March 24

An Extraordinary New Luxury Hotel, The Silo, Opens In Cape Town’s Waterfront


March 24, 2017

From its incredibly unique architecture to its eclectic decor and extraordinary views it possesses, the Silo hotel is a unique hotel situated in the centre of Cape Town towering over the V&A Waterfront. It has recently opened and is quickly establishing itself as an iconic hotel that you most certainly should not pass up an opportunity to stay at.

Rhino Africa is running a competition called “Africa’s Photographer of the Year” and the winner of this competition will have the honour of spending four luxurious nights at the Silo.

The Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
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There are a few amazing aspects to the hotel that you should know about:

A brief history

The grain silo building was built in the 1920s and at the time it was the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa. The building has two parts to it – the elevator, where the hotel is now located, which used to facilitate the mechanical handling of the grain; and the actual storage silos themselves.  Grain was moved from places all over South Africa, concentrated and stored in the Silo before being put on boats and shipped off to Europe. The last shipment of grain was on board the M/V Angel Wisdom in 1995 and operations in the Silo ceased in 2001.

The original grain silo, operational in 1924

Unique Architecture

The Silo sits above the rest of the V&A Waterfront giving it a 360-degree view of its surroundings. The pillared windows, which bulge outward as if gently inflated creating a dome-like design. These windows transform the building into a glowing lantern at night and when stepped out into, give guests up, down and side-to-side views of the extraordinary scenery that Cape Town has to offer.

The exquisite window design of the Silo Hotel
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Close-up of the detailed windows of the Silo Hotel
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Eclectic Decor

The hotel is a unique and incredibly intimate hotel. It contains 28 rooms that are individually designed and decorated using a spectacularly broad range of sources. Using a few modern pieces and various colours throughout, luxury was fitted into the industrial design of the building in order to preserve its original look.

The art details of the Silo Hotel's bedroom
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The Superior Suite lounge
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The exquisite restaurant and bar at the Silo Hotel
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What to do

Cape Town is a city that offers an endless list of possible activities, from taking the cable car up Table Mountain and walking through the exquisite gardens of Kirstenbosch to shopping and eating at the world-renowned V&A Waterfront, overlooking the most surreal harbour. The Silo, being in the centre of Cape Town, is the perfect place to stay as it is situated so centrally.

The spectacular view of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront

The Cable Car takes visitors up to the top of Table Mountain
Take the Cable Car up Table Mountain

If guests are looking for a more in-house experience, the hotel offers an exquisite bar and restaurant, called the Willaston Bar and Granary Café, respectively. They also offer an incredibly tranquil spa, where guests can indulge in being pampered by the hotel’s expert therapists.

The Silo Hotel's Spa experience
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The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)

The Silo building is not only home to the Silo hotel, but also to the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The museum is opening in September 2017 and is going to be a world-class institution that will rival the likes of the Tate Modern in London, the MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.

For more information on the Silo Hotel or if you want to book with us, contact us here



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Matthew McGregor

Sports Fanatic and everything is made better with a beer with friends while watching my favourite team play. I play cricket as a hobby and I am just as passionate about the wildlife and bush as I consider it a second home.

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