Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is owned and operated by Belmond, a company specialising in amazing experiences in South Africa, Botswana, and many other countries worldwide. The Mount Nelson was originally built to function as an outpost for the empire, for guests from the Union–Castle cruise liners. To this day, it retains an elegant colonial grandeur, and its famous pink walls! Various rates are available, so please contact a member of the YZ team to discuss your requirements. The hotel is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel can be accessed via 20 minutes’ road transfer from Cape Town’s international airport. It’s situated in the Tamboerskloof region, at the foot of Table Mountain and just minutes from the bustling city centre – and within almost three hectares of manicured grounds!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
There’s an extensive selection of rooms and suites, positioned within the main building or in accommodation wings in the grounds. All combine colonial styling and modern comforts. Rooms come in two categories – Deluxe and Superior. Both feature a king-sized bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a glamorous chandelier, a writing desk and chair, a plush seating area, and ample storage space. Additional amenities include widescreen television and Wi-Fi. En-suite facilities comprise a full marble bathroom. The suite options are more spacious and also offer an iPod dock. There are eight types of suite – Junior, Deluxe Junior, Studio, Deluxe Studio, One Bedroom, Deluxe One Bedroom, Presidential, and Accessible. Some have a private balcony, providing a lovely spot for relaxation and enjoying your garden views!
Mount Nelson Hotel’s communal areas are pretty special too. Numerous lounges throughout the main building offer sumptuous seating around coffee and occasional tables, interesting artwork, and twinkling chandeliers. One lounge is the setting for the hotel’s legendary Afternoon Tea, which is something of an institution in Cape Town! Eateries include Lord Nelson Restaurant, where guests tuck in to avant-garde dishes as an original bust of Nelson looks on. Oasis Bistro provides tasty breakfasts from 6:30 until 11:00, and pool service 9am to 6pm. A great range of drinks is available at Planet Bar, a super-chic space complete with terrace. You can even enter the hotel’s kitchen to observe the talented chefs at work! Mount Nelson also boasts a well-equipped fitness centre, superb spa, and tennis courts within the grounds. The gardens also contain two heated swimming pools, perfect for a refreshing dip in between trips into Cape Town and farther afield!
Staff at the hotel are happy to arrange all manner of activities and experiences in and around Cape Town for you. Here are a few examples of what you might like to do:
- First Light Walks – take on Table Mountain with an expert guide and photographer as the sun rises, either as a private experience or as part of a group. Breakfast boxes are provided, and you can borrow a nifty pair of binoculars too!
- Cape Town Cultural Walking Tour – this tour, with art-and-architecture expert Kate Crane Briggs, involves the main attractions of the city centre, Company’s Gardens, and Mount Nelson’s own grounds.
- Have Your Portrait Painted – the hotel’s artist in residence Cyril Coetzee uses oils to create a very special portrait for you.
- Painting Class with Cyril Coetzee – suitable for beginners and experienced painters alike, classes can be enjoyed in a group or as a one-on-one session.
- Township Farm Tour – this half-day excursion takes in Moya we Khaya, a community farm. Visitors can pick their own vegetables, for Mount Nelson’s chefs to use to make a delicious salad!
- Fynbos Sunset Walk – an end-of-day treat, comprising a stroll along Table Mountain’s lower slopes followed by sundowners and canapés.
- Cape Town Winelands – take a half- or full-day tour of this breathtaking region, with the option of exploring particular vineyards (red, white, Cap Classique).
- Historical Walking Tour – Company Gardens, District Six Museum, Greenmarket Square, City Hall… the ideal outing for history fans!