A First Look at The Silo Hotel

The Silo Hotel's exteriors were designed by Heatherwick Studios.

The Silo Hotel’s exteriors were designed by Heatherwick Studios.

What was once a grain elevator on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront—and the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa upon its completion in 1924—has now been deftly repurposed as The Silo Hotel (27-21/671-5502; doubles from US$941). Pillowed bay windows frame jaw-dropping vistas over the harbor and cityscape as it sprawls below Table Mountain, while the eclectic interiors, designed by hotel owner Liz Biden herself, include 28 light-filled rooms where plush, brightly colored furnishings provide a counterpoint to The Silo’s hard-edged industrial shell. But it isn’t just the views or decor that are an eyeful: artwork sourced from Biden’s travels around the continent make an appearance in the guest quarters, and a private in-house gallery showcases a rotating roster of up-and-coming local artists. There’s even more to see downstairs, with the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa due to open in September.

Inside one of four Luxury rooms.

Inside one of four Luxury rooms.

Views from a Deluxe Superior bathroom.

Views from a Deluxe Superior bathroom.

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Harbor Masters”).

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