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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Jul 13, 2021 VictoriaSouzaCampbel Washington DC, District of Columbia

Wow - I'm not even sure where to begin. My husband and I had the most incredible stay at The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel May 27-June 3, 2021. This was our second trip to the Mount Nelson, and it is truly our happy place. We feel like family there. We honeymooned there at the beginning of 2020, and we knew we needed to come back ASAP. A little over… Read more
Wow - I'm not even sure where to begin. My husband and I had the most incredible stay at The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel May 27-June 3, 2021. This was our second trip to the Mount Nelson, and it is truly our happy place. We feel like family there. We honeymooned there at the beginning of 2020, and we knew we needed to come back ASAP. A little over a year later we found ourselves back in the beautifully landscaped gardens enjoying tea and scones (every afternoon.) The Belmond Mount Nelson treated us so well before we even got there. I had tons of questions regarding Covid-19 beforehand, and the concierge service and reservation team answered all of them. Thank you to Muchi and Melissa for all of your help!!! They even scheduled for a doctor to come onsite and do Covid-19 tests for us - a huge help! Aside from all of their assistance regarding Covid-19, they helped us with everything else regarding our trip! They made multiple reservations for us (The Test Kitchen being one of them), and booked several excursions for us (a beautiful walking tour and hike up Lions head.) They truly did not disappoint in that area. Our trip was spectacular, thanks to them. We booked a car through the hotel to take us from the airport to the hotel upon our arrival, and it was seamless! It is definitely worth it. We were greeted with sparkling wine at check in and shown to our room. Wow - we had a BEAUTIFUL suite with the most amazing view of Table Mountain and Lions Head! Our room was SPOTLESS. Housekeeping is amazing, and we had a clean room every morning and turndown service every night. It was great! We spent our mornings at the spacious gym in the cutest cottage. We wanted to make sure we were hungry for breakfast because they have the best breakfast ever! Emma and/or Wiseman served us every morning, and they were amazing. One thing to note is that breakfast is served from the a la carte menu. The Mount Nelson normally has the best buffet and a la carte menu; however, they're not offering the buffet during the pandemic, understandably. The breakfast is still top notch - just something to be aware of. The afternoon and evenings were normally filled with activities in Cape Town I had planned out. On some days we would come back for cocktails on the veranda and snacks. Simm always served us and was a pleasure to be around! He knew my husbands order, and always had it ready :) The scones in the afternoon were so delicious! One evening we had dinner in the bar area, and it was very relaxing...We got into a bad habit of ordering dessert every evening in our room...The malva pudding is to die for. It was tough to leave The Mount Nelson...The staff truly work so hard there, and they're incredibly personable. Everyone including the housekeeping, concierge, security, front desk staff, etc. They're all wonderful. I did shed a few tears upon our departure. Until next time! ---The Campbells Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic stay , well worth a visit

Jul 7, 2021 SAadventurers Worcester, South Africa

This 5 star hotel is all about exceeding expectations. Staff are immaculate from start to finish . They even had our car washed on departure . They are courteous and friendly and extremely accommodating. We felt like celebrities and wished we could stay for longer . Fantastic fitness centre. Well worth a visit . We can’t wait to return .… Read more
This 5 star hotel is all about exceeding expectations. Staff are immaculate from start to finish . They even had our car washed on departure . They are courteous and friendly and extremely accommodating. We felt like celebrities and wished we could stay for longer . Fantastic fitness centre. Well worth a visit . We can’t wait to return . Especially at the current rates - its a must ! Read less
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Jun 30, 2021 ThomasMing2021 Bakersfield, California

The Hotel, Staff and Meals were fantastic. The Hotel took extra precautions to sanitize the room each day and we can't wait to visit again! We can't thank the Hotel enough for making our stay a very pleasant and enjoyable one!
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Jun 27, 2021 mishailchetty97 Cape Town Central, South Africa

My wife and I were supposed to have our wedding there but things got complicated this year! The hotel staff were very inviting and let us still take wedding photos. We stayed the night and just had the best experience! From the food to the room and the professional and warm/inviting staff. Simply an amazing relaxed no issues stay. We even got… Read more
My wife and I were supposed to have our wedding there but things got complicated this year! The hotel staff were very inviting and let us still take wedding photos. We stayed the night and just had the best experience! From the food to the room and the professional and warm/inviting staff. Simply an amazing relaxed no issues stay. We even got to see and play with a beautiful black cat that roamed the hotel. Definitely will be back! Read less
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Jun 27, 2021 Joy M Fort Worth, Texas

This was a beautiful hotel that is in a great location in the city of Cape Town. Our room was lovely, the staff were all very friendly and welcoming, and the food was delicious. Our breakfasts were filling and tasty, and when we had to order room service on our first night since we arrived so late, the food was super delicious, too! The club… Read more
This was a beautiful hotel that is in a great location in the city of Cape Town. Our room was lovely, the staff were all very friendly and welcoming, and the food was delicious. Our breakfasts were filling and tasty, and when we had to order room service on our first night since we arrived so late, the food was super delicious, too! The club sandwich was one of the best I’ve ever had haha Read less