The grande dame of Cape Town luxury hotels, The Mount Nelson has hosted famous names from Churchill to Conan Doyle, the Dalai Lama to Leonardo di Caprio over its 110 years history. An oasis of old-world grandeur set in lush gardens in the heart of Cape Town’s historic centre, with the iconic backdrop of Table Mountain presiding over all, its effortless combination of timeless tradition and contemporary comfort appeals to international stars of all generations, and is just as much an attraction to local Capetonians who come for its legendary high teas, lavish breakfasts, the glamorous Planet Bar or sensory indulgence at the Librisa Spa.Read More
As you’d expect of such a grand old lady, the Nellie, as the hotel is affectionately known, has undergone extensive refurbishments over recent years, so the 200 rooms and suites offer all the modern comforts, while retaining the calm and elegant décor of an English country house.
Looking out over the gardens, the pool or Table Mountain, the rooms offer a wide variety of choice: from the Garden cottage suites, historic cottages with glamorous four poster beds, separate living room and dining room, perfectly secluded and private for honeymooners, to the deluxe rooms in the main hotel with spacious sitting area and elegant marble bathroom. Widescreen TV with DVD player, iPod dock and wifi are incorporated seamlessly into the historic interiors.
The glamour of the Mount Nelson Hotel comes into its own in the public rooms: The Planet restaurant and bar with its high moulded ceilings, where bygone era meets contemporary chic in the fibre optic chandeliers and excellent meals are served in style, the country house ease of the Oasis bistro with its al fresco terrace, or the elegant lounge where afternoon teas of superb decadence are served. Perhaps surprisingly amid all this grand living, children are warmly welcomed: there are kids activities, a playroom, a large heated swimming pool (there’s a second secluded pool just for adults) and the luxurious Librisa spa even has a special kids’ menu of treatments.