I’ve been mulling over this review for close to two weeks now wondering what angle to take in painting the picture of the grandeur that is Tribe Hotel. Tribe is an architectural masterpiece that hits you with opulence from the word go. The first impression you get as you absorb the beauty of the earthy, artistic and very classy theme of the hotel is that no expense and no effort were spared in the building, décor and lighting. The results are evident in that there is something unique, elegant, and photogenic everywhere you turn. The overall structure and organization of the place is so beautifully non conformist, so on point and everything fits.
Tribe Hotel whose motto is ‘one planet one tribe’ is a chic one of a kind boutique hotel located along Limuru Road in the heart of the very safe Diplomatic District of Nairobi. It is attached to the Village Market, which is touted as the largest shopping, recreational and entertainment complex in East Africa. Tribe is about 25 Km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and it runs a fleet of high end ultra-modern shuttles. If you’re using one of these, the luxury of the Tribe experience starts right from where you get picked.
With accommodation options ranging from superior, deluxe, junior, loft business, ambassadorial, penthouse and presidential suites, Tribe will adapt well to the needs of both the business as well as the leisure traveler who needs something in the upper league. All rooms feature the following:
- Extra length king size beds
- Widescreen LCD TVs,
- Oversized windows
- Floor to ceiling mirrors
- High pressure rain showers
- Fully adjustable climate control
- Laptop size digital personal safe
- Free wireless internet
- Complimentary mini-bar
Also within the facility, there is a swimming pool as well as a 24 hour fitness center so guests never have to break their fitness routines due to travel. There is also the Kaya spa for an assortment of indulgent wellness and self care treatments. For relaxed evenings with world class Martinis and sheesha among other treats, visit The Nest – the award winning rooftop lounge with inviting pops of colour in soft cushioning and soothing lighting.
Guests’ culinary fantasies at the Tribe are well taken care of by the hotel’s restaurant christened Jiko which serves delights anywhere from the regular burger to elaborate local and international contemporary cuisine. My lunch for the day was Plank grilled teriyaki salmon with seasonal vegetables and rice. A fun and colourful platter that was as tasteful and well made as it was beautifully presented. Desert was an equally fascinating chocolate arrangement and the starter before all these was a tasty potato onion soup with sprinkled mushroom flakes. Everything came out as well thought out, well made and certainly well served.
There is a lot going for The Tribe and it’s difficult to pick the one thing that stood out most but I think I can confidently say that for me, the art wins the day. The hotel is a treasure trove of tribal art with over 900 artifacts spread out strategically around corners, along corridors, on the floors, on walls, in the washrooms, and even at the odd often neglected corner. For those who would want to walk away with some, there is a shop within the premises where one can purchase art in form of elaborate wall hangings, trinkets, and other forms of jewelry, and so much more unique carefully selected African art.
Tribe is all that, apart from the conference room which felt like a disconnect from the glamorous and sophisticated design of the rest of the hotel. I don’t know how much I or anyone should expect from a conference room but after feasting my eyes on the work of art that is the overall hotel, it felt a bit under done. Maybe by design to minimize distractions but beauty is hardly any distraction at all.
Visitors with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice at Suite 101, the one stop for chocolate truffles, macaroons, custom as well as novelty cakes, breads and pastries, and so many other goodies – all made at the premises.
Tribe has set the bar quite high in terms of ambiance, luxury, service, and general experience. It’s opulent, it’s high end, it’s bourgeoisie and it does not pretend to be otherwise. It however is worth every penny. For more on the hotel and especially rates and bookings, check out their site.