Mount Nelson Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
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MOUNT NELSON HOTEL
- CAPE TOWN
have travelled a great deal in the world ... but my favourite hotel
is the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town" - so wrote the late
Sir Laurens van der Post. Founded by Donald Currie, the shipping
magnate, in 1899 and still a favorite hotel of many seasoned travellers,
the Mount Nelson provides a sense of history to those who visit.
in the famous "Mount Nelson's Blush", the rosy-pink
hue first mixed for the hotel in the 1920's, the building almost
glows in the distance as it is approached via the grand Palm Avenue.
A lovely pink rose in the same shade as the hotel, bred especially
for the hotel's centenary in 1999, lightly scents the stunning
Once inside the
hotel, the traveller experiences the gracious living and hospitality
for which the Mount Nelson is famed. The strongest
architectural style is Cape Georgian. The hotel is furnished in
keeping with the period with rich woods and beautiful fabrics and
intriguing collection of memorabilia from the days of the Union
Castle Line, when passengers would disembark and rush straight to
of the "Nellie". Afternoon tea here is a Cape Town institution.
The table groans with a sumptuous spread of elegant finger sandwiches,
patisserie, fresh cape fruits, scones, muffins and fabulous gateaux,
while a pianist tinkles on the ivories - not to be missed! Breakfast
may be taken in the Oasis Restaurant with its lavender-bordered terrace,
and dinner in the elegant Cape Colony Restaurant, voted one of the
top ten hotel restaurants in the world, provides a true taste of
the Cape with a cuisine inspired by French, Dutch and Eastern influences.
In addition to the main hotel building,
accommodation is also in four separate, luxurious wings, all set
in private gardens
planted with lavender
and iceberg roses. These wings are particularly good for those seeking
added privacy and seclusion. The Mount Nelson provides wonderful service,
a lovely location and a sense of history. Inspired by "Mount Nelson's
Blush", once in residence you will see the world through rose tinted
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Each of the 57 suites and 144 bedrooms at Mount Nelson Hotel are individually
furnished and provided with fully appointed private bathrooms. Non-smoking
rooms, inter-leading rooms, executive business rooms, suites and paraplegic
facilities and rooms with balconies are available upon request. Telephones
are provided in the bathrooms, at bedsides and on each writing desk.
Each has a voice-mail, wake-up call and a data port facility.
A unique feature of the Mount Nelson Hotel is its four 'wings' (referred
to as the Palm Avenue Wing) of luxurious accommodation, all set in
private gardens planted with lavender and iceberg roses. The Palm
Avenue wing - Taunton House, Green Park, Helmsley and Hof Villa -
is reached from the main house via the leafy Palm Avenue. Guests
staying in these rooms enjoy unrivalled serenity and seclusion while
residing at the Mount Nelson Hotel.
Guest Room Features:
Individually controlled air conditioning units
Mini Bar fridge
Luxurious 100% cotton linen and non-allergenic foam pillows
Luxury Bathroom amenities/toiletries and bathrobes
Sewing kits and suit, skirt and padded hangers
Satellite Television, Radio, Video recorder and AM/FM clock radio
Hairdryer, bathroom scale and lighted makeup mirror
Two line touch-dial telephones with data ports and voicemail
International Plugs, Shaver sockets and shaver mirrors
24 hour medical support
24 hour in-room dining
Beds are turned down and serviced twice daily
On-site guest laundry
Superior Rooms: The Superior
rooms are spacious, elegant and functional, and are ideal for quiet,
out-of-town work or relaxation. There is a choice of twin or king
size beds, with rooms offering garden, pool or Table Mountain views.
rooms have a separate sitting area, and the bathrooms vary in
size. The rooms are situated in the Oasis wing of the main house
and in the Green Park complex. Business rooms are also available
on the Green Park executive floor.
There are 99 Superior rooms in the hotel. The Superior rooms are
a minimum size of 46 square meters (including bathrooms).
Luxury Rooms: Each
with a light and relaxed atmosphere, the Luxury Rooms are larger
in size than the Superior Rooms, with a larger sitting
area and bathroom. Understated old-world charm is complemented by
practical modern luxury for the discerning traveller.
The rooms are located in the Green Park complex, the main house
and Taunton House, with interconnecting rooms available on request.
Business rooms are also available on the Orient-Express Business
There are 45 Luxury rooms in the hotel. The Luxury rooms are a minimum
size of 47 square meters (including bathrooms).
Executive Business Rooms: The
Executive Business rooms are ideal for business travellers. All rooms
have a separate sitting area, and the bathrooms vary in size. Situated
in Green Park, these rooms all have in-room printer/copier/fax machine,
stationary, tea & coffee making facilities and data port facilities.
There are 9 Executive Business rooms in the hotel. The Executive
Business Rooms are a minimum size of 46 square meters (including
Paraplegic Rooms: There
are two luxury rooms specifically constructed to meet the needs
of paraplegics. These rooms are situated in the
Green Park complex with views overlooking the spacious courtyard
with fountain. The Paraplegic rooms are a minimum size of 47 square
metres (including bathrooms).
Wider bathroom doors (85 cm)
the bath, toilet, sink and shower
Junior Suites: These
one bedroom spacious suites with en-suite bathroom, include an
open plan, comfortable
lounge. These suites are situated in the Palm Avenue wing as
well as the main house and have views of Table Mountain, our
beautiful gardens or a spacious courtyard with fountain. A
number of theses rooms interconnect with a Superior room, making
them ideal for families. Some of these rooms have separate
lounges and some are open plan.
There are 19 Junior Suites in the hotel. The Junior Suites are a
minimum size of 63 square meters (including bathrooms).
Executive Suites: The
Executive Suites are larger than the Junior suites, with beautiful
views and spacious open-plan
lounges and dining areas, some of which are open to the bedroom,
and feature newly renovated, luxurious marble bathrooms with
walk-in dressing room. A kitchenette/wet bar is provided
with small microwave, cooking stove, washbasin and general kitchen
utensils. They are situated in the Helmsley complex and Taunton
House and all have private balconies equipped with garden
There are 9 Executive Suites in the hotel. The Executive Suites
are a minimum size of 63 square meters (including bathrooms).
Deluxe Suites: The
Deluxe Suites are larger than the executive suites, with separate
living and dining areas and have luxurious marble bathrooms with
walk-in dressing rooms. A kitchenette/wet bar is provided with
small microwave, cooking stove, washbasin and general kitchen utensils.
Located in Palm Avenue and offer views of the garden.
Eight of these suites are located
along the Sydenham Terrace and are referred to as Garden Cottages
with their own private gardens.
There are 19 Deluxe Suites in the
hotel. The Deluxe Suites are a minimum size of 88 square meters
Luxury Suites: All
Luxury Suites are situated in the main house and feature an
entrance hall, large lounge and dining room, and main
bedroom. Some have two bathrooms and all have CD players. Luxury
Suites are very spacious and have spectacular views of the garden
and pool or Table Mountain.
Two luxury suites are situated in the Palm Avenue wing and are available
upon request. A luxurious marbled foyer sets the ambience of this
spacious double suite with en-suite bathroom, separate living and
dining area and private balcony facing Table Mountain. A guest cloakroom
as well as a kitchenette is provided with small microwave, cooking
stove, washbasin and general kitchen utensils.
There are 10 Luxury Suites in the hotel. The Luxury Suites are a
minimum size of 99 square meters (including bathrooms).
Orient-Express Business Floor
The new Orient-Express Business floor and lounge, situated in the
luxurious Green Park building and business centre are designed to
cater for the needs of the modern business traveller. These fully
equipped facilities offer an office away from the office dedicated
to fulfil business guest's every need.
The designer bedrooms each have
their own in-room business facilities such as:
In-room printer/copier/fax machine
Tea & Coffee making facilities
Data port services
Laptop available on request
Secretarial support via the business centre
Complementary spa treatment voucher
Complimentary pressing of suit or shirt
The fully equipped Business Centre,
situated in the main hotel, offers a complete range of executive
services and technical support,
The Mount Nelson Hotel is ideal for children of all ages. The following
children's services are available:
Wooden Victorian cots, available on request.
fitted white linen used on the non-suffocating baby pillows
Baby products (creams, lotions, wet wipes, nappy get etc.)
A goldfish to feed and love during your stay
Baby/kiddies gown and slippers
Soft toy in a bag
Children's clothing range, swimwear, toys, story book, bags etc are
available from Signature Boutique - situated in the lobby, next
On The Menu:
A specially created children’s menu, place mats and high chairs
are available in the Oasis Restaurant
Kids Breakfast corner
Kiddie’s hairdresser on site
Children’s birthday parties and homemade cakes
Playstations, jigsaw puzzles, Cartoon network & Kids videos
program for Christmas and on request throughout the balance of the
Swimming lessons in our heated family pool
9 acres of secure gardens with soft lawns provide a safe environment
to play in
Qualified contracted childminders/babysitters are available on request.
If a family requires a babysitter, a company called Childminders
is used. This organisation only uses child minders who have a minimum
of 2 years experience, a drivers licence, a car, a first aid certificate,
a qualification in child care and are between the ages of 20 to
Toilet steps and seats
Lifesaver at the main pool during festive season
Doctor on call
Kiddie’s toothbrush/toothpaste, dummies, thermometers, bibs
Trained first aiders on site
On site transport company to cater to every request, pony rides,
farm outings etc. Our Concierge Desk is fully informed on various
activities available for children in Cape Town and surrounds.
Weddings & Honeymoons
For the bride and groom, their wedding day is unquestionably the
most special day of their lives, and The Mount Nelson ensures that
every aspect is just perfect – from the flowers on the
tables to the menu, the music and the wedding cake.
team is thoroughly versed in wedding management – so
you will receive the most perfect wedding you could ever desire.
The Mount Nelson Hotel is a premier venue for kosher functions.
It has a large kosher kitchen ideal for kosher functions, especially
weddings which make up approximately 50 percent of events at
Naturally all food preparation and service is under the supervision
of the Beth Din. The supervisor is briefed each month, well in
advance of events, so that there is ample time to organise her
The hotel also has an extensive list of reliable kosher suppliers
that are regularly revised and expanded as the occasion demands,
and keep abreast of present trends.
The extensive list of kosher menu options includes four delectable
set menus, a hot and cold kosher buffet, two cocktail menus and
a kosher brunch menu. In keeping with present food trends, kosher
menus are lighter and less complex, emphasising the freshest,
finest seasonal produce and linefish.
The Cape Colony Restaurant
The Cape Colony Restaurant features Modern South African cuisine
and contemporary jazz every evening. The a la carte menu offers
a wealth of mouth-watering tastes that are a fusion of Mediterranean,
Cape Malay and Oriental cuisines, while the wine list comprises
a cross-section of wines from many of the Cape's top vineyards.
The Cape Colony was voted
one of the top 10 hotel restaurants in the world by Hotel Magazine.
Voted as one of South Africa's Top Ten Restaurants by the Eat
Out Guide in 2002.
Received the Outstanding Front-of-House Award for
service excellence by the Eat Out Guide in 2002.
The Oasis' superb setting overlooking the picturesque
gardens and swimming pool of the Mount Nelson Hotel makes it
the perfect venue for informal alfresco dining. The restaurant offers an extensive Mediterranean-style buffet
as well as a tantalising a la carte menu.
Afternoon tea became fashionable in the 1840s,
200 years after the first tea was brought from China. It became
a British institution and a tradition which the Mount Nelson
Hotel has the pleasure of continuing in the Lounge.
The Mount Nelson Hotel
has been voted "best tea in the
world" for two years running by Michael Winner - well known
for his restaurant column in the Sunday Times (UK) and his book "Winner's
A piano accompanies the afternoon tea daily with light contemporary
The Mount Nelson Hotel's high tech gymnasium is fully equipped
with top of the range imported cardiovascular equipment
as well as a multi-station from the USA. Spin bikes and
a boxing bag form part of the facilities offered. Two personal trainers are available throughout the day for fitness
assessments as well as training routines. The gym is fully air-conditioned and has a television and video
machine as well as a high fi.
Royal Cape Golf
Rondebosch Golf Club,
Atlantic Beach Golf
Sharon's Body Care Clinic
Sharon's Body Care Clinic at The Mount Nelson Hotel is renowned
for its innovative treatments and expert care. With a reputation
for being at the cutting edge of the latest beauty and relaxation
techniques, Sharon's provides the solution to most beauty problems,
in an atmosphere of calm and peaceful relaxation.
Sharon's includes four fully equipped treatment rooms, which
feature relaxing background music to help clients relax and unwind.
Treatments include facials, massages, waxing, as well as Dermalogica
spa treatments and facials, Environ pigmentation and facial rejuvenation
treatments, as well as a revolutionary cellulite treatment program.
Massage treatments include aromatherapy, using only the finest
oils imported from France.
through the Body Care Clinic or gymnasium are external professionals
who can be contracted by prior arrangement
to provide the following:
The Mount Nelson Hotel is just 20 minutes' walk from the city
centre and 20 minutes by road to Cape Town International Airport.
The hotel is perfectly
located for visits to the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch,
the Table Mountain cableway, the scenic
fishing village of Hout Bay, the new theme park 'Ratanga Junction',
Cape Point, the Cape Winelands, Robben Island, Craft Markets
(Green Market), Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and glorious
the oldest wine estate in the country.
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