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The Silo

There’s something about taking a run-down heritage building and transforming it into a knockout hotel that just feels so much better than a new-build – it inherits character without even trying. The Silo, Cape Town’s latest opening, is a case in point. You’ll find it encompassing six floors of a converted elevator tower in an old grain store. The building was once the tallest in sub-Saharan Africa, making it a key player in international trade, and has been a part of the Mother City’s skyline since 1924. It sits on the V&A Waterfront, with its location affording incredible views of Table Mountain and the city’s golden beaches. Thomas Heatherwick is behind the design and the most striking element is the pillowed geometric panelling which puffs outwards and creates a warming lantern-like glow of an evening. There are 28 individually decorated bedrooms across seven categories, the majority of which feature balconies. In contrast to the modern architecture, the decor is colourful and eclectic: think luxe quilted furniture, animal print, glitzy chandeliers and mint-green bathroom cabinets. A rooftop pool, spa, two restaurants and destination bar top it off. Book for later this year and catch the unveiling of the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which is taking residency in the space underneath from September. theroyalportfolio.com

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