Mount Nelson Hotel

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Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express

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.

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.

For historic luxury in the heart of Cape Town the Mount Nelson is hard to beat.


Property Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Conference Centre
  • Disability Services
  • Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Kiddies Club
  • Meal on Request
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Spa

Available Services

  • Airport Shuttles
  • Babysitting Service
  • Chauffer Service
  • Credit Card
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Laundry Service
  • Room Service
  • Room Service (24 hours)
  • Travel Desk

Room Types

Superior Room 1

Superior Rooms

Perfect for both leisure and business travellers, most of our spacious Superior Rooms offer views of the hotel gardens or Table Mountain. Each room has a mini-lounge area, writing desk and lavishly equipped en-suite.

Deluxe Room Oasis

Deluxe Rooms

Located in the main hotel, Oasis Wing and Green Park, these rooms combine understated charm with modern luxury. They are larger than Superior Rooms, with spacious sitting areas, and most offer a view of the gardens or Table Mountain, or have a balcony overlooking the swimming pool. Each has an en-suite with separate shower and bath. Interconnecting rooms are available on request.

Junior Suite

Junior Suite

For guests requiring more spacious accommodation, our Junior Suites offer a bedroom with a larger open-plan or separate lounge area. Most offer views of Table Mountain, the hotel gardens or a landscaped courtyard. All have an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bath.

Mount Nelson rooms_01 Junior Suite

Deluxe Junior Suite

Light and airy, the Deluxe Junior Suites comprise a spacious bedroom and open-plan lounge area with beautiful garden facing views. All have an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bath.

Superior One Bedroom Suite

Superior One Bedroom Suite

These suites feature spacious bedrooms with a separate lounge and dining area. All of these suites have beautiful views of the gardens or Table Mountain and en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bath.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite1

Deluxe One Bedroom Suites

Our Deluxe One Bedroom Suites offer a separate bedroom, living and dining area. All the suites have luxurious marble bathrooms and most of them offer a kitchenette/wet bar.

MNH - Presidential Suite lounge

Presidential Suite

The luxurious Presidential Suite encompasses a stylish marbled entrance hall, a private dining room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a large lounge leading onto a balcony with stunning views of Table Mountain. There is also a wet bar, complete with a microwave, stove, sink and kitchen utensils.

Classic Suite - Helmsley

Classic Suites

These suites feature spacious open-plan lounges and dining areas, private balconies and luxurious marble bathrooms with walk-in dressing rooms. Selected suites also offer a kitchenette/wet bar with small microwave, hotplate, sink and general kitchen utensils, making them perfect for families with small children. 


Garden Cottages

A row of eight restored, historic cottages, adjacent to the secluded pool, make up the Garden Cottage Suites.

A luxurious home away from home, each cottage sits behind a scented rose garden, enclosed by a picket fence, ensuring a haven of peace and privacy.

Decorated with touches such as toile wallpaper, Venetian mirrors and oversized couches, the cottages also feature four-poster beds and glamorous marble bathrooms, making them ideal romantic hideaways for honeymooners and couples. Other special features include separate living and dining areas, wet bars, mini-libraries and enclosed patios.