We recently spent a night at The Silo Hotel. A new hotel in the heart of the Silo District down by the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. A spectacular hotel that celebrates art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury on an international level.
Besides the fact that it’s won several awards including coming 12th in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards for best hotels in Africa, the Condé Nast Hot List and the Jetsetter’s Best Hotel Awards: Best Boutique Hotel in the World 2018 here’s 10 reasons why you simple have to book your stay at The Silo Hotel…
1.) IT’S INSTAGRAMABLE
Admit it, you totally consider the picture worthy moments and spaces before booking a hotel or guest house when traveling? If you don’t, I take my hat off to you. Myself on the other hand considers travel accommodation as a sort of business expense. (At least that’s how I justify it to myself when I travel.)
Each room has it’s own unique colour palette and art collection. “A happy marriage of vibrant silks and velvets in deep purple and bottle green, ice blues, hot mustard, sunshine yellow and mandarin orange; the ballroom-worthy bathrooms are lit by Egyptian-crystal chandeliers.”
The Silo Hotel indulged all of my Instagram fantasies, from breathtaking views to princess bath tubs, I was in a visual paradise.
The Silo Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the Silo District just a stones throw away from the V&A Waterfront. Super central and within walking distance to either the Sea Point promenade or the buzzing activities of Long Street. It’s doesn’t get more location worthy than that.
3.) IT WAS DESIGNED BY AN ARCHITECTURAL GENIUS
Designed by the Heatherwick Studio “the 28-bedroom hotel inhabits the upper floors of the silos’ former elevator house, the work-horse of the original complex. It is now distinguished by remarkable, 5.5-metre windows, described as ‘pillowed glazing panels‘, which gently balloon out, saturating the hotel in sparkling light, and providing expansive views of Table Mountain, the always-busy port, and the shops and restaurants of the V&A Waterfront below.”
4.) IT HAS A LUXURIOUS SPA
We were treated to a massage at The Silo Hotel’s spa during our stay. A modern, minimalistic space that leaves you feeling like you’ve been transported to a Scandinavian hideaway in the snowy mountainside.
Your treatment starts with a small consultation to create an indulgent spa experience suited to your skin type and needs. I had an hour long Tension Release massage as I’ve been doing a lot of sports and exercise lately and feel permanently stiff. A combination of stretching and pulling techniques, trigger point therapy and cross muscle fibre techniques are used alongside heat and cooling gel to help release the tension in the muscles followed by some delicious Comoe Sky tea.
Everything from the heated bed with baby powder to the hot rocks used during my massage encouraged me to relax and breath – something I have not done much of lately. I was a little stiff the day after my massage but apparently this is normal, but 2 days after I felt fully relaxed and ready to book a second massage.
The spa is open to the public (subject to availability) and included access to the sauna and gym. See the full spa menu here.
5.) THE FOOD
Let’s cut to the chase, anyone that follows me on social media knows that I love to eat… a lot. The food served at hotels are a total deal breaker for me. I’m happy to report that all my meals throughout my stay were absolutely delicious.
For lunch we had the seared scallops, citrus salad (because seafood and citrus are too good to eat alone and should always be paired) and the seafood pasta followed by a cheesy dessert all accompanied by the most beautiful views at The Granary Cafe within The Silo Hotel.
Dinner was classic steak, fries and red wine. All their products are sourced from sustainable sources and cooked to perfection.
For breakfast we decided to change things up and ordered room service, also I wanted to maximise as much time as possible in our magnificent hotel room. A selection of all things yummy arrived at our door – bread basket, salmon, eggs, fruit salad, cheeses and meat, you name it, it was there.
The Silo hotel has been designed with the public in mind. Anyone can go enjoy a hearty meal or a light breakfast at The Granary Cafe or Willaston Bar which happen to take up the whole of the sixth floor. I’m dying to try their Sunday roast, something I miss dearly when I am away from England.
Read more about The Silo’s food experiences here.
6.) IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
At The Silo Hotel no stone is left unturned. I’m a total sucker for small details and clearly the hotel is too. From the hand written greeting and box of snacks left in the room, (yes, including a bottle of bubbles for my soul) to the silk robes and embroidered bedding it was noticed and adored. It’s the little details that count the most.
They even made an effort to leave water restriction notices on each bedside table as well as in the bathrooms next to the basins. Informing guests of Cape Town’s current water situation and encouraging them to reuse towels and bedding. #Details.
7.) IT HAS IT’S OWN ART COLLECTION
Liz Biden has been growing her collection of African art over the years and the hotel acts as her gallery, including an underground gallery situated in the parking lot known as The Vault. Each room and hallway plays host to some beautiful pieces by young African artists such as Frances Goodman and Cyrus Kabiru.
Not to mention the worlds largest collection of contemporary African art is housed in the the Zeitz MOCAA just below the hotel. A must visit if for your Cape Town travel guide – 9 floors and over 100 galleries filled with a diverse range of African art.
Admission prices to Zeitz MOCAA are as follows:
– Single Day Entry: ZAR 180
– Annual Membership: ZAR 250
– Free admissions to all under 18’s.
– Free admissions for all South Africans between 10am and 1pm every Wednesday.
– Half price admissions for all on ‘Late Night Fridays’.
8.) IT MADE THE CONDE NAST HOT LIST FOR 2017
There’s no denying the brilliance of this hotel. Everything has been thought of and everyone has been catered for, it’s no wonder the hotel made Conde Nast’s Hot List in 2017.
A magnificent piece of architecture filled with a dazzling sort of luxury, a first for Cape Town.
9.) WORLD CLASS FACILITIES
The Silo Hotel has all the necessary facilities and amenities to ensure you have a relaxing, practical and efficient stay.
A well equipped gym (which I made plenty of use of during my stay), rooftop swimming pool with incredible 360 degree views of Cape Town, free unlimited wifi – it’s a pet peeve of mine when hotels charge you for internet, forgot to get your manicure before traveling? No stress, their spa is amazing as mentioned earlier.
Some of the other facilities they have include airport transfers, laundry service, private meeting and dining rooms and 24 hour guest services.
10.) PHENOMENAL SERVICE
From the moment our stay was booked online till the time we checked out and our bags were packed into the car we never experienced anything but phenomenal service from the staff at The Silo Hotel.
I have never experienced such exceptional service in South Africa. All staff members were willing, engaging, conversationalists, knowledgeable, worldly and most of all caring. The hotel would not be the same without them.
H&M white shirt
Country Road red shorts
H&M mini skirt
Witchery polar neck
Balmain x H&M blazer
Witchery over the knee boots
Chanel W.O.C bag
* In collaboration with The Silo Hotel. All views and opinions are my own.
All photos by myself and Justin Polkey.