Cape Town

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Mount Nelson Hotel

Address: 76 Orange Street

Neighborhood: Gardens

City: Cape Town

Phone: 011-27-21-483-1000

Website: www.mountnelson.co.za

Expert Review

Located within a lush garden estate at the city's cultural center, this iconic bastion of style showcases colonial flair and top-notch service. The 201 rooms come with the latest in 21st-century cons like Wi-Fi, DVD player, and international plugs (note that in-room internet access isn't complimentary) and views facing the garden, the pool or Table Mountain. Especially delightful are the secluded Garden Cottage Suites set in a row of eight historic homes, each with a private rose garden, four-poster beds, marble bathrooms, and Venetian mirrors. Dining venues include Cape Colony restaurant for contemporary South African fare under vaulted ceilings, and bistro-style Oasis Restaurant for wholesome breakfasts (included in the rates) and lunches. Don't miss the legendary afternoon tea, featuring favorites like raspberry vanilla cream cakes, baked cheesecake, finger sandwiches and over thirty fine loose leaf teas. A perk: complimentary shuttle service for trips within a 6-mile radius. The recently added Librisa Spa, located in a trio of Victorian buildings onsite, has eight treatment rooms and a sun-soaked relaxation observatory. Try the signature 60-minute Green Clay Marula and Wild Mint Wrap.

Tags: luxury | historic | swimming pool | views | landmark

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