The Silo

Living Etc - - TRAVEL / ETC -

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.

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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...

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