At the foot of Table Mountain, resting on the slopes on the city’s most vibrant streets stands the majestic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. With its atmosphere of regal refinement and rich history, the hotel is considered one of the grand icons of the city.
Named after British naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson, the “Nellie,” as it’s more fondly dubbed by Cape Town locals, first opened her pink doors in 1899. In its early days, people of the world would set sail for the tip of Africa, arrive at Union Castle’s dock, and flock to the Nellie to seek a luxurious stay in the peninsula.
One of the hotel’s most charming features is its dusty pink-painted walls and resplendent gardens. High tea at the Nellie is a Cape Town institution. Each day, in the late afternoon sun of the patio, guests are treated to a lavish array of finger foods. Live piano fills the foyer as tea-drinkers choose from a selection of delicate petit fours, bite-sized pastries, cakes, and finely-made sandwiches.
Another unique feature of the hotel is its resident bar. The Planet Bar is a cosmic treasure, with its black and white tiled floors and a marble-topped bar. Guests can sip on one of the bar’s unique cocktails before they head out to seek adventure in the city.
If you’re looking for a stay in Cape Town with a touch of something extraordinary, the Nellie waits demurely for your arrival.