The Silo

Silo Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8801, South Africa

The new crown jewel of the Cape Town hotel scene, The Silo is housed in an old grain elevator, perched above 42 cement silos on the V&A Waterfront. The silos, which extend outward below the hotel, are home to the world-class Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, opened in September 2017. Inside the hotel, owner Liz Biden seamlessly blends her penchant for bold colors and animal prints with some of the best in contemporary African art. The 28 guest rooms feature handmade headboards and Egyptian crystal chandeliers; concave, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city or harbor; and deep-soaking tubs in the bathroom.

On the sixth floor, you’ll find the concierge (Hoon Kim, one of only 12 South Africans to hold the coveted Crossed Keys—a distinction from the prestigious hotel concierge association Les Clefs d’Or), the Granary Café, the Willaston Bar, and several private meeting rooms. Also on-site is a spa, gym, and rooftop infinity pool and lounge with views of Table Mountain. If you’re visiting over New Year’s, head to the rooftop—or book a west-facing room—for spectacular views of the V&A Waterfront fireworks.

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The Silo Hotel

The site Thomas Heatherwick, a London-based architect, converted a 1924 grain silo on Cape Town’s waterfront into a sparkling new hub that houses the Silo Hotel and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

The hotel Occupying the six floors above the museum, the Silo makes a design statement with hotelier Liz Biden’s eclectic style. Floor-to-ceiling windows encase 28 guest rooms where steel beams contrast with crystal chandeliers, and bathrooms have black-and-white marble floors. African artwork, including photography by self-taught Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru and multi-media works by South Africa–born Frances Goodman, hangs throughout the hotel. The rooftop lounge, with a pool and 360-degree views, is the place to go for sunset cocktails.

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