New Boutique hotel for Nairobi

16 Sep 2009 by Mark Caswell

Boutique Nairobi hotel Tribe has officially opened this month. The 142-room luxury property, part of the African Pride Hotels collection, “brings a really different product to Africa”, according to Tribe’s director and developer, Hooman Ehsani. “We’re showing the new face of the continent,” he added.

With a strong focus on design, the eight-storey hotel “combines New York chic with African elements”, Ehsani says, with 850 pieces of African art on display.

Hotel facilities include a 24-hour business centre, a 24-hour grill restaurant and two pools, one of which can be used as a meeting space, complete with seats in the water. There are four small meeting rooms, with a larger two-level meeting venue due to open by the end of January, capable of holding up to 120 for dinner and 180 for cocktails. A spa with seven treatment rooms will open in December, and there is also a mini cinema room for eight people.

Rooms come with free wifi, LCD screens with build-in DVD players, king-size beds, laptop safes and a free minibar stocked with ten items including soft drinks and yogurt. Half of the rooms overlook the Village Market and the other half the wetland area at the front of the hotel. Rates start from US$260 for a Standard room.

Tribe is located in Gigiri, the Kenyan capital’s diplomatic district, close to the UN headquarters and the US embassy. It’s attached to the Village Market, one of the largest shopping complexes in East Africa, with 150 shops, 16 restaurants, a water park and cinema. The city centre is about 25 minutes’ drive away without traffic.

African Pride Hotels is set to open two other luxury properties in Cape Town towards the end of the year – the 180-room Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa, and the 129-suite 15 on Orange hotel. Visit for more information.

Report by Michelle Mannion

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