Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
(5 star hotel)
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Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 9 reviews
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Colonial atmosphere

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 18, 2009

I had one stay at the Mt. Nelson, an older hotel that is off the waterfront on the edge of downtown Cape Town. This hotel is pleasant and the facilities elegant in a faded-colonial sort of way. Its location means that you will have to rely on cabs (or your own car) a bit, although it is possible to walk from the hotel to many tourist sites during the day.

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Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 12, 2006

Oh bliss...... this is truly lovely hotel, we have never ever felt more welcomed at any hotel, anywhere in the world
Our arrival date in Cape Town was the 30th anniversary of our first date and I wanted something special, so booked us The Mount Nelson`s Pure Indulgence special offer, this gave us two nights in a Luxury room, champagne and canapes on arrival, dinner in the renowned Cape Colony restaurant and room service breakfast for only R1,975 each. From our arrival we were treated like honoured guests, the service was absolutely fantastic. Our room was beautifully decorated and very comfortable with stunning views of Table Mountain, and after a long journey from the UK we were content to shower and sit in the fluffy bathrobes and slippers while admiring the views while sipping our champagne and nibbling the delicious canapes

After a sleep [caused by the champagne, not jet lag] it was time to explore the hotel which has been open since 1899 and has had many famous visitors from Royalty, political and entertainment worlds. We had drinks in the conservatory attached to the Planet Bar, the conservatory ceiling has hundreds of tiny twinkling lights - its like sitting under a star filled sky and the Planet Bar itself has a beautiful orary mobile on a more balmy night drinks are also served on the terrace outside overlooking the garden. Again we had exeptional service, Carl mentioned it was a special anniversary for us and when we took our seats later in the Cape Colony restraunt we we given glasses of champagne to mark the occasion [more about the restaurant in the Restaurant Tips section]

the hotel was nearing the end of a large updating project when we stayed but there was very little noise and no inconvenience, our room was in Green Park, one of the annexes. We had a wonderful time here and would love to return

Unique Quality: there are two swimming pools and tennis courts, golf nets for practice and a gym
for pampering after that there is the Body Care Centre, a spa where several treatments are available, and a hairdressers
if you`d like a little retail therapy there are Kottlers Gift Shop and the Signature Boutique
and if you must work there is the business centre

Directions: its big and PINK, you cant miss it

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The Nellie

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 19, 2006

The Nellie as she is fondly known by most Capetonians is one of our landmarks. This majestic lady has seen many important visitors and know secrets that many of us would like to know about, but she does not reveal anything about her guests. Eating here or just having high tea is one of the best experiences I have yet had.

Unique Quality: High tea

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Mount Nelson Hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 3, 2006

The Mount Nelson Hotel is just a 20 minute walk from the Cape Town city centre and 20 minutes by road to Cape Town International Airport. The Mount Nelson Hotel is perfectly located for visits to the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch, the Table Mountain Cableway, the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay and glorious Groot Constantia, the oldest wine estate in the country.

The Mount Nelson Hotel caters for comfort, with each of the 75 suites and 145 bedrooms individually furnished and provided with fully appointed private bathrooms and individually controlled air conditioning. In addition, each is equipped with television, international touch-dial telephones, voice mail and a safe. Refrigerators and minibars are provided in all rooms except Single Rooms. A local daily newspaper, robes, hairdryers and bottled
water are also included. A private fax line is available on request in some rooms.

A unique feature of the Mount Nelson Hotel are four new "wings" of luxurious accommodation, all set in private gardens and planted with lavender and iceberg roses. These wings - Taunton House, Green Park, Helmsley and Hof Villa - are reached from the main hotel via the leafy Palm Avenue. Guests staying in them enjoy unrivalled serenity and seclusion, and are, of course, entitled to use all the hotel's facilities, including the two swimming pools, with their superb Table Mountain backdrop.

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The Nellie ~ Historic Mount Nelson

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 22, 2006

My all-time favourite, and the world’s number one hotel for a couple of years running:~ The Nellie.

The first thing you notice is its colour. It’s pink! Haha. Don’t let that put you off though, this is THE most superb 5 star hotel you could possibly stay in.

The one crucial thing that separates this hotel from other 5 star hotels in Cape Town (and there are quite a few!), is that this one is old-world, coupled with modern convenience and facilities. Other hotels have all the mod cons and ooze sophistication and have world class standards, don’t get me wrong, but The Nellie has the added comfort and warmth. Personal attention.

Even as a mere supplier, I always enjoyed going there, I would be offered tea (free 5 star tea!!!!) in the front room (BEAUUUTIFUL sun room!), in the same area as the guests, to go through the latest proposals etc. It has such a warm and welcoming feel, and not only because you are spending your money there!

Many people have their weddings here, and they host a variety of corporate and private functions too. As a supplier of gifting to this hotel I supplied gifts for their rooms, Christmas crackers plus invitations and menus for occasions.

The impressive colonial architecture with grand ballrooms and receptions lends itself well in the way of entertainment.

Unique Quality: The one occasion that I am most proud of is the when Nelson Mandela had his 79th birthday there in 1998 and I was asked by the then general manager of the Nellie to do his birthday invites for him, as he was having a big party at the hotel.

I did the outer leaves of paper in a thick and rustic handmade paper I specifically made for Mandela, with his name just visible in the pulp here and there. Took some experimenting, but the end result was fabulous! The inside was left blank for security reasons, Mandela's PA was putting the info and guests name etc inside.

So yes, all my memories of this hotel are ones of fondness and warmth. Highly recommended! :)

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The Fabulous Pink Lady

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 6, 2006

Nestled at the foot of Table mountain this hotel is a well established piece of heaven. The style of the hotel is very colonial & you are greeted at the gate by a man wering a pith.

I did not stay at this hotel as it is VERY EXPENSIVE a double room costing from $585 low season to $900 stretching to $1,350 - $2,135 for their top rooms. Although saying this one can always find more reasonable deals on the internet. Sumptious luxuary such as this does come at a price.

Do book for an afternoon tea at the Mt Nelson which has been voted as "best tea in the world" by Michael Winner. I have written a tip for this treat under restuarants, excellent value beating the Ritz hands down.

Unique Quality: Everything is here - pool, tennis courts, great view, stunning gardens

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Nellies - above the Gardens below Table Mountain

by written on August 31, 2002

Gracious, wise , mellow, charming;
in the league of the Peninsula, Oriental, Grosvenor.
I remember a few short stays there, an absolute contrasr to backpacking, but the enjyoment of its service is unforgettable;
and if you're on Company expense, take a 3 day special a grand for two

Unique Quality: I remember :
the fine rack of Karoo lamb flavoured by the dry Karroo grass;
the tea and cucumber sandwiches on the patio;
the set menu meals in the dining hall, with impeccable service;
the smoked whiskey in the pub with whiffs of cuban cigars;

Directions: above the Gardens, a block from Gardens Shopping Centre

the mount nelson hotel in the...

by written on August 24, 2002

the mount nelson hotel in the upper part of cape town.
excellent service, good for the ego, because the stewards really pamper to your every need.
transportation no problem as the courtesy bus is always on habd
if you're travelling from any other place except s.a. it is extremely cheap.
for south africans, little pricey

Unique Quality: all facilities and fantastic views

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Dinner with Mandela?

by written on August 24, 2002

The Mount Nelson is certainly one of Africa's most prestigious hotels. It's the kind of place where you wouldn't be surprised to find Nelson Mandela himself in the sumptuous dining room, where the service is efficient but discreet. Old Cliffie was delighted that when he dined there with two of the little Clavens, then aged only 2 and 5, they behaved with such impeccable manners that the maître d'hôtel was moved to commend their behaviour. It made old Cliffie's autruche aux trois poivres (ostrich with pepper sauce) taste even better!

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Address: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa

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Amenities at Mount Nelson Hotel

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet
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  • Spa
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  • Bar / Lounge

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