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Reviewed January 23, 2012

We enjoyed a nice evening and drinks at Nest - beautiful spot, great place to hang out an meet friends, nice views. We will be back! the hotel looks great too - didn't have a chance to explore but we will next time.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank simba432
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

It is perhaps important for readers to know that I live in Africa, but have traveled a lot and stayed in many fantastic hotels. In fact I always do extensive research on tripadvisor before staying at any hotel. My husband and I also own a hotel, so we do know the business and know what it entails to run a hotel in Africa. So, that being said, I have to say that TRIBE is absolutely one of the coolest, most beautiful hotels we have ever stayed in. The attention to detail in the aesthetics of the place is almost excruciating. Every tile, every colour, every fabric has been very carefully chosen to create an artistic and pleasing atmosphere. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is excellent. But everything pales in comparison to the utter "coolness" of the place. Every stairway, every hallway, the lobby, the lighting, nothing is standard hotel ware. There are areas of the hotel where you feel that you are in a Gallery of African Art. I love this place!
In a place where aesthetic is so important, it is inevitable that there will be some issues of form over function, and that is the case here too. For example, the shape of the sink in the bathrooms, combined with the style of taps means that, if you are not careful, the water will splash right up onto your stomach when you turn on the tap. But if I have a choice of getting my stomach wet or staying at the overpriced, tired and ugly Hilton in town, I choose a wet stomach, thank you very much.
The one other issue that was a bit of a problem when we stayed there was a unpleasant odour coming from the bathtub drain. We solved the problem by stuffing a towel in the drain, but I would hope that they would look at a more permanent solution.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is not next to the stairway as there is some heavy air conditioning noise coming from the AC vents there.
  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank oneworld19
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Beautiful design by any standards, although some of this is imaginative use of what is quite a small space, in both bedrooms and public areas. But a pleasant contrast to many Nairobi hotels which are very smooth "grand dames" but showing their age. Well equipped and very modern and comfortable, only the internet was not up to scratch. Staff were all well trained and helpful - although this is true in in my experience this is normally the case in good Nairobi hotels. Food was good, very elaborate presentation, the restaurant was packed, looked like many were non residents so a lively scene. Location good for security, shopping at next door mall, but given the currently terrible Nairobi traffic, do check the location is close to where you plan to visit - its a long haul from the international airport. If you want a new hotel for business, the Sankara may be a better choice - not quite as chic but every bit as slick and more affordable.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JonB_SA
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

The Tribe is a mix of strong pluses and significant minuses.

The design is carefully thought through - I don't find all of it esthetically pleasing, but I recognise that care was taken; this isn't an anonymous concrete block. It has a beautiful spa with good technicians and relaxation rooms where you're offered juice, tea and fruit. There's a top-notch male reflexologist. International spa prices, or close to.

On both stays, my rooms lacked soundproofing, especially when there was a connecting door, but also when there wasn't. All the room doors close noisily - surely this could be fixed. Some rooms are near the road, with a bit of street noise. Rooms on the ground floor mean you can't leave sliding doors open for air at night.

The shower and toilet are essentially open to the room, with very little privacy; not everyone may be comfortable with that when sharing. Wi-fi was available, but slow and cut out frequently, requiring one to re-register online - tedious. The bed was comfortable, and the heating worked well. Good desk, strong desk light. Hotel information is contained in three separate binders; cute but not helpful.

The first day's room bar was free (apart from alcohol, I think), but the bar was pretty bare. There are tea-and-coffee making facilities with a proper coffee plunger - good tea, sour coffee.

The buffet breakfast is superb. Part of the breakfast area also works as a business meeting space. The bar and lobby are also well configured for meetings. There are two walls of delightfully well-stocked bookshelves in the public areas.

Village Market next door has an excellent coffee shop, Nakumatt supermarket, newsagent, ATMs and food court. On Fridays, Maasai Market sets up in the upstairs covered parking area. Convenient if you're here on business and have limited time to find essentials.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank MsQuince
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Great hotel. Overall it is aesthetically pleasing and the staff could not be any more friendly. Its proximity to the Village Market makes it easy to grab food any time of day should you not choose to enjoy the wonderful food served in the hotel. The roof top bar is also a great place for a few drinks in the wonderful cool evening air. Only drawback is the distance from the airports, but the security, cleanliness and staff more than make up for that.

Room Tip: Ask for an upper floor
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank frogis3
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