The Silo Hotel, South Africa
The Silo Hotel
Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8801
THE SILO HOTEL
The Royal Portfolio
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Luis Pinheiro. Luis has more than 30 years’ experience in the luxury travel industry. His CV includes top positions at numerous five-star hotels including the Mount Nelson, The Table Bay Hotel and The Cape Grace in Cape Town, as well as Reid’s Palace in Madeira and Lapa Palace in Lisbon. Luis is a charismatic leader and highly connected in the city of Cape Town.
A 5-star, luxury boutique city hotel, and a proud member of The Royal Portfolio.
History & Story
The Silo Hotel was built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex. The hotel occupies six floors above Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) in the V&A Waterfront of Cape Town. Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art in the world. The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. The building retained much of its industrial features from when it was built in 1921 and with the integrate, floor to ceiling, pillowed glass windows that were added to the façade as well as Liz Biden’s colourful interiors, the hotel has become a masterpiece in architecture and design.
Exterior design – Thomas Heatherwick.
Interior design – Liz Biden.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
The Silo is unique in that it is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury. Situated above Africa’s largest museum of contemporary Africa art, Zeitz MOCAA, together with its unmistakable design, The Silo is a major draw card for luxury travellers visiting Cape Town. The Silo houses its very own collection of contemporary African art. Over 250 works can be found throughout the hotel, many of which are artists also represented in Zeitz MOCAA.
The V&A Waterfront is the best place to stay in Cape Town and Africa’s largest tourist attraction for local and foreign visitors. Set on the edge of a natural, historic
working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, it offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences. The V&A Waterfront offers
shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, cafes, galleries, exhibitions and entertainment. As well, of course, as access to Robben Island.
Key sites/activities in the area
Boat cruises to Robben Island and Clifton
Helicopter trips around the Western Cape and to Birkenhead House and La Residence.
Close proximity to Table Mountain and Lions Head
Boutique shopping centres and fine dining
Bespoke art tours through the city
The building, once the tallest in Sub-Saharan Africa, standing proud at 57m, was used for nearly 80 years as a grain silo providing crucial infrastructure to the country’s agricultural and industrial development. There are 82 windows, each with 56 panels of hand-cut glass. The Grain Silo building too nearly five years to construct in 1921 and nearly five years to repurpose into the hotel and museum.
Children of all ages are welcome at The Silo Hotel and specially catered for in our dual level Family Suites.
There are four Family Suites in The Silo Hotel located on the four corners of seventh floor. Children’s
- Cave golf
- The scratch patch
- A harbour cruise
- The Jolly Roger Pirate Ship cruises
Number of suites:
The hotel rooms and suites are broken to 5 room categories.
There is 1 Penthouse which has a wraparound view of Cape Town, a massage room, a cinema, dining space,
lounge, study, two bathrooms and a staff pantry.
There at 2 Royal Suites which have two bedrooms with equal sized bathrooms, a central lounge and views
over the ocean.
There are 7 Deluxe Superior Suites which are positioned in the corners of the hotel and have 180 degrees
There are 6 Superior Suites which are one-bedroom, dual level suites situated in the middle of the hotel
facing either the harbour or the city.
There are 4 Family Suites which are one and half bedroom, dual level suites situated in the corner of the
There are 8 Silo Rooms which face either the harbour or the city.
Number of rooms, (keys) in all:
All rooms/suites have televisions, wifi, safes and balconies.
Restaurants & Bars
Situated on the sixth floor of the hotel, The Willaston Bar is named after the first ship to export grain from the original silo complex back in 1924. With stunning views of Cape Town through the 5,5m high pillowed glass windows, there is no better place to enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of wine from the carefully crafted and ever evolving list of local and international wines. The Granary Café, also situated on the sixth floor, is a more private space where guests can enjoy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and a selection of Afternoon and Royal Teas. The menu inherits the same comfortable, eclectic and contemporary style as Liz Biden’s hotel interiors. The Silo Rooftop offers guests a relaxed, al fresco experience with spectacular panoramic views of Cape Town from the tallest building in the V&A Waterfront. 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.
The Silo Spa, located on the fourth floor of The Silo Hotel, has five treatment rooms, two of which can be made into a couple’s room. The Silo Spa is a tranquil space in which guests can relax and indulge in the latest therapies and spa techniques. There’s also a gym, sauna and a dedicated manicure and pedicure area.
Corporate & Celebration Events
The Silo Hotel brings a new dimension to dining in the city with our exclusive, glass fronted private dining rooms. There are two smaller dining rooms that seat six in each, as well as the Wisdom Room, a wonderful private dining room for up to 22 guests.
Extra Notable Features
Private tours of Zeitz MOCAA can be arranged by the hotel’s expert concierge team.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
– Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’; Choice Awards 2018: #10 Top Hotels in Africa
– Condé Nast Traveler Hot List: Best New Hotels in the World 2018
– Travel+Leisure IT List 2018
– Jetsetter’s Best Hotel Awards: Best Boutique Hotel in the World 2018
– Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards: #12 Top Hotels in Africa 2017
– Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2017
– We Are Africa Award : Design Africa 2017
– Luxury Travel Advisor: Most Anticipated Hotel Opening 2017
– Robb Report: Best of the Best Awards 2017
– Condé Nast Traveller India Hot List 2017
– Overseas Travel Best Hotel Winner 2017
– Surface Magazine: Best Small Hotel 2017
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