The highly anticipated Silo Hotel on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is the latest addition to The Royal Portfolio and will open its doors to guests on 1 March 2017.

The Silo Hotel occupies a very special location in the heart of Cape Town and has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo building which was originally built in 1924. The Silo Hotel will have 28 keys across seven room categories, including a spectacular penthouse.

David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said, “We have no doubt that The Royal Portfolio will bring to this hotel their impeccably high standards and offer its guests an exclusive experience quite unlike any other.”

 Facilities at the hotel will include The Silo Hotel Spa (with five treatment rooms), The Willaston Bar and Granary Café on the sixth floor and the rooftop bar and restaurant. With panoramic views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, The Silo Hotel is set to become a popular destination for both international guests and local visitors.


Since first opening Royal Malewane in 2000, the vision of the Biden family has been to give guests a complete experience and a perfect stay. The opening of the new hotel completes The Royal Portfolio’s circuit of quintessentially South African luxury travel experiences that includes Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park, La Residence in Franschhoek, Birkenhead House in Hermanus and The One Above penthouse in Cape Town.


The Silo Hotel is situated above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) which will house the single largest collection of contemporary African art in the world. London based Heatherwick Studio was responsible for the reimagining of the grain silo building, which contains both the museum and the hotel above. The greatest visible change to the grain silo’s monumental structure is the addition of the pillowed glass windows, inserted into the existing geometry of the upper floors. These windows bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this will transform the building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbour.

Liz Biden, the owner of The Royal Portfolio, has meticulously designed and decorated each of the hotel rooms individually. Liz explains that “We have always wanted to open a hotel in our home city of Cape Town. The Silo Hotel is an exciting and ambitious project which we believe will perfectly complement our existing properties and rank among the very best hotels in the world. The building is modern and industrial so the design will contrast that with the addition of softer, colourful and more playful touches.”

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