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
Our stay at the Silo was fantastic. We were celebrating our anniversary, and they upgraded us to a gorgeous mini-suite corner room. We woke up each morning to a beautiful view of Table Mountain on one side, and a view of the V&A Wharf on the other. The room was luxurious and very accomodating, and the hotel is in an excellent location. The service was impeccable, the staff was very friendly and professional. The concierge staff was incredibly helpful with planning meals and tours. The breakfasts were delicious, with more food than you could possibly eat, and the view from the rooftop bar was amazing. We booked this as part of a Royal Portfolio package that included a stay at the Royal Malewane in the Kruger Reserve and a tour to the local vineyards and lunch at La Residence. I highly recommend this hotel and the Royal Portfolio properties.
we had our last meal in cape town at the silo , such a outstanding restaurant, with great views over looking the waterfront, the staff were brilliant and very knowledgeable, the 3 course meal we had was of the highest quality and so delicious , it was apleasure to eat here
Traveling: It is a long trip from Los Angeles but well worth it (about 20 hours)! We split the flight in two by at the Sheraton in the Charles De Gaulle airport (you can walk there inside the entire way). We checked in, cleaned up then hopped a cab to Fauchon in Paris for a snack/light dinner. Up early the next day to continue the trip Cap Town.
Hotel: When we arrived at The Silo Hotel there were probably 4-5 gentlemen there to greet us. The entry lobby is small, artistic...modest. Once past the security and up the elevator you enter the main lobby. Very plush and artistic...highly designed and impressive. As you walk around 1st thing you notice is all exterior walls are windows. Some dimond cut as you have seen in pictures, some not. Everywhere in the hotel is a view. I won't elaborate to much however I can tell you it's, again, a highly designed hotel from architecture to the art on the walls and in the rooms. I would say more local modern art with traditional local art throughout. Visually the hotel is amazing (including the signature "dimond windows"). There is also a rooftop pool with 360 degree views of the area.
The Room: Our room was amazing, two stories, two bedrooms, large living room, dinging area, etc. Perfect view of Table Mountain (almost 180 degree view of the city)! Decorated in black and red. Lots of art and comfortable places to sit to enjoy the view. I will post a few pics. Room services was excellent...they for sure aim to please.
Food: The food was OMG good. The restraint in the main floor has a morning breakfast they was so so good we ate there every day. I can't say enough about the hotel. I highly recommend it!
Location: The hotel is at the waterfront area. You can only walk to the local restaurants and shops. It is a tourist area so you get the feel when yo walk around. Food was good. There is also a big mall attached to the main waking area. If you want to get a feel for Cape Two start a the waterfront but move on quickly. We enjoyed the waterfront for a day then ventured on. I recommend eating at restaurants off the beaten path at night at least.