We have 21 places to stay in and around Inle Lake.
Most of Inle Lake’s accommodation, including nearly all our recommendations, are concentrated in Nyaung Shwe itself. The town’s hotel scene has improved in recent years, with plenty of new additions and much-needed renovations of older establishments. Be warned though that many of the town’s choice addresses tend to be on the small side, so book ahead if possible for high season, which runs November to February.
As of 2016, Nyaung Shwe and Inle Lake had close to 100 guesthouses, hotels and resorts. Though there is now supposedly a moratorium on issuing new licenses, larger hotels and upmarket resorts set up by international chains or wealthy Burmese continue to rise. Up until recently, most low-key, in-town spots were run by local families; now Novotel has moved in and a Westin was under construction when we last stopped by.
Rates are compatible with what you’ll find in any provincial Burmese town, while quality is often above average. Every location we visited provided ticketing and travel information, had helpful staff, and included breakfast and dodgy WiFi.
Nyaung Shwe is surrounded by marshland and in rainy season in particular is mosquito infested. While some places will have nets, they might not reach all the way around the bed, so consider taking one with you. Also bear in mind that this area has a generally cooler climate than low-lying Burma, so outside of hot season, air-con may well be unnecessary. Hotels generally offer breakfast as part of their room rate; the meal generally consists of eggs, choice of coffee or tea, toast, fruit and juice. Most are happy to provide a local-style dish if you let them know in advance.