Cape Town's Silo Hotel tops world list of best art hotels
The newly opened Silo in Cape Town is at number one art hotel in the world according to a new survey. .
“We take a look at some of the most stunning places to stay, featuring numerous works of art, located in South Africa, Tasmania, Bali, Argentina and Switzerland,” says Thee South China Morning Post article, which appeared on March 23.
It says: “With creativity at every Hong Kong turn thanks to next month’s Art Basel, we’ve rounded up the most glamorous art hotels around that aim to inject a little extra culture and cool into your luxury stay.
“The Silo Hotel in Cape Town is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design.”
It boasts a restaurant overlooking Table Mountain, a spa along with a rooftop pool and lounge and built in an historic grain silo complex above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).
The ultramodern, industrial-style hotel has only 28 rooms, each with whimsical interiors and dramatic waterfront views. It is part of The Royal Portfolio hotel collection.
The SCMP goes on to say: “Built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex, the hotel also shares the same building as one of the world’s best art collections, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, which is said to rival New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern in London.”
Naturally, art pieces and hand-crafted furniture are dotted throughout the property and the rooms are filled with colourful and eclectic pieces by African artists, the article goes on to say.
“However, the true gem at this chic and unique stay is its own private subterranean art gallery, The Vault. Small and exclusive, its purpose is to work with different local galleries and to showcase the work of some of Africa’s most talented, emerging and eminent rising stars.”
The other four on the newspaper’s list are:
2. Dolder Grand Hotel, Switzerland
“Hidden in the Swiss Alps there’s an exciting world of arty-amazingness just waiting to be discovered.”
3. Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Bali
“Before it was a hotel, The Chedi Club was the family home of architect Hendra Hadiprana, one of Indonesia’s most respected art collectors.”
4. El Casco Art Hotel, Argentina
“Prepare for a visual feast at El Casco as more than 400 masterpieces by contemporary and past Argentinian artists can be found here.”
5. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania
“On Hobart’s waterfront, in a row of converted warehouses dating back to the 1820’s, stands Henry Jones Art Hotel. Once home to Tasmania’s oldest jam factory.”