Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
76 Orange Street, Cape Town
8001 South Africa
Date of creation
6 March 1899
Xavier Lablaude, General Manager Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel ; Cluster Manager for Southern Africa.
Xavier Lablaude. Started working at Belmond Mount Nelson in 2011. Xavier previously worked in hotels in Paris, Florida Keys USA and as his last position before joining Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel was General Manager of Hotel de la Cite in Carcasonne.
5-star Luxury Hotel
2017 completed refusbishments to the hotel lounge, Planet Bar, veranda, reception and Porte Cochere, along with two new fully equipped disabled rooms.
BELMOND MOUNT NELSON HOTEL
History and Story
Bought in 1890 by Union Castle Shipping Line by Sir Donald Currie – his dream was to build a hotel in Cape Town as stylish and elegant as London’s most fashionable hotels – to cater exclusively for the Castle Line’s well-heeled First Class passengers. It opened in March 1899, survived the South African War and two world wars (the young Winston Churchill stayed here as a war correspondent and we still have the Churchill Writing Room). The end of the First World War was celebrated by painting the hotel a cheerful coat of pink – and the hotel remains the same rosy hue today. The Prince of Wales visited the hotel in 1925 and the Prince of Wales Gate and Palm Avenue were created in honour of his visit.
2017, Inge Moore at Muza Lab. Areas renewed include the hotel lounge, Planet Bar, veranda and terrace, hotel reception and concierge, the porte cochere and two discabled rooms.
Date added extensions
1973 Oasis wing was added to the main house
1990 Eight historic cottages converted in to Garden Cottage Suites
1996 acquired three historical buildings adjacent to Palm Avenue – Taunton House Cottage, Green Park and Hof Villa as well as the Helmsley hotel.
Main strengths, special touch
-Set in a city resort with nine acres gardens and sweeping lawns
-The hotel offers seven different wings offering a variety of accommodation
-Two heated swimming pools
Two floodlit tennis courts
A vibrant Children’s Club with professional childminders
-A sculpture garden exhibiting the best of local sculptors and artworks
A beautiful historic building which houses the Librisa Spa
-Chef Rudi Liebenberg serves the most incredible culinary creations using local, seasonal and sustainable produce, and he oversees a Chefs Table restaurant in the heart of the kitchen
Gardens, Cape Town.
Key sites/activities in the area
It is perfectly positioned below Table Mountain, a few minutes away from the city centre and a step away from the cultural and historical heart of the city.
John Lennon meditated under a tree in the garden whilst he was here,
-The Chefs table restaurant in the heart of the hotel’s kitchen.
-Beehive to support the Cape Honeybee population
-Our ‘artist in residence’ creates lasting memories with his oil paintings of you and your loved ones
-Afternoon Tea is a world renowned ‘must do’ experience
The Children’s Club offers fun-filled, creative as well as educational activities. A professionally staffed playroom offers something different for children every day.
-Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 198
Number of Luxury rooms: 111
Combining understated charm with modern luxury, each featuring a sitting area and an en‐suite bathroom, some offer a balcony.
Number of suites: 87
For guests requiring more spacious accommodation, these suites offer a bedroom with an open‐plan sitting area. Some of the suites benefit from an inviting balcony.
-Deluxe Junior Suites
Light and airy, the open plan suites includes a spacious bedroom and an inviting sitting area and most suites have a balcony.
The suites enjoy an open plan design, featuring a spacious bedroom and lounge area. Each appointed with a luxurious marble bathroom and some also feature a balcony.
-Deluxe Studio Suite
Large open plan suites featuring a balcony or a terrace, and are perfect for families travelling with children.
These suites feature spacious bedrooms and a large separate lounge area, plus an inviting balcony. Some also benefit from a wet bar.
Restaurants & bars
The spectacular signature restaurant of the hotel, a truly memorable foodie experience with local, flavourful, fresh and exciting cuisine.
-The Chef’s Table restaurant
A small restaurant in the heart of the hotel kitchens – here the chefs will conjure the most incredible culinary creations right in front of you.
Has a superb location overlooking the magnificent hotel gardens and offers an extensive Mediterranean-inspired buffet as well as an à la carte bistro-style menu with an impressive selection of grilled meats and roasted line fish.
Librisa Spa focuses on calming the mind, healing the body and renewing the spirit. A complimentary child minding service is available all day whilst you enjoy your treatment. There is also a well-equipped gym and fitness centre and two heated swimming pools.
Corporate and celebration events
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel boasts a stunning collection of conference venues catering for any corporate function or meeting — however large or small, conventional or extraordinary.
Hotel and restaurant(s) awards
– 2018 Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Best hotel in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean
-Virtuoso Symposium Certificate of excellence 2016
-9th in Travel and Leisure Readers Choice- top city hotel in Africa and Middle East 2016
-Included in the Conde Naste Traveller Gold List 2016• 2015 CN Traveller(US) top hotel in Africa
-2014 Condé Nast Traveller World’s Best Family Hotel
-2014 Daily Telegraph Ultra Travel 100 Awards – #2 Best Hotel in Africa and the Indian Ocean
-2014 Travel + Leisure – #3 City Hotel in Africa & the Middle East
-2014 Conde Nast Traveler USA – #3 City Hotel in Africa and the Middle East
-2014: Planet Restaurant is listed Top 20 in the prestigious Eat Out Awards
-2014: Planet Restaurant Diners Club winelist awards – achieved Diamond status
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