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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 #11 of 96 hotels in Nairobi
normiego
1 review
“ABSOLUTELY STUNNING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

From the second you are driven through the gates of this incredible property you feel like you have been transported to another world -- and in some ways you have. Just outside the chaos of Nairobi, this oasis awaits. The modern yet inherently African architecture and design are literally awe-inspiring. The staff -- incredibly warm, knowledgeable, and helpful - by the second day you feel like they are your local friends more than employees. The food and amenities are also beyond compare. Having traveled the world and been lucky enough to stay in some of the finest hotels, I rate Tribe among the very very best!

Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

clean room, good linens, great service,very polite n helpful staffs.free wifi - yipeee
gd security... set backs:-far frm town :( & a little bit pricey for nairobi

Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

I'm on my last night of business in the Tribe Hotel. The electricity has just gone off for at least the tenth time this evening. The room wasn't made up when I got back from my meeting today. Laundry not done. Everything I tried to order on the restaurant's menu wasn't available. The meal that finally arrived wasn't what I ordered. Gym not ready for use - but there was a building site outside my bedroom window in its place!

I really want to like this hotel because it is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated and the staff are genuinely well meaning. But it is simply missing the mark on so many areas that I wouldn't return.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

I stayed for 3 nights at the Tribe Village end August - beginning of September, and there is simply nothing to add to everything that has already been written by others. This is simply an amazing hotel, where everything and anything is top quality. Truly a five star hotel at all levels. Room, restaurant, service, location. You name it and it lives up to all possible expctations. Don't stay at any other hotel in Nairobi.

  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2010

I'm not usually compelled to write reviews unless a hotel is so good that I want the world to know (see La Reserve Geneve), or so unsuspectingly bad that I want to warn people (see Sonoma Fairmont Mission Hotel). In this instance, I had such a great experience, I felt this hotel really deserves to be noticed.
I stayed at the Tribe Hotel for 5 nights after reading on Tripadvisor that it was rated the No.1 hotel rated in Nairobi. It being my first time in Africa, I did not know what to expect from hotels, but Tribe exceeded all of my expectations.
Standard room: quite sizable with a large glass bathroom, shower, and very inviting bathtub. 30 inch (I think) flat-screen TV mounted on wall, plenty of closet space, free wi-fi, and free drinks and snacks in the minibar. The bed was comfortable with down duvets. I'm a big fan of variable lighting and the room had different lamps to suit your needs - I especially liked the ambient one built into the bed's headboard. Most of all, I appreciated the details that made this room feel like home: the shape is curved so as not to feel like an insitutional box, and the room has the artwork of african sculptures and pottery that I liked so much that I purchased some of the same ones at the gift shop.
Restaurant/Bar: The day I arrived, a chef from the Morrocan royal family was at the hotel so I had the most amazing Morrocan lamb meal. Subsequently, all of my meals were both interesting and delicious. The Thai food was also special, and when I asked why they had Thai food on the menu, I was told it was a recipe from the royal Thai chef that had also traveled to the hotel with the royal family. Most hotels have very predictable menus to accommodate the general food preference of business travelers, so this was a very welcome change. The drink menu was just as adventurous and tasty - no wonder there were regular local expats who would go to Tribe just for an evening cocktail in a chic atmosphere. There
Staff: The doormen at the entrance were warm and inviting each time I entered and left the hotel, and with very good memories! The restaurant/bar waiters also seemed genuinely friendly and attentive but discreet in their service. In addition to the concierge that helped me arrange a safari, the hotel also had a very knowledgeable VIP Liason staff member who helped me with some important work details.
Security: I really appreciated the many measures the hotel had in place to secure the property both inside and out. I also noticed personal body guards of VIP guests discreetly stationed at he hotel. And yet it still felt open and friendly and the hotel treated everyone equally.
I could go on and on about their drivers, spa masseuse, pool, live music, etc. but I think I hit the important points that most travelers are looking for on this site.

  • 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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Kansas City, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

I can not say enough wonderful things about the Tribe Hotel! The hotel itself is SO beautiful, clean and in a great location. Very safe area, great security and a WONDERFUL staff! My stay in Nairobi was for business and leisure. I was in this hotel for 2 months and there is no where else I would want to stay! The staff treats you like royalty. It is a quiet hotel, yet there are events during the week and on weekends that you can attend at the hotel. The nights that the events took place if I was in my room I could not hear what was happening outside of my room. It was very quiet and the owners/managers make sure everyones needs are met. (Note: a perfomer you HAVE to see while in Nairobi is a local performer named Maia. Ask the hotel staff and they can tell you where she will be performing during your visit) One thing about it you leave Nairobi not only receiving a wonderful cultural experience but you also leave with a lot of friends. If you want an amazing experience while in Kenya the Tribe hotel should be your first stop.....

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

This is not your typical African experience. The Tribe is impeccably appointed and has a boutique hotel price. It's very chic, and hip, glossy and cool. But there is no warmth to the hotel, you could be anywhere in the world, the only thing reminding you that you are in Kenya is the decor, with its African statues and fabrics here and there. My room was beautiful. When you turned off the a/c however, you could smell the drains. If you are transiting through Nairobi and need a place to stay for a night, the Tribe is a good choice. Adjacent (and safe to walk to) the VIllage Market shopping center, you can eat, drink and shop - the mall is your back yard. If you want to discover Nairobi, however, you may find this hotel a little too remote. The hotel is the Latest Thing, though, so for trendsetters, expats and oil execs it's a must-do. At the time of the visit, the spa was still in the works, though in-room massages were available.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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:
#4 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#4 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#7 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#11 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Tribe Hotel 5*
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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