When you first think about boutique hotels affordable might not be the first word that comes to mind but Tenface had some excellent promotions going on from their website in February when I visited. If you stayed three or more nights, the room rate significantly dropped. I paid almost 1/3 more than the cost of Tenface to stay in a no-frills resort in Railay. Breakfast was also included in the special online pricing from the website. Did I mention my room could've easily accommodated upwards of 6 people? It was huge for a solo traveler.
The first thing to note about Tenface is that you get conflicting views when you are trying to see the location on Google. For some reason, the image shows as being closer to Siam Square which it is not. Tenface is two, BTS (Bangkok's sky train system - and very efficient one) stops to the east of Siam Square. You can call Tenface and ask that the tuk-tuk come and pick you up (or drop you off, depending on the direction of your travel) from the motorcycle station out front of the Novotel. The tuk-tuk is entirely free, it's just that it won't always be there when you are. The tuk-tuk also runs 24/7 - despite reading differently elsewhere. Do have a way to contact Tenface once you've arrived to the motorcycle stand, buy a SIM card for your phone at the airport, OR wait to check in when you are given a SIM card for free as part of your welcome kit.
So what Tenface lacks in proximity to the city centre it makes up for in the form of your welcome kit. The reviews below are true - you get an iPod and docking station to call your own for the duration of your stay at Tenface, a pre-loaded SIM (I think 15Bath worth of calling/text time), a day pass for the BTS (use it on the day you plan on using mass-transport regularly), a hotel card in both English and Thai, with map (ideal to pass off to your taxi driver) and an extra assortment of toiletries - I assume to take home if you're keen. Tenface does supply additional toiletries. However a mild gripe that the cleaning staff are not good about refreshing the toiletries or supplying additional ones once they've been used up. I stayed five nights and only once did I get a new set of cotton buds, shower cap, body lotion/shower gel during that entire time. Not the end of the world, and certainly not a reason to decide not to stay at Tenface.
If you need some ideas about neat/interesting things to do in Bangkok, the Tenface t.v. channel is mildly addicting. There are little cards with the information printed on them that also come as part of your welcome kit, with each of these *interesting* venues mentioned on the t.v. channel. This comes in very handy when trying to re-create the activity. I was able to do three of them - and would have done more but ran out of time.
Some additional notes:
**The food at the hotel apart from the inclusive breakfast is on the steep side. Tasty and diverse food (even breakfast - catering to an Eastern OR Western diet). But do beware, alcoholic drinks are an outrage price-wise. Local beer costing as much as 250% what the going rate is from the 7-11 around the corner.
**Swimming pool gets no direct sunlight anytime of day mid-February. Water is a delightful temperature and hardly anyone using the pool - day or night.
**You are given four bottles of water as part of your room rate. Generous for 1-2 persons as the tap water in Thailand is not very palatable, unless you enjoy the taste of dirt.
**Jr Suite rooms have a Nespresso. If you have your own capsules at home, bring 'em. Tenface charges 161Baths per capsule. Tea bags and Nescafe sticks are free of charge and come with the room, along with a tea kettle for boiling up that "tasty" tap water.
**If you're keen to walk, you can get to the BTS station in 15 mins or less
**There is a clean, neat, patio/cafe/restaurant (called La Tartine) right near the BTS station that has a happy hour from 5-7pm, with local beers as cheep as 50Bath! Nice place to stop if you're waiting for the tuk-tuk. You will see the chalk board advertising said happy hour as the tuk-tuk drops you off at the BTS station.
**All rooms come with A/C - remote operated, and a bit loud.
**Rooms on the main floor (first floor) are noisier
**Jr. Suite comes with two balconies
**If you are a person who requires lots of daylight, Tenface might not be right for you. It's a very peaceful, calm feeling but the rooms are very darkly lit. Lots of options to turn lights on, but even the idea is calm and dim.
Enjoy your stay at Tenface!
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