The Silo Hotel

The Silo Hotel is a magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.


The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art. The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors. These multi-faceted windows bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.

The Silo Hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury.

Topping Cape Town’s new Museum of Contemporary African Art, the family-owned Silo Hotel hits all the high notes. This former grain elevator has been reimagined as a work of art in its own right, with 18-foot-high pillowed windows that glow like beacons over the V&A Waterfront. Watch the bustle below while soaking in the freestanding tub in one of 28 rooms, each a bold mix of colours, prints, textures and eras. Champagne and carving trolleys roll through the eclectic Granary Café, while the spa is sumptuously serene. Grab a glass of Pinotage and check out the write-home-about sunset on the wraparound rooftop terrace.

The Silo Hotel has 28 rooms, including a spectacular one-bedroom penthouse. Each room has been individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture. The 6 room categories are based on room size and views. The images and floor plans below are indicative of the category only.

There are 4 Silo Rooms with spectacular harbour views including a balcony.

There are 6 Superior Suites across the 6th and 7th floors with either mountain or harbour views. These suites vary between 76 m2 (818 ft) and 88m2 (947 ft) including a small balcony and each has the bedroom on a mezzanine level.

There are 7 Deluxe Superior Suites across the 8th, 9th and 10th floors with spectacular 5.5m (18ft) high pillowed glass windows showcasing the natural wonder of Cape Town. They range in size from 60m2 (646ft²) to 67m2 (721ft²) including a balcony.

There are 4 Family Suites on the 7th floor with views over the old harbour and out to the distant mountains or over the V&A Waterfront and Signal Hill. Family Suites range from 111m2 (1195ft²) to 128m2 (1378ft²) including a balcony and each has a mezzanine level with 2 bedrooms.

There are 2, triple aspect Royal Suites facing the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island and the distant mountains. Each Royal Suite is 132m2 (1421ft²) in size and each has 2 bedrooms and a generous balcony.

The 211m2 (2012ft²), the one-bedroom penthouse is the jewel in The Royal Portfolio’s crown located on the top floor of The Silo facing Table Mountain with triple aspect views of Cape Town. This includes a 24m2 (258ft²) balcony.

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. Enjoy signature treatments using top international products including Ling and Black Pearl. The Silo Spa is the only spa in Africa to use exclusive Ling products.

Dining in The Granary Café is a unique experience. The menu inherits the same comfortable, eclectic and contemporary style as Liz Biden’s hotel interiors. Executive Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert and her team believe in good, honest and approachable food that showcases seasonal, local ingredients.

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 the raw bar. Enjoy a glass of bubbly, South African wine or a classic cocktail while you soak up the last of the day’s sunshine.

The Willaston Bar is the perfect space to unwind in over an exquisite glass of wine and a selection of casual meals or bar snacks. 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.

Take a short drive from The Silo Hotel to the helipad in the V&A Waterfront. From there you’ll take a scenic 30-minute journey to La Residence in the heart of Franschhoek. Enjoy a fabulous al fresco lunch in the Persian Alley overlooking the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards of the 30-acre estate or a tasting in the cellar with one of the sommeliers or a local winemaker.

Franschhoek is known as the culinary capital of South Africa with several top restaurants situated in the charming village. Before or after lunch you could hop onto one of the hotel’s bicycles and explore this historic town.

Cape Town is the ultimate destination for connoisseurs of fine wine, cuisine and la joie de vivre. From the bustling café culture of Kloof Street and Bree Street to the vibrant food market at the Old Biscuit Mill, you’ll find all manner of treats in between.

The Old Biscuit Mill roars to life on a Saturday morning as locals and tourists jostle for a seat among the oyster shucking and cork-popping while purveyors of fine foods and hearty ales showcase their wares. The Silo is located in the heart of the Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. What better way to start your gourmet itinerary than with an Art & Wine pairing followed by dinner at Luke Dale-Roberts’ The Test Kitchen – South Africa’s top restaurant and one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.