As iconic to Cape Town as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, The Silo is the tallest building in the harbour, and offers insta-worthy views. Towering above the V&A Waterfront, the ant-like activities of tug boats, cars and shipyard workers from this modern boutique luxury hotel are mesmerising, as is the mountain’s mercurial cloudscape.
Part of The Royal Collection of luxurious hotels, The Silo was created in the grain elevator of an historic silo complex, reimagined by London-based industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick. It’s a magical space stretching over six floors right above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), and steps from the pleasures of the Waterfront and Robben Island ferry. Clever design features include pillowed glazing panels inserted into each floor, which bulge outward as if gently inflated and transform the building into a beacon by night.
The Silo has 28 rooms, including a spectacular penthouse, individually decorated by South Africa’s leading hotelier, the stylish Liz Biden. Think super-sized beds, and colourful and eclectic pieces juxtaposed with the industrial architecture. The seven room categories are based on the room size and the views. The rooms are more spacious vertically than horizontally owing to the unique architecture of The Silo. Pillowed window bays, are one of the key features, add a feeling of spaciousness.
Facilities include a rooftop pool and bar, with elegant upholstered velvet seating (as it is open to non-residents, the lack of privacy may be an issue for bathers).
- Go for a swim at sunrise or well before the bar opens to the public