This was first published in August 2020 and was updated and republished in January 2021.
You can’t even have hotels in The Sims 4 without any mods at the moment (not at the time of writing anyway…and not at the time of updating this either), but that doesn’t stop players from doing absolutely incredible things. Even if the subject of their incredibleness is a bit…. well… you’ll see.
One such amazing thing is a players building replicas of some of the world’s most famous hotels. Or in some cases, building places inspired by some of the world’s most famous hotels.
Take this build inspired by the Mount Nelson hotel in Cape Town, for example. Yes, it really is that garish pink in real life (for those not familiar with the hotel in real life.
If you are stuck because of whatever level of lockdown restriction you might find yourself in, visiting the Mount Nelson in The Sims 4 isn’t the worst idea.
Here is a photo of the actual Mount Nelson hotel from its website. Yeah, the colour scheme is not great, we know. Or maybe it is and we just don’t know anything about style.
And here is another screenshot of the Cape Town Mount Nelson built in The Sims 4.
Actually, even under normal circumstances, most of us probably can’t visit the hotel because it is eye-wateringly expensive. So this is universally appealing.
Created by Louise_Goethals, who says it has taken over a year to complete, “on and off” and that it took “blood, sweat and tears” to create.
The replica of the Sims 4 Mount Nelson hotel is described as follows:
It is a restaurant but works perfectly as a spa lot type if you don’t want DO’s bugs. It only has 8 dining tables, so the service is mostly fine. The dress code is formal, which reflects the highly luxurious and high-end style of the establishment. It is the perfect place to celebrate a grand achievement, have a high tea, get pampered, have a holiday, get married and hold a honeymoon etc. The lot is very versatile.
Outside: gardens, meditation areas, pool, wedding area, basketball court (since we don’t have tennis) and a dining area.
Seriously, this is some incredible work and the detail that has gone into everything from the interior of hotel lobby and dining room right down to the landscaping of the gardens is simply incredible.
Who needs the real world and all that risk when you can just make it in The Sims 4 and go there for free from the comfort of your own house?
In pictures: Cape Town Mount Nelson Hotel recreated in The Sims
It doesn’t even matter that the hotel is decked out in ALL THE PINK EVER, with build skills like this in The Sims 4, it’s worth exploring just to be in awe of the talent of the builder.
Did your wedding get cancelled because of the whole pandemic thing? No worries, you can use the Mount Nelson replica in The Sims 4 to host it here.
For those into things other-worldly, this could very well make a great setting for something Paranormal. Rumour has it that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used to hold séances in his room when he stayed at the hotel in 1928 and visitors have reported that the fourth floor is haunted by an old woman, amongst many other visitors, apparently. Perfect time for the new Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff Pack and Guidry the Ghost’s guidance.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.