The Tribe is and does feel like a real anomaly in Nairobi.
Let me start off positively and say this place is great - ultra comtemporary-chic, modern, new and actually very tasteful indeed. The service and staff are all bang-on and attentive unlike many in African (or less modern) citiies who appear to have to escalate anything more than a 'good morning sir' to their management.
Now, to explain my title above. So yes, the first impression is great. And it lasts. Everything is new, shiny, tasteful, in good order. Even though this hotel is a little remote from most of the interesting parts of Nairobi (in Karen) - this doesnt matter, because this place is all you really need. Lavish (almost overdone, but not quite) decor. Amazing beds and duvets and pillows - best sleep for ages.
The 'Holiday Inn' feel however describes the fact that the walls are thin. You can hear next door if they speak. You can hear next door (or any door nearby) closing at night as it's guest retires. In other words - all this luxury but WITHOUT a solid feel to it.
That said, it is a perfect place to become a hermit for a few days. I personally left the Masai Mara early with my wife, due to an urgent medical condition. After a night in Karen hospital (write this name down in case you need medical assistance in Nairobi - they're excellent) we retired here, and it was a great place to recuperate and rest.
A little cold (August) to use their pool, however it was just as nice to look at (from our room window or trendy little rooftop bar) with it's blue neon edging, pillars rising into the air, in-pool seating and bar, gushing waterful etc.
Once again on the service - we got a fairly poor room service meal (the food/room service isn't bad but not 'great' either) which was quickly collected and replaced by another order of our choice - all at no charge at all. That shows a place that knows service - don't quibble with the guest, dont let guests get annoyed by something that may cost only $10 to the hotel vs you ever coming back again.
This extended to the minibar - all of its initial contents were free - you only pay for top-ups thereafter. Can't say fairer than that, and that itself is a nice touch and pretty rare.
And so it should be for a total of around $320 USD per night. Not cheap by any means.
You're paying for the ambiance. The immaculate set of several hundred+DVDs (all foreign copies by the way, all of which didnt work in the TV/DVD player in the room, but did luckily on my laptop) that you can 'hire' at no charge, alongside the small library of books - all similarly unthumbed and new looking. You're paying for the furniture, the art, the lighting, the water features, the over-the-top decor which, to be honest, is actually very tasteful and luxurious.
Dislikes: the bathroom is part of the bedroom, so even the closest of couples will have to prepare themselves for the sight of their significant other taking a crap through the mostly translucent glass. Even the bathroom itself has no separation from the bedroom (Tribe - a slide door would be good!), so from the bed the whole room just looks like - well, a bathroom. All nicely fitted mind, very modern.
In summary, stay here if you happen to find yourself in Nairobi for a few days (why would you want to be there any longer anyway?) and have a large wallet. There's also a nice place to buy African gifts and trade at the masai roof market just 50 metres away every friday.
- 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