We did not stay at the Mount Nelson, opting instead for the Cape Grace (see my review). But we spent an afternoon at the 'Nellie', as I'd always imagined myself staying there if I ever made it to Capetown. I even took a Polo blazer to Africa for the sole purpose of wearing it to tea at this venerable hotel. I needn't have bothered. Such a lovely place - such a scruffy lot of guests.
Graciously given a tour of the hotel by a sales staff member, I was impressed by everything I saw - except for the people staying there. I know, it's 2010 and people just don't DRESS anymore. But come on; cut-offs and old t-shirts and dirty sneakers at a formal tea? The hotel's stated dress code is 'Informal' - not 'Grubby'. In my navy blazer and pressed khakis I probably looked to those digging-in to their overloaded plates of finger sandwiches and pastries like a relic from the Raj. All that was missing was my pith helmet.
Obviously the 'Nellie' is popular with locals, who with kids in tow troop through the public rooms as if they own the place. If you're comfortable in that environment I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay. The hotel and it's extensive, manicured grounds are beautiful and the staff we interacted with couldn't have been kinder. But I'm glad we were at the Cape Grace (where my blazer and khaki's did not make me look like a freak, thank you very much!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, in Cape Town’s buzzing heart. We invite you to relax in our iconic pink buildings, airy rooms and dreamy gardens. Enjoy imaginative local cuisine, nourishing spa treatments and eye-catching artworks. Captivating visitors since 1899, Cape Town’s iconic resort hotel is a tranquil hideaway just moments from the city’s buzzing heart. Our 198 individually designed rooms and suites and a host of fabulous facilities appeal equally to romantic couples, families or adventurous groups. Stroll through our expansive gardens, take a tree tour or browse the outdoor sculpture exhibition. Discover the hotel’s history, art and culture on self-guided tours. Enjoy imaginative cuisine in our restaurants and soothing bliss at the spa. Just beyond our gates lies the pulsating city, with stunning beaches and historic hotspots moments away. Forever watching over the hotel is Table Mountain, another wondrous Cape Town landmark. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Nelson Cape Town
- Hotel Mount Nelson
- Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town, South Africa