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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Nov 10, 2019 IngridW201 Hoedspruit, South Africa

2nd visit - 2019 - we received exchange in abundance from this wonderful hotel We had a dinner at the Chef's Table in the kitchen -a special experience if you like to know the details of the very creative dishes Slept in a Cottage near the pool - which felt like home with all the luxuries 1st Visit ...This grand old hotel needs to be enjoyed -… Read more
2nd visit - 2019 - we received exchange in abundance from this wonderful hotel We had a dinner at the Chef's Table in the kitchen -a special experience if you like to know the details of the very creative dishes Slept in a Cottage near the pool - which felt like home with all the luxuries 1st Visit ...This grand old hotel needs to be enjoyed - by spending time there Take a tour of the Trees Enjoy high tea Go to the spa Walk in the garden Take time over breakfast at the pool Read the history of this hotel- in pamphlets in your room We were lucky to be upgraded to a large suite The decor was not great but everything else was- cupboards with plenty space Windows that open to fresh air- really don’t love aircon Read less
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Nov 8, 2019 Kathleen B Laguna Beach, California

This is a beautiful hotel with a great staff, lovely outdoor areas, a terrific breakfast and many day/night dining options - all of which served well prepared food appropriate to the setting. The rooms are extremely comfortable and very well appointed. The pool was occupied by a family of geese and there are some cute kitties wandering around… Read more
This is a beautiful hotel with a great staff, lovely outdoor areas, a terrific breakfast and many day/night dining options - all of which served well prepared food appropriate to the setting. The rooms are extremely comfortable and very well appointed. The pool was occupied by a family of geese and there are some cute kitties wandering around and no one seemed to be too concerned - a great testament to the relaxed vibe. Outstanding workout area. The exchange rate was very favorable so the hotel is also a great value....what's not to like? Read less
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Nov 6, 2019 Lottie92300 Paris, France

Exquisite hotel... it’s location, view and history makes it a special place. I had an amazing stay. The service is very good and the breakfast delicious! A very nice treat to myself for my birthday :-)
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Nov 5, 2019 Explore200401

Our second visit for this wonderful experience. Superb and imaginative food. Great wine pairings. Brilliant service. All the staff are smiling and attentive what more could you ask and that’s without mentioning the wonderful hotel and grounds. Look forward to our return visit next year
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Nov 4, 2019 Jonmun Buffalo, New York

Worthy of all praise. Wonderful grounds and ambience. Old school, classy and very up scale. Pool and sauna were wonderful. Dining was fantastic Staff smiles, greets guest and is quick to respond. Good location. FREE shuttle Clean bathroom. I would recommend room 274. Spacious with nice little balcony. Downside: complicated and confusion… Read more
Worthy of all praise. Wonderful grounds and ambience. Old school, classy and very up scale. Pool and sauna were wonderful. Dining was fantastic Staff smiles, greets guest and is quick to respond. Good location. FREE shuttle Clean bathroom. I would recommend room 274. Spacious with nice little balcony. Downside: complicated and confusion elevators. Read less