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The Silo Hotel

Situated atop a contemporary art museum, The Silo hotel, however, will always remain in-fashion amoung locals and tourists alike. Panoramic views of Cape Town, opulently styled rooms, and a mood-elevating dining area will keep us hooked for seasons to come.

There’s no place I’d rather spend my mid-week, end of winter, than at the ever beautiful Silo Hotel. In fact, if I had it my way, it’s where I’d like to spend each and every day. 

Before I get started on the decor that screams Liz Biden, the prime location, food, and architecture, I should first and foremost,  mention the service which we received at the Silo Hotel.

Since meeting Hameer, one thing he’s taught me is efficiency. The management and staff really know what they are doing when it comes to providing their guests, staying over or simply visiting for a drink at the bar or high tea, the most professional and efficient service. One special moment comes to mind, that justifies me saying that the service we received here, was the best service we ever have.

On the morning after we checked in at the Silo Hotel, I had to be at the Expresso Studios for an interview about my journey on Instagram and being a photographer. We were booked to have breakfast at The Silo Hotel’s Granary Café, and when I called the receptionist on duty, (late the previous evening to let him know) he responded saying: “that’s no problem ma’am, when you are finished with your interview, Hameer and yourself can return for breakfast. There will be coffees and croissants ready for you at 6 a.m. on your way out.”

At 6 a.m. we were at reception, and just as the receptionist had said, the coffee and croissants-to-go were ready and waiting for us. If this isn’t called service, then I don’t know what is!

Service is on the top of my list to mention, as you just simply don’t find people out there, willing to go the extra mile anymore. We’ve stayed at many hotels in the last year and a half and although a breathtaking establishment is always amazing to walk into, what makes it, is the people who run it.

Location

Since January this year, Hameer and I have spent any free time at the Silo District – in fact, I’m currently sitting at The Yard, writing this blog post. With many stores (Lindt Chocolate Studio, Bang and Olufsen, Southern Guild and Opus to mention a few) and restaurants (The Yard and Si) all around, a Virgin Active Collection gym and a contemporary art museum, Zeitz Mocca, the district has definitely become the place to be in Cape Town.

If you’re into afternoon walks, the V&A Waterfront is a quick 10-minute walk from the hotel, depending on how fit you are. If you plan on visiting the Silo Hotel, parking is ample! For us, this is a huge bonus – there’s nothing worse than driving around and around and around looking for parking.

One of the major reasons we spend so much time here is because we feel completely safe. Security guards are always present and patrolling the area, which makes me feel like I am finally able to release my hands from clutching my bag close to my body, as I usually do.

Decor, decor and more decor

I’m sure by now everyone has seen thousands of photographs of the hotel, the unique architecture, and art it boats. I’m writing this to tell you, that yes, it is as beautiful, if not more beautiful in real life. In this department, I’ll let the pictures do the talking, as I won’t be able to find the words to use to give Silo Hotel all the justice it deserves. One thing I will say is, I never imagined a rainbow of colors coming together so harmoniously.

The room

We stayed in the superior suite and there were 2 things that stood out to us besides the fully stocked fridge (I think there were over a total of 10 fizzy drinks/waters/alcoholic beverages, which to us, was the best thing ever).

Firstly, the amount of space you have and secondly, the bathroom. The suite is separated into an upstairs and downstairs, creating a loft feeling, and on both levels, you are greeted with the beauty of Cape Town staring right back at you. The bathroom is fit for a princess, and I’m not exaggerating! A bathtub overlooking a view of the city, large mirrors, and a his and hers basin area, what more could a girl (or anyone) want?!   

The general feel of the room is a warm one. The layout and design has been perfected to leave you feeling as if you’re right at home.

Food

I’m sure that by this time of year, the menu has changed but we thoroughly enjoyed the food! We’ve had breakfast at the Granary Café, and for lunch, we’ve had their burgers at the Willaston Bar. A personal highlight of their breakfast was their breakfast tier – a variety of foods such as fresh fruit, yogurt with muesli and salmon placed perfectly on a trendy (by trendy, I mean Instagrammable) stand. 

Overall

If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town and looking to stay in the city center, be treated like royalty (it’s evident that they’re part of The Royal Portfolio family) and to be surrounded by some of the most jaw-dropping art, architecture and design – don’t second guess booking a stay at the Silo Hotel. I can guarantee you, you won’t be disappointed!

P.S. They also have a rooftop bar with one of the best views in Cape Town! It’s by bookings only, so make sure that if you’d like to visit, you call in first – unless you’re an in-house guest, walk on up.

Photographs by Hameer and I.

 

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