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
Don’t pick this hotel for its restaurant or it’s Bar scene, but for its unique architecture and art. Married with a very makes for 5 star rating! This place It is a converted grain silo. It was hworks it as hotel, bar, restaurant .
A small group visited. The hotel does not offer a high tea as such but by prior arrangement, a lovely selection of 'usual fare' was offered. Scones arrived with Jam & cream, also orange & almond cake ( gf) plus friands etc. All were cut to suit & arrived on a large platter. No sandwiches were available. Guests' rather unusual ????choices for tea, coffee etc were happily catered for. Obliging staff.
Seating was very comfortable. Guests were able to chat easily and conversations could be heard.
Very pleasant indeed.
For my fiftieth we decided to go to South Africa and see Cape Town, the coast, wine country and safari. While we looked at a number if agencies to book it on our behalf, the Royal Portfolio group had four hotels and coincidentally had one in all the places we wanted. The silo I had read about and seen on Instagram so decided to go with them and book direct. Bernie was awesome and took care of us and all my endless questions. All hotels and transfers were arranged with only one miner change, Birkenhead house in hermanus was having some renovations so she arranged for us to stay in grootbos.
So for the silo all I can say is it’s the most incredible hotel in the most incredible location on top of an old granary store (now the Zeitz gallery) in the V and a waterfront with awesome views of the table top mountain.
We upgraded our room before and it was stunning. Huge windows over looking the waterfront and the mountain
The staff attention to detail and friendliness was excellent.
Food for breakfast and at the granary for dinner was very good.
Despite the weather not being great the made it very memorable. And then off we went to location #2