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
The “in place” for Cape Town and the place to be seen but not really my cup of tea, but probably says more about me than the silo. Above the zeitz mocaa art gallery it has amazing windows and views and the cocktails and service are good. Been there done it. Probably won’t go back but nothing wrong.
Great views and very attentive staff. The only downside was that there were no meat sandwiches served . We were given salmon, egg may, and cucumber. The cakes and savouries were divine though and we had a bottle of the Miss Mollly bubbly as it fitted the occasion. I have had afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson which was as good if not better but as an alternative this place is very good.
We were twelve ladies who lunch from the UK. Had a wonderful lunch with great cocktails. The view of Cape Town from the terrace was breathtaking. Service was very friendly and professional. Would highly recommend a visit.
On the sixth floor with 360 degree views we partook of the special high afternoon tea which was superbly presented with mouth watering aray of treats and the perfect pot of tea with no tea bags
A gourmet delight for tea drinkers
Utterly perfect stay. Our stunning LG oom with its huge windows filling the space with light and iconic Cape Town views from all sides, Truly beautiful exceptional service from all the lovely staff. We can’t recommend this hotel enough.