Mount Nelson Hotel

Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, Mount Nelson Hotel offers easy access to all that’s happening in this dynamic city.

Enjoying a superb location at the foot of Table Mountain, and just a short stroll from downtown, Mount Nelson Hotel offers the perfect combination of leafy tranquility and contemporary buzz.

Whether dining on exotic Cape cuisine, soaking up the sun on any of the stunning beaches nearby or getting ready to stroll down fashionable Kloof Street, guests have the ideal central base from which to discover this exhilarating city.

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The Librisa Spa is one of Cape Town’s leading day spas.

Working with skincare companies Dermalogica and Africology, renowned for their commitment to natural ingredients, the spa uses only 100% chemical-free products.

Our relaxing and rejuvenating signature treatments are designed to balance energy and imbue guests with a sense of wellbeing.

Each visit begins with a consultation, taking into account individual needs. Visitors can choose from a wide range of face and body treatments in one of eight spacious rooms housed in three late-Victorian buildings.

Relax before or after your treatment in the Finnish sauna, steam bath and plunge pool or enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the conservatory with a selection of teas and fruit juices.

Swimming Pools

There are two heated outdoor swimming pools:
The Oasis Pool, one of the largest heated pools in South Africa, is ideal for families. Poolside service available year round.
The Cottage Pool is located in a secluded spot and reserved for over-16s. Poolside service available from November to March.

Tennis Courts

The hotel boasts two all-weather, floodlit tennis courts. Equipment can be borrowed from the Concierge Desk at no charge. Private lessons are available on request. We also offer cardio tennis—fun, high-energy workouts for all abilities.

Fitness Centre

The Mount Nelson’s fitness centre is equipped with the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment. A trainer is available for fitness assessments and programmes. Open daily, 07.00-21.00.

Personal training facilities are available to hotel guests and the public. Professional tennis, golf and swimming coaches can be arranged on request.

Yoga Bliss

This intimate yoga studio, located beside Librisa Spa, offers group and individual sessions. Accredited ashtanga and vinyasa yoga practitioner Bella Ellis leads 75-minute classes that cater to all ages and abilities.

Sessions are open to Mount Nelson Hotel guests and the public.
Group classes: Mondays and Fridays at 07.00-08.15 and Thursdays at 18.00-19.15.

Headquarters Hair Salon

The locally popular hair salon offers a wide range of services, from cutting and colouring to conditioning and styling. Specialised de-stress and after sun-treatments are also available.

The salon is open Monday to Friday 08.30-17.00 and Saturday 08.30-16.00. Closed Sundays.

The Nellie & Nelson Activity Centre

A colourful hive of activity, this centre for children aged 3 to 12 offers a range of educational games and toys, big-screen TV, blackboard wall, Nintendo Wii, beanbags and child-friendly furniture. Organised activities, from group games to storytelling, take place throughout the day.

Available to non-resident hotel guests at no extra charge when visiting Librisa Spa or any of our restaurants and bars.

Teens’ Lounge

The lounge is the ideal place for young adults aged 12 to 18 to meet and have fun. Contemporary furniture, Xbox 360 games, a Nintendo Wii, a computer and big-screen TV provide a great entertainment space.

Available to non-resident hotel guests at no extra charge when visiting Librisa Spa or any of our restaurants and bars.

Open Monday to Friday, 14.30-17.30; Saturday & Sunday, 10.00-18.00 (closed 13.00-14.00 for lunch).

Meetings and Events

A stunning setting, graceful buildings and state-of-the-art facilities combine to make Mount Nelson Hotel perfect for a wide range of functions.

The Mount Nelson offers six different conference venues, catering for a range of functions, from major trade and corporate conferences to audio-visual presentations and smaller board meetings.

Our function coordinators are experienced at planning events with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency. All-inclusive packages can be created to suit your conference, including AV equipment, refreshment breaks and accommodation.

The on-site Business Centre provides state-of-the-art IT equipment and facilities for delegates, including email and high-speed internet access. The hotel offers WiFi connectivity throughout, including all function rooms. We also offer complimentary, secure parking.

Audio-Visual Equipment
On site we have standard equipment, such as projectors, flip charts and screens. Additional equipment, such as a Public Address System, stage lighting, laptops and translation booths, can be hired.

Equipment is supplied by Sight ‘n’ Sound, the Mount Nelson’s on-site AV supplier. We also have dedicated technical staff on standby to make sure everything goes smoothly.


An outdoor ceremony in a lush garden, a grand reception in the elegant Ballroom or an intimate soiree in a charming function room — at Mount Nelson Hotel you’ll find the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams.

Our dedicated team of coordinators is at your disposal to provide advice on everything from décor and flowers to entertainment and photography.

When it comes to catering, our team can create the ideal menu –whether a morning brunch or a full banquet– that suits all tastes and dietary requirements, including kosher, halal, vegetarian and vegan.

Reserve your wedding and receive:
Complimentary accommodation for one night
Champagne breakfast
A complimentary floral posy for the bride
One massage at Librisa Spa
A one year anniversary dinner for the bride and groom


Each of Mount Nelson’s 209 rooms and suites has its own personality. There are suites ideally suited to families, with room for an extra bed; suites perfect for business travellers needing a comfortable, well-equipped base in Cape Town or for single travellers requiring a secure and friendly atmosphere.

For special occasions we have the splendid Presidential Suite, boasting a marble entrance hall and private balcony. For couples and honeymooners the pretty Garden Cottage Suites, converted from a row of historic homes, provide the perfect romantic hideaway. Great views are guaranteed —from Table Mountain to the lush gardens that form a green oasis near the city centre.


Each room has its own unique character.

Classic Rooms

Compact, comfortable and elegant, these rooms are ideal for shorter stays or business travellers. Situated in the main hotel building, they look out over the hotel courtyard. Each has a mini-lounge area in which to entertain guests, a writing desk and an en-suite bathroom.

Superior Rooms

Perfect for both leisure and business travellers, most of our spacious Superior Rooms offer views of the hotel gardens, swimming pool or Table Mountain. Interconnecting rooms are available on request. Each room has a mini-lounge area, writing desk and lavishly equipped en-suite.

Deluxe Rooms

Located in the main hotel, these rooms combine understated charm with modern luxury. They are larger than Superior Rooms, with spacious sitting areas, and most offer a view of the gardens or Table Mountain, or have a balcony overlooking the fountain courtyard. Each has an en-suite with separate shower and bath.


The Mount Nelson offers four different categories of suite, from the elegant Junior to the magnificent Presidential Suite.

Junior Suite

For guests requiring more spacious accommodation, our Junior Suites offer a bedroom with a larger open-plan or separate lounge area. Most offer views of Table Mountain, the hotel gardens or a landscaped courtyard. All have an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bath.

Accessible Suites

The hotel offers two purpose-built, fully accessible Junior Suites. The bathrooms have wider doors, a low sink, a bath with handrails and open cupboards for easy access. The shower, with a movable showerhead, has open access and a chair. These rooms offer views over the picturesque fountain courtyard.

Deluxe Junior Suite

Light and airy, the Deluxe Junior Suites comprise a spacious bedroom and a compact separate lounge. Most offer views of Table Mountain, the gardens or a landscaped courtyard. All have an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bath.

Superior One Bedroom Suite

These suites feature spacious open-plan lounges and dining areas, private balconies and luxurious marble bathrooms with walk-in dressing rooms. Selected suites also offer a kitchenette/wet bar with small microwave, hotplate, sink and general kitchen utensils, making them perfect for families with small children.

Deluxe Suites

Our Deluxe Suites offer a separate bedroom, living and dining area, a private courtyard and a balcony. All the suites have luxurious marble bathrooms with walk-in dressing rooms, and a number of them also benefit from a kitchenette/wet bar.

Presidential Suite

The luxurious Presidential Suite encompasses a stylish marbled entrance hall, a private dining room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a large lounge leading onto a balcony with stunning views of Table Mountain. There is also a wet bar, complete with a microwave, stove, sink and kitchen utensils.

Decorated by leading interior designer Graham Viney in soft hues and silky luxurious fabrics, the suite features 1930s light fittings with baccarat crystal drops and an original Louis-style desk dating from when the hotel first opened in 1899.

Garden Cottage Suites

A row of eight restored, historic cottages, adjacent to the secluded pool, make up the Garden Cottage Suites.

A luxurious home away from home, each cottage sits behind a scented rose garden, enclosed by a picket fence, ensuring a haven of peace and privacy.

Decorated with touches such as toile wallpaper, Venetian mirrors and oversized couches, the cottages also feature four-poster beds and glamorous marble bathrooms, making them ideal romantic hideaways for honeymooners and couples. Other special features include separate living and dining areas, wet bars, mini-libraries and enclosed patios.

Gastronomy & Bar

Fine dining has long been a tradition at Mount Nelson Hotel. With our wide choice of venues, each with its own individual style, we aim to bring you the very best cuisine in Cape Town.

The glittering Planet Restaurant is a chic, contemporary dining space in which to enjoy out-of-this-world dishes such as smoked crocodile and Namibian red crab, while the neighbouring Planet Bar offers a stylish setting for champagne and cocktails under the African night sky.

Our famous Afternoon Tea is served daily in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.

Planet Restaurant

Dining with the stars is guaranteed at Cape Town’s most stylish restaurant, where crystal balls grace the entrance and the décor includes a galaxy-themed carpet, planetary chandelier and twinkling ceilings.

Matching the décor are Chef Rudi Liebenberg’s heavenly menus, journeys of gastronomic discovery featuring the freshest local ingredients.

Adventurous dishes for meat lovers include smoked crocodile and rooibos-cured ostrich or springbok; for fish fans there’s Namibian red crab or pan-fried salmon trout, and vegetarian options might include roasted butternut ravioli.

Planet Bar

Cool, chic, yet timelessly elegant, Planet Bar throngs all year round with well-heeled Capetonians sipping sundowner cocktails or pre-dinner champagne.

The bar’s stylish celestial décor, quirky touches and comfy couches create a relaxing ambience, whether you’re people-watching from the terrace in the summer or curling up by the fire with a glass of red in the winter.

Planet Bar offers an extensive cocktail menu, a wide selection of champagnes and wines, and an assortment of light menus and canapés.

Open daily from 12.00 until late.

Afternoon Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel

No visit to Cape Town is complete without Afternoon Tea at Mount Nelson Hotel.

Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches filled with rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or cucumber, followed by delectable dark chocolate cake, lemon meringue and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves.

Adding a special local flavour is a typical South African milk tart, called “melktert” in Afrikaans.

The signature Mount Nelson Tea has been expertly blended from six teas: Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon, and rose petals from our garden. In addition, we offer an array of leaf and flowering teas.

Daily, 14:30-17:30
Price: R185 per person, R85 per child under 12
Dress: smart casual

Morning Tea
A lighter version of Afternoon Tea is served every morning, and is perfect for an informal business meeting or a get-together with friends.

Daily, 9:30–12:30
Price: R135 per person, R60 per child under 12
Dress: smart casual

Both Morning and Afternoon Tea are served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.


Mount Nelson Hotel

76 Orange Street
Cape Town , 8001, South Africa

Tel: +27 21 483 1000
Fax: +27 21 483 1001


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