Located in a converted grain silo with stunning views over Cape Town, it is easy to see why this hotel has been named one of the most amazing in the world.
The Silo has just 28 rooms, each individually designed by the owner, which cost between R13 000 and R150 000 per night. The hotel also boasts a rooftop pool and a collection of 300 pieces of contemporary African art.
No expense was spared in creating this vibrant, contemporary hotel, with R830, 000 being spent on constructing each of the 104 bespoke geometric windows that dominate the walls.
However beyond the grandeur, there is a very real challenge facing The Silo: Cape Town’s worst drought in a century.
The Silo, owned by husband and wife developers Liz and Phil Biden of The Royal Portfolio group, occupies six floors in a 90-year-old former grain store that sits 57m above the V&A Waterfront.
Beneath the hotel is the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – the African equivalent of the Tate Modern.
The redesign of The Silo was led by celebrated British designer Thomas Heatherwick, who created 104 windows boasting more than 5,824 individual panes of glass.
As Cape Town is currently battling drought, every two weeks a team abseils down The Silo to clean every single pane with a waterless cleaning product made from lemon juice and alcohol.
It is part of measures that have seen the hotel reduce water consumption by nearly 60 per cent.
Maintenance man, Dean, has fitted water aerators – special devices fitted to taps and shower heads to prevent guests from using excessive amounts of water while the drought continues.
To take one’s mind off the drought, Zimbabwean bar-manager, Jonas, serves guests a selection of 14 different types of gin, many distilled in Cape Town and infused with plants that can only be found locally.
They are among the 189 members of staff work across a five-star restaurant, cocktail bar and spa and gym and an exclusive 11th floor roof terrace and pool with panoramic views.