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.
- 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