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The Silo: New Luxury Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

The much-anticipated boutique hotel, dubbed The Silo, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa, opens this March with 28 luxurious rooms.

Opened in 1924, Cape Town’s 187-foot Grain Silo was once the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa. When it closed in 2001, the industrial relic seemed destined for destruction. Now, British architect Thomas Heatherwick is breathing new life into the historic landmark, transforming the tower on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront into a world-class, contemporary African-art museum and an exclusive hotel.

Located in the centre of Cape Town, The Silo, is the ideal base from which to explore all that Cape Town has to offer. 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 ‘Mother City’, as it is affectionately known, is a colourful and vibrant city surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches. The magic of Cape Town lies in the collision of natural wonder, diverse cultures, art, design and a thriving food and wine scene.

The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic Grain Silo Complex and will sit six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which will open in September 2017.

The Zeitz MOCAA is a contemporary art museum that rivals other big-name galleries around the world such as the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. Guests at the Silo will have private access to the museum’s collections. 

The re-imagined silos have retained their cultural significance. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure will be the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors, which will bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this will transform the building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbour.

The Rooms

The Silo Hotel will have 28 rooms, including a spectacular penthouse, with bespoke furnishings blending the building’s industrial past and the refined look of a modern hotel. Each room is individually designed and decorated by hotelier Liz Biden, who is also behind the luxurious Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park and La Residence in Franschhoek.

The rooms are more spacious vertically than horizontally due to the unique architecture of The Silo and the ingenious design of the pillowed window bays which are one of the key architectural features. 

The pillowed window bays offer stunning views of Robben Island, Signal Hill, Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the ocean through the 18ft windows will be spectacular.

There are seven room categories which are based on the room size and the views.

THE PENTHOUSE: The 211m2 (2012ft²), one-bedroom penthouse is the jewel in The Royal Portfolio’s crown located on the top floor of The Silo facing Table Mountain with triple aspect views of Cape Town. This includes a 24m2 (258ft²) balcony.

ROYAL SUITES: There are 2, triple aspect Royal Suites facing the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island and the distant mountains. Each Royal Suite is 132m2 (1421ft²) in size, and each has 2 bedrooms and a generous balcony.

FAMILY SUITES: There are 4 Family Suites on the 7th floor with views over the old harbour and out to the distant mountains or over the V&A Waterfront and Signal Hill. Family Suites range from 111m2 (1195ft²) to 128m2 (1378ft²) including a balcony, and each has a mezzanine level with 2 bedrooms.

DELUXE SUPERIOR SUITES: There are 7 Deluxe Superior Suites across the 8th, 9th and 10th floors with spectacular 5.5m (18ft) high pillowed glass windows showcasing the natural wonder of Cape Town. They range in size from 60m2 (646ft²) to 67m2 (721ft²) including a balcony. 

SUPERIOR SUITES: There are 6 Superior Suites across the 6th and 7th floors with either mountain or harbour views. These suites vary between 76m(818ft²) and 88m2 (947ft²) including a small balcony, and each has the bedroom on a mezzanine level. 

LUXURY ROOMS: There are 4 Luxury Rooms with mountain views on the 8th and 9th floors which are 47m2 (506ft²) including a balcony.

THE SILO ROOMS: There are 4 Silo Rooms with spectacular harbour views which are 41m2 (441ft²) including a balcony.

Elsewhere, the hotel will have a spa, piano bar, cafe, gym, a rooftop restaurant, champagne bar and a glass swimming pool overlooking Table Mountain. 

This stunning luxury hotel opens on March 1st and is available for booking now. Visit The Silo Hotel website for more information. 

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