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The Silo Hotel Dining

Tel: +27 (0) 21 670 0500
Email: dining@thesilohotel.com

The story of The Royal Portfolio began in 1999 when Liz and Phil Biden opened Royal Malewane in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park.

Phil explains that “We were fortunate to have a beautiful holiday home in the African bush. We had so many lovely memories and special times there as a family and Liz really wanted to share that. But it was addictive. And Liz was a natural. We soon wanted to share more unique South African experiences with our guests, our friends and our growing family.”

Liz has a real talent – not only for creating, designing and decorating incredible spaces, but for genuine and warm hospitality. She has remarkable vision and a real eye for detail.

To complement the safari experience at Royal Malewane, the Bidens soon opened Birkenhead House in Hermanus offering a coastal experience focused on the whales and the wonderful beaches and then La Residence in Franschhoek offering a wine country experience focused on gastronomy.

The Biden family has always been very hands on with the business. Liz and Phil were delighted when their son Matthew agreed to join as the Managing Director of The Royal Portfolio in 2012 – to continue The Royal Portfolio’s legacy of growth and investment in Africa.

The Silo Hotel is the latest chapter in the story and the realisation of a long-term dream to open a luxury hotel in the Biden’s home city of Cape Town. The Silo Hotel completes the circuit of quintessentially South African experiences adding Cape Town’s art, culture and design to the existing experiences.

The family ethos really resonates throughout The Royal Portfolio where each and every team member is considered to be a part of the family. It’s critical to everyone at The Royal Portfolio that our guests feel that same sense of familiarity when they stay at our hotels. That even though they are staying in a luxury hotel, they feel a sense of belonging and comfort – as if they have come home.


A Message From Liz Biden

Our thoughts are with those around the world battling the direct and indirect effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Even though our hotels remain closed, The Royal Portfolio Foundation remains committed to supporting numerous conservation and community projects through this difficult time including our counter-poaching initiatives at Royal Malewane and various Covid-19 Relief Feeding Schemes which need our help now more than ever.

We invite you to take the first step in planning your next trip by purchasing A Royal Portfolio Bond. You will receive an additional 25% in value and we will contribute ZAR2,500 to the Foundation on your behalf.

We encourage those with existing bookings to postpone rather than cancel their trips where possible. Our Reservations Team is available to assist with enquiries Mon – Fri | 8am to 5pm (GMT +2).

Thank you to our guests, staff, suppliers and business partners for your understanding and incredible support as we work together to get through this.

Please visit the South African government's dedicated Covid-19 portal for the latest South African information.

We look forward to a time when we are all able to travel safely and responsibly once again and hope that you will remain inspired by the amazing natural beauty and wildlife of Africa during this difficult time.