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Last updated: 24 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

Design and luxury combine seamlessly at the Silo, one of Cape Town’s – if not Africa’s – most striking design hotels. Offering the last word in contemporary luxury, it’s one hotel that’s worth the splurge.

Bespoke suites are filled with contemporary African art, while the over-sized geometric windows offer glorious city vistas. Dreaming of a bath with a view? You’ve come to the right place.

There’s a large on-site spa and restaurant, while pre-dinner cocktails in the Williston Bar are a must. Sunset is best enjoyed from the remarkable rooftop pool.

Set in the heart of the Silo District, the bustling V&A Waterfront – Cape Town’s restaurant and retail heart – is right next door.

Surrounding area

It’s a newly gentrified district filled largely with office workers and tourists, so don’t expect much local flavour, but the city centre and Atlantic Seaboard are but a few minutes’ drive away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Helicopter flights over Cape Town

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[0.6 miles]

Take to the skies for unrivalled views of Cape Town’s dramatic coastline, and to fly over the iconic Table Mountain.

Best for ages: 10+ | £80 | 15-30 mins

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Hike up the Lion’s Head

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[4.1 miles]

A stunning 5.5km (3.4m) hike up the iconic Lion’s Head, for spectacular views of the Cape’s dramatic Atlantic coastline.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-4 hours

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Hike up Table Mountain

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[5.3 miles]

Lace up your boots and tackle one of the myriad hiking trails going up to the summit of the iconic Table Mountain, a challenging but rewarding 2- to 3-hour scenic hike.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Entrance to an aquarium on a sunny day

Two Oceans Aquarium

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[0.4 miles]

In the V&A Waterfront, this world-class aquarium offers three large tanks for pelagic fish alongside dozens of smaller exhibits. The hands-on ‘Touch Pool’ is always a hit with kids.

Best for ages: 4+ | £10

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Woman Selling Fresh Local Vegetable at Farmers Market

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[0.9 miles]

A bustling food, wine and design market situated overlooking the ocean. Wonderful fresh produce and dozens of food stalls. Open weekends, 9am-2pm.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Art work on display in the District Six museum in Cape Town.

District 6 Museum

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[2.2 miles]

Delve into the lived experience of forced removals at this moving small Museum, which chronicles the diversity of District Six and its later destruction by the Apartheid government.

Best for ages: 18+ | £2

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Exterior of white, colonial building at dusk

South African Museum

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[2.4 miles]

Stop by the South African Museum to see the famous Linton Panel, one of the world’s foremost examples of rock art, extracted from a shelter in the Drakensberg Mountains. Open daily.

Best for ages: 13+ | £2

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Cape Town

Western Cape, South Africa

Vibrant, multicultural city with dramatic scenery, adrenaline adventure galore, Africa’s best art’s scene and golden beaches and outstanding gastronomy.

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