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The Silo Hotel

Silo Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8801, South Africa
| +27 21 670 0500

Cape Town's Newest Luxury Gem: The Silo Hotel

The Silo Hotel is the new crown jewel of the Cape Town hotel scene. This contemporary, luxury boutique hotel is built inside an old grain elevator perched above 42 cement grain storage silos at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town's working harborfront. Built in the 1920's, the silos were a storage point for grain awaiting export by cargo ship. The silos, extending outwards below the hotel, are currently being converted into the world-class Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (scheduled to open September 2017).

If you've ever stayed at a Royal Portfolio hotel, you know owner Liz Biden spares no expense when it comes to decor. She hand-picks every fabric and fixture for each room. At The Silo, she has seamlessly blended her penchant for bold colors and animal prints with some of the best contemporary African art. Fans of the South African ceramic studio Ardmore will recognize the use of Ardmore fabrics in some of the headboards and pillows. All of the headboards are handmade, as are the Egyptian crystal chandeliers hung in every room.

Like multi-faceted gemstones, the hotel's 27 rooms each feature unique concave floor-to-ceiling windows. Though the floors of the hotel vary in size (with the top floors being the largest) every window contains exactly 56 panes of custom-built double thick glass. At night, as you look up at the hotel from the V&A Waterfront, it looks like a modern lighthouse in the harbour when the windows are lit up.

The hotel has 7 room categories in all, with two Royal Suites and the Penthouse being the largest. The Deluxe Superior Rooms have fantastic views of the city, but my best advice would be to figure out which view is most important to you - city or harbour - and book accordingly. The Family Suites feel spacious - like modern treehouses. There is a disabled access Luxury Room and the emerald color of it is so charming, it is easily my favorite of all the Luxury Rooms. The deep soaking tub is the central focus of every bathroom. I can just imagine slipping into a warm bubble bath with a glass of champagne, watching the sunset light up Table Mountain in pink and orange hues.

On the 6th floor you'll find the concierge (Hoon Kim, one of only 12 South Africans to be honored with the coveted Crossed Keys - a member of the prestigious international hotel concierge association Les Clefs d'Or), the Granary Cafe, the Willaston Bar, and several private meeting rooms. There is a spa and gym on premises though the property is also conveniently located steps away from the posh Virgin Active Collection gym. The hotel's 11th floor is open to the public and where you'll find the hotel pool (with glass endpoints and infinity view of Table Mountain) and the open-air lounge. From up here, you have a 360-degree view of Cape Town including Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion's Head, the V&A Waterfront, and Robben Island. If you're traveling over the New Year's holiday, you'll want to head to this rooftop (or book a room facing the west) for a spectacular view of the V&A Waterfront fireworks from up high.

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AFAR Staff
about 1 year ago

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, which opens this fall.

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. Doubles from $1,140. 

This appeared in the September/October 2017 Issue.
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