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Last updated: 30 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

The ‘Nellie’ is the grande dame of Cape Town’s hotels and a much-loved local landmark, offering a wide range of rooms and suites.

Located at the top of the Company Gardens, it rests in its own nine-acre estate, yet the charming colonial heritage belies its up-to-date amenities, including the chic Planet Bar, and top-notch adjoining restaurant.

The grand Afternoon Tea served in the lounge or on the terrace is a much-loved local tradition.

The botanically themed Librisa Spa harnesses the healing, hydrating and anti-ageing powers of South Africa’s indigenous plants.

Surrounding area

In the centre of ‘Gardens’, a buzzing urban neighbourhood above the CBD, characterised by quaint restored houses, narrow streets (some still cobbled), sought-after shops and boutiques, restaurants and delis.

Historic and heritage buildings abound, including museums, art galleries, an observatory, and a satellite campus of the University of Cape Town (drama and art). The hotel is located at the top end of the historic Company Gardens.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Free on request
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Best for ages: 18+ | £2

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