My workday yesterday was interrupted by a quick jaunt to the new Tamarind Tree Hotel in Langata. “Huh? There’s a new hotel in Langata? Where?” You ask. Tamarind Tree is located just past the right turn that leads to Carnivore. Everybody knows where Carni is, right? No? If using public means, take a No. 15 from Nairobi CBD and alight at Uchumi on Langata Road. From there it is a walking distance to the place. I had visited the hotel in January for a cocktail but one never gets a clear picture of a place, kwanza after an evening of sipping one too many dawas 🙂 so I was pleased to go back and see the hotel anew.
Tamarind Tree is a 4* hotel owned by the Tamarind Group. The same people who own Carnivore Restaurant and of course the Simba Salon, The Roast at The Hub, Tamarind Karen, Tamarind Dhow in Mombasa among several other impressive properties.The hotel comprises 160 guest rooms in different room categories that range from standard rooms to the suites. Its target market: millennials and Y generation. Folks whose phones are an extension of their hands, who live for the ‘Gram and Snapchat, yep, that generation. And you can tell this is true by the young staff that the hotel has taken on. As they mill about in their long sleeved, black tees and red Converse sneakers (this is so fresh by the way!!), you know you’re going to have an interesting time at the hotel.
Tamarind Tree is all about colour and vibrancy. The vivid, rich art on all the walls is a reflection of the hotel’s energy.
The photos at the lobby
Tamarind Tree has one of the largest standard rooms I have seen in a Nairobi hotel. What I found really cool about the rooms is despite being close to Wilson Airport, you cannot hear as the planes fly past the hotel! The double glazed windows keep the noise levels to zero meaning you won’t have your siesta interrupted by a Cessna flying by. It’s pretty cool watching the planes fly past from the comfort of your bed though!
You can take advantage of the heated pool and the gym during your stay.
The Tamambo Restaurant is my second favorite location in the hotel. Guys, check out that wall! So bright and beautiful! You get to admire the art as you serve the lovely spread on offer. And people, this is Tamarind we are talking about here – the food is delectable! They have a live cooking station where you can watch as the chef whips up your omelette or pancakes. (I have a walk about video of the restaurant on Instagram).
The restaurant has an attractive seating space that extends outdoors, for anyone who prefers alfresco dining.
The rooms do not have the customary mini-bar that is stocked with snacks and soft drinks. What the hotel has however, is a 24 hour Duka Coffee Lounge that allows guests to grab a snack whenever they feel like.
And now to my favorite location in the hotel – the Dawa Lounge. Dawa is one of those places you go to after a long day at work and just sit in rested bliss as you enjoy a glass of your favorite tipple. I think I have thing for dark spaces because I just love how dusky the lounge is.
There are many new hotels coming up in Nairobi, each unique in its own right. I like Tamarind Tree for its colour! (No one likes a drab place!) It is vibrant, fresh, conveniently close to Wilson and JKIA through the bypass. I look forward to a blissful stay soon!
You can book a room online.
Rates: $175 for a standard room inclusive of breakfast