Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel


The Belmond Mount Nelson is the best-known of all Cape Town hotels, with a wealth of history behind it. Originally built to house passengers from the Union Castle cruise liners, the British and Colonial heritage of the hotel shines through in the grand public rooms and classic, period furnished rooms.

The hotel sprawls over several buildings within seven acres of beautiful rose gardens and manicured lawns, creating a peaceful oasis in the heart of Cape Town. There are two heated swimming pools, and Librisa Spa which offers a range of holistic treatments.

From the colonial grandeur of the Planet bar and restaurant, to the al fresco informality of the pool area, the facilities at the hotel are superb. The rooms match the public areas for style and are luxurious, boasting a fantastic mix of period furnishings with modern elegance and opulence. There are 209 rooms, spread across several wings and all include modern amenities such as digital safe, television, hairdryer and minibar.


Our Thoughts

A very famous hotel which arguably rested on its laurels for far too long, but which is now definitely back up to scratch. The size of the gardens & swimming pool are fairly unique for a city centre in Cape Town, and even non-guests should book in for the afternoon tea.

Swimming Pool
There are two heated outdoor swimming pools:

The Oasis Pool, one of the largest heated pools in South Africa, is ideal for families. Poolside service available from October to April.

The Cottage Pool is located in a secluded spot and reserved for over-16s. Poolside service available from November to March.

Fitness Centre
Mount Nelson's fitness centre is equipped with the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment. A trainer is available for fitness assessments and programmes.

Personal training facilities are available to hotel guests and the public. Professional tennis, golf and swimming coaches can be arranged on request.

The Nellie and Nelson Activity Centre
A colourful hive of activity, this centre for children aged 3 to 12 offers a range of educational games and toys, big-screen TV, blackboard wall, Nintendo Wii, beanbags and child-friendly furniture. Organised activities, from group games to storytelling, take place throughout the day.

Available to non-resident hotel guests at no extra charge when visiting Librisa Spa or any of the restaurants and bars.

Teen's Lounge
The lounge is the ideal place for young adults aged 12 to 18 to meet and have fun. Contemporary furniture, Xbox 360 games, a Nintendo Wii, a computer and big-screen TV provide a great entertainment space.

Available to non-resident hotel guests at no extra charge when visiting Librisa Spa or any of the restaurants and bars.

  • Planet Restaurant & Bar
  • Oasis Bistro

Superior Rooms
Perfect for both leisure and business travellers, most of the spacious Superior Rooms offer views of the hotel gardens or Table Mountain.

Interconnecting rooms are available on request. Each room has a mini-lounge area, writing desk and lavishly equipped en-suite.

Deluxe Rooms
Located in the main hotel, these rooms combine classic charm with modern luxury. They are larger than Superior Rooms, with spacious sitting areas, and most offer a view of the gardens, swimming pool or Table Mountain, or have a balcony overlooking the fountain courtyard.

Exquisitely furnished suites offer the perfect base from which to explore vibrant Cape Town. Sumptuous king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms with a separate shower and bath complete the experience.

Junior Suite
Our Junior Suites offer a bedroom with an open-plan lounge area. Most offer views of Table Mountain, the hotel gardens or a landscaped courtyard.

Accessible Suites
The hotel offers two purpose-built, fully accessible Junior Suites. The bathrooms have wider doors, a low sink, a bath with handrails and open cupboards for easy access. The shower, with a movable showerhead, has open access and a chair. These rooms offer views over the picturesque fountain courtyard.

Deluxe Junior Suites
Light and airy, the Deluxe Junior Suites comprise a spacious bedroom and an open-plan lounge. They offer views of the manicured gardens.

Superior One-bedroom Suites
These suites feature a spacious bedroom with a separate lounge area. Some have balconies from where you can enjoy breakfast al fresco or an evening cocktail. 

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. 

Deluxe Suites
Our Deluxe Suites offer a separate bedroom, living and dining area, a private courtyard and a balcony. All the suites have luxurious marble bathrooms with walk-in dressing rooms, and a number of them also benefit from a kitchenette/wet bar. 

Presidential Suite
The luxurious Presidential Suite encompasses a stylish marbled entrance hall, a private dining room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. A large lounge leads onto a balcony with stunning views of Table Mountain.

There is also a wet bar, complete with a microwave, stove, sink and kitchen utensils.

Leading interior designer Graham Viney has decorated the Suite in soft hues and luxurious silk fabrics. It features 1930s light fittings with baccarat crystal and an original desk dating from when the hotel opened in 1899.

Garden Cottage Suites
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.

The cottages are superbly decorated with toile wallpaper, Venetian mirrors and oversized couches. They also feature four-poster beds and glamorous marble bathrooms, making them ideal for honeymooners and couples.

Other special features include separate living and dining areas, wet bars, mini-libraries and enclosed patios.

  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Salon
  • Teen activities
  • Afternoon Tea


  • A programme of activities, such as cricket matches, face painting, story-telling, swimming, games and treasure hunts
  • Family friendly restaurant with high chairs and children’s menu
  • Babysitting service with Kidz@heart, a highly recommended company that matches the perfect childminder to each child
  • Baby cots and/or additional beds


  • Children’s welcome letters full of fun things to do in Cape Town
  • Child-size bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime
  • Child and baby-friendly toiletries
  • Children’s books, games and Xbox 360/Playstation

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