Known for its culinary crowd, art scene and easy access to wine country, Cape Town is a mecca for travelers looking to get an urban experience in South Aftrica. Making waves in the Cape Town hotel industry, the Silo Hotel is a new luxury waterfront hotel that sits above a contemporary museum. With cool architecture that dates back to the 1920s getting some very modern updates (hello, pillowy steel windows!), this spot just opened in March and is already trending worldwide.
Photography: The Silo
Nearly 100 Years of History
Built in the 1920s, this towering grain silo was the tallest structure in Sub-Saharan Africa at the time. Used as a processing and storage facility for grains coming in and out of South Africa, the 11-story building had huge ceilings and 360-degree views of the Cape Town harbor. After a massive renovation that included the installation of stunning multi-dimensional steel windows that jut out from the frame of the building, the silo recently came into its new life as a luxury hotel.
Foodie Haven of South Africa
The Cape Town harbor is loaded with amazing restaurant options, and you can get a glimpse at the local foodie scene during a trip to the nearby Old Biscuit Mill. On Saturday mornings, the mill fills up with fine food purveyors shucking oysters, stacking burgers, and slinging locally brewed beers. Also be sure to check out the world renowned Test Kitchen in the Biscuit Mill.
The hotel features 28 rooms, including one massive penthouse. There are various room types, but each has a balcony, epic views and those rad window bays. We can’t really think of a better spot to take in the cityscape. Oh wait, yes we can. The rooftop is also incredible, complete with an infinity pool that drops off to views of Table Mountain and the harbor in the distance. Now, that is the perfect place to sip on some South African sauvignon blanc.
Opening in September 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will occupy the ground levels of the old grain silo. The first of its kind in South Africa, this large-scale modern art museum will have 80 galleries dedicated to African art and international works, with both permanent and temporary installations. All that and you can sleep in a luxe hotel upstairs? Our kinda place.
Photography: The Silo