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The Silo

The Silo

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.

Our rating: Opulent

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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). 

Our opinion

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.

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