Nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain in the tranquil suburb of Oranjezicht, Abbey Manor strikes the perfect balance in Cape Town providing guests with a relaxing base within easy reach of the city’s main attractions.
The Silo is a beacon of contemporary design and architecture sprung from the hull of a former grain silo on the docks. The hotel is spread over six floors and sits above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which takes up five floors of the building.
On arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and dazzled by the bold, eclectic design of the interiors. Persian carpets and sparkling chandeliers mix with giraffe prints, lively stripes and acidic velvets, all set against transparent tables and modern art.
The 28 rooms and suites follow the same style, designed by interior designed Liz Biden. Each is decorated and featuring enormous bubble windows with sweeping views over the city, Table Mountain and the waterfront. Huge beds, a complimentary minibar with local wines, and a bath with a view add to the sense of indulgence.
The hotel also has several bars and restaurants, a rooftop pool, a gym and an opulent spa with a sauna. Guests also have direct access to the museum below.
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The 28 rooms and suites are individually decorated in the same opulent but eclectic style as the public spaces. They differ in size, with the sprawling Penthouse providing the most space. Each has a private balcony and contemporary African art. Expect super-sized beds, Egyptian chandeliers, gilt-framed mirrors and vivid velvet upholstery. Enormous multi-faceted windows overlook the port, city or Table Mountain and are mirrored in the bathroom, where you can take in sweeping views as you soak in the bath tub. On arrival, you're welcomed with a gourmet snack box and a complimentary minibar stocked with local wines and soft drinks. Facilities are as indulgent as you might expect with touch-pad blinds, branded toiletries and a Nespresso machine as well as air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
The hotel sits right at the heart of Cape Town’s most vibrant area, five minutes’ walk from the V&A Waterfront. The Robben Island ferry is almost on the doorstep and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is directly below the hotel on the lower floors of the original building.
Food and drink
- Granary Cafe serves breakfast including pastries, fresh fruit and juice, charcuterie and local cheeses, as well as cooked options such as an omelette soufflé with smoked salmon, feta and avocado.
- There’s a wide range of specialty teas to choose from and you can enjoy views over the docks.
- At lunch and dinner the menu has a small selection of diverse dishes, featuring classic grills such as beef tartare and steak frites.
- The Silo Rooftop offers light snacks and cocktails, as well as oysters with champagne or small bites from the tempura bar.
- The Willaston Bar serves small plates, classic bar snacks and a wide range of drinks.
- Private dining options on request.
- Family suites for up to four guests, each spread over two floors.
- Numerous activities offered for children, both at the hotel and along the nearby V&A Waterfront.
Facilities and activities
- Rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views over Table Mountain and the ocean.
- Rooftop bar.
- Spa offering massages, treatments, manicures and pedicures.
- Gym and sauna.
- Concierge service, with staff able to recommend a wide choice of activities, from helicopter rides to cycling tours.
- Direct access to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).
The Silo has quickly become one of the trendiest hotels in Cape Town. As well as its slick decor and the attention to detail you find here, we love sitting out on its roof deck and taking in the panoramic views over the city.
Cape Town tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Set on the slopes of Table Mountain in the suburb of Oranjezicht, the characterful Acorn House is located on a quiet residential road in beautiful gardens and provides a great value option for Cape Town.
Azamare Guesthouse has been designed to give you the best mountain and sea views from every possible corner, as well as offering world-class facilities and a location within the trendiest part of Cape Town.
The Belmond Mount Nelson is a hotel of deserved renown: her reputation and history alone justify a visit. The rooms and facilities are furnished to the most luxurious of modern standards and the service is excellent, ensuring a comfortable and interesting stay.
Camps Bay Retreat is positioned between the mountainous ranges of Lions Head, Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles overlooking the endless vista of the Atlantic Ocean.
Cape Grace enjoys an enviable location on a private quay in the heart of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, affording views over both the harbour, yacht marina and Table Mountain. This five-star luxury hotel is a Cape Town landmark, being one of the city's most iconic hotels.
Set in a quieter part of Cape Town, among the slopes of Table Mountain, Four Rosmead is a small, luxury boutique guesthouse. Built in 1903, the building enjoys wonderful architecture and is classified as a provincial monument. The interior embraces the heritage of the house, yet the guesthouse also has a modern feel.
Liberty Lodge has a great location on the edge of City Centre. The lodge is small and simple but gives great service, it benefits from excellent views of Table Mountain and is excellent value for money.
Situated within walking distance of the trendy Kloof Street in Cape Town, More Quarters is a luxury apartment hotel with an excellent service, providing a chic and modern home away from home for those wishing to explore the city.
One & Only Cape Town is situated in Cape Town’s fashionable V&A Waterfront area. From its vantage point, you can look up to Table Mountain, and easily access the bars and restaurants of the Waterfront.
The rooms are uncluttered, with simple yet comfortable furnishings and their own balconies looking out to Camps Bay. The hotel is well placed for the renowned restaurants and bars of Camps Bay.
The Blue Train is perfect for those who want to take a relaxing journey across the country, in complete comfort and luxury.
The Cape Cadogan offers guests an elegant, luxurious experience in a great location from which to enjoy Cape Town, within walking distance of the restaurants on Kloof Street and close to many of Cape Town’s key attractions.
The price and location of this hotel make it ideal for those who want to be within walking distance of Cape Town's Waterfront, without paying for all the whistles and bells of some of the neighbouring hotels.
The Taj Cape Town was originally home to the South African Reserve Bank and combines the old historical charm of the building with the new modern feel of a vibrant five-star hotel along with its elegant contemporary architecture.
This is a luxurious hotel and the attention to detail in the décor and the service are absolutely excellent, while the location is superb. The hotel itself is elegant, relaxed and a firm Audley favourite.
The Waterfront Apartments are situated in the heart of the Victoria and Albert Waterfront basin, with the dramatic Table Mountain as a backdrop.
Waterfront Village offers a ‘village’ of luxury self-catering, serviced apartments. Set around the harbour at the V&A Waterfront, the apartments offer a great alternative to a traditional hotel stay.
Located in a quiet residential area, but close to Kloof Street with its restaurants and bars, Welgelegen is a boutique guesthouse that combines traditional architecture and charm with modern styling and comfort.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Following a historic route between Pretoria and Cape Town, The Blue Train is one of South Africa’s finest rail journeys. On board, you can experience fine dining, relax in your own private suite and take in mountain views from the Observation Car.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a tour of the "Mother City". Your tour will include visits to the Castle of Good Hope, the Parliament Buildings and Bo-Kaap, plus of course the iconic Table Mountain.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens occupy a large swathe of beautiful land on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. They house a huge collection of indigenous flora, such as heathery fynbos, flowering proteas and dramatically coloured strelitzias.
As with any major city there are a number of very good museums in Cape Town and you might like to visit some whilst you are here. Some of the ones that we personally recommend are District Six Museum, Gold of Africa Museum, and the Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
The Cape Peninsula is an area of dramatic natural beauty and huge ecological significance, which manages to retain a wild feel despite its huge popularity with visitors. As you drive south from Cape Town, you pass through the exclusive suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton before continuing onto Hout Bay and through Constantia, where the road meanders behind Table Mountain and down onto the coast.
The beautifully restored carriages of Rovos Rail combine luxury travel with the chance to experience living history.
Guest are taken to the lower terminal for the cable-car up Table Mountain. The cable-car is a very modern affair, and completes a 360º rotation during the ascent, affording you fantastic views over the city.
In the company of Pietman Retief, who is recognised as one of the leading wine experts in the country, you can experience the winelands and the history of the area through his passion.