Set in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant center, at the foot of Table Mountain, the Belmond Mount Nelson (read reviews on TripAdvisor | book here) is one of the city’s most iconic hotels. Opened in 1899, it attracts a mix of locals and tourists; the guest registry includes Agatha Christie, Edward, Prince of Wales, Oprah and Kate Moss.
This old-style palace combines timeless luxury and refinement with extra attention paid to the well-being and happiness of families with kids, and we could not have chosen a better place to stay for a family holiday in Cape Town!
The size of the property where kids can run and play freely in the magnificent gardens, the amazing facilities (tennis courts, heated pool, kiddies menus, DVD selection in the room), the warmth of the staff and the perfect location to explore the city, makes it the ideal choice.
There is lots to see and do around the hotel: The Company Gardens (we loved our lunch at the restaurant in the middle of the park), the South African Museum, the just re-opened Planetarium, the vibrant Kloof Street and the colorful Bo Kaap…
Don’t miss the High Tea at Mount Nelson, which is a real Capetonian institution. Choose a table in the lounge, on the terrace, or around the garden fountain and enjoy the most delicate finger sandwiches, cakes, or freshly baked scones with one of their signature teas.
You can choose between different types of accommodation depending on the number of kids (from a baby cot in your room to a beautiful 2 bedroomed family suite). Our room was big and comfortable and had a nice balcony with a wonderful view of the Table Mountain!
But what amazed us the most was their incredible, and fully supervised, children’s center! The Nellie & Nelson Activity Center is dedicated to the under-12s and has indoor and outdoor space to enjoy, with a dream Wendy house as well as a giant fireman’s truck and lots of toys and things to do. There is also a teens lounge for 12 – 18 year-olds featuring Xbox 360 games and DVDs which are all age appropriate.
Did I mention that it was the perfect hotel for families?