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“Postmodern splendor on the East African plateau”
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Tribe Hotel
Ranked #4 of 169 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 26, 2009

Tribe just opened in September 2008. It's located adjacent to Village Market in the Nairobi suburb of Gigiri. This adds to the convenience, as it is easy just to wander to the shopping and restaurant complex on foot. The place is also very convenient to the UN compound in Nairobi.

This was the first time I visited the hotel. The establishment looked like it had been lifted from SoHo (New York or London) and implanted on the East African upper plateau with little thought about a fit. The reception was a sleek affair of black stone. The corridor leading to my room was lined with flowing silky cloth hung on the walls to give a mysterious cave-like impression. The cool room with its fresh bed and old-fashioned white stand-alone bathtub in the clean bathroom tempted me to spend the rest of my tired Sunday there. A couple of days later, on dark and cool night I sat on the terrace overlooking the dimly lit and stylish pool area with my colleagues. We had ordered a plate of shrimp and vegetable tempura that we washed down with a velvety Cabernet. The only indication that we were in Africa was the black star-studded equatorial sky that appeared infinite above us.

All in all, the place is comfortable, stylish and convenient, which is a lot in a rather chaotic African city. But do not expect a safari experience.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

I normally stay at the Intercontinental, but after reading the reviews on here I changed my mind and tried the new Tribe hotel at Village Market. Best hotel I've stayed at in East Africa... definitely becoming a repeat customer.

The hotel is a bit out of the way at the shopping and entertainment complex at Village Market, so you have to leave longer to travel anywhere downtown, but at least you can happily and safely stroll around outside the hotel in the evening and visit the bars restaurants and cinema in Village Market.

The hotel is chic designer modern and made of stone and glass with creative lighting and African design as decorative art rather than as a 'Disney' theme. This is a large boutique hotel or a small corporate hotel - so just one lobby, one bar, one pool, one restaurant... but they are all good. The outside bar at night with small islands on the underlit pond with candles fluttering is quite stunning.

The food is good - well prepared and presented - and the staff have been very well trained. They are attentive but have not had their sense of humour trained out of them.

The rooms are smallish, but well-appointed. Excellent modern glass shower room and a large flat-screen TV with DVD player (the concierge has a DVD library). Internet is as good as you can get in Africa - I even manged to get Youtube to work!

My only complaint was that the staff seemed a little confused about guests that wanted to use the hotel cars for longer periods of time rather than a single trip, and tried to get me to use a taxi. The one time I gave in meant that I spent five hours in a Toyota Corolla with a driver who had dead camel armpits. I realise that complaining about B.O. in Africa is a bit like complaining about the temperature, but the hotel has two excellent Chrysler limos. Insist on using those and you'll have a great stay.

Kenyans will sometimes tell you that it's too far out of town. It isn't. The difference in quality is worth getting up an hour earlier for. Promise.

Finally the hotel has the best small conference rooms for hire anywhere in Kenya. Sadly the spa and gym are not yet finished.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 16, 2009

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Reviewed May 7, 2009

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Reviewed April 12, 2009

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2009

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Reviewed March 3, 2009

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Tribe Hotel

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:
#2 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#3 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#4 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#6 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range: $191 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tribe Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 137
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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Tribe The Village Market Hotel

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