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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa


  • Rooms : 18.5
  • Service : 19.0
  • Public Spaces : 19.0

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From ZAR3,940 (approx. $325)
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This hundred-year-old British Colonial hotel is by most accounts the place to stay in Cape Town; at the foot of Table Mountain, surrounded by nine acres of lush gardens, the Belmond Mount Nelson was already the grande dame of the South African hotel scene when a young Winston Churchill came to stay while covering the Boer War as a correspondent for the Morning Post.

That was in 1899 — we’ve seen top hotels go wrong almost overnight, and it’s a select few that maintain excellence for an entire century. But what’s remarkable about the Belmond Mount Nelson is that it’s in quite possibly the best shape of its life. Interiors, though antique, are in top form, their lush fabrics and delicate furnishings looking every bit as elegant as some of London’s fashionable Georgian townhouse hotels. Guest rooms have been updated with a few nods to modernity — high-speed internet access has finally made an appearance — but it’s the traditional luxuries that make an impression, like the antique canopy beds and the spacious and well-stocked bathrooms.

The facilities list is comprehensive, offering everything a top resort should, from tennis and squash to spa treatments and personal trainers. The signature Cape Colony restaurant serves modern South African cuisine, and afternoon tea in the lounge is one of many Anglophile traditions; it seems that dreadful business of the 1890s has been largely forgiven and forgotten.

How to get there:

The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is about a 20-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. Heavy traffic occurs in the morning from 7:00 to 8:30 and in the afternoon from 16:00 to 18:00. There is generally a 30-minute delay to and from the airport around these times. Please contact to arrange airport transfers.

This hotel includes the following special privileges for Plus Members only:
  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
  • Complimentary fruit plate, refreshed during the course of the stay (a value of ZAR 80)
  • Bottle of champagne or wine in room (a value of ZAR 285 to ZAR 330)
  • One complimentary glass of champagne or one cocktail, per guest, upon arrival (a value of ZAR 70 to ZAR 80 per drink, depending on drink)
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  • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
  • 76 Orange Street, Gardens
  • Cape Town, South Africa

Hotel amenities and services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • 24 hour room service
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby

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