Situated at the top of the oak tree-lined Government Avenue in the Company's Garden, the ‘Nellie’ as it's affectionately known is within walking distance of Cape Town’s buzzing central business network.
Sumptuous rooms and suites are dressed in pretty florals and gleaming antiques, and feature plush carpets underfoot. L’Occitane smellies in the bathroom add to the sense of understated appeal. The hotel’s main building is the most charming – the annexes and cottages offer more privacy as well as larger multi-roomed suites.
Take morning or Afternoon Tea in the sun-splashed Lounge or on the outside terrace. Planet Bar is a well dressed haven for style savvy guests and locals alike (Friday nights are quite a scene) while the recently opened Planet Restaurant, with its vaulted ceilings is a smart contemporary cuisine dining destination - I haven't yet had the pleasure of dining there but judging by what the city's critics have to say, it is a dining destination well worth visiting. Oasis Restaurant, overlooking the pool, is a popular all-day relaxed venue.
Eating and drinking
The world-famous afternoon High Tea on The Windsor table features an astonishing array of sweet and savoury temptations while the Oasis Restaurant serves breakfasts, lunches and all-day light meals.
A large heated pool is busy all day, the Librisa Spa with its glam interiors offers luxe escapism and the tennis courts and gym see a steady stream of activity-oriented guests.
The hotel is famed for its friendly, discreet and utterly professional service.
Who stays there
Princes, pop stars, business folk and well-heeled families. The hotel is a popular honeymoon destination too.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- A sense of romance and history coupled with an awareness of modern day needs
- Modernist style pundits may not feel at home
- Currently evening diners are hosted in the Oasis restaurant while Planet Restaurant is under construction