Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange St., Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa

This distinctive pink landmark has been the grande dame of Cape Town since it opened its doors in 1899 to accommodate passengers just off the Union-Castle steamships. Retaining a charm and gentility that other luxury hotels often lack, the "Nellie's" lavish high tea is an institution, its glam Planet Bar is an ideal place for a cocktail on a special night out, and its staff almost outnumber guests. Rooms are decorated with fine antiques and fresh flowers and have an air of aristocracy. Though very centrally located, 9 acres of gorgeous manicured gardens and spectacular views of Table Mountain lend a bucolic feel. With an excellent spa, frequent events like wine or brandy tastings and art exhibits, and the wonderful fine-dining Planet Restaurant, there is always a reason to visit. For peak season, December–March, it's advisable to book a year in advance. Lunch or a light meal in the conservatory overlooking the gardens is always a relaxing winner, though the area can be booked out for high tea in the peak season.


  • aesthetically, this is the real colonial deal
  • guests include movie stars and diplomats
  • excellent restaurant


  • breakfast restaurant Oasis lacks the charm of the rest of the hotel


Phones: 021-483–1000


133 rooms, 65 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast