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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

i have been a visitor to this hotel for decades, its my favourite place for afternoon tea and intimate dinners. I had my wedding there in 1992! ..always loved the superb tasteful decorating, gentle colours of the lounge and conservatory areas and exquisite furnishings. The service and food offering is still superb as always but the interior in the lounge and conservatory areas which it appears was recently redone is beyond is predicable, harsh and far too mainstream for this elegant, grand old lady...the tea tables are over designed and stand like odd eyesores amongst the red and brown clad furnishings .....I visited for tea recently as was so disappointed!!

The Mount Nelson {Nellie) is an iconic fixture of Capetown. Beautiful grounds, secluded locale, but still close to attractions. Our room was spacious and well appointed. Staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. High tea was very classy. This hotel is luxury at its finest. If it fits your budget, this is a must for stays in Capetown.

I stayed 2 nights with my wife and our 11-years-old daughter in April 2018. Absolutely splendid views from our balcony. Pristine gardens, nice breakfast. All staff members very courteous, with a special note of thanks to Sim, who served us at the outside patio. Excellent gastronomic experiences at the Planet Restaurant. One of the best hotels we have ever stayed.

Wonderful stay at Mount Nelson. We had a wonderful view of The Table from our room. Room was beautiful and service was wonderful. The staff was wonderful, making our stay very special. Location was perfect and within walking distance of the Company Gardens, many great restaurants and clubs. Will be back next time we are in Cape Town.

The Mount Nelson is in a great location to enjoy all that Cape Town has to offer. The Breakfast included in many room rates is absolutely outstanding, the high tea is the best we have had in any city with a British heritage (esp. London & Hong Kong) and the Concierge is really on top of where to find the best restaurants and entertainment.

Mount Nelson is a grand old colonial style hotel in central Cape Town located conveniently for table mountain and close enough to the V&A waterfront. The rooms are lovely and furnished to high standards. The gardens are lovely and worth walking around. The breakfast by the poolside is excellent and the concierge helpful. The staff is courteous and helpful however some lacked training. As an example one of the kitchen staff struggled with cooking an omelette - that is basic. We also saw that Afternoon tea was very popular at the hotel. We visited the Company’s gardens located close to the hotel and they were lovely.

Gorgeous traditional style grand hotel in central Cape Town with convenient location for Table Mountain and the harbour side area. Lovely grounds with beautiful ornamental gardens. A buffet breakfast of the finest quality. Altogether quite a lovely experience. Some aspects of the facilities could be improved with some modernisation, and many of the staff seem to be a little inexperienced/in training (though all very kind and polite). Sadly the poolside restaurant, where breakfast is served and which has a broad family menu, does not remain open for the evening meal, which appears to leave families with young children having to choose between the bar and room service.

This was our third stay at the Mount Nelson Hotel (Nelly). It is always our first choice when visiting Cape Town. It is conveniently located with secure on-site parking. The suite rooms are large and extremely well appointed. On-line booking from overseas is easy and the reservations team very attentive and helpful. Every staff member is totally professional and nothing is ever too much trouble. The buffet style breakfast has extensive choices to suit everyone, even fresh Oysters are available. The Planet Restaurant is a special experience that we never miss. We cannot wait until our next visit. Many thanks.

Starts at 1pm and ends at 3, the amount of food you can eat in that time - if you want - if huge. Sandwiches, savoury pastries, scone and endless cakes with 3 pots of tea..... and you can order more sandwiches and pastries if you want! Lovely building and grounds. A good experience worthy of the cost

My first ever High Tea and I believe I started with the best! We got dressed for the occasion, it’s a beautiful place and we wanted to feel special. Excellent service, excellent choice of delicious savory and sweet treats! My guests stuck to the tea and I had a delicious glass of red wine. No complaints or feeling of disappointment. Will definitely go again and highly recommend it!!! Oh....and the scones😍

76 Orange Street Cape Town Western Cape

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to South African National Gallery
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking

Located in Cape Town City Centre within a short stroll of Company's Garden, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is within a 10-minute drive Table Mountain. This 198-room, 5-star hotel has 2 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and 4 restaurants.


Free full breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 11 AM. There are ample dining options with 4 onsite restaurants, including Planet Restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and serves dinner, and Oasis Bistro with its pool views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel's 198 air-conditioned rooms provide iPod docks, minibars, and coffee makers. 42-inch LED TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and pillowtop beds with Egyptian cotton sheets ensure a restful night. Other standard amenities include free newspapers, free bottled water, and safes.

Property features

A local mainstay since 1899, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a fitness center. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 925 per person one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, outdoor tennis courts, and free WiFi in public areas.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

93.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1724 reviews