Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The colonial traditions of the century-old Mount Nelson Hotel will please anyone yearning for a quieter pace of life. The moment guests drive up the palm-lined lane and past a saluting doorman, they are cocooned from stress and noise. Morning and afternoon tea in the lounge, the sound of sprinklers on the lawn, and the pat of tennis balls on the courts in the nine-acre gardens—all form a tranquil backdrop to the busy city. The Mount Nelson has 201 rooms in total; guests who prefer to get away from the large hotel feel of the main four-story building should book one of the eight Garden suites across the lane, with, yes, their own walled gardens. In the same annex, the Green Park rooms are spacious and comfortable, though the decor is awfully flowery, with patterned curtains and botanical prints on the walls. Also, be sure to specify the size of the bed you want: Sometimes they push two singles together. A full, hot English breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in the Oasis Restaurant overlooking the main pool. Located on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the hotel is a five-minute walk to restaurants and the city center. There is free shuttle service to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, but you'll need to rent aa taxi car to get to the reach the beaches, 15 minutes away.
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With Table Mountain as a backdrop, this historic hotel has so much potential, but it fails to meet expectations. Built on land formerly used for slave and horse... more