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“One Planet - One Tribe” 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 115 Hotels in Nairobi
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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“One Planet - One Tribe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

Tribe (The Village Market Hotel)
The theme, “One Planet – One Tribe”, describes the philosophy of this hotel’s management. From one’s first steps into the lobby, the art and architecture brings out the spirit of Africa. The hotel’s rooms, pools, gardens, reception areas and restaurants reflect a highly modern approach. I couldn’t believe I was staying in a hotel in the middle of Africa. Accompanying this high quality is the service which was exceptional. It is no wonder the Tribe Hotel continues to receive awards from media and organizations from around the world. It is 5-stars +. You really can’t get any better than that.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

Just stayed at this hotel and I was very impressed. Really really hip--great bars and very nice rooms--somewhat akin to a 'W' Hotel in the States. Kind of expensive, but Nairobi is pricey at times. Very good security and positioned within the Village Market, which is a very ritzy set of restaurants and stores--2 minute walk from the hotel. Could be a very romantic spot and its away from the downtown area. Would love to stay here again. Apparently partially owned by Iranian interests though.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

Fantastic hotel in Nairobi. We usually stay at the Norfork, but from now on we'll be returning to the Tribe. Lovely room and common areas. My only question mark is the restaurant. Breakfast was good but we had some friends over for dinner one night and each of us found the portions to be tiny or nothing exceptional. The Spa is not yet up and running. They have just one massage room and I wasn't able to get an appointment.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 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, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 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

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 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, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Airborne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 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, 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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#6 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#11 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#12 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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