Traveling the globe and being a lover of luxury hotels (and former hotel lawyer), I’ve seen my fair share of hotels – the good, the bad and the unforgettable. The Silo Hotel is unforgettable, taking the experience of staying at a “city hotel” to a whole new level of luxury and brilliance.
Opening its doors just last year in Cape Town, South Africa, this swanky upscale hotel was formally a historic grain silo at the V&A Waterfront. The location is truly unbeatable. From the building’s huge “pillowed” floor to ceiling bay windows, you can catch glimpses of both the iconic waterfront and Table Mountain. We were able to walk to all the famous sites and hot-spots right from the doors of The Silo Hotel given the central location to all the fun.
Pool you ask? Yes, you will find find no rooftop pool as glamorous and breathtaking than here at The Silo. This is probably the most surreal rooftop pool in the world with glass walls and mesmerizing views. Immediately upon check-in, I made my way to the rooftop area to capture sweeping views of glorious Cape Town for the very first time. My husband enjoyed some laps to the backdrop of Table Mountain while I sipped freshly made fruity cocktails at the friendly bar and restaurant.
Scroll on through my photographs from a stay at The Silo Hotel with insider highlights. As always, you can find a short yet comprehensive LADYHATTAN GUIDE to key facts for visiting this featured property at the bottom of the post.
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. Colorful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture of the stunning structure. We stayed in what I called the “Glamorous Pink Room” – a duplex room featuring hot pink décor, sexy furniture, a soaking tub fit for Ladyhattan and an upstairs master bedroom with endless mountain views.
In the living room area of the suite, we indulged in the mini bar full of delicious wines and snacks. Since The Silo is part of the Royal Portfolio (same hotel management as La Residence, a luxury estate in the wine region of Cape Town), wines straight from the nearby vineyards of La Residence are stocked in the fridge for guests to enjoy in the city. There is no better bucket-list travel experience than diving into a bubble bath with chilled bubbly and a view of Table Top Mountain. If you are traveling quite the distance to Cape Town and want to splurge on a travel experience of a lifetime – you must stay at least one night at The Silo for a glamorous travel memory like no other.
The hotel offers a wide range of dining experiences in Cape Town. Executive Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert and her team have crafted a number of casual and contemporary menus that include lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bar snacks and a wonderful Sunday Roast. Chef Veronica believes in good, honest and approachable food that showcases seasonal, local ingredients.
At breakfast time I enjoyed the “flying buffet” of options displayed on individual serving trolleys — yogurt parfaits, fruits, cheeses, charcuterie and more were served to my table in a captivating manner in addition to a la carte options such as eggs Benedict. By the pool, I really enjoyed the lunch options such as potato flatbreads (with local spiced meats) and fresh fish poke bowls. Breakfast and drinks in your room are included in the nightly rate. Since the hotel is in such a premiere location, we made sure to get out and explore the nearby restaurants for dinner.
LADYHATTAN’S GUIDE TO THE SILO HOTEL
- Cape Town is consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure magazine
- The “it” hotel in Cape Town is hands-down The Silo Hotel
- The Silo Hotel is an easy 20 minute drive from the Cape Town International Airport (from NYC, I took a direct 14 hour flight to Johannesburg, then a brief 2 hour flight onward to Cape Town)
- Rates at this luxury hotel start at $900+/night during low season
- 28 rooms available with one penthouse suite
- Remember, a daily breakfast and all in-room mini bar wine, spirits and soft drinks are included in the rate
- The rooftop pool is only open to hotel guests, so if you want to swim in the pool and capture a photograph – then staying here for at least a night will be mandatory
- Located in Cape Town, 0.4 miles from V&A Waterfront where you can find ample shopping and restaurants
- The hotel provides bike rentals for guests interested in exploring the city by bike
- Stellar concierge service that helped us plan every reservation, excursion, tour and activity we dreamed of while in Cape Town
- 18 foot high windows in each guest room for panoramic views of both the waterfront and mountains
- Complimentary access to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (located in the lower portion of the hotel)
- Consider traveling during off-peak times (low season from May through July) to snatch the best rates
- Avoid the holiday rush (December – January) when the city is crowded with tourists and much more expensive
- The legendary hotelier, Liz Biden, personally decorated each room with local arts and antiques
- If you choose not to stay the night but still want to checkout this property, make a reservation at the Willaston Bar and Granary Cafe where you can enjoy a meal with floor-to-ceiling window views of Cape Town’s iconic flat-top mountain (Table Mountain)
- Make time for an escape to the nearby wine country (45 minute drive) and spend the night at this hotel’s sister property – La Residence
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