Royal Portfolio is a collection of exclusive hotels, lodges and private residences located in emblematic destinations around South Africa. Each hotel is unique and each experience is authentic. The recently launches their new iconic hotel in Cape Town called The Silo. We had heard from friends and strangers that it is the best new and extraordinary luxury hotel in Cape Town, connected directly to the Zeitz MOCAA art museum.
Let me clarify that all those rumors are totally true! Undoubtedly it is one of the most magical hotels that I’ve visited and is really an impressive architectural gem. It is perched on the V & A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of the Mother City of South Africa.
The Silo has been built within the grain elevator part of an historic grain silo complex that used to be the tallest building in 1924 at 57meters high. Today it occupies six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary African Art) with a total of 11 floors. Zeitz MOCAA houses the largest African collection of contemporary African art and is dubbed Africa’S Tate Modern.
The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, founder and director of Heatherwick Studio, based in London. From the outside, the major visible change in the original structure of the building is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multifaceted windows open outwards as if they were inflated, which give it a truly unique and extraordinary design. The Silo is the definition of industrial luxury that during the night transforms the building into a bright beacon in the port of Table Bay.
Since the moment Robert and I checked in we felt at ease since all the staff were really friendly, super attentive and with an impressive excitement of receiving us.
The Silo Hotel has only 28 rooms, including a spectacular penthouse with 360 degree views. Each room has been designed and individually decorated by the elegant wand of Liz Biden. The colorful and eclectic pieces juxtapose modern industrial architecture.
Every detail of the rooms is truly unique and beautiful. My favourite part without a doubt were the bathrooms that are truly gorgeous with incredible views. I swear I wanted to sleep in the bathtub.
The Silo Hotel has a really exquisite restaurant too and one of the most delicious breakfast I have ever taste it. On top is a terrace with 360 panoramic views that you walk all around. Unfortunately the pool was under restoration when we visited, but I know it is an excellent excuse to revisit! The location is only minutes walking from the V & A Waterfront which was super convenient for me as I urgently needed to go buy new looks!
One of the activities that Robert and I decided to do, which by the way is free for all the people staying at The Silo Hotel, was visiting the Zeitz MOCCA museum, which for us was a great experience. Every piece of art in this museum is really worth seeing. I would recommend whether staying at The Silo or not it is a must of Cape Town. It opens from 10 am to 6pm.
Another activity I did was to go up to Lion’s Head. I planned to go with my friend Chris and Andrew, it was definitely something that’s really worth going up. I went in the afternoon to see the sunset from the top and it was really beautiful. By far one of the best views of Cape Town. I recommend you to go very slow and take your time, as the road becomes more inclined and difficult as you go up.
Many thanks to The Silo for making our experience in our favorite city unforgettable!