel, we will back Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Even better than before

Jan 27, 2020 hmp518 Belfast, United Kingdom

Back again at this beautiful hotel which has been refurbished. The GR Manager Joey was still as helpful as ever and is a real asset to this hotel . The staff are very friendly and the service is excellent . The rooms are very spacious and the decor is splendid. Lovely breakfast and lots of choices. Definitely one of those hotels you always want… Read more
Back again at this beautiful hotel which has been refurbished. The GR Manager Joey was still as helpful as ever and is a real asset to this hotel . The staff are very friendly and the service is excellent . The rooms are very spacious and the decor is splendid. Lovely breakfast and lots of choices. Definitely one of those hotels you always want to go back to . Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful holiday experience

Jan 18, 2020 jsuthe581755

A beautiful pink hotel set amongst pretty flowers and gardens, a piece of paradise in the centre of Cape Town with outstanding food. The hotel is in an easy location for a short taxi ride to the V&A waterfront.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating CLASSIC CAPETOWN HOTEL

Jan 17, 2020 zoraidaallende Puerto Rico

Stayed four nights. Our breakfast was included in our rate. Breakfast options were vast. All the attendants at breakfast were soooo nice. Love eating in the terrace! Go for the afternoon high tea. It has many treats and goodies and the tea options have their own menu. I am not a tea lover but the server suggested and they were very good. Ordered… Read more
Stayed four nights. Our breakfast was included in our rate. Breakfast options were vast. All the attendants at breakfast were soooo nice. Love eating in the terrace! Go for the afternoon high tea. It has many treats and goodies and the tea options have their own menu. I am not a tea lover but the server suggested and they were very good. Ordered room service every night and they were very punctial, in fact they came before time. The serving were very generous, enough to share. Great fries and the Club sandwich is huge. Pizza was enoumous. Concierge service was spectacular. I woud love to mention their names. They really went out of their way. They booked a helicopter tour for us and private transportation so we could go to a nearby reataurant area. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still the best

Jan 17, 2020 Kowski1234

The hotel fulfils your expectations. It has always been the go to hotel in Capetown . The pool,garden,terraces and rooms give the warm comforting atmosphere of a home in the sun. Staff are efficient and well trained. I would not stay anywhere else.