Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

City Hotel, City Bowl


Painted pink after World War II to cheer up returning troops, this Cape Town classic has been attracting dignitaries and celebs for over a century.  It’s spectacularly located at the foot of Table Mountain, near the V&A Waterfront and fashionable Kloof Street, and yet feels positively rural thanks to acres of landscaped lawns.  Families and couples are equally well catered for, the food is legendary and the service unrivalled. 


Each with its own character and facilities, the Mount Nelson’s seven wings are dotted around its garden estate, pulling together to provide 198 rooms and suites in total.  All are beautiful, blending 21st century conveniences with soft hues.  Category-wise, Deluxe Rooms are adequately spacious and come with sitting areas and marble bathtubs while the various size Suites are bigger still some including walk-in-wardrobes.  Largest of all are the secluded and very lavish Garden Cottage Suites.


Mount Nelson’s reputation as the Grande Dame of Cape Town hotels has much to do with its excellent food.  Afternoon tea is a particular rite of passage, while the formal Planet Restaurant and low-key Oasis Bistro are both excellent.  So too is the immaculate Librisa Spa, with its ten treatment rooms and connected gym.  Out among the trees are two large, heated pools (one adults-only), two tennis courts and some golf nets.


Cape Town’s main attractions all await nearby.  Complimentary shuttles run to the V&A Waterfront and friendly, efficient reception staff can assist with any tours or restaurant bookings.

Child Policy

Mount Nelson is family-friendly and then some.  The Nellie and Nelson centre is a fully-supervised club for the under 12s, while young adults can compete on Xbox 360s in the Teens’ Lounge.  In peak season, a lifeguard oversees the all-ages pool, and there’s even a children’s spa menu.  Reckon your little darlings could use a Princess Pedicure or Teen Cleanse? 

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