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):
- Set apart from the crowded city centre and a modern contrast to a city of colonially-inspired getaways, Tribe Hotel located in the lush suburbs of the city echoes nothing but the ultimate in luxury and tranquility. It’s sleek architecture and crisp lines are sure to set forth a brand new experience in hotel accommodation. Drawing inspiration from its African heritage, the interior of the hotel boasts exquisite art, crafts and furnishings handpicked from the farthest corners of the continent. Each of the 137 rooms is carefully designed to whisk you away from the average mundane hotel room into a world of chic and hip design with an emphasis on detail and luxury. An ideal destination for those craving increased intimacy and comfort with an added dose of personal service. From free high speed internet access, complimentary mini bars, luxury airport transfers, warm welcomes to express check in and check-out facilities, you can be sure that Tribe understands the individual needs of just about any traveler! Adjacent to the hotel is The Village Market, the largest shopping and recreational complex in Eastern Africa, and Nairobi’s premier retail and cultural destination. With over 150 shops and services, set within flowing rivers and waterfalls. It is also home to the weekly Maasai Market which hosts 350 artists for a colorful display of crafts, paintings, beadworks and fabrics every Friday. Bringing a whole new pampering experience to Nairobi is the hotel’s Kaya Spa. Using carefully selected products, Kaya’s uniquely developed treatments are designed to harmonize both the body and mind. The six treatment rooms infuse a sense of tranquility through inspiring design and decor that is sure to contribute to the relaxation and re-invigoration of your entire spa experience. Tribe’s signature restaurant recently launched a brand new menu carefully designed by the Executive Chef and his team. Inspired by the open flame grill, the menu is a tribute to local farmers; paying homage to crisp flavors and fresh, organic ingredients. The Jiko team has also reinvented Tribe’s famous Sunday brunch; the perfectly constructed menu features an extended dessert buffet, unlimited breezy cocktails, amongst an array of other feasts for the entire family. Jiko authentically holds true to the glamour of the hotel while offering guests the delights of whimsy and fantasy through a playful approach to presentation. Located on the lobby level of the hotel, Suite 101, the new pastry offering at Tribe, is a place where you can come at anytime of the day. Using only the finest ingredients, the pastry shop offers an array of hot and cold treats ranging from custom and novelty cakes, decadent French macaroons, designer cupcakes, homemade chocolates and ice creams to bespoke sandwiches made using daily freshly baked bread. Whether it be for some intimate time alone with a tall mug of chai tea latte and a deliciously delectable pastry or a high tea with friends, Suite 101 is definitely a must try for any sweet tooth! Tribe’s serene, charming and charismatic surroundings undoubtedly place it among the most striking, and luxurious boutique properties on the African continent, guaranteeing to meet and exceed the needs of any guest from jet setting celebrities to time constrained business travelers looking to add an urban flair to their Kenya-getaways! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tribe The Village Market Hotel