Boutique Hotels We Love: The Silo Hotel | Cape Town

The Silo is an exclusive five-star hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. This magical hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalised service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio. The Silo Hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

The striking exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted windows, each housing 56 panels of glass, bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.

Each of The Silo Hotel’s 28 rooms, including a spectacular one bedroom penthouse room, has been individually designed and decorated by Liz Biden, owner and founder of The Royal Portfolio. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. Liz has always had an eye for the unusual. She has a unique gift for creating beautiful spaces that are at once both stylish and comfortable. Each room has a private balcony and a unique collection of contemporary African art. The views offered by the glittering pillowed-glass windows are some of the best in the world.

The Silo Hotel has over 300 pieces of contemporary African art. The Biden family have carefully curated the collection in collaboration with a number of local art galleries. The Silo Hotel’s Art Concierge offers wonderful tailored art tours that allow guests the opportunity to learn about the incredible African art scene and visit the Zeitz MOCAA below.

The experience at and around The Silo Hotel is focused on the art and culture of Cape Town while celebrating its exquisite natural beauty. Cape Town, surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches, is consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure magazine.

Insider Tip From Gerry van der Walt

The Silo experience is truly unique and it is worth spending some time in and around the hotel to truly experience the luxury, architecture and service levels of this amazing venue.  The views from all the rooms, the breakfast area and especially the rooftop pool area is truly spectacular and will give you an opportunity to see Cape Town, Table Mountain and the V& A Waterfront from a totally new perspective.  During the day the pool area and pool bar makes for a great combination and ffter dinner get yourself a drink and head up to the rooftop area where you will find a comfortable outdoors lounge which will give you uninterrupted view of the city and surrounding areas.

Activities to be enjoyed from the Silo Hotel are as varied and diverse as the mother city itself and include tailored art tours, the Zeitz Mocca Museum of Contemporary Art, the Silo Spa, Robben Island, the Table Mountain Cableway, a variety of pristine beaches, tours to the colourful Bo-Kaap district as well as a wide range of day tours around the Cape peninsula.

Of course, if ytou'd prefer to kick back and relax then The Silo Rooftop bar offers guests a relaxed and easy eating experience. Poolside lounging is complemented with treats from the tempura bar, fresh oysters, pulled pork sandwiches, and a selection of healthy snacks from our raw bar. Enjoy a glass of bubbly or a classic cocktail while you soak up the last of the day’s sunshine!

Visit The Silo Hotel on our ``Royal South Africa`` Suggested Itinerary

This is the perfect combination of luxury hotels and Lodges in iconic South African destinations over a period of 15 nights and 16 days. From the vast open plains of the Kalahari to the Mother City, Cape Town and ending in the Greater Kruger National Park. We've included a stay in both  Franschhoek and Hermanus where you'll enjoy some of South Africa's finest wines, food and land-based whale watching. These 15 nights will take your breath away and allow you to experience the very best that South Africa has to offer.

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