Inaugurated in 1899, this hotel was one of the first in South Africa to provide running water to its guests. Both hot and cold no less, something that was a real luxury for the time.
Today, it displays the elegance of its 198 rooms and suites in the middle of a four-hectare park of perfectly tended lawns. Under the palm trees, two swimming pool areas invite you to take a dip or to give in to laziness on the sun loungers. The Belmond Mount Nelson has the charm of a hotel that has lived, and lived well, with chic aesthetics and impeccable service. Behind its rose colonial facade, one can indeed see life through rose-coloured glasses.
At High Tea, the hot drink of the house comes with cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes, and melktert, the typical South African dessert. An exceptional hotel, this is where many greats from Winston Churchill and the Prince of Wales to the Dalai Lama have laid down their heads.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
76 Orange Street
8001 Cape Town
+27 (0)21 483 1000
Rooms: from 4,985 ZAR