Welcome to Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel, Cape Town. Relax in the iconic pink buildings, airy rooms and dreamy gardens. Enjoy imaginative local cuisine, nourishing spa treatments and eye-catching artworks. Gaze up to admire the flat-topped wonder that is Table Mountain and step out of the hotel's gates to explore the city's hotspots.
An array of activities keeps all ages entertained, from heated pools and a children’s club to painting classes, tennis coaching and yoga. Explore the expansive grounds, a gorgeous mix of manicured lawns, historic palms and fragrant rose gardens. Just beyond the gates lie the wonders of the city, from stunning beaches to vibrant wildlife and adventurous thrills.
Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel has198 fabulous, individually designed rooms and suites to choose from spread over seven different wings across the hotel, all offering different moods and views. Couples find secluded bliss in the garden cottage suites, decorated with oversized couches, fireplaces and Venetian mirrors. Families feel at home in the spacious, light-filled suites or interconnecting rooms.
Back in 1488, Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias rounded the dramatic headland that dominates Africa’s southern coast. Since then, settlers from west and east have been irresistibly drawn to what became known as the Cape of Good Hope. Joining the indigenous Khoikhoi people, together they have shaped what is one of the world’s most dynamic cities, nestling beneath Table Mountain and framed by sparkling seas.
Today, Cape Town’s eclectic, energetic culture is an intrinsic part of its allure. From vibrant African crafts to imposing colonial architecture and a veritable smorgasbord of cuisine, it’s an unmissable destination for urbanites alone. But look around you at the breathtaking landscapes and you soon see that it’s so much more. Watch the sun rise from a craggy clifftop, paddle with penguins or roam the dazzling diversity of the fynbos floral kingdom. Wine connoisseurs meander among vineyards by vintage car, beach lovers are utterly spoilt for choice. There’s an amazing dynamism to the Mother City – seen everywhere from adrenalinefuelled activities such as shark cage diving to thrilling new galleries showcasing leading-edge art.
And then, beneath the enduring gaze of Table Mountain, a stone’s throw from the action, you’ll find Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel. Enter the verdant gardens, inhale the scented air – and let your South African escape begin.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CPT) - 20 km; 25 minutes by car. Taxis are readily available at both ends of the journey, and luxury airport transfers can be arranged to and from the hotel.
Situated in the hotel’s original 1899 dining room, the Lord Nelson serves much-loved global classics in a room rich in heritage. Admire wood-panelled walls, botanical tapestries, a fascinating pressed ceiling and minstrels’ gallery. Dine on Beef Wellington and Crêpes Suzette, served with a contemporary twist and impeccable flair. Reservations recommended.
Take a seat overlooking the pool and gardens for a wholesome buffet breakfast and hot dishes such as eggs Benedict and grilled kippers. In the summer months, linger over Chef Rudi Liebenberg’s regularly changing lunch menus, savouring Cape Malay chicken curry, Saldanha Bay oysters or crisp, organic salads. Open for breakfast and lunch. Closed for lunch during winter.
Settle into this inviting contemporary Lounge for a refreshing drink or a speciality from the all-day à la carte menu. Reserve your seat for the world-renowned Afternoon Tea. Reservations recommended.
Relax in the hotel's stylish, celestial-themed bar, a favourite among discerning Capetonians. People-watch from the terrace in summer or curl up by the fire in winter, choosing from a superb menu of wines, spirits, cocktails and light dishes including biltong, caviar and beef carpaccio. There’s also a choice selection of Cuban cigars and a designated smoking area.
Housed in three stylishly restored Victorian heritage homes, this serene spa offers rejuvenating rituals inspired by African healing techniques and nourishing botanicals. Choose from a blissful range of massages, body wraps, facials and bath soaks, as well as dedicated treatments for teenagers. Enjoy eight treatment rooms, a tranquil conservatory, plunge pool, steam bath and sauna.
FITNESS CENTRE AND CLASSES
Stay strong, fit and flexible by joining one of the group yoga class...
The hotel is perfect for family adventures or relaxing stays with your little ones. It offers tasty children’s menus and highchairs in the restaurants, a babysitting service on request and an array of activities on offer at the supervised kids club.
Younger guests will find plenty to occupy them at the Nellie and Nelson Activity Centre for three to 12-year-olds, and the Teens’ Lounge for young adults. These supervised entertainment areas offer a wealth of activities, such as group games and storytelling, DVDs, Xbox and...
A verdant oasis in the heart of the city, the hotel's hideaway is home to rolling lawns, sweet-smelling rose gardens and magnificent, storied trees. Admire the 80 Canary Island date palms lining the avenue, planted for the 1925 visit of HRH the Prince of Wales, and a 200-year-old European Oak thought to have been introduced by a Dutch aristocrat and owner of this tract of land in 1795 when the British first occupied the Cape. Whatever your age or the occasion, the hotel's gardens are a lush playground designed t...
These inviting, cosy rooms are perfect for single travellers or for accompanying children. Unwind on a plush king-size or twin bed, complete with luxury linens. The small bathrooms feature a shower (some shower over bath) and a single vanity. These rooms are located in the Main Hotel and Green Park wing. Some can connect to another Superior Room or a One Bedroom Suite. Maximum occupancy: 2 people.
SIZE 25-45 SQ M (270-485 SQ FT)
Combining understated charm with modern luxury, each featuring a sitting area perfect to unwind. Some also include a balcony with magnificent views onto Table Mountain, the city or the hotel’s splendid gardens while all have an inviting marble en-suite bathroom. Deluxe Rooms are located in the Main Hotel, Oasis and Green Park wing. Some can connect to another Deluxe Room. Maximum occupancy 3 persons using 1 rollaway bed.
SIZE 32-45 SQ M (345-485 SQ FT)
For guests requiring more spacious accommodation, Junior Suites offer a bedroom with an open-plan lounge area. Most offer views of Table Mountain or the hotel gardens while all have an inviting marble en-suite bathroom. Junior Suites are located in the Main Hotel and Green Park wing. Some can connect to another Junior Suite or a One Bedroom Suite. Maximum occupancy 3 persons using 1 rollaway bed.
SIZE 39-48 SQ M (420-516 SQ FT)
Light and airy, Deluxe Junior Suites are large open plan suites offering a spacious bedroom and lounge area, featuring a balcony or a terrace with views of the gardens, Table Mountain or Lion’s Head. These suites are perfect for families travelling with children. Deluxe Junior Suites are located in the Main Hotel and Green Park wing. Can connect to another Deluxe Junior Suite. Maximum occupancy 3 persons using 1 rollaway bed.
SIZE 44-54 SQ M (473-581 SQ FT)
Light and airy, Studio Suites are open plan and feature a spacious bedroom and lounge area, a luxurious marble bathroom and views of Table Mountain or the hotel’s gardens. Studio Suites are located in the Green Park wing, Taunton House and Helmsley wing. Maximum occupancy 3 persons using 1 rollaway bed.
SIZE 49-74 SQ M (527-796 SQ FT)
Located in the Green Park and Helmsley wings, these large open plan suites feature a luxurious and spacious bathroom, balcony or a terrace, and are perfect for families travelling with children. Enjoy views of the hotel gardens, Table Mountain or Lion’s Head. Maximum occupancy 3 persons using 1 rollaway bed.
SIZE 59-97 SQ M (635-1044 SQ FT)
These suites feature spacious bedrooms and a large separate lounge area, plus an inviting balcony with views of either Table Mountain or the hotel gardens. Some also benefit from a wet bar. The One Bedroom Suites are located in the Main Hotel, Green Park wing, Taunton House and Hof Villa. Some can connect to a Superior Room, Deluxe Room or Junior Suite. Maximum occupancy 3 persons using 1 rollaway bed.
SIZE 42-81 SQ M (452-871 SQ FT)
Deluxe One Bedroom Suites offer grand living at its finest. Luxuriously appointed and individually designed, each boasts a separate bedroom, large lounge and dining room area, some with a walk-in dressing room, balcony, kitchenette and a wet bar. The Deluxe One Bedroom Suites are located in the Main Hotel, Green Park wing, Hof Villa and Helmsley wing and offer panoramic views of the gardens, pool area and Lion’s Head. One can connect to the Presidential Suite. Maximum occupancy 2 persons.
SIZE 68-114 SQ M (731-1227 SQ FT)
Savour true Cape Town luxury. An entrance hall, plush bedroom, dining area, large lounge with stunning views of Table Mountain, wet bar and balcony with loungers make up this spacious haven. Leading interior designer Graham Viney has decorated the Presidential Suite in soft hues and luxurious silk fabrics. It features 1930s light fittings with baccarat crystal and an original desk dating from when the hotel opened in 1899.
SIZE 112 SQ M (1205 SQ FT)
A row of restored historic cottages adjacent to the secluded pool make up the Garden Cottage Suites. Each features a terrace enclosed by a picket fence, ensuring a haven of peace and privacy. The suites have a separate living area with a fireplace, a luxurious marble bathroom, separate dining area and bedroom. Some can connect to another Garden Cottage Suite. Maximum occupancy 2 persons.
SIZE 46-51 SQ M (495-548 SQ FT)
This new two-bedroom suite is a light and lavish residence, formed from two neighbouring cottages. Decorated by interior designer Graham Viney, Indian prints and marble bathrooms add a hint of 18th-century opulence to a modern luxe space. With two kitted-out kitchens, you and your gathering of loved ones will feel right at home.
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