the sizzling, sumptuous Silo Hotel
There is something spiritual about the way a magnificent building can remind you of the potential of mankind to achieve greatness.
The re-imagining of the Historic Grain Silo complex in Cape Town, built in 1921 for export storage, and once the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, is one such structure.
The complex Geometric Lantern Windows glisten like shards of broken mirror in the daylight, and at night transform The Silo into a glowing beacon.
The Hotel occupies the six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and is a celebration of art, style and architecture.
There are not enough superlatives to describe The Silo.
We had envisaged our experience at The Silo as being very “starched” and awkward.
I’ve stuck my nose into enough high-end stores in London to know that “You should use the back entrance, you can’t afford this” look only too well.
I approached the reception desk and waited for the withering glance… She noticed me…She looked up…. She smiled broadly….
I panicked… Had she pressed the silent alarm? Was she about to have the “tacky tourist” police drag us off? Was she savouring the moment?
Imagine then my surprise when she glanced swiftly at her computer screen, looked up again, and with the same broad smile said..”You must be Colin. Welcome to the Silo”
There are few Hotels I have visited that I can say have made me feel more at home.
She seemingly didn’t notice our awe and reverence as we looked around us.
She called ahead, and guided us to the elevators.
We had decided to have breakfast before heading to the room. We figured we could ease ourselves into the luxury.. To much all at once could result in the equivalent of a brain freeze. They would find me lying prostate at the window stroking the drapes.
And folks here’s the kicker…. If you think a Silo experience is unaffordable to us mere mortals…Think again!
Breakfast at “The Granary Café” R100 per person
– Served every day from 7am until 11am
Tea, coffee or fruit juice and your choice of:
- Granola, yoghurt and fruit
Bircher muesli and green juice
Bacon and eggs
Breakfast Baps (bacon and egg or pork/beef sausage and egg)
Toast and a topping
Our breakfast was MORE than adequate – I had rather expected two lettuce leaves, a few pretty flowers and a picture of an egg for that price.
But no…a substantial eggs benedict, with two eggs, and a spectacular cup of coffee, (by my own admission I am a caffeine junkie..so in desperate times I will chug back anything that resembles the good ol’ tar… But I know good coffee when I taste it..And this was beyond good!)
The service was flawless….I have no idea where the Royal Portfolio Group sources their staff or who trains them, but guys, whatever you are doing, carry on doing it!
They could not have made us feel more at home.
And now for the crowning glory…. The room…
The Silo has a total of 28 rooms, which fall into 6 categories.
Each room has it’s own private balcony, and is unique in it’s décor.
You can choose from: (in order of size from smallest to largest…and of course from smallest impact to largest impact on the wallet):
The Silo Room
The Duplex Suite
The Duplex Superior Suite
The Family Duplex Suite
The Royal Suite
And if you are particularly flush
The Penthouse Suite (of which there is only one..So rush and book now )
For most of us mere mortals, a night at The Silo is a special occasion stay.
The honeymoon …the anniversary.
And believe me, if it is a really really special occasion, then this is the place to celebrate!
For those whose budget allows for an extended stay, (I am turning a pale shade of green with envy as I type), The Silo is sublime.
Impeccable style meets luxury living.