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“Ethnic chic” 4 of 5 stars
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Tribe Hotel
Ranked #8 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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43 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Ethnic chic”
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
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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

What a suprise! Having prepared myself for paying top dollar for a tired old establishment in Nairobi, up popped Tribe hotel. At a similar rate as older and less impressive hotels, Tribe absolutely lifts the bar. Looks like a funky primo-city digs, feels uber-friedly like only Africa can. Arcitectually impressive, the lobbyimpresses with a jazzy vibe and cool bar. The standard room has plenty of room, king size bed, desk with Internet options and free WIFI, cable TV and handmade chocs on folddown area nice touch. Breakfast at Epic is lush and the service is "whatever it takes". A generous restaurant mgr arranged gift vouchers for me at 10pm on a Sat night, no problem! Normally $320US a night, but snagged it for $150US. Try Googling "Ballantynes PR" for a referral to Tribes reservation dept at the discounted rate.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Global2010
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

The Tribe is staffed with friendly personnel at every level. They are knowledgeable about the city and someone at the reception desk or in the open office can help you plan your next excursion.

The open concept rooms are quite different from traditional hotel layouts. The bathrooms are a part of the room, as opposed to being a different entity, and definitely feel luxurious. Control of the water pressure and temperature is great. The soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion are all made from quality organic ingredients. Each room has a widescreen LCD TV, great for watching the local news, but if you want to relax with a movie, you’ll probably want to spend some time in the Tribe’s awesome TV room equipped with a library of DVDs, 60+ inch LCD TV and surround speakers.

The hotel itself is a modern art gallery with works from local artists and others from Kenya. If you like the art, chances are you can buy similar pieces in the Village Market. The art pieces are located all over the hotel, even in the rooms, and compel you to explore the Tribe’s unique architecture. If taking the elevators, be sure to try both of them out for some nice lighting effects.

Breakfast is included and is amazing. Every taste is catered to (sushi and wings for breakfast, no problem). Breakfast runs until about 11am, which is great if you just feel like sleeping in a bit. The breakfast area overlooks the open pool. The pool has different sections and elevations and surrounded by lounge chairs to enjoy the Nairobi sun.

For other meals, you can either eat at the hotel, pretty much anywhere you want, or take a walk to the Village Market. The Village Market has stores from almost every type of department, a grocery store, an amusement park (water park, mini golf, blowing alley, arcade, movie theatre), and quite a nice bar with live performances.

The Tribe also has a computer area with reasonably fast computers and access to the internet. You can also enjoy the internet from WiFi access anywhere on the hotel grounds. A large conference room is available.

After a busy day, you can lounge in the Tribe’s many recreational spaces (like the open terrace on the top floor) or join in on weekly social events hosted in the main lounge area. These events are also advertised on the Tribe’s facebook page.

During my stay, the Tribe was expanding, with construction on a larger business area , the pool, and a gym in full swing. I highly recommend staying at the Tribe!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank APtkl
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maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

How can I add anything to what the others have said? The staff and service are superb, they will stop and say hello just because.. the owners and managers are incredibly down to earth and friendly; the rooms and amenities are excellent; the design and style inside and out are to die for... The hotel is an art gallery, an oasis, a businessperson's dream come true. Superlative in all ways!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank bkusha
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Atlanta, Georgia
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77 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

The hotel is a relatively new addition to 5 star hotels in Nairobi. It is located next to the village market and the UN and various embassies.

The hotel can be described as "boutique" as there are only 130 or so rooms and the decor is very modern and chic. The staff are very friendly and attentive.

The rooms are nicely furnished with flat screen TV, and free wi-fi. The connection speed is very good for Kenya.

Did not have any meals except for breakfast. Breakfast was very good, with fresh fruit, the usual egg station and various pastries.

You can walk to the Village Market, which is a pretty decently sized mall with a grocery store, food court, a movie theater and other up-scale shops.

It does take some time - around 45 minutes or more to get in and out of the city center. I tried to stay here while attending a meeting at the convention center, but gave up after a few days. Too much traffic.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Steven Y
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British Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

Tribe Hotel is an amazing place. It has a wonderful blend of artistry, moderness, and a quiant charm in it. The rooms are spectacular and more importantly incredibly comfortable, the service is impeccable, and the amenities are perfect. Tribe surpassed all my expectations. Favorite parts: service there is out-of-their way friendly and attentive, there are king sized beds..in EVERY room, and we had the most incredible gourmet breakfast every morning, which was built into the price of the room. This hotel really did make our trip.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank MALBritishColumbia
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Bangkok, Thailand
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40 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

This place just oozes uber cool… The rooms are stylish and functional, we loved the massive egg bath, the concepts of the entire hotel are fresh, sexy and current. Epic Restaurant is divine with a fantastic menu and wine list to complement the tasty meals. We were in Nairobi for three days relaxing at the end of Safari/Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and only left the hotel to visit the nearby Village Market shopping complex. Not often do you stay in a hotel where you want to buy all the furniture and African artifacts that are strategically placed throughout. The sound room used as a chill out zone is a perfect post checkout location to watch a movie or TV on the big screen. You can only imagine the Spa once it opens will be amazing. Make sure you book the airport transfers via limo. This is the way hotels are meant to be, and we will be avid followers of any future expansion of the Tribe Brand. Simply awesome...!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ExpatJetsetter
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Property: 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
#6 Spa Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#12 Family 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):
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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