Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
What We Love
- In the shadow of Table Mountain and a 10-minute walk from the city center
- Old World charm, from high tea service to sundowners by a marble fireplace
What To Know
- The excellent restaurant serves a gourmet take on African game
- Free WiFi
- The V&A waterfront is a shuttle ride away
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
If you’re going to paint your hotel pink, you better be ready to deliver in the style department. Luckily, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel — or the Nellie, as it’s affectionately known — has been packing more than enough panache to go around since 1899, and it’s the place to stay in the Mother City (the guest registry includes Oprah, Kate Moss and Colin Farrell). Old World glamour reigns supreme here, from the high tea served daily on the hotel’s veranda to the two tennis courts, on which everyone wears Wimbledon whites. Spread over nine garden-filled acres in the shadow of Table Mountain, the buildings that make up the complex are filled with fresh-cut flowers and antiques.
Bed and Bath
In keeping with the overall style of the hotel, the 198 guestrooms are elegantly decked out with period details, floral fabrics and antiques. They’re all individually styled; some are done in pastel shades and bright white furniture, while others have sturdy dark wood furnishings and deeper hues. The higher room categories (Deluxe Rooms and above) are located in the original part of the hotel, and many of the Suites have grand four-poster beds.
The spa is all about bringing traditional healing techniques and treatments rooted in Africana into a modern context. Hydrotherapy baths use pouches filled with indigenous plants and herbs, including rooibos and African potato, along with herbal oil blends, and the yoga studio offers regular classes. The Nellie’s bars and restaurants are favorites among locals. At the fine dining outlet, Planet Restaurant, guests can try a selection of unfamiliar tastes, like cured springbok. After your meal, tap into the city’s nightlife scene by grabbing a flute of champagne at the Planet Bar, where Cape Town’s well-heeled pretty young things mingle well into the night.
In the Area
The Cape Town dining scene is on fire, with chefs (including the Nellie’s Rudi Liebenberg at Planet Restaurant) putting innovative spins on distinctly African ingredients. Ask the concierge for recommendations. Journey out to the Cape’s wine region to sample the region’s famous Pinotage. It’s an easy daytrip; in fact, it’s only a 45-minute drive to the charming town of Franschhoek, where tasting rooms, top-notch restaurants, art galleries and gourmet food shops provide plenty of diversions. Visit the Old Biscuit Mill, a restored factory in the formerly gritty and now hipster-filled industrial neighborhood of Woodstock, to check out the city’s best fashion and furniture designers. The surrounding region has plenty of sandy options — after all, you can see the confluence of two oceans from the Cape. Be sure to visit different spots to see and feel the variations in water temperature and color between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean sides.
How to Get There
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
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?
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 :-)