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Many Capetonians love 'The Nellie' as much as its visitors do, responding warmly to its historic character and multiple pleasures from lavish afternoon teas to sipping a pint of Castle lager in the old-school Planet Bar. With pampering bedrooms, two pools, a sizeable spa and a children's club, this Belmond hotel is a luxurious all-rounder primed to please.

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The hotel is in the historic centre, close to the designer stores and trendy eateries of Kloof Street. The property was originally a private estate with deer and fountains, before the main hotel building was added in 1899 to accommodate first-class passengers travelling with the Union-Castle shipping line. Airport transfers take around 40 minutes, and there is complimentary parking. Walk east to discover Company's Garden, a leafy sanctuary dating from 1652, St George's Cathedral and the District Six Museum chronicling the years of apartheid.

By plane: direct flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town take 12 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Free parking available. Book flights to Cape Town.

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Mount Nelson was famously painted pink and white to celebrate the end of the First World War and is proud of its history and character. It's a place that rewards exploring (ask to see the colonial-era Sherwood Room and Churchill Writing Room) but it is also attuned to contemporary needs, with around 40 per cent of guests on business.


Keep in shape with the help of two heated outdoor pools and a fitness centre open 24/7, plus tennis and padel courts with lessons available from a pro coach. The hotel also has a hair salon, business centre and boutiques selling jewellery, bags, crafts and gifts.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Kids' club
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The rooms and suites are in a jumble of buildings reflecting the hotel's piecemeal growth. Superior and deluxe rooms are classically styled with light tones of grey, olive and cream, some with an antique writing desk and balcony. Bathrooms are bright with marble double basins and toiletries from Cape Town-based Charlotte Rhys.

Room types: Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite, Studio Suite, Suite, Deluxe Suite, Presidential Suite, Garden Cottage Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, TV, air con, free Wi-Fi


Breakfast is included in the rate, a lavish buffet served in the parquet-floored Oasis Bistro where you can tuck into grilled kippers while reading the Cape Times newspaper. The Planet Bar, with leather chairs and a fireplace, is a cosy spot for a glass of fine South African wine.

The Lounge: cosy lounge and terrace restaurant. Informal dining, serving salads, sandwiches and light meals. Open daily.

Planet Bar: chic bar and lounge, intimate ambience. Serving wines, champagnes and cocktails. Open daily, from 12pm.

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