If you haven’t been following me on Instagram lately, you might not know that I recently got to visit Cape Town, South Africa for the first time. While I was there, I did so much. If you want to read more about most of my Cape Town activities, you can check out my post, “5 Day Vacay In Cape Town”. There I answer all your questions about the tour groups that I used, places where I dined, and sights seen.
While I explored Cape Town for a quick holiday get-away, I mustered up enough courage to find the very hotel that I’ve been drooling over via social media for last couple of months. A lot of people don’t know that I’ve loved interior design since childhood. Literally, HGTV binge watching and furniture shopping with my mother was a fun hobby for me a girl. And this beautiful boutique hotel had been reappearing on my feed as high-profile bloggers had documented their stays there, tempting me to get a closer look. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Silo Hotel, it is a luxury 28-room property about a year old, owned and managed by the Biden family’s The Royal Portfolio. This hotel is absolutely the perfect blend of my favorite interior design styles: industrial, vintage, and elements of multi-color feminine glamour. The bedrooms are literally my interior design dreams come true.
What’s funny is that I learned from the Royal Portfolio Group’s Duty Manager, Irene BoaVentura, that this hotel was an after-thought from the “main attraction” which is the Zeitz MOCAA museum. This extensive modern African art museum is supposed to rival museums like the MoMA in NYC, the Prado in Madrid, and/ the Tate in London. Located in the very heart of the City–the V&A Waterfront, the museum and the Silo Hotel are making artistic statements of their own. I’m so grateful for Irene too. At the receptionist desk and restaurant bar, she’d seen me asking employees about the building and the design when she finally introduced herself and asked me did I want to get a quick tour.
Irene led my friend and I to a beautiful pink/purple bedroom with gold accent details, the upper roof deck, the dining room(restaurant), and the bar area. I literally was like a bright-eyed child trying candy for the first time, soaking up every detail of each room.
Liz Biden, GIRL, if you’re reading this, just know that you killed it at the Silo Hotel. Liz Biden, founder and co-owner of the Royal Portfolio Group, completely designed each room, even sourcing and creating bespoke pieces for the rooms. I mean, Thomas Heatherwich did a great job transforming this former grain silo plant into a working boutique hotel too, but Liz everything, every inch of this place is FABULOUS.
I even took note of the retail items that she selected for the boutique retail space. Pieces included exotic leather handbags from brands like Cape Cobra Leathercraft and artisanal accessories straight from Morocco. Needless to say, I enjoyed every minute of my quick tour of the Silo Hotel. I cannot wait to one day be able to stay there and enjoy the complete Silo experience.
Are you also an interior design freak? Have you been a guest at the Silo Hotel or visited? If so, let me know what you think of the building’s architectural and interior design below.