What started out as a light lunch towering 65 metres above the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront lead to an evening spent at a perched penthouse in Cape Town’s nouveau luxe hotel.
Not only were we graciously offered lunch as non-hotel guests but management and the Owner Liz Biden were insistent on offering a tour of the romantic rooms and the completed, 3 year restoration.
The building has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio was tasked with the transformation of the once elevator house and the adjacent storage annex of six rows of seven silos.
It was integral to create a space indicative of The Royal Portfolio(La Residence,Royal Malewane) while carefully retaining the space’s cultural significance as well as creating a building that will be as synonymous with the Cape Town skyline as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
The operational grain details can still be seen in one of the entrances leading to the sixth floor concierge, reception and the floor that hosts the Granary cafe and Willaston Bar. The striking pillow like geometric glass panels are the most against the grain addition to what was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa at 57m when it was opened in August 1924. Interiors boast local and bespoke fabrics as well as expansive African artwork that has been curated by Liz Biden herself. A well known art aficionado.
Many of the rooms have complimented pieces in a vibrant eclectic manner. Drawing inspiration from the unconventional to play with the industrial realization and history but still offering their discerning clientele reminisce of home.
We ate at both dining options that is open to the public and naturally, in house guests, The SILOROOFTOP offers a simplistic “bar & beverage menu” with light bites and fresh dishes.
The plates are stunning and panoramic views unsurpassed.
We enjoyed these little, lunch dishes so much sothat we had to book a return visit for dinner later that evening. “when in Rome and all that jazz”
After a quick shopping spree at the Waterfront at the heel of the hotel and a quick glass of Veuve Cliquot at Life Grand Cafe we headed to try The Granary Cafe for dinner.
Liz Biden, too had returned and can be seen tossing Halstead cutom coated cushions and placing the aloe just, there. Sheer perfectionist and it shows!A quick tour of the grande design, glass of something bubbly and local in tow we headed to our seats. The space, engulfed in burnt setting sun light and shifting shadows with floods of water and architecture at our feet.
The menus at both eateries, are unpretentious & concise. Often this makes selecting courses trying because you’d hate to miss something scrumptious and Veronica is known for her excellent plates and presentation having worked and experienced her skill at Ellerman House.
[More on Veronica HERE ] http://www.hospitalityhedonist.co.za/the-silo-hotel-veronica-canha-hibbert/
It ‘s opening phase and mere days in, the managers on duty and Chef Veronica welcomed feedback that we had. I continued my trend of three entrees and found the salmon with citrus elements and the delicious chicory salad, balanced and well thought out by the kitchen. A favourite of mine beef tartare, saw a mixed reaction in that I personally wasn’t a fan of the acidic elements which I felt detracted from well sourced beef.
The wine list offers a compact offering of South African wines and some well known higher end labels too.
Dinner for three with dessert, coffees and a bottle of a local Bordeaux in at R1400.00. A steal considering the accommodation rates which start at R12000 an evening in low season and can reach as much as R140 000 for the 211m2 One Bed room penthouse.
RATES ARE INCLUSIVE OF:
- Bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
- Access to fitness and spa facilities
- *Limited mini bar – beer, soft drinks, water, red and white wine
- Underground parking
- Museum entry (Zeitz MOCAA will open on 23 September 2017)
- Sunset experience
- 24 Hour guest services
- Welcome gift
- Guest liaison
*Mini bar spirits at extra cost
- Lunch, dinner and snacks
- Telephone calls
But don’t lose hope, you have two options, take this post as inspiration to aspire to achieve a life where you can afford this luxury lifestyle experience or pop up to the SILOROOFTOP, grab a glass of Le Lude and wait for Mr Big to arrive.
Mr. Big: That’s why you need a diamond… to seal the deal.