There is a new boutique hotel in Cape Town, and it’s a stunner. The Silo is a project from hotelier Liz Biden, who is also behind the luxurious Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park and La Residence in Franschhoek. It’s set in a 1920s grain silo on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront which has been converted by London-based Heatherwick Studio.
The Silo Cape Town is built in the grain elevator portion of a historic grain silo overlooking the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. This luxurious eye-catching hotel occupies six floors above the celebrated new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Bespoke furnishings, gleaming finishes, and unique homey comforts enhance the hotel’s modern blend of gritty industrial and polished refinement decor, while the views from the magnificent 18-foot windows present a stunning panorama of Robben Island, Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and the glittering ocean beyond.
Boasting 28 spacious rooms, including a spectacular penthouse, each room is individually designed and decorated with colourful and eclectic pieces juxtaposed by the modern, industrial architecture.
The beautiful freestanding bath right in front of the bulging window overlooking the waterfront and harbour is enough to make you feel like a movie star. Here is the “Instagram bath” that you’ve probably seen on your social feed at least once or you most certainly will as the hotel’s popularity continues to grow.
Tea is taken in the stylish sixth-floor Granary Café, where dark-brown leather couches, large glossy tables and an eclectic collection of contemporary art enhance the regal atmosphere. Plenty of natural light floods in through the large multi-faceted “inflated” glass windows.
The Silo Cafe, the Piano Bar, as well as the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and Champagne Bar, offer guests delicious snacks, light meals, refreshing beverages and fine dining meals.