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Hotel Highlights

  • Rooms are huge and kitted out for longer stays
  • It’s not often you find a peaceful street in Bangkok
  • First-rate local dining scene

Overview

Although it can feel a little like a nightclub on entry, once you venture past the cast-iron door and low-lit lobby at boutique hotel Tenface you'll discover an imaginative, enjoyable place to stay. Taking its name from the 10-faced, savvy, all-seeing giant Tosakan, from the epic Ramakien story, this is a street-chic styled urban sanctuary that still allows you to relax and be yourself.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Tenface with us:

A signature Minty Sour drink (peppermint tea, mint leaves, lime juice and sugar syrup) for two, plus 10 per cent off food and beverages at the hotel restaurant and bar (excluding room service, alcohol and minibar snacks)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Tenface

Non-refundable two-night stay offer

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

79 suites, including one penthouse.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible subject to availability (overstaying until 6pm costs an extra half-day rate). Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $75.57 (THB2,479), excluding tax at 17 per cent.

More details

Rates excludes breakfast.

Also

Ditch the guidebook. On arrival you’ll be handed a magic box that contains all you need for your stay in Bangkok. It includes herbal toiletries, Skytrain pass, sim card and a complimentary iPod nano loaded with video podcasts by in-the-know locals who share their tips on the best spots to eat, drink, shop and explore.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, CD/DVD library, small gym. In rooms: flatscreen cable TV, preloaded iPod, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, free bottled water, pillow menu.

Our favourite rooms

The vast penthouse offers skyline views and enough space to spread out and feel at home (it comes with two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining area and balcony). Its bold, graphic colour scheme and chic black furniture are off-set by vivid yellow walls and modern Thai art. Check in for at least a week to make the most of it and don’t forget to invite friends to join in.

Poolside

There’s a shady, unheated lap-pool that’s just about long enough to keep swimmers happy.

Packing tips

A wardrobe that takes you seamlessly from cocktails at in-house bar Sita to Bangkok’s top nightspots.

Children

In spite of its nightclub connotations, Tenface welcomes kids. Baby cots are free and extra beds cost THB1,400. Children aged four to 12 are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on food and babysitting rates start at US$7.50 an hour.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Light and airy with whitewashed walls, natural teak floors, dark furniture and intriguing metal art work, the brasserie-like Wanara Eatery serves a casual menu of pizzas, sandwiches and pasta alongside a few popular Thai dishes. Wana means 'forest', a nod to the source of many traditional Thai cooking ingredients, here fused with Western techniques and flavours.

Hotel Bar

Dimly lit and intimate, the ground-floor Sita Bar emulates other fashionable city watering-holes with its leather seating, house DJ and killer cocktail list. Dare to try the highly toxic, green-coloured Lovelorn Tosakan, which contains a heady mix of gin, rum, vodka, tequila, whisky, cognac, coffee liqueur, lime and rosella.

Last orders

Food is served at the restaurant until 11pm; the bar is open till midnight and is at its busiest from 10pm.

Room service

An edited version of the Wanara menu is up for grabs from 6am–11pm.

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Dress code

Relaxed, but remember this is the city and not a beach resort, so keep covered.

Top table

Opt for a more discreet table by the pool.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Less touristy than others in the city is the royal temple Wat Pathum Wanaram. It’s close to the hotel – between Siam Paragon and CentralWorld shopping centre – and worth arriving at early in the morning to make offerings to the monks. Bangkok’s main green space, Lumpini Park, is five minutes from Tenface by taxi – you can walk there when it’s a little cooler. Head there early in the morning to see locals jogging and performing t’ai chi, yoga and even ballroom dancing and karaoke. In the evening, mass aerobics sessions take over several sections of the park. The Suan Lum Night Market, a short walk from the park and open each evening from 6pm till midnight, sells a mix of clothing, jewellery, gifts and food under its covered walkways, and is also a good spot for a drink or dinner.

Local restaurants

Head to the popular Witch’s Oyster Bar (20/10-11 Soi Ruamrudee; +66 (0) 2251 9455) for comfort food and a well-priced wine list. Vietnamese restaurant Delices (20-20/1 Soi Ruamrudee; +66 (0) 2675 3991) appears a little trad but serves tasty, authentic food. Curries & More (63/3 Soi Ruamrudee; +66 (0) 2253 5408-9) is a stylish, mod-Thai eatery where the chef goes easy on the chilli – a blessing for many Western palates. The best spot is in the garden amid the leafy palms and water features.

Local bars

Bacchus (20/6-7 Soi Ruamrudee; +66 (0) 2650 8986) is a sleek, glamorous bar with Italian, French and Japanese influences and more than 400 wines on its list. Just a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel is Bangkok’s newest rooftop bar, Zense (17th floor, Zen Tower, CentralWorld ; +66 (0) 2100 9898).

Local cafés

Coffee Beans by Dao (20/12-15 Soi Ruamrudee; +66 (0) 2254 7117-9) is a local institution famous for its cakes and high-society clientele.

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Tenface

81 Soi Ruamrudee, Wireless Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand, Thailand 10330

Tenface is tucked away in the residential area of Bangkok's business district off Wireless Road, an upscale quarter of hip shops, restaurants and clubs.

Planes

Bangkok's international airport, Suvarnabhumi (www.bangkokairportonline.com), is about 45 minutes away by taxi.

Trains

The nearest Skytrain station is Ploenchit, three minutes away via Tenface's free tuk-tuk shuttle service.

Automobiles

Taxis are easy to find in Bangkok, but the concierge will happily book one for you and give you a Tenface taxi card with the hotel's name and address in Thai, along with a map of its location, for your return journey. Make sure the driver switches on the meter and doesn't charge a flat rate. If you're planning a day trip, or want a taxi for a few hours, Sam Tourist Taxi (+66 (0) 863 246 824; email samtouristtaxi@gmail.com) has staff with reasonable English and a fleet of well-maintained cars.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Carmen Roberts , Roving travel reporter

Exhausted, aching and dirty, I collapse in the back of the chauffeur-driven car as it speeds through Bangkok’s narrow alleys before arriving at Tenface hotel in a residential quarter off Wireless Road. No, that’s not the effect of a long-haul flight but of a week’s mountain biking in Laos. Thankfully, the hard part of the holiday is over and now it’s time to relax and be pa…
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Tenface

Anonymous review by Carmen Roberts, Roving travel reporter

Exhausted, aching and dirty, I collapse in the back of the chauffeur-driven car as it speeds through Bangkok’s narrow alleys before arriving at Tenface hotel in a residential quarter off Wireless Road. No, that’s not the effect of a long-haul flight but of a week’s mountain biking in Laos. Thankfully, the hard part of the holiday is over and now it’s time to relax and be pampered.

After checking in, a flurry of bell boys usher me through burgundy corridors and into a spacious One-bedroom Suite roughly the same size as my flat in London – but not before I thrust a bag of mud-stained cycling gear into the hands of a bemused Tenface employee with strict instructions not to open it but to send it directly to the laundry.

Mr Smith is waiting for me at a nearby bar with a group of friends so I make a bee-line for the shower, savouring the scalding water. Glammed up, with the red dirt of Laos scrubbed away, it’s time to venture out. Tenface might seem like a hotel tucked away in the back streets, but it’s surprisingly central and within a five-minute taxi ride I’m in an elevator rocketing up to the 61st floor of Vertigo Bar, on Sathorn Road. Mr Smith has a post-cycling cocktail waiting for me, as we laugh at my tan lines and gaze at the city’s twinkling lights below us.

Silly and giddy after too many vodkas, we retire to the hotel, giggling like small children at the size of our room. I perform a cartwheel to demonstrate, a feat not usually attempted after the age of 10 and certainly not without alcoholic inducement.

The next morning I wake with a start, shocked to find myself in a plush four-poster bed and lost in a mountain of marshmallow-like pillows. This certainly makes a change from the spartan bungalows and mosquito-netted cabañas of my cycling trip.

Realising that in my haste to meet Mr Smith at the bar I’d forgotten to open the complimentary Tosakan’s Heart Box I’d received at check-in, I race into the living room. Tosakan, the story goes, was a ten-faced giant who hid his heart in a box in a bid for immortality. There’s nothing so gruesome in ours, but beneath the dark-brown leather casing are yet more bathroom amenities, local travel and sim cards, and an iPod nano supposedly for viewing the in-house video podcasts – although Mr Smith seems more engrossed with the recommended bands you can download to the playlist.

While Mr Smith lazes by the pool, still married to his iPod headphones, I make use of the hotel’s free tuk tuk drop-off at the nearby Ploenchit BTS (Bangkok Transit System) station and use the pre-paid Skytrain card to hit the shops. In truth, I just duck out to pick up a pair of flip-flops, but time seems to slip away as I get delightfully lost within the air-conditioned, retail heaven that is Central World, the largest shopping mall in Bangkok, if not south-east Asia.

Several hours later, the local phone sim card comes in handy for calling the hotel to let Mr Smith know that I’m caught in a ‘shopping vortex’ and my arrival at the pool will be delayed until that elusive pair of sandals (note the upgrade) is found. Later that afternoon, I finally make it to the pool – a small yet lengthy affair with comfortable sunbeds and oversized beach towels – and work on removing those dreaded tan lines.

When the scorching Bangkok sun has set, we embark on a leisurely late-afternoon jog around Lumpini Park, one of the few green areas in this hectic city. The park is just a 10-minute run from the hotel, but it might be wise to ask the concierge for a map. Lumpini is Bangkok’s answer to New York’s Central Park, albeit a more frenetic version, where you’ll find yourself shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of locals going about their daily exercise or large gangs of women doing an alfresco aerobics class to a ghetto blaster.

After sweating out the previous night’s excesses, I feel virtuous enough to try the oddly-named ‘Nun’ cocktail at Tenface’s hip Sita Bar. It’s a refreshing blend of vodka, coconut, strawberries, fresh mint and lime juice. Mr Smith, feeling a little more adventurous, opts for the potent ‘Lovelorn Tosakan’, a devilish concoction of just about every spirit you can think of, and a splash of lime. Sita’s in-house DJ spins the decks as we recline on leather couches and toast a relaxing, yet productive day in Bangkok: the tan had been evened out, the muscles were no longer aching, we’d rekindled a love for gymnastics – and, mercifully, there was not a bicycle in sight.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Tenface's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Best bargain on Mr & Mrs Smith! Best luxury bargain in Bangkok! Huuuge rooms – if two of you, trust me one bedroom is more than enough space. Great design. Fabulous food. Can't wait to come stay again.

Don’t expect

Very hard to find and taxi drivers will not know where it is. Actually off Soi Ruamrudee, down a long street, then right to end of another long street.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the huge room, the friendly staff, the convenience of having the tuk tuk bring us to and from the hotel to the nearest BTS station (Ploenchit), and the gym – it's pretty good and well maintained.

Don’t expect

The lighting could be better – sometimes I feel the the mood lighting takes over too much. And, the hotel should have day curtains installed in the bedroom because once you draw the black out curtains for natural light you're really exposed to your neighbours.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very friendly staff, great value for money and nice large rooms.

Don’t expect

It was quite noisy at night and although we liked the location, it was a bit tucked away hard to find.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the quiet surroundings and ambience of the hotel, considering it's in a city like Bangkok. The hotel didn't disappoint us on any level.

 

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the spacious room and bathroom, and taking the tuk tuk shuttle to the Skytrain.

Don’t expect

The air conditioning was loud, and it was difficult to find the hotel.

Rating: 7/10 stars