Tenface is a boutique hotel situated in Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok, near Ploen Chit BTS station.
Rachel and I stayed at Tenface for our 6D5N babymoon in Bangkok from 10 to 15 May. Initially, we were a little skeptical when our friend from Wotif.com highly recommended this hotel for its vogue factor as it was quite inaccessible by foot from the nearest BTS station. A free Tuk-Tuk shuttle service is provided by the hotel, but we felt that it might be troublesome.
All our concerns dissipated on our first day at the boutique hotel.
For most Bangkok hotels, even if they are near to the BTS station, there is still a considerable walking distance. The Tuk-tuk ride from the BTS station back to Tenface is less than 2 minutes. With a Tuk-tuk at your service with just a phone call, it almost felt like a private taxi.
Upon arrival, guests are presented with a jewel box containing one all-day BTS pass, a SIM card (bring a mobile phone along that can read a normal SIM card if you are using a phone fitted with a micro-SIM card), an iPod loan set and toiletries. Everything is well thought-of to ensure guests have the best of experience.
The name Tenface is derived from that of Thotsakan’s – the demon-king with ten faces and many arms. There are a total of 88 guest rooms in the hotel, spread over 8 floors. Owned by Noble Development, Tenface was originally built as a condominium, but was later converted into a boutique hotel by the owner.
The hotel features a meeting room for corporate clients (30 pax), a small dipping pool, a restaurant and a bar. These are all named after the characters in Ramakien.
The rooms come in 4 types – the one-bedroom suite (2 pax), two-bedroom suites (4 pax), two-bedroom premier suites (4 pax) and Tenface suite (4 pax), in order lowest to highest price.
Rachel and I stayed in the one-bedroom suite which comes with a full living room and kitchen. We made good use of the kitchen on some nights, preparing some of our own food for supper.
Guests also get to choose the preferred pillow type, from a traditional one filled with buckwheat husks to those high-tech contour ones made of foam.
We like the fact that much thought was put into making sure that every aspect of the decor fit the overarching theme.
The architecture and interior of Tenface is designed by Vitoon Kunalungkarn, one of Thailand’s foremost interior designers and architects. He founded IAW Company Limited, a professional design company in architecture and interior design based in Bangkok, in 1994. Over the years, the firm has delivered numerous outstanding and acclaimed design works such as H1, Playground, Greyhound Cafes, and of course, Tenface Serviced Apartment.
You won’t find the the cliched, ubiquitous Buddha motif so popular among establishments over-eager to advertise themselves as “Asian”. Instead, this designer interprets scenes from the Ramakien using painted illustrations on the walls of rooms and even the lift.
With it’s spiffy decor and friendly staff, Tenface‘s main clientale base now are Taiwanese and Hong Kong tourists who had stumbled upon the hotel through various chic media publications, blogs and magazines. The place is still undiscovered by Singaporeans. During our stay, Rachel and I did not bump into a single Singaporean guest.
We appreciate the fact that most of the guests appeared to be the artsy and refined type. They were pleasant when we met in the lifts and the breakfast area.
There is nothing to complain about the service. The room is immaculately tidied every day and each of the staff, who wear a name tag, greet the guests at every encounter. The breakfast buffet line waitstaff are helpful – there was once we went for breakfast 15 minutes before closing time and they helped us get all the food we needed without being asked to. The porters take pride in their work; each piece of luggage they bring up to the rooms is tagged with their name.
I usually don’t take a lot of photos of my lodging during my travels, but Tenface is an exception.
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