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
Stunning surroundings on the 6th floor bar because the roof bar was fully booked. Excellent range of cocktails but one of my friends was a bluff old traditionalist and wanted cocktails that were not on the menu but they happily indulged him. Service could not have been better but, in this opulent and premium priced hotel, the drinks were incredibly reasonable. Converting the prices to GBP had them coming out at around £6.50 a go, so I'm afraid we rather over indulged. Fantastic view of Table Mountain as the sun went down. Do not miss this off your Cape Town itinerary.
We went to the Silo, Granary Restaurant for a celebration dinner, and we were not disappointed. The ambiance, atmosphere, food, and service was outstanding, without being too formal. The views were incredible. The recommendations for the food and wine were spot on. A very enjoyable evening.
Incredible from the word welcome. The absolutely fabulous staff who are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful, make your stay absolutely personalized and special. The rooms were beyond amazing with the most thoughtful decor and beautiful views out the floor to ceiling windows. The food was excellent. The rooftop bar, pool and sitting area is just incredible. I didn't want to leave and will definitely stay here again. If you want a special experience in Cape Town, stay at the Silo. Worth every bit of money spent. And be sure to visit the Zeitz MOCAA downstairs - also absolutely breath taking modern African art.
We had booked Granary cafe for afternoon High Tea and got the best table because it was a weekday and empty. For us it was all about the view and admiring those unique multi-faceted bulging glass windows. My complaint is that one should be able to choose beforehand the ratio of sweet to savoury. The savouries were good but incredibly rich and there was no way to keep the scones warm and when they cooled they hardened. The sandwiches looked good but I found them dry and uninspiring. The clotted cream was a winner, as was the guava compote which was an unexpected change to what we've had in other parts of the world. The macaroons were great, not Laduree but still good and I loved the lemon verbena as one of the fillings. There were only a small selection of teas available, unlike the Mount Nelson's High Tea menu. The champagnes and MCC's available by the glass were good. Because it was our first visit to this hotel we were given a conducted tour which was really appreciated. The next time we return will be for pre-dinner drinks. I have no doubt that this is a superb Waterfront destination but from a personal perspective we would probably prefer the Birkenhead which is one of the Royal Porfolio's offerings in Hermanus
Our lunch at the Granary Cafe is one which myself and husband will never forget. The service being the best we have experienced anywhere in the world. Warm friendly and so professional . Travelling from Australia we wanted something to remember Capetown and this was it. Not to mention our food which was so delicious. Our waiter went above and beyond to make our experience one we will never forget and I promise you we will never forget our lunch at the Silo.