Hotel Review: Shama Yen-Akat, Bangkok

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A gorgeous gym and pool, beautiful rooftop and apartment-style rooms, Shama Yen-Akat is your new go-to Digital Nomad Base in Bangkok. 

As soon as I stepped into the room at Shama Yen-Akat, I knew I found a hidden gem in Bangkok. Our room had two big windows, a beautiful bathroom with a separate wardrobe, tons of storage space, a working space with a comfortable sofa and a huge bed.

I would definitely choose Shama Yen-Akat as my digital nomad base for exploring Bangkok – and if you’ve ever been to Bangkok, you know that you need at least a month to experience it all. 

Unfortunately on this trip, I only had 2 nights, but trust me when I tell you that I made the most of them! I also already know that any future trips to Bangkok will be spent at this beautiful hotel. 

Getting to Shama Yen-Akat

Bangkok is a big city, but it’s fairly well connected. There’s a metro that crisscrosses the city and you also have the option to take Bolt taxis and scooters anywhere you need to go. We flew into Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and even though there are city buses that will take you downtown, since there were two of us, we decided to hop in a Bolt taxi. 

The taxi from Suvarnabhumi to Shama Yen Akat cost us 455฿ (THB) or about $12.50 (USD). The ride took about an hour. 

Once we arrived at the hotel, we took Bolt Scooters everywhere across town. And yes, we would both take a Bolt Scooter. We made the mistake of taking a taxi once and ended up getting out and walking because the traffic downtown was so bad. 

Getting downtown on a Bolt Scooter cost around 30-80฿ per journey or around $1-2.

About the Hotel

Shama Yen-Akat has apartment-style rooms instead of typical hotel rooms. This makes them perfect for Digital Nomads and anyone staying longer-term in Bangkok. 

Our room had a huge TV, sofa and table that were ideal for working from and a huge bathroom. I really loved the shower and additional closet space that made it easy to hide away my overflowing bag. The hotel also had a meeting room downstairs where you could work/reserve the space for your own remote meetings. 

Shama Yen Akat has 136 extended stay rooms, ranging from studio apartments (like the one we stayed in!) to one and two bedroom apartments.

The pool space and gym are also perfect additions for any long stay in Bangkok. And it’s a pet friendly hotel which is such a rarity these days. We met several friendly dogs and a gorgeous cat during our stay. 

Shama Yen-Akat Room Tour

You can tell right away that Shama Yen-Akat has long-term stays in mind. Even in their studio apartments there is so much storage space. Right when you enter the room there’s a cupboard where you can hide away your shoes, purse and other items that usually pile up right by the door. 

We also had a huge tv, table and sofa in the living area of the apartment, next to a small kitchenette outfitted with a fridge, sink and microwave. Since we don’t do much cooking while traveling in Thailand (Thai food is too good – and affordable), this was really all we needed. 

The huge bed was incredibly comfortable and had a bedside table and drawers on either side (once again, well thought out for storage!) We had a small balcony and a huge bathroom! 

I loved the bathroom at Shama Yen-Akat. My favorite part was definitely the shower – and I love sustainable shampoo and shower gel options in bathrooms, as opposed to tiny bottles that barely last one shower! But the bathroom also had a dedicated corner of closet space where you could tuck your bags away. 

After spending about 10 minutes in the room, we both agreed that it was our dream apartment and we could definitely stay a lot longer than a couple of nights. 

Restaurant, Gym and Hotel Pool 

Shama Yen-Akat also has a restaurant on site, where guests can get a 10% discount on their meals. We had breakfast there each morning and loved their unique and creative drinks menu! I personally loved the Lycee soda. 

Brunch Paradiso is their chic international restaurant (that’s also pet friendly!!). It’s open from 07:00-17:00 and for hotel guests for breakfast from 07:00-10:00. We made sure to get breakfast each morning because it’s the best way to fuel your adventures for the day. 

The gym and pool are located on the 6th floor, and while it’s not a rooftop pool, it is still an outdoor pool exposed to the sunny skies for sunbathing. It was one of the nicest hotel pools I’ve seen, with chairs in the water where you can sit and read (or in my case, edit content!). The gym was fully air conditioned and had huge windows overlooking the street. 

There was also a rooftop with cute fairy lights and plenty of spots where you could sit and enjoy a drink while overlooking Bangkok. 

Shama Yen-Akat Bangkok Hotel Information

Shama Yen-Akat is located at 69 Yen Akat Rd, Chong Nonsi, Yan Nawa, Bangkok 10120. It’s 2km from the Lumphini MRT Station which will connect you to the entire city. 

A studio apartment starts at 45,000 THB / month which is around $1,200 a month. But if you just want to stay for a couple of nights, a room starts at 1,615 THB / night which is about $40 a night. Make sure to check their website and book directly with them for the best deal. 

Shama Yen-Akat is a beautiful hotel in Bangkok with long-stay apartments, an international restaurant, pool and air conditioned gym. Located in a quiet neighborhood just steps away from a local shopping center and grocery store, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing stay. 

I was invited to stay at Shama Yen-Akat for 2 nights in March of 2024. Each hotel that I choose to work with is somewhere that I would 100% pay to stay. I would never recommend a hotel that I don’t absolutely love. If this blog inspires you to stay at Shama Yen-Akat, let them know that you found them here! It’s by far the best way to support my blog. 

As always, all opinions are my own. 

For even more travel inspiration, make sure to follow me on Instagram (@justynjen). I share my daily adventures there. You can also follow me on Pinterest for easy tips to help you plan your trip and start traveling more!  

Travel around South East Asia? Make sure to stay at Penh House Hotel in Phnom Penh!

Thailand Travel Essentials

I’ve spent over 6 months traveling and exploring Thailand! Here are some of the essentials that you’ll need when planning your trip to Thailand. You can also explore my blog for more tips and travel hacks! 

Flights: Find affordable flights to Bangkok on Kiwi.

Visas: If you’re traveling from the US or Europe, you don’t need a visa to enter Thailand! You can stay for 30-days visa free, and you’re also able to extend for an additional 30-days. The cost of the extension is 1,900 THB or $52. 

Travel Insurance: I never travel without travel insurance! As a full-time digital nomad, I highly recommend SafetyWing. Learn more and get insured here

Airport Transfer: In cities like Bangkok, you can take Bolt taxis and scooters anywhere! I recommend booking a Bolt Taxi from the airport to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Find the best Thailand hotel deals on Booking. You can also find a great deal at Shama Yen-Akat on Booking.

Thailand Guidebook: Get your copy of the new Lonely Planet Thailand travel book. I love how these books detail the various regions to inspire you to get off the beaten track. 

5 Things to Pack for Thailand 

Walking shoes. If you’re on the islands, you probably won’t ever wear your walking shoes! But Thailand is home to many incredible national parks, hikes and temples – so it’s important to have a comfortable pair of shoes for exploring. 

Modest, lightweight clothing and a scarf for visiting the temples and memorials. It’s very important to dress modestly when you’re visiting any palaces or temples in Thailand. You are going to want flowy, lightweight pants, lightweight tops with sleeves, and a scarf that you can use to cover your shoulders. Keep in mind that for some temples, simply covering your shoulders with a scarf won’t be enough. You’ll need to wear modest clothing. 

A reusable water bottle. Thailand definitely suffers from plastic pollution, but more and more places are offering filtered water refills for around 5 THB a bottle. Make sure that you bring a reusable water bottle. I love this water bottle because it comes with a lid for coffee or a smoothie, which means you can get smoothies without the excessive plastic cup, straw and bag! 

Entertainment for long travel days. It’s usually 50/50 if I’m going to get motion sick on a long bus or ferry ride. Luckily, I always travel with motion sickness drops and tablets so that I can spend long journeys reading. My Kindle has explored more countries than most American adults! I love using the Libby App to borrow Kindle books even while I’m abroad. 

Wet wipes and tissues. Bathrooms across South East Asia don’t usually have toilet paper, so I like to keep wet wipes and tissues in my purse. It also doesn’t hurt to carry hand sanitizer. 

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