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
Had a lazy luncheon day towards the end of February 2019. A memorable occasion with a wide selection of interesting dishes, some prepared/presented behind the bar. Staff are most helpful, with front of house overseen by the now famous "Yummy"
Given the prestigious location and ambience, prices are good value and we can genuinely recommend the experience. Booking essential.
As someone who loves great architecture, contemporary art and interior design, and who appreciates excellent dining, service and comfort, I thought the The Silo was a total triumph! I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Family Suite with my daughter for four nights and enjoyed every minute of it. The highlights were the spectacular duplex suite with drop-dead, 270 degree views of Table Mountain, the harbor and ocean viewed through the gorgeous, jewel-like windows; an incredibly comfortable bed; a plush bathroom with every amenity you could want and more; and an art-filled living and dining room that felt more like a tycoon's private pied a terre than a hotel room! The Royal Tea was another standout experience, as was dinner in the restaurant. Service -- from housekeeping, to the doormen, to the food & beverage folks, to the excellent concierges and front desk staff -- was consistently top-notch, with a genuine warmth and personal attention.
To keep it real, I have two or three minor complaints: the breakfast in-room dining menu seemed limited in its choices, but the staff easily accommodated off-the-menu requests like French toast and pancakes. Also, my daughter slipped on the steps into the roofside pool and easily could have hurt herself (but fortunately did not). I think that's an example where form was put ahead of function -- a railing would ruin the effect of the infinity-edge pool. And, finally, in the "how could anyone complain about that category," my daughter hit her head rather hard on the interior staircase in the suite because she was looking down at her phone. I think that could be easily addressed by adding a small table or object under the staircase to gently encourage guests to route themselves around it. All in all though, while not inexpensive, I felt that The Silo was among the best hotels I've stayed in anywhere in the world. I am eager to return!
Every inch of the Silo Hotel provides a visual feast for the eyes. Liz Biden, the hotel’s owner, has superbly curated each room, hallway, corridor to be a true experience. The art collection is to die for... The customer service is second to none. The staff is darling and always going above and beyond with any request. The FOOD! Top notch and super impressive. Having traveled all over the world, the Silo is a true stand out. It will not disappoint!
Visited for one night on the tail end of a trip to SA. It’s definitely to be repeated. The best way to describe this hotel is it’s sexy. The decor is eclectic. It’s fun, bright with amazing views. The window bays In the room are architectural marvels and this is what gives the place its character. Staff was superb friendly and efficient. Breakfast was excellent.
Treated ourselves to afternoon tea and we weren’t disappointed. Service and food were both outstanding. Great selection of wine and champagne by the glass and astonishingly good value. Highly recommended.