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“Five star Nairobi style” 5 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 #13 of 122 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Townsville, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
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“Five star Nairobi style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

What a suprise! Having prepared myself for paying top dollar for a tired old establishment in Nairobi, up popped Tribe hotel. At a similar rate as older and less impressive hotels, Tribe absolutely lifts the bar. Looks like a funky primo-city digs, feels uber-friedly like only Africa can. Arcitectually impressive, the lobbyimpresses with a jazzy vibe and cool bar. The standard room has plenty of room, king size bed, desk with Internet options and free WIFI, cable TV and handmade chocs on folddown area nice touch. Breakfast at Epic is lush and the service is "whatever it takes". A generous restaurant mgr arranged gift vouchers for me at 10pm on a Sat night, no problem! Normally $320US a night, but snagged it for $150US. Try Googling "Ballantynes PR" for a referral to Tribes reservation dept at the discounted rate.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

The Tribe is staffed with friendly personnel at every level. They are knowledgeable about the city and someone at the reception desk or in the open office can help you plan your next excursion.

The open concept rooms are quite different from traditional hotel layouts. The bathrooms are a part of the room, as opposed to being a different entity, and definitely feel luxurious. Control of the water pressure and temperature is great. The soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion are all made from quality organic ingredients. Each room has a widescreen LCD TV, great for watching the local news, but if you want to relax with a movie, you’ll probably want to spend some time in the Tribe’s awesome TV room equipped with a library of DVDs, 60+ inch LCD TV and surround speakers.

The hotel itself is a modern art gallery with works from local artists and others from Kenya. If you like the art, chances are you can buy similar pieces in the Village Market. The art pieces are located all over the hotel, even in the rooms, and compel you to explore the Tribe’s unique architecture. If taking the elevators, be sure to try both of them out for some nice lighting effects.

Breakfast is included and is amazing. Every taste is catered to (sushi and wings for breakfast, no problem). Breakfast runs until about 11am, which is great if you just feel like sleeping in a bit. The breakfast area overlooks the open pool. The pool has different sections and elevations and surrounded by lounge chairs to enjoy the Nairobi sun.

For other meals, you can either eat at the hotel, pretty much anywhere you want, or take a walk to the Village Market. The Village Market has stores from almost every type of department, a grocery store, an amusement park (water park, mini golf, blowing alley, arcade, movie theatre), and quite a nice bar with live performances.

The Tribe also has a computer area with reasonably fast computers and access to the internet. You can also enjoy the internet from WiFi access anywhere on the hotel grounds. A large conference room is available.

After a busy day, you can lounge in the Tribe’s many recreational spaces (like the open terrace on the top floor) or join in on weekly social events hosted in the main lounge area. These events are also advertised on the Tribe’s facebook page.

During my stay, the Tribe was expanding, with construction on a larger business area , the pool, and a gym in full swing. I highly recommend staying at the Tribe!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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maryland
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

How can I add anything to what the others have said? The staff and service are superb, they will stop and say hello just because.. the owners and managers are incredibly down to earth and friendly; the rooms and amenities are excellent; the design and style inside and out are to die for... The hotel is an art gallery, an oasis, a businessperson's dream come true. Superlative in all ways!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

The hotel is a relatively new addition to 5 star hotels in Nairobi. It is located next to the village market and the UN and various embassies.

The hotel can be described as "boutique" as there are only 130 or so rooms and the decor is very modern and chic. The staff are very friendly and attentive.

The rooms are nicely furnished with flat screen TV, and free wi-fi. The connection speed is very good for Kenya.

Did not have any meals except for breakfast. Breakfast was very good, with fresh fruit, the usual egg station and various pastries.

You can walk to the Village Market, which is a pretty decently sized mall with a grocery store, food court, a movie theater and other up-scale shops.

It does take some time - around 45 minutes or more to get in and out of the city center. I tried to stay here while attending a meeting at the convention center, but gave up after a few days. Too much traffic.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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British Columbia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

Tribe Hotel is an amazing place. It has a wonderful blend of artistry, moderness, and a quiant charm in it. The rooms are spectacular and more importantly incredibly comfortable, the service is impeccable, and the amenities are perfect. Tribe surpassed all my expectations. Favorite parts: service there is out-of-their way friendly and attentive, there are king sized beds..in EVERY room, and we had the most incredible gourmet breakfast every morning, which was built into the price of the room. This hotel really did make our trip.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

This place just oozes uber cool… The rooms are stylish and functional, we loved the massive egg bath, the concepts of the entire hotel are fresh, sexy and current. Epic Restaurant is divine with a fantastic menu and wine list to complement the tasty meals. We were in Nairobi for three days relaxing at the end of Safari/Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and only left the hotel to visit the nearby Village Market shopping complex. Not often do you stay in a hotel where you want to buy all the furniture and African artifacts that are strategically placed throughout. The sound room used as a chill out zone is a perfect post checkout location to watch a movie or TV on the big screen. You can only imagine the Spa once it opens will be amazing. Make sure you book the airport transfers via limo. This is the way hotels are meant to be, and we will be avid followers of any future expansion of the Tribe Brand. Simply awesome...!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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139 reviews 139 reviews
123 hotel reviews
Reviews in 91 cities Reviews in 91 cities
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2009

It is easy to go along with previous reviewers who welcome this handsome addition to Nairobi's hotel choices. The Tribe still looks fresh and new, with beautiful design features, such as walls of local stone and attractive/impressive African (though not Kenyan) artifacts. The staff is well trained, and the rooms, though small, are carefully laid out and comfotable.

The whole operation gives the impression of attention to detail and to customers' needs. Free internet acces is a plus, and I found the airport pickup convenient, even if it was pricey at the "reduced" price of $40.

The location is near the UN and US compounds, and to the sprawling Village Market shopping mall. It is a long way from the airport and not ideal for excursions to other attractions.

Not everything works well. The pool was designed by someone who likes to look at pools, not swim in them. The pool was only half finished and not suited to swimming laps or much of anything else aquatic. There is no gym on the premises, though a voucher for a nearby fitness center is available, pending the completion of a fitness center in house. Although the facility is new, it is odd that a hotel that caters to up-market business visitors and tourists from the US and Europe would not give fitness a higher priority. The key card malfunctioned a few times, and while my room facing the pool had a pleasant view, conversations at the poolside bar tables were fully audible if I opened the window. The outdoor space is poorly lighted, which is a safety hazard, even if it sustains a game lodge atmosphere.

Definitely several steps up from the Holiday Inn and other chains, I hope the Tribe can maintain the pleasant atmosphere and high quality.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Romantic 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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