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“High Tea, so very civilised!” 5 of 5 stars
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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Ranked #8 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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134 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“High Tea, so very civilised!”
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
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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 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
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Chania Town, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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
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Brighton
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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
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Bethlehem Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

This place is amazing. From the grounds, to the service...unbeatable. Wonderful spa. Amazing food. There is really nothing bad I can say about it. True elegance. A gem in cape town. I met some girlfriends here for a weekend...it reminded me of old Hollywood pulling into the place. Cape town should be on everyone's bucket list...and the hotel sets the standard.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#2 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#3 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#8 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 198
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice. The hotel's convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore the city centre and its surrounds, and some of South Africa's best beaches. The garden estate setting is an urban sanctuary, complete with two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns, a palm lined avenue and secluded Rose gardens which lend themselves to romance. The abundance of secure wide open space makes families feel at home and encourages children to run free and explore. Several distinctive accommodation wings offer a variety of 198 individually decorated, elegantly appointed rooms and suites. No two rooms are exactly the same, and each annexe offers unique views, mood and style. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has played host to countless weddings and milestone celebrations. The glamorous and contemporary Planet Bar and Restaurant offers guests a true South African gastronomic dinner experience, and the newly refurbished Oasis Bistro offers guests a Mediterranean inspired al fresco breakfast and lunch menu overlooking the family pool and gardens. A daily Afternoon Tea served in the hotel lounge is a signature and not to be missed experience. Extending the emphasis on pleasure is Librisa Spa - a destination day spa boasting eight oversized treatment and shower rooms, separate manicure and pedicure rooms, and a sun-splashed conservatory. Treatments are based on the healing power of touch and incorporate products containing local ingredients. ... more   less 
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