The Silo Hotel is Cape Town’s latest luxury hotel boasting a trendy address at the V&A Waterfront. Not only is the neighbourhood pretty fantastic its also built inside a grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo.
Michael and I were very excited to spend the night at this luxurious hotel and find out what exactly makes it so special.
The Rooms at The Silo
There are only 28 rooms at The Silo hotel and each of them has its own special look and feel. It was a strange sensation walking through the slightly dark corridors not knowing what wait for you on the other side. When you open the door to your room though its like opening the lid of a jewelry box and finding the most incredible colourful gems inside.
I felt like royalty walking around the bright airy room, glass of champagne in hand. Its almost too much for your senses to take in. The huge interesting windows, the bright colours striking yet never competing, the high glorious ceilings. If luxury is what you were after then you can definitely find it at The Silo.
One thing you cannot miss about The Silo is its stunning windows. Whether you are inside or outside they will catch your attention. The building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and the idea he had in mind was to make the windows seem like they were almost inflated. This also made it look like a lantern at night, almost transforming into a beacon for the harbour. Some of the grain silo elements have been left exactly where they were. You can see this when entering the grand lobby area. I love that they kept these as it gives the hotel a lot of character as well as adding different layers and interest.
The Pool deck
I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to look out over the beauty that is Cape Town and soak up its amazing energy. I grew up in Cape Town yet I was still impressed by the harbour and mountain views from the top floor. We spent quite a while up there sipping our drinks and watching the sky turn orange. I would highly suggest booking a table for drinks while its off season. Unfortunately you cant get up there without staying at the hotel and other time of year.
The Silo has a very interesting history which I think adds to the charm of the hotel. When the grain silo opened back in 1924 after three years of construction. Back then it was actually the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa at 57m. It closed its doors in 2001 after almost 80 years and stood vacant till ideas for the hotel came about.
If you think about Cape Town a few areas spring to mind and The V&A Waterfront is definitely one of them. A working harbour with a high end shopping mall, loads of great restaurants, an aquarium and so much more its definitely a spot everyone wants to go to. Its also the perfect central location to stay when you visit Cape Town. We decided to head out into the bustling Waterfront for dinner and it was a short safe walk to get to where we wanted to be. The hotel is also right next to a brand new Virgin Active for anyone looking to go to a gym thats a bit bigger than the in house one. The hotel offers day passes for all their guests so there is no reason to not squeeze in that holiday workout.
More about The Silo Hotel:
- It has an underground entrance called The Vault. Its a great place for celebrities to enter or anyone that doesnt want to be seen. i kind of felt like a 007 agent entering from The Vault.
- They have a fantastic bar that is open to the public.
- The penthouse suite goes for up to R140,000 per night
- There are 28 rooms and 7 different room categories
- You get complimentary limited minibar ( includes local wines, beers and soft drinks )
- The Silo has its own Spa and Gym
- A full breakfast is included in your stay and its delicious!
- The Zeitz Museum of contemporary art, situated below the hotel will be opening its doors later this year
Find out more about The Silo and their rates.