From Sarah in reservations,a tough but fair negotiator to the time you check out this is just the best hotel I stay in.Let me start with the booking,we sat by the pool last year and in a very relaxed way discussing what we would like in terms of price Sarah always bring a calculator but we are both capable of working out % in our head.It works well and we can usually agree!
As I was on the Lufthansa flight this time,I used the hotel car to pick me up from the airport.Rudi was waiting as I came through customs.I had to visit the printers on the way to the hotel and this was absolutely no problem at all.I arrived at the hotel in the usual warm welcome-Patrick checked me in as the token man-he was the only person who did not give me a hug(phew!!!)He checked me efficiently with Stacey ensuring he did it right!!
Then I went to the room where the amazing Marlene was waiting,I just changed put my valuables in the safe and left her to unpack she is like a little fairy magically whisking my clothes into the wardrobes-while I was lazing by the pool.The pool team led by Dean and the the amusing Lizle,with a crew that are fun and efficient.After a little snooze it is time to go for a massage.Fairoza is a helpful as ever and we are very grateful for the help she gave on my alter ego!Lisa booked my massages efficiently and with great humour.She also did half my massages including my last one.I slept like a baby on the flight home.Kelly did the rest of them except one where I sneaked an extra one with Amanda!Kelly is tiny but she is probably the strongest masseuse I have ever met.As a karate black belt I would not recommend pinching a chip off hr plate without permission in triplicate!I am often asleep within minutes.This is one of the most delightful places to spend time.The conservatory is a haven of calm with comfy beds and no mobiles!!Bliss
After a shower it is time to reluctantly go for a drink in the bar!!!Benson,Shaun and Patrick know what I drink and it is poured into a chilled glass,it is a lovely way to start the evening.
Paul and Donny then whisk me out me dinner,or if I am in town I take a unicab but always get the hotel to pick me up,to take me home.The bed in the room is just so comfy,that I was sleep well here.I usually start the day in the gym( I was once quite rightly told off for chatting too loud on my phone by another guest and they were right!lesson learned)-I love the gym because it clears the mind and gets the body ready for the day ahead,whether it is work or rest.
I then go for breakfast where Margaret,Katie,Meegan,Danielle and Chanice make sure croissants are warmed,fresh mint tea and honey appears.Eggs are cooked to order and the fruit and cold meets and fish are sublime.This is a fabulous buffet and hour long breakfasts are what days were designed for!
Before I chat about my favourite people in the hotel,i would like to make one constructive comment,I thought check out was a little slower than usual.But this is a minor detail in an otherwise flawless stay.
Housekeeping is utterly brilliant,Marlene unpacked and Pretty packed for me.The room is spotlessly clean-trousers are hung in wardrobes amd clothes folded.They are always smiling and they are just so friendly and helpful.
Carmen sorted out my cocktail party and the girls and Chad made sure I could chat o my guests rather than worry that they were being fed and watered.Taunton gardens is such a great venue.The views are magnificent.
My mum and I had the last night in the Planet restaurant the food was fabulous the Gazpacho and the lamb (not on the same plate) were sensational.My mum adored the springbok.
Pearl is the most animated sommelier I have ever met.She knows her wines-and picked up a couple of gems.Her white smile and sheer enthusiasm for wine and life is how everyone should be.
With my business hat on I had to get a couple of people to Jo'burg for a television interview in a short window.Melissa was all on her own on concierge,normally I am very patient and do not mind if things take a bit of time to arrange.This had to be done really fast.Melissa not only booked the flights and the accommodation close to the studio she made sure everything ran like clockwork.This is probably this is the most important thing I have ever asked concierge to do,and Melissa was utterly Brilliant.No praise is high enough here!!
She has he ability to differentiate between the truly important and the stuff she can sort later.I was under real time pressure and she delivered in spades!!I owe her a big thank you.
The rest of the team led by Jo-anne and Byron and supported by the precise and efficient Althea(who works in a similar way to me,and the recently hair cut Angela!Nothing is too much trouble whether it is shopping for incidentals, booking restaurants or just chatting about your day,they are truly world class.
Of course a well run hotel needs people at the top creating the right culture,Joey the deputy has still the same enthusiasm he had when I first met him 25 years ago,but did he really have to bang on about the cricket when he knew the result at my cocktil party and pretended to check it on his phone,as though the he had no idea!!
Finally Xavier,the man that gets the blame when things go wrong,so he equally some of the credit when things go well.This is so well run that this has to be the best hotel anywhere.Couple this with views to die for and high quality restaurants all over the city.
I am so blessed to be able to stay here regularly.I am already excited about my next trip which is the longest stay I will have had in any one hotel.
Thank you to everyone who made my trip so enjoyable my mum had a great time
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, in Cape Town’s buzzing heart. We invite you to relax in our iconic pink buildings, airy rooms and dreamy gardens. Enjoy imaginative local cuisine, nourishing spa treatments and eye-catching artworks. Captivating visitors since 1899, Cape Town’s iconic resort hotel is a tranquil hideaway just moments from the city’s buzzing heart. Our 198 individually designed rooms and suites and a host of fabulous facilities appeal equally to romantic couples, families or adventurous groups. Stroll through our expansive gardens, take a tree tour or browse the outdoor sculpture exhibition. Discover the hotel’s history, art and culture on self-guided tours. Enjoy imaginative cuisine in our restaurants and soothing bliss at the spa. Just beyond our gates lies the pulsating city, with stunning beaches and historic hotspots moments away. Forever watching over the hotel is Table Mountain, another wondrous Cape Town landmark. ... more less
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