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“Great Hotel for the Price.” 4 of 5 stars
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Tribe Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Limuru Road | The Village Market, Gigiri, Nairobi 00621, Kenya (Highridge)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 105 Hotels in Nairobi
New York City, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great Hotel for the Price.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

First, I will definitely stay here again, if we return to Kenya next year. The Tribe is wonderful. The people are very hospitable and caring. Below is my analysis of the various aspects of the Tribe. On a scale from 1 -- 5 with 5 being the best, I rate the Tribe a 4. The reason for the 4 rating will be seen in the analysis below.

Appearance: Excellent. Very modern. Very clean. Make sure to visit the pool area at night. The experience of walking along the water by stepping on stones as though you are crossing a stream is unique.

Food: The food at breakfast and lunch are the best offered at the hotel. Omelettes are wonderful and the fruit is fresh. At lunch or dinner, please try the tomoato soup. The soup has a slight sweetness to it that makes you want more.
Go ahead and drink the water. This place is very clean. The water was fine. I believe they have their own well. I am more paranoid than most, so I didn't drink the water unless it was served in a bottle, however, I finally relented and drank the cool refreshing water and had no problems.

Rooms: Our room was nice, but not very big. That was ok because we were outside working at volleyball camps during the day. The bed was firm and very comfortable. The pillows were large but at the same time, they maintained their thickness. The pillows were the best that I have ever experienced at any hotel.
If you are not looking for a suite, then I recommend room 219. This is the only room that has a balcony. Though the balcony looks out over the entrance, it is still refreshing to sit out on the balcony in the morning.

Safety: We felt safe the entire stay at the hotel. There are actually two security gates that traffic must go through in order to arrive at the hotel. The first is the security gate at the Village Market parking lot entrance. The second is at the entrance to the hotel. The hotel is located down the street from the U.S Embassy which is across the street from the U.N. offices in Kenya.

Staff: The staff is wonderful. George, the man who greets your car (depending upon the time of day) is amazing. He remembered my name and was always very gracious. You will recognize George because he wears at least a XXL or XXXL (trust me on this).

Drawbacks: The reason that I did not give this hotel a 5 rating is that every night, the power would go off. Sometimes for 10 seconds and sometimes for a few minutes. It is my understanding that this was because the hotel would switch from the electricty provided by the utilitiy company and use the power from their generators. This was a little disconcerting. Also, the air conditioning did not seem to get as low as the reading on the thermostat. The air conditioning would shut off and not come back on, which necessitated me getting up to turn it back on. Though this was a nuisance, I would still recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: As stated in my review, Room 219 is the only room with a balcony. It doesn't have a view but it...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Tribe Hotel is beautiful. As soon as I walked in, I felt the stress from traveling for 24 hours straight lift from my shoulders. It helped that my co-worker who got there ahead had a glass of cosmo waiting for me. The rooms are nice and the bathrooms are clean and modern. I highly recommend making some appointments at the spa there as well. Great location - right across the parking from the market so can use the food court there or get any essentials easily. Also, really short cab ride (less than 5 minutes, or less than 3 dollars) to the United Nations or the US embassy in Nairobi

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

I found the Hotel very safe and I thing this is very important in Nairobi.
I read the reviews and I expected a really good Hotel, instead I found an average place with average service.
Wifi was for free in the hotel. Has ac, hot water clean towels etc.
The rooms were disappointing. In the mini bar was 1 small bottle of coca and on orange juice. The toilet has no door. A bit too modern for me. The bathroom has some missing items, like no toilet brush. Is raining every day in Nairobi but there is no kit for polishing Shoes. They do have a note saying that they can polish the shoes for you.
The room service are very noisy. I do not know how did they manage to slam the doors like this.
There were some nice people at reception and at the door. The staff of the restaurant was also nice. I would not complain for the service but the doors were very noisy and the room is not at high standard, rather average and with some weak points.
I have to say that I did feel very safe and It does matter. I would give 5 stars for this.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Hands down the best business hotel I've stayed at in Africa. Though it's not cheap, it doesn't ding you for extras: the 24-hour business centre, in-room wifi, fine little fitness centre, concierge service, baggage holding, lending library and an excellent hot and cold buffet breakfast are all included, as are the first round of items from the minibar and nightly chocolates with turndown. While rooms have all the modern conveniences such as a rainshower, a variety of international electrical outlets, room safe and quiet airconditioning, the decor and incredible public artwork place you firmly in Africa, while the courteous, attentive staff remind you you're definitely in hospitable Kenya. Quibbles: my colleagues and I all had toilets that dripped all night and because the tanks are built into the wall, that was beyond our power to fix. There is no top sheet on the bed, only a duvet that was so warm I had to use the air conditioning instead of just opening a window. The lobby could sometimes be noisy till late - try to make sure your room is off the beaten track.

The Kaya spa is a world of its own, great value and very peaceful. Nicest sendoff of all: I checked out quite late, after 3 pm, and they didn't charge me for the extra half-day as I had fully expected.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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larnaka
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

I had looked it up on the web site and it looked great, but I didn't believe it. Anyway we arrived fine, we were checked in smoothly and the rooms were.......... just as good as expected. They were great.Open plan bathroom/loo which is not a problem to me.
Lovely big bed and great linen. Turn down service at night which was very nice.
All staff were really polite and smiley.
I have been stuck in the middle of nowhere for too long, but I have not forgotten what a good standard of hotel is like, so I had a great stay. Thank you

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Waimate, New Zealand
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Hotel was recommended so moved over. What a great decision. Newly appointed and close to the centre of Gigiri so handy to everything. Rooms are very well appointed and free wireless internet available. Menu has variation and very comprehensive. But the jewel in the Crown is the 3 minute walk to the Village Market next door and the comprehensive food court selection. Also some great restaurants and Cafes.

Room Tip: Front side rooms have a bath. 4th floor has a somewhat raucous bar
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mombasa, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

This is one of the best boutique hotel in East and Central Africa.I got warm reception from the porters from the Taxi,got a welcoming fruit and the check-in process was that fast less than 10 minutes.The room was fabulous and a little heaven in heaven-it was like a small presidential suite.
I loved there dinner and breakfast,swimming pool is amazing.The overall hotel architectural design is very unique.
To sum-up this hotel is value for your money and i will have to go back before the year ends.Not forgetting Oliver from the reception desk was very helpful,Also Vivian from inhouse dining was very prompt when it came to room service.
Keep up the good service.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Limuru Road | The Village Market, Gigiri, Nairobi 00621, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Highridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#11 Luxury 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):
Tribe promises to be an escape from the mundane hotel room and brings you into a world of hip, chic design with an emphasis on detail and luxury. Tribe is a celebration of the beauty in diversity while acknowledging our common quest for excellence and belonging. The hotel's many suites extend this level of luxury and are unrivalled in their sense of elegance and class. Every room is a testament of world class comfort and functionality while offering a cultural journey through hand-picked arts, crafts and furnishings from the farthest corners of Africa. This experience is accentuated only by the hotel's public spaces with design elements at every glance. Epic, the in-house restaurant serves Continental cuisine with an exquisite African Fusion. It is open daily for lunch and dinner from 06h30 to 23h00. The Lounge is open from 06h30 to 12h00 and the Nest is open from 17h00 to 23h00 daily. Tribe is adjacent to the The Village Market Shopping complex. It has an onsite gym in the Village Market as well as cinema, ten pin bowling alley, mini golf and great children facilities.Tribe -"New York Chic, African Essence”. ... more   less 
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