- Style Urban fable
- Setting Leafy soi, left of centre
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 79 suites, including one penthouse.
- Rates Double rooms from $61.16 (THB1,966), excluding tax at 17 per cent.
- More details Rates excludes breakfast.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, CD/DVD library, small gym. In rooms: flatscreen cable TV, preloaded iPod, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, free bottled water, pillow menu.
- Poolside There’s a shady, unheated lap-pool that’s just about long enough to keep swimmers happy.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible subject to availability (overstaying until 6pm costs an extra half-day rate). Check-in, 2pm.
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.
- Hotel closed Tenface will be closed for reconstruction from 20 April to 31 August 2013.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips A wardrobe that takes you seamlessly from cocktails at in-house bar Sita to Bangkok’s top nightspots.
- 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.
Food and drink at Tenface
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.