The Tribe Hotel in Gigiri has been featured on Forbes as a game-changer in Nairobi’s Hotel industry. The Persian family-owned, design-driven property and boutique hotel was the first of its kind to be introduced in Kenya and boasts of being the trend setter in design-led restaurants and hotels.
Leaving Iran before the 1979 revolution, Sham Ehsani and his family were enroute to Australia when they made a stop over in Kenya to visit a relative. Intrigued by what the nation had to offer, they decided to stay in Kenya and what followed was investments in real estate leading to the construction of the city’s first shopping centre, Village Market.
In 2008 in collaboration with another family, the Ehsani’s opened The Tribe Hotel which has become a haven for the successful Kenyans, diplomats and expatriates. The hotel has become the go-to place for returning diasporas and business travelers. The fact that it has the best available rates makes it a better choice for people visiting the country, giving it a niche in the hospitality industry.
There are also plans to build a second hotel half a mile up the road where the Tribe is currently located to serve the much needed extra capacity. The new hotel is set to be opened in 2016.
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