The Silo Hotel
What We Love
- Direct access to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)
- Fresh juice trolleys and charcuterie platters at breakfast
- 18-foot windows in each guest room
- Sundowners at the rooftop lounge, with Atlantic Ocean views
What To Know
- Room rates include a bottle of sparkling wine
- All guest rooms contain touch-pad blinds
- The property belongs The Royal Portfolio, the hoteliers behind the Royal Malewane and La Residence
- Most of the hotel’s art pieces and furnishings are locally made
When hospitality maven Liz Biden set her sights on one of the Mother City’s most popular waterfront attractions, she envisioned her new hotel as a beacon along that storied harbor. That might explain one of the property’s distinguishing features, pillowed glass windows (the work of acclaimed British designer Thomas Heatherwick) that glow like lanterns come nightfall. This hotly anticipated hotel also exhibits its luxurious, fortress-of-solitude vibe in a variety of other ways: all 28 rooms contain Persian carpets and dramatic bathtubs, topped by with their own Egyptian crystal chandeliers and set in the center of a 56-paneled window, while each of the three restaurants on site offers irresistible Table Mountain views. In the basement, there’s a private gallery, appropriately titled The Vault, that showcases contemporary African artists. The pièce de résistance, however, is undoubtedly the hotel’s swanky address—occupying the grain elevator portion of the former silo, it sits six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, South Africa’s answer to the Louvre.
In the Area
Just 11 miles from Cape Town International Airport, The Silo offers convenient access to some of the city’s most sought-after restaurants, wine bars, and boutiques thanks to its perch along the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. The hotel provides rental bikes, which are perfect for exploring the vibrant working harbor, in addition to nearby attractions, like Sea Point Promenade, Bantry Bay (site of the famous Darwin’s Rocks, the storied explorer stopped here on his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle), and De Waterkant Village, an enchanting collection of 200-year-old Dutch-influenced candy-colored cottages and cobblestoned streets.
How to Get There
We didn’t stay in the hotel but we did visit the restaurant for drinks and was not disappointed. Beautiful cocktails where served. The venue itself it’s an impressive structure which is why we went here in the first place. We got bar snacks which were lovely and reasonably priced. Overall a great spot for a nice evening. I would visit here again.
A private hotel changing all your experiences and lift the expectation to another level.
Room, Bathroom, Reception, services, and restaurants are all amazing, never been so pleased with another hotel. Recommend everyone who is visiting Cape Town for pleasure. Must also say that price is on the high side but totally worth.
My fiancé attempted to book the rooftop 2 months before we arrived in Cape Town, we were told they do not take bookings until 1st sept. We arrived at the Silo on 29th August, and we’re told that it was fully booked on the rooftop. We explained we attempted and had come from Australia. Our hostess shrugged her shoulders and blow air out of her lips, “I don’t have any control up there”.
We sat on level 6 and had 2 cocktails which were a 3 out of 5. They lose another star for poor service and organisation.