It’s always good to cross the equator when the weather gets chillier up here, however, there are few destinations that cater to all ones travel needs like South Africa. Only in Cape Town can you find a place to stay like Mount Nelson Hotel. An imperial formerly business-minded hotel turned into a boutique hotel without compromising its original design or aura. The hotel is colonial at it’s least ironic. It’s lavish gate entrance could hail back memories of early-century aristocracy, but it has been revamped to attain some of its old glory with modern-day touches.
The hotel feels like a paradise of solstice in the middle of one of the most bustling cities south of the equator overlooking the incomparable Table Mountain. The gardens are well landscaped and the drive to the hotel lobby offers seclusion not available in many city hotels. Although it’s central, it has suburban charm with domestic hospitality. it’s pool is one of the best in the nation and the tennis courts are open for everyone, and as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve thrown in training lessons for free just to make you feel more at home. It’s colonial past haven’t completely disappeared as it still retains High Tea with a lavish buffet of sweets often adorned with old china and local socialites who will quip and gossip throughout the daily event, which is one of the hardest things to find a reservation for in the city. Also, it’s important to note that the hotel’s Planet Champagne Bar is one of the hot spots of the city, attracting younger clientele with a knack for well-mixed cocktails.
The rooms have a Southern American allure to them. Elaborate wallpapers color the insides of the walls and, surprisingly, the bathroom is a fusion between modern and contemporary. The hallways of the hotel are decorated with pieces from South Africa’s tumultuous history. A lovely tour of a walk to get to the lobby, which arguably has the friendliest concierge in the city (ask for the lovely Michelle). Mount Nelson Hotel is definitely one of the best hotels in Cape Town with the top notch services in every field from accommodation to locations to services. A trip to Cape Town is not complete without at least a visit to Mount Nelson Hotel.
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