Cape Town, South Africa
The lowdown A historic grain-silo building given a facelift for 2017. Best for Panoramic views of Table Mountain from the rooftop pool. Thomas Hetherwick’s extensive revamp of the exterior of this Twenties industrial building in the heart of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront makes it a striking sight on the city’s skyline. The hotel’s six floors sit above the brand-spanking-new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA – set to rival MOMA and Tate Modern) in the lower part of the building and can be instantly identified by the glazed panels that bulge outwards as if inflating… And glow like a beacon at night. The interior, designed by co-owner Liz Biden, also marries old and new, with eclectic furnishings inspired by her global travels, from Persian carpets and oversized Egyptian crystal chandeliers to velvet sofas, often in vibrant shades, and each of the hotel’s 28 rooms has a different design. The double-height lobby mixes concrete and marble with a contemporary chandelier by Haldane Martin and a collection of art by Africa’s leading artists adorns the walls throughout the building. Art appreciation continues with the hotel’s private gallery ‘The Vault’ in The Silo’s basement, or the concierge can arrange a private tour of the museum itself. The stunning highlight? Undoubtedly the rooftop, with its bar, restaurant and pool. Spectacular views are there for the taking wherever you turn, from the ocean to Table Mountain to the city bowl… Livingetc declares it a masterpiece.
Book it Rooms from approx £715 (theroyalportfolio.com/the-silo).
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT The Silo’s Granary Café, one of the hotel’s two fine dining destinations; each of the suites has been dressed in glam/classic style; contemporary art pops against the building’s industrial bones in the lobby; and sleek fittings add...