Lovely property and well decorated. The reception and cleaning staff are quite nice. Its right next to Village Market so pretty much anything you need is within a short walk.
Atmosphere is nice and the evenings tend to chill with pleasant music in the common ares. Enjoyed the Nest and drinks.
Noise - From large parties on the pool or in the main hall, to brunches with music, events in the Nest, etc. it seems there is always something going on. Also, worth mentioning there is construction on the east side of the hotel which fills the day with noise from that site. If you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs, actually just bring in plugs in case. Over the course of a few weeks I tried a few rooms. The windows have a loose seal and are only single pane glass. Any noise outside the window transmits right through. I could easily hear conversations of staff standing below the window. The room doors are also a primary point of sound. Thankfully the walls are stone which deflects some sound.
Water - temperatures vary wildly and it can be impossible to the water to stay a constant temperature. This has be design/demand issue as mid-day the temps are more stable.
Internet – The internet has about the same wild variability as the water temperature does. During my time here I could go half a day without internet but more frequently it was a few minutes to a half hour a day. Regional outages are common in Nairobi and this lead to one lost day of work. The more frequent connection issues however were on the local network. From the rooms I was in it was difficult or impossible to have a VOIP phone call back home. Also, VPN connections were sometimes problematic.
Having run a wi-fi signal meter it indicated that the average strength was -70db or below. Not surprising given the stone walls but it could be addressed by access point placement or even in-room connections. Moving to pool is not always preferable/ideal when a good internet connection is necessary.
Cleanliness – Overall a very clean hotel. The daily cleaning is thorough. That said in the junior suite there a slightly musty smell which dispelled after running the AC for a bit.
Junior suite – not worth it. This room trades the slightly larger regularly room for a slightly smaller room with a loveseat, coffee table and two chairs. Also you give up some storage under the desk to go into the junior suite. Unless you expect to host people in the room there the regular room is just fine. Also, the employee smoking area is directly below the window (remember that single pane glass?) so there is often a clatter of voices and smoking just outside. For us this meant we could never open the window and enjoy the breeze.
Food - Service in Jiko restaurant does not match what one would expect from this boutique hotel. The breakfast offers a wide selection of food is self-serve items. However, when it comes to coffee you can't just pour some yourself. While cups are often/sometimes on the table it is necessary to find someone and stop them to request coffee. This process may/will have to be repeated for coffee refills. If you have a busy morning and are time crunched ask for coffee as soon as you arrive in the restaurant and mention that you have to eat and run.
Overall the food quality is good however there can be a lot of variability in the same dish. When I ordered a dish more than once I would get different sides and a differently prepared main dish each time. Points awarded for quality but points lost inconsistency.
- 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