“As much as we would like tourists to come stay with us, we would like Capetonians and South Africans to come and visit us to be able to see Cape Town from this angle. I think the excitement is going to be tremendous.”
Towering above Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, the Silo Hotel has been built over six floors in the grain elevator section of what was once a grain silo. Part of the Royal Collection and a unique blend of heritage and contemporary, the hotel is a stunning addition to the Cape Town hospitality industry.
The Silo Hotel has just 28 rooms spread across the hotel, ranging from four Silo Rooms (41m²) and seven Deluxe Superior Suites (60-67m²), to two Royal Suites (132m²) and one Penthouse (211m²). Each has their own balcony and are individually designed with colourful fabrics and pieces. The rooms are generously tall to feature the incredible pillowed window bays which highlight the exquisite views across Cape Town’s features.
- Rooftop swimming pool
- The Silo Spa
- 24 hour guest services
- Laundry service
- Complimentary WiFi
- Concierge services
- Private meeting/dining rooms
- Underground parking
- Private art gallery
The lower half will soon become home to South Africa’s answer to London’s Tate Modern: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (set to open in September 2017).
What’s on the menu:
Headed up by Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert, previously of Ellerman House, the Silo Hotel has three Food & Beverage outlets. The main restaurant is the Granary Café, which serves up breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and suppers, as well as a special Sunday lunch. Highlights include vanilla oats with coconut sugar and fresh berries, salmon ceviche from the Raw Bar, potted salmon rillettes, and confit pork belly with apple chutney. The Willaston Bar serves sandwiches and bar snacks, together with a wide range of wines, spirits and coctails, and the Rooftop Bar menu features a tempura section, as well as salads and a Greek lamb gyro.
Look & Feel:
The grain silo was originally built in the 1920s and was where grain from all over South Africa was stored before being shipped overseas. Mixing heritage with contemporary art and design is no easy feat, but Liz Biden’s eclectic style adds liveliness to the building’s interior which contrasts the somewhat cold industrial exterior. The lobby’s double volume features Haldane Martin’s contemporary chandelier, juxtaposed against the original grain hoppers.
Without doubt, the exquisite pillowed window panels which bulge outwards into the air. They’re each made with 56 handcut pieces of glass, 5 ½ metres high and swell out about a metre in depth. By day, they add an incredible dynamic to the space and by night, the hotel looks lit up like a lantern.