A new boutique hotel in Cape Town

The Silo on the V&A waterfront includes a one-bedroom penthouse with spectacular views

The bathroom of a deluxe superior suite at The Silo in Cape Town
The bathroom of a deluxe superior suite at The Silo in Cape Town | Image: Courtesy of the Royal Portfolio

In Cape Town, the finishing touches are being put to the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (www.zeitzfoundation.org), housed in the old Grain Silo, a landmark rehabilitated by the V&A Waterfront to which the German philanthropist/Africaphile Jochen Zeitz has donated his estimable collection.

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At the same time, Liz Biden – the hotelier of impeccable taste behind the Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park, and La Residence in Franschhoek – is preparing to introduce The Silo(www.theroyalportfolio.com; from £728), the much anticipated boutique hotel whose 28 rooms – among them a spectacular one-bedroom penthouse with what might be the city’s most staggering views – will be spread across several upper floors of the building. Besides a jewel-box bar and private access to the museum collections, The Silo promises to be strong on the soft, unassailable service we know and love from Biden’s other properties.

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