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Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

The famous Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa
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Mount Nelson Hotel was founded in 1899
I 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.

Painted 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 surrounding gardens.

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 has an intriguing collection of memorabilia from the days of the Union Castle Line, when passengers would disembark and rush straight to the comforts 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 spectacles!

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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
• Opening windows
• Writing desks
• Mood lighting
• Satellite Television, Radio, Video recorder and AM/FM clock radio
• Safe
• Hairdryer, bathroom scale and lighted makeup mirror
• Two line touch-dial telephones with data ports and voicemail
• International Plugs, Shaver sockets and shaver mirrors
• Daily newspaper
• 24 hour medical support
• Bottled water
• 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.

All 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 floor.

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 bathrooms).

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).

Facilities include:
Wider bathroom doors (85 cm)
Open shower with chair
Movable showerhead
Low sink
Low bath
Handrails around the bath, toilet, sink and shower
Open cupboards

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 furniture.

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 (including bathrooms).

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
• Stationary
• 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
• Complimentary breakfast

The fully equipped Business Centre, situated in the main hotel, offers a complete range of executive services and technical support, if requested.

The Mount Nelson Hotel is ideal for children of all ages. The following children's services are available:
Wooden Victorian cots, available on request.
Specially fitted white linen used on the non-suffocating baby pillows and duvet.

Welcome gifts:
Baby products (creams, lotions, wet wipes, nappy get etc.)
Colouring pictures
Sweetie jar
A goldfish to feed and love during your stay

Turndown comforts:
Baby/kiddies gown and slippers
Soft toy in a bag

Signature Boutique:
Children's clothing range, swimwear, toys, story book, bags etc are available from Signature Boutique - situated in the lobby, next to reception.

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
Board games
Daily kiddies program for Christmas and on request throughout the balance of the year
Kiddie’s tennis
Swimming lessons in our heated family pool
Music lessons
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 35.

Safety Equipment:
Cots; Baby monitors.
Bottle sterilisers
Toilet steps and seats
Car seats
Lifesaver at the main pool during festive season

Emergency Supplies:
Disposable nappies
24-hr 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.

Special Events
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.

Their banqueting team is thoroughly versed in wedding management – so you will receive the most perfect wedding you could ever desire.

Kosher Functions
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 the hotel.

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 schedule.

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 Restaurant
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.

The Tea Lounge
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 Dinners."

A piano accompanies the afternoon tea daily with light contemporary tunes.

Leisure Activities
The Gymnasium
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 Course, Wynberg
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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.

Also available through the Body Care Clinic or gymnasium are external professionals who can be contracted by prior arrangement to provide the following:
Chiropractic treatments
Yoga lessons
T'ai chi lessons
Ayurveda massage
Deep-tissue massage

Nearby Attractions
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 Groot Constantia, the oldest wine estate in the country.

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