The Tribe is not a typical city hotel. It’s a place where young professionals and expats mingle with the diplomatic elites, and where safarigoers recharge before or after a trip to the African savanna. It’s the coolest hangout in Nairobi.
Given Nairobi’s bad traffic, it’s a good idea to allow plenty of time getting to the Tribe — as we did on two occasions that we stayed here. And because this city can test even the most patient travellers, the eventual arrival at the Tribe is always rewarding.
The welcome here is genuinely warm. From the first moments, we feel enveloped in an exceptional service, matched by the understated glamour of the hotel.
Sense of style
Located in Nairobi’s manicured embassy district, the Tribe has been created with the business traveller needs in mind. Nevertheless, this 137-room property looks less like a hotel and more like a cross between some kind of design museum and a private club.
The contemporary interiors here are a backdrop to curated tribal art from Kenya and beyond. African sculptures, paintings and handmade objects add character and unique style of the hotel. Decorated with a sense of style and sophistication, the Tribe is filled with hip furniture that wouldn’t look out of place in the best designer portfolios.
A soaring atrium cuts through the building. As the main hub of the hotel, it is bustling with activity — especially in the evenings. The always-on businessmen, cast in the blue laptop light, quietly sip cocktails, while groups of friends fill the air with a murmur of conversations and the occasional laughter.
The atrium connects all parts of the hotel with the pool area and it offers ample space and plenty of sitting arrangements. It is, in many ways, our favourite hangout, alongside Nest, the terrace bar. The Nest is a perfect place for a shisha, a light meal or just some drinks.
The modern and fresh attitude of the Tribe is also evident in their meals — and especially breakfasts. The menu is never dull, the restaurant space airy and bright and, once again, the atmosphere is welcoming.
This luxury boutique hotel is emblematic of the new Africa. It’s at once funky, full of charm and unafraid to be the centre of attention.
We stayed at the Tribe at the very beginning, and at the end of our latest safari trip. It was the perfect way of capping a fantastic safari adventure.