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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

  • 76 Orange St. Map It
  • Gardens
  • Fodor's Choice
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  • 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

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

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.

Hotel Award Winner | 2012

Hotel Information


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

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 133 rooms, 65 suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 03/07/2016

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