The Silo Hotel


A celebration of art, style, architecture and design


An extraordinary luxury hotel in Cape Town situated above Zeitz MOCAA.  The Silo Hotel sets a new standard for luxury Cape Town hotel accommodation. A magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.


The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa).  Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

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Original Silo structure

The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio.  From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors.  These multi-faceted windows bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this transforms the building into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour.


The Silo Hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury.


Welcome to the Silo Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

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 is located in the centre of Cape Town and is the ideal base from which to explore all that Cape Town has to offer.  At the hotel itself, guests can relax at the spa, take afternoon tea overlooking Table Mountain, quaff champagne on the roof, swim in the rooftop pool or enjoy a guided tour of the museum.



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. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture.

The 6 room categories are based on the room size and the views. The images  are indicative of the category only.  No guarantee is given to a particular room (other than the penthouse), only the room category.


The 211m(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.



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.



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. 



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. 



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.



There are 8 Silo Rooms with spectacular harbour views which are 41m2 (441ft²) including a balcony.


Meticulously selected by the owner of The Royal Portfolio and avid art enthusiast Liz Biden, The Silo Hotel houses some of Africa’s most talented, emerging, and eminent contemporary artists.

Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), situated below The Silo Hotel opened its doors in September 2017. The museum joins the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York, and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid as a key destination attraction for locals and international visitors alike.


Liz Biden has acquired a unique and varied collection of art that complements that of Zeitz MOCAA.  Highlighting both young, aspiring artists, as well as established, highly acclaimed artists such as Cyrus Kabiru, Mahau Modisakeng and Nandipha Mntambo, art has been specifically chosen to complement the unique interiors of each of the 28 rooms, offering individualised experiences for guests and many a reason to return.



Located on the ground floor of the silo building, The Silo Hotel lobby sets the scene for the contrast between old and new showcased throughout The Silo Hotel. Suspended from the double volume ceiling hangs Haldane Martin’s contemporary chandelier, juxtaposed against the original grain hoppers.

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Mohau Modisakeng’s Ditaola series and commissioned pieces by Jody Paulsen, Must be the Rainand So Exotic, and Frances Goodman’s Blue Velvet and Hooded LadyI, II & III adorn the walls of The Silo Hotel lobby as well as a vibrant piece by Athi Patra Ruga behind the lobby desk. To the right of the elevators is a magnificent piece by Zimbabwean artist, Kudzanai Chiurai.

Atop the desk you will see the original mask created by Cyrus Kabiru and used in the three images that you will see opposite the elevators on the lobby level. The mask, titled ‘Mbili Uso Macho Nne, Damien Hirst’, is part of his ‘C-Stunner’ series, evidencing intricate, handmade eye-wear and self-portrait photographs. The meticulous masks are fashioned from urban debris and discarded or obsolete technology that Cyrus carefully selects and imaginatively re-contextualizes.


Continuing up to Level 6, among the eclectic and whimsical design of the Willaston Bar and the Granary Café guests will find interesting pieces by the likes of Pierre Carl Vermeulen, Georgina Gratrix, Kudzinai Chiurai as well as Pieter Hugo’s thought provoking Hyena and Other Menphotographs in the guest library on the mezzanine level.


Colorful, contemporary African art, and an original machine head emerge from what was once the distribution floor of the grain silo working house, now the Willaston Bar.ts-granary-cafe-4-1200x801 Between the Willaston Bar and Granary Cafe(1)

Art is not the only feature to be admired at The Silo Hotel. Almost every piece of furniture has been hand crafted by Moorgas & Sons in Cape Town.  Liz will find a material or fabric that she enjoys and turn that into something special.  The headboards in every room for example are completely different – each hand made.  The headboard in room 603 incorporates a beautiful leopard print from Ardmore Ceramics first range of fabrics that is also being used by Hermes in their scarves.  Likewise the chairs and sofas in the library are made using Ardmore’s second fabric range.

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Each room adopts its own quirky colour-scheme, sparked by something different within each space. The colour-scheme could stem from a piece of fabric, a carpet or even a painting. The Willaston Bar for  example took shape around an exquisite, soft, teal, Italian leather that Liz found on her travels. These became the bar stools.


The Vault is The Silo Hotel’s small and exclusive art gallery located in the private parking entrance on basement level P3.

The concept behind The Vault was to make use of the unique space on the private parking level and to provide a link between the not-for-profit art featured in the museum and the local galleries in Cape Town.  Each year, The Silo Hotel will work with a different local gallery and will showcase two exhibitions annually in The Vault.

The purpose is to showcase established and up and coming African artists.  The Silo Hotel will retain one piece from each exhibition thereby building up a collection that documents the evolution of our journey into the world of contemporary African art. Every 10 years, The Silo Hotel will print a beautiful coffee table book celebrating the 20 artists that were featured in The Vault as they form an integral part of The Silo’s history.

All of the art displayed in The Vault will be for sale through the relevant gallery representing the artist.


Situated on the sixth floor of the hotel, The Willaston Bar is named after the first ship to export grain from the original silo complex back in 1924.

With stunning views of Cape Town through the 5,5m high pillowed glass windows, there is no better place to enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of wine from the carefully crafted and ever evolving list of local and international wines.

No reservations are possible in The Willaston Bar. A light, a la carte breakfast is available in The Willaston Bar from 8am until midday.

Drinks are served in The Willaston Bar from 11am until late and the kitchen closes at 10pm.


The menu inherits the same comfortable, eclectic and contemporary style.


Breakfast:  From a delicious Eggs Benedict to simple soft boiled eggs served with Healey’s Cheddar soldiers, breakfasts at The Granary Café are the perfect way for resident hotel guests to start their day.


Lunch & Dinner:  A short but diverse menu incorporating contemporary interpretations of many delicious grill house classics including beef tartare, prawn cocktail, steak frites and a fresh seafood bouillabaisse.

Sunday Roast:  The Sunday Roast is already a firm favourite among Capetonians. Choose from your choice of roast pork, beef and chicken.

Afternoon Tea:  Enjoy the pastry chef’s selection of sweet treats including the cake of the day as well as a variety of savoury snacks.


The Royal Tea:  Enjoy the pastry chef’s selection of petit gateaux and exquisite teatime treats as well as a selection of savoury delights exclusive to our Royal Tea experience. Kindly note that 24 hours notice is required in order to prepare everything for the Royal Tea.


The Silo Rooftop offers guests a relaxed and easy eating experience.  Poolside lounging is complemented with treats from the tempura bar, fresh oysters, pulled pork sandwiches, and a selection of healthy snacks from our raw bar.  Enjoy a glass of bubbly or a classic cocktail while you soak up the last of the day’s sunshine.


The Silo Rooftop is for hotel guests and is open to the public by prior reservation only. Kindly note that access to The Silo Rooftop is weather dependent.



The Silo Hotel brings a new dimension to dining in the city with our exclusive, glass fronted private dining rooms.  There are two smaller dining rooms that seat six in each, as well as the Wisdom Room, a wonderful private dining room for up to 22 guests.  The Wisdom Room was named after the last ship to ever take grain to Europe from the grain silo – MV Anangel Wisdom – in 1995.



A truly indulgent spa experience at The Silo Hotel in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.


The Silo Spa, located on the fourth floor of The Silo Hotel, has five treatment rooms, two of which can be made into a couple’s room.  The Silo Spa is a tranquil space in which guests can relax and indulge in the latest therapies and spa techniques.  There is also a gym, sauna and a dedicated manicure and pedicure area. Enjoy signature treatments using top international products including Carol Joy, Ling and Black Pearl.  The Silo Spa is the only spa in Africa to use exclusive Ling products.

The expert therapists ensure that guests receive the perfect treatment for each individual skin type and requirements through an interactive consultation process.



The Silo Hotel The V&A Waterfront sustainability credentials will add to the precinct’s already lofty achievements started by No1 Silo, the new Allan Gray’s head office that achieved a 6 star Green Star rating.

Interesting Facts:

The relationship between The Silo Hotel and the Zeitz MOCAA

The relationship is one of proximity only. The hotel and the museum are located within the historic grain silo building that was built in 1924.  The Silo Hotel is in the grain elevator portion of the grain silo building occupying 6 floors above Zeitz MOCAA.

The hotel and the museum nevertheless enjoy a close relationship and guided tours of the museum can be arranged with the hotel concierge. Museum entrance is included for all guests staying at The Silo Hotel.


The architect of the grain silo building in Cape Town

The exterior of the building and the inside of the museum has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio was tasked with the transformation of the elevator house and the adjacent storage annexe of 6 rows of 7 silos, while carefully retaining its cultural significance and creating a building that would be synonymous with the Cape Town skyline.

  • What facilities does The Silo Hotel have?

    • The Granary Café
    • The Willaston Bar
    • The Sky Terrace
    • The Silo Rooftop (Bar & Restaurant)
    • Rooftop Swimming Pool
    • The Silo Spa
    • Gym
    • Airport Transfers
    • 24 Hour Guest Services
    • Laundry Service
    • Complimentary WiFi
    • Concierge Services
    • Private Meeting Rooms
    • Private Dining Rooms
    • Secure Underground Parking


All images are credited to The Royal Portfolio group, The Silo Hotel

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