Everything about The Silo does its location justice as the hotel above Africa’s biggest collection of contemporary art, Zeitz MOCAA. Housed in the top six floors of this former 1920s grain silo, this landmark building makes a statement with its reworked industrial exterior. And its vantage point means views that encompass the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and even Robben Island.
The five-and-a-half-metre geometric feature windows are a conversation starter, ballooning out from the grey façade. From inside, every room is worthy of a photo; the exposed concrete walls are bathed in generous daylight, there’s commissioned original artwork everywhere, and the furnishings are all eye-catchingly eclectic. Hotel guests get priority access to The Granary Café, the hotel’s main restaurant, and half of The Silo Rooftop, where you can sip on a tempting Silo Signature cocktail to immense views of Cape Town. There’s also the exclusive art gallery, The Vault, where guests can browse work from up-and-coming local artists to complement the free entry to the Zeitz MOCAA. For those who like to keep active, there’s a sleek gym and a rooftop pool, while guests can also choose a treatment with exclusive products at the Silo Spa.
The rooms and suites are all different by design. Blending high culture with distinctive fabrics and bright colours, they’re a refreshingly original alternative to standard hotel palettes of white and beige. All rooms have a balcony and at least one of the hotel’s striking feature windows so you can enjoy the city and ocean vistas below. Room types differ by size and view; Silo Rooms are well-sized with harbour views; Superior Suites have a mezzanine bedroom and mountain or harbour views; larger Deluxe Superior Suites are found on the higher floors. For more space, you have the option of Family Suites or Royal Suites which both have two bedrooms, while The Penthouse has separate living areas and the best views of Table Mountain.