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“Boutique gem of a hotel”
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Tribe Hotel
Ranked #9 of 164 Hotels in Nairobi
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Banff, Canada
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“Boutique gem of a hotel”
Reviewed 11 June 2010

This hotel ranks as one of the most interesting I've ever experienced, anywhere. And I've been everywhere (except Antarctica). Accent lighting, the use of decorative pieces, clever breaking up of visual lines and creative use of materials give this hotel a funky, edgy take on Africana.

The food is very good. The service is very good.

The rooms are nicely appointed, with the only drawback being the typically African neglect of correct water drainage from the shower. (I haven't been to a hotel anywhere in Africa that has ever gotten this correct - they just can't do grading/plumbing I guess).

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 June 2010

I was in awe of the modern architecture when i first stepped inside. It is full of hundreds of african art, each one really interesting to look at with deco-art furnitures to match. The hotel gives that homey feel which is something not common among other hotels. You can stay in every corner and will be comfortable. The staff are very hospitable and friendly too. It is a spot worth a tour

Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 May 2010

As said, this is easily the best exoerience I have ever had in a hotel, and I have stayed in many. The staff are totally attentive, the rooms are spacious and in mint condition (they check the room twice a day to ensure everything is in order), and the setting is totally idyllic. Daily breakfast is served with a huge array of goodies, lunch and supper are usually buffet-style but you have the option to choose off the menu.
Big, comfortabnle couches and chairs surround the pool and is a great place to just get lost in your thoughts. I spent so much time out there! Also upstairs is the Moroccan-style cocktail bar. If you go there be sure to try the watermelon cosmo! Divine!
It is also situated right next to the Village Market, where all types of shopping can be done while bands jam in the courtyard, and a Masai Market is set up each Friday for all the gifts for everyone at home. Any taxi's needed are organised quickly by the staff, which was very refreshing for me, and the concierge is very helpful to point you in the right direction for whatever it is you need or wherever you want to go..
100% the place to stay if you're visiting Nairobi. Ive already sent a whole group of people there to stay after their stay on the Masai Mara!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 April 2010

I've had the pleasure of spending a couple days at the Tribe - Village Market Hotel in Nairobi this week. Since my occupation requires around 120 hotel nights each year, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this recent addition to the Nairobi hotel scene. Not only is The Tribe a huge improvement over the dire hotel situation in Kenya's capital, but it rates as one of my favourites worldwide.

It's location in the Northwest suburbs of Nairobi was initially a concern to me when looking at the map. In reality it is not far at all, and a 15 minute drive to downtown, and 35 minutes to the Jomo Kenyatta Int'l Airport. It is literally steps away from the Village Market Mall which offers even better shopping than one finds downtown. It has a nice open-air food court where you can enjoy a tea or coffee or lunch after buying fresh fruit at Zucchini's farm market, catching a movie at the cinema or a game at the bowling alley.

I usually avoid eating at hotels, and prefer to venture into the various cities I visit for a meal. However, due to my late arrival, my colleagues and I had no choice (or energy) to go on teh road and we went downstairs for the dinner buffet, sitting outside poolside. It was a good decision, as the buffet was delicious. All the meats are cook to order, so really and truly its not a traditional buffet. The starches and vegetables were nice and hot, and the deserts (which I wasn't going to have, but couldn't resist) were supreme. All for a very decent price.

The first thing that you notice as you enter the lobby is the spaciousness and high quality African art everywhere you look. I later discovered that The Tribe boasts the second-largest private art collection in the world. This is both in public areas and in the rooms.

However, it is the smartly appointed rooms that will win you over! In addition to unique and beautiful art that's in your room, it has a perfect balance of modern designs, African feel, and a homely feeling. The rooms are ergonomic and the bed is very comfortable with a nice duvet and comfortable pillows. That, combined with a high thread count bedding resulted in myself sleeping right through breakfast the first morning!
My biggest pet peeve in hotels is usually the shower, and the only competition for The Tribe's shower is the shower at Hilton Sydney. It has what's often referred to as the 'rainfall showerhead'. With excellent water pressure a nice hot shower at the Tribe after a long trip is delightful.

My room had a view of the lush hill where the International School of East Africa is located, although I understand you can have different views depending where you are located. There's free Wi-Fi in the room, which is great. You can also borrow DVDs from their library to watch in your room.

On the 4th floor rooftop, there's a Shisha spot/ bar where you can enjoy the mild Nairobi nights on the rooftop and enjoy a drink or a shisha on the comfortable oversize couches.

One pleasant surprise, especially for those used to the surly service at the Intercontinental or the atrocious Regency Grand, the staff at the Tribe is exceptional. From the welcome at check in, restaurant and bar staff, and the efficient and quick checkout, the staff was friendly, helpful and efficient.

The only complaint I have with The Tribe, is that their fitness centre is not ready yet. You do get access to the gym at the Village Market for a nominal fee, but that was an axcuse for me not to excercise. Had the gym been ready, I would have certainly went.
However, I had a nice walk in the neighbourhood. The upstale area is very pleasant and safe for a stroll as many embassies as well as the UN mission is just around the corner.

I was informed that the equipment has arrived and is being installed. So I hope that it will be ready when I return to Nairobi in May. While I dreaded my business trips to Nairobi before because of the hotels, I'm actually looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

My initial impression was Wow! Having come from the rather dated Serena Hotel, this Hotel was modern, stylish, and yet somehow still managing to keep an African charm - with all the local African artifacts and sculptures. However if you are looking for a hotel where you can swim, or relax by the pool, or chill out reading a book this isn't exactly the right place. Don't get me wrong you can do those things, but you will have to look stylish doing it! Everybody here fits the surroundings, and it creates a sense of constant posing.

Saying that though, the drinks list is endless, and they have great cocktains for £5. The food is good though you are looking at about £8/£10 for a main, but then you have to add on the side dishes.

The bedrooms in my experience have been clean, on the larger size, with a great wet room shower, and a really comfortable bed, which is also Huge!

The location is within working distance of all the shops and restaurants of the Village Market, and it is safe to walk over there from the hotel.

My only issue with this hotel is that it has no atmosphere. At no time do people let their hair down, and have a visibly good time. Everything seems very restrained, like all the staff and the guests are just trying too hard to look cool! So I really don't think it would be a good place for Kids, but a great place for business.

Oh, and a warning - there is NO GYM in the hotel - you have to go to the Village Market gym, which I would say is Ok, but has limited equipment, limited air con, and limited amount of lockers that lock!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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Cheresha
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Reviewed 12 April 2010

If the Tribe is within your budget bracket, I highly recommend it. It's beautiful, clean, relaxing, and very stylish. There is everything you need: an indoor/outdoor restaurant, a gorgeous rooftop lounge, a pool in the back, and lots of sun and space. We heard it's the place to go for a cocktail in Nairobi! It is also a very well looked after location - I had forgotten my coat in the wardrobe and came back to find it safeguarded by the staff. The service is pleasant and they endeavored to meet every need.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Ballston
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Reviewed 21 March 2010

As a boutique hotel, it is beautiful -- the architecture, the decor. No doubt about it. But....

RE: The hotel WIFI -- and the signal strength is "very low". VERY LOW? This is the hotel's network. Their signal ought to be "very good". I can understand that the ISP into which they feed being overloaded or otherwise unreliable, but the internal network being bad?

The hotel is several miles outside of Nairobi and be prepared to be isolated, except for the Village Market. The "shopping mall" is the cat's pajamas to the locals and pretty ho hum to me and my party. The hotel prides itself on everything that I hate about it. It is a niche, boutique hotel. Minimalist everything. Hyper modern everything. The trouble is, while some of this stuff look really neat on the cover of Architectural Digest, it is not functional in real life. There is no bathroom, but there is vanity area at one end of the room. The vanity itself is a low table in green glass; no underneath, no drawers, just space. On top of it sits a porcelain bowl, the sink. It is deep and not very wide. The water comes out of a chrome pipe that comes to the side of the bowel; there is a joystick on top to control water flow. So, every time you want to adjust the water flow, you reach over, outside the sink, and get water all over everything. Not to mention that the little joystick is not finely calibrated, so you tend to get too much or too little of whatever you want whenever you touch it. Oh yes, I looked for 24 hours to find how to close the sink stopper -- no little lever or button or pull -- you have to press on the stopper to close it, then bop it smartly to make it pop open. I really don't like plunging into the scum to open the drain, then maneuvering the joystick to clean off my hand.

One entire end of the room is the john. You enter and to your right is this ugly green vanity table with the big white sink bowl, and to the right of that is a glass wall, with the toilet proudly sitting there to be seen from all across the room. There is no tub, just a shower, with a glass partition that does not stop the shower water from splashing all over the toilet area floor and out into the sink area. I come back to the room at the end of the day feeling like a shower and ask what is worse -- being grimy until the morning, or putting up with cleaning up the bloody mess a shower makes. Grime won. At least in the morning I was able to walk away from the mess and the staff would put it right.

There is no chair except for an economic desk chair; the only way to watch the wall mounted TV is to sit on the bed. The banquette, very uncomfortable, had to serve as the luggage rack. No dresser, just a couple of very small shelves in the closet to put your undies and such.

My room overlooked the pool -- the site of the Friday evening buffet, live disco, and huge crowd. Then the Saturday night wedding party. Then the Sunday buffet with band (1000 until 1630.) LOTS of noise. As the window was broken and wouldn't shut properly, it was even worse than normal.

There are two lifts. One is fine. The other one has no lights. I reported this to management, who told me that actually, these are stars on the ceiling -- the dark and the stars are to remind me of the immensity of the African night sky. (Seriously. I couldn’t make this up.) Blank the African night sky -- I couldn't see to push the bloody buttons.

light switch on-off pads are gunmetal grey with the name of the pad ("Hall"; "Master"; "Bed") etched subtly into the plastic in -- gunmetal grey! Unless you have a flashlight and can hit the etching at an angle, you can't see the label.

Beautiful, but in the rooms, not practical.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Tribe Hotel
Address: Limuru Road | The Village Market, Gigiri, Nairobi 00621, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nairobi > Highridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#6 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#9 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Family Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Tribe Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set apart from the crowded city centre and a modern contrast to a city of colonially-inspired getaways, Tribe Hotel located in the lush suburbs of the city echoes nothing but the ultimate in luxury and tranquility. It’s sleek architecture and crisp lines are sure to set forth a brand new experience in hotel accommodation. Drawing inspiration from its African heritage, the interior of the hotel boasts exquisite art, crafts and furnishings handpicked from the farthest corners of the continent. Each of the 137 rooms is carefully designed to whisk you away from the average mundane hotel room into a world of chic and hip design with an emphasis on detail and luxury. An ideal destination for those craving increased intimacy and comfort with an added dose of personal service. From free high speed internet access, complimentary mini bars, luxury airport transfers, warm welcomes to express check in and check-out facilities, you can be sure that Tribe understands the individual needs of just about any traveler! Adjacent to the hotel is The Village Market, the largest shopping and recreational complex in Eastern Africa, and Nairobi’s premier retail and cultural destination. With over 150 shops and services, set within flowing rivers and waterfalls. It is also home to the weekly Maasai Market which hosts 350 artists for a colorful display of crafts, paintings, beadworks and fabrics every Friday. Bringing a whole new pampering experience to Nairobi is the hotel’s Kaya Spa. Using carefully selected products, Kaya’s uniquely developed treatments are designed to harmonize both the body and mind. The six treatment rooms infuse a sense of tranquility through inspiring design and decor that is sure to contribute to the relaxation and re-invigoration of your entire spa experience. Tribe’s signature restaurant recently launched a brand new menu carefully designed by the Executive Chef and his team. Inspired by the open flame grill, the menu is a tribute to local farmers; paying homage to crisp flavors and fresh, organic ingredients. The Jiko team has also reinvented Tribe’s famous Sunday brunch; the perfectly constructed menu features an extended dessert buffet, unlimited breezy cocktails, amongst an array of other feasts for the entire family. Jiko authentically holds true to the glamour of the hotel while offering guests the delights of whimsy and fantasy through a playful approach to presentation. Located on the lobby level of the hotel, Suite 101, the new pastry offering at Tribe, is a place where you can come at anytime of the day. Using only the finest ingredients, the pastry shop offers an array of hot and cold treats ranging from custom and novelty cakes, decadent French macaroons, designer cupcakes, homemade chocolates and ice creams to bespoke sandwiches made using daily freshly baked bread. Whether it be for some intimate time alone with a tall mug of chai tea latte and a deliciously delectable pastry or a high tea with friends, Suite 101 is definitely a must try for any sweet tooth! Tribe’s serene, charming and charismatic surroundings undoubtedly place it among the most striking, and luxurious boutique properties on the African continent, guaranteeing to meet and exceed the needs of any guest from jet setting celebrities to time constrained business travelers looking to add an urban flair to their Kenya-getaways! ... more   less 
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