I'm not usually compelled to write reviews unless a hotel is so good that I want the world to know (see La Reserve Geneve), or so unsuspectingly bad that I want to warn people (see Sonoma Fairmont Mission Hotel). In this instance, I had such a great experience, I felt this hotel really deserves to be noticed.
I stayed at the Tribe Hotel for 5 nights after reading on Tripadvisor that it was rated the No.1 hotel rated in Nairobi. It being my first time in Africa, I did not know what to expect from hotels, but Tribe exceeded all of my expectations.
Standard room: quite sizable with a large glass bathroom, shower, and very inviting bathtub. 30 inch (I think) flat-screen TV mounted on wall, plenty of closet space, free wi-fi, and free drinks and snacks in the minibar. The bed was comfortable with down duvets. I'm a big fan of variable lighting and the room had different lamps to suit your needs - I especially liked the ambient one built into the bed's headboard. Most of all, I appreciated the details that made this room feel like home: the shape is curved so as not to feel like an insitutional box, and the room has the artwork of african sculptures and pottery that I liked so much that I purchased some of the same ones at the gift shop.
Restaurant/Bar: The day I arrived, a chef from the Morrocan royal family was at the hotel so I had the most amazing Morrocan lamb meal. Subsequently, all of my meals were both interesting and delicious. The Thai food was also special, and when I asked why they had Thai food on the menu, I was told it was a recipe from the royal Thai chef that had also traveled to the hotel with the royal family. Most hotels have very predictable menus to accommodate the general food preference of business travelers, so this was a very welcome change. The drink menu was just as adventurous and tasty - no wonder there were regular local expats who would go to Tribe just for an evening cocktail in a chic atmosphere. There
Staff: The doormen at the entrance were warm and inviting each time I entered and left the hotel, and with very good memories! The restaurant/bar waiters also seemed genuinely friendly and attentive but discreet in their service. In addition to the concierge that helped me arrange a safari, the hotel also had a very knowledgeable VIP Liason staff member who helped me with some important work details.
Security: I really appreciated the many measures the hotel had in place to secure the property both inside and out. I also noticed personal body guards of VIP guests discreetly stationed at he hotel. And yet it still felt open and friendly and the hotel treated everyone equally.
I could go on and on about their drivers, spa masseuse, pool, live music, etc. but I think I hit the important points that most travelers are looking for on this site.
- 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