Nice to return to the Tribe again after a couple of years absence, layout is mostly unchanged, though there is now a cafe type area on reception level with a sweet and savoury pastry counter and the bar moved down to be part of the restaurant.
Service is hit and miss depending on time of day and staffing, sitting in the lounge area will often require you to hunt down a member of staff to order a drink. The same goes in the bar and restaurant area, with staff at times disappearing from the bar to go serve meals.
Food quality is ok and can be dependent on staff, some dishes are very good others very mediocre for the price being charged. Service for food can be a little slow at times, even when restaurant not particularly busy.
The modern hotel design has certainly not considered comfort, the bar and restaurant seats are all hard plastic moulded seats that become quite uncomfortable after a short while, the bar is hard to sit at with no overhang so you end up leaning at an uncomfortable angle or sitting sideways on.
One evening was quite unpleasant when the smell from the drains in the kitchen and bar was enought to send us elsewhere to eat, staff were aware of the problem and apologised for something beyond their control.
The Nest bar on the 4th floor is open until late for drinks, however be careful to keep an eye on the tab when signing off to ensure that the drinks of some of the young ladies that frequent the place do not end up being added to your bill without your consent! The staff did rectify this but it's a little troubling that they manage to do this so easily with the bar staff. No allegations of open collusion but remain cautious to avoid being charged for things you haven't ordered or consumed!
This is still a nice hotel, staff will do their best to resolve problems, a short secure walk to the Village market for more varied food options and the shopping. Security remains quite important and the location and layout is pretty good for this, however the nightly influx of some of the young ladies looking for company may be off putting to those visiting with young families, as they are not always as discrete as might be expected.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tribe The Village Market Hotel