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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

The pool at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photo: Courtesy of Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange St.
Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
TEL: (800) 237-1236
TEL: 27-21-483-1000

Since 1899, this pink-faced colonial beauty—just a stroll away from the Company Gardens—has been the reigning queen of Cape Town’s hotels. Originally built by a shipping magnate to host wealthy Europeans, “The Nellie” today is operated by Orient-Express and hosts celebs like Richard Gere and Paris Hilton. The property includes nine acres of sweeping lawns and rosebushes, burbling stone fountains and swimming pools; the 209 high-ceilinged guest rooms are sophisticated aeries, decked out in white and cream–colored damask, dark-wood antique furnishings, and (in many cases) dramatically canopied or swagged beds. Colonial-era tradition is observed during afternoon tea service in The Lounge, while modern-day decadence abounds at the new (opened in 2008) Librisa Spa.

Room to Book:

The gorgeous lodging options here are in the outlying gardens. Room 907 in the Garden Cottage (1,500 square feet) is a romantic dream with a living-room fireplace, chinoiserie wallpaper, and a striped marble Deco bathroom.

Insider Tip:

To get a real taste of swinging white-collar Cape Town, hit the hotel’s swanky Planet Bar on a Friday afternoon from 4 p.m. on.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Green/Eco-Friendly
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Laundry Service
  • Maid Service
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Tennis
  • WiFi

Number of Rooms: 201

Number of Suites: 57

Number of Restaurants: 3

Number of Pools: 2

Year Opened:



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