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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   76 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (City Bowl)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 101 hotels in Cape Town Central
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“"Gorgeous, Informal"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Beautiful, old colonial place with friendly, flawless service. The grounds are impeccable, the buildings look like something out of a magazine spread, great personality and authentic. The Nelly pushed The Oriental in Bangkok off our number one spot -- we look forward to returning.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cranleigh
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83 reviews 83 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

The Pink painted Mount Nelson is the iconic hotel of Cape Town and still retains the ethos of its glorious past and taking high tea there allows you to soak in its atmosphere.
Service is both friendly and faultless with lots of warm smiles from staff starting the minute you enter the grand entrance area.
The range & quality if food offered is superb and constantly refreshed.
Of course choice of teas is unbeatable and elegantly presented in glass teapots.
It's worth splashing out on a glass of Cape Classic bubbly to really top out the experience.
If you are fortunate enough to have Margaret as your server you know you are going to be well looked after.
Ask her if the warm scones are still warming? Ours took a long time to come but Margarate made the waiting fun and no problem.
The Mount Nelson IS Cape Town and high tea is an essential part of the Mount Nelson.
Don't miss it!!!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sydney
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

We had been recommended the Mount Nelson for High Tea by friends but were there at the wrong time of day. We did however enjoy lunch and drinks on the terrace, overlooking the delightful gardens. This beautiful old colonial hotel is worth visiting to enjoy a little time out relaxing. The staff are delightful and happy to recommend local brews (try Jack Black beer) and wines for the newly arrived tourist.

We had been undertaking the Hop on Hop off tour and the Mount Nelson is on the way or walk through the Company Gardens to the very top and cross the road into the long tree lined drive leading up to the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The hotel has not lost any of its luster from the past. The same attentive staff, wonderful suites (mine, a charming Victorian cottage overlooking the pool and gazebo), and dinner at the Planet was all together a superb evening. The grounds look impeccable, as always!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a classic hotel in central Cape Town. Ideal setting, classy hotel right on the foot of Table Mountain. The services is top notch, you feel like a king driving through the main entrance up the tree covered driveway and arriving at the Victorian-styled main building. This hotel is old but very well maintained and offers all anyone would expect from a first class hotel..everything but a sea-view I guess. Access to the all the great sites like the V&A Watarfront, the public gardens, the Cable car going up to Table Mountain, Clifton beach, a drive through Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Camps Bay is all 10-15 minutes away. I definitely give the Mount Nelson a thumbs up for classic styling, class and romance.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Have to say that we did not stay at the hotel, but we did book afternoon tea which was lovely.
A beautiful lounge, serve yourself sandwiches and cakes were elegantly presented. Many offerings of tea and infusions and all choices were replenished gracefully by our server. We lingered and chatted, met our South African travel agent, and then observed a young actor from Nigeria and his "people", and on departure found that the African Community leaders were meeting at the hotel - we saw the arrival of the president of Malawi and probably could have waited for others to step out of their limos. It was a very uplifting afternoon - and just what we needed after exploring Robben Island and its history in the morning - an excellent change of pace. Having experienced what was offered, the price was even more palatable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Every thing about this hotel is amazing...rooms, food, service, its the only place to stay in Cape Town. ....and the afternoon tea is not to be missed.
The hotel will also set up private tours of the cape and the wine area which are very well done.
If you are going to Cape Town this is where you want to stay!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Address: 76 Orange Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#3 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#8 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#8 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#12 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, Mount Nelson Hotel offers easy access to all that’s happening in this dynamic city. Enjoying a superb location at the foot of Table Mountain, and just a short stroll from downtown, Mount Nelson Hotel offers the perfect combination of leafy tranquillity and contemporary buzz.Whether dining on exotic Cape cuisine, soaking up the sun on any of the stunning beaches nearby or getting ready to stroll down fashionable Kloof Street, guests have the ideal central base from which to discover this exhilarating city. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mount Nelson Cape Town
Hotel Mount Nelson
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town, South Africa

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