Fortunately the accommodation in Kengtung is far better and varied than the restaurant one and for a remote town of its size there is a good range of hotels and guesthouses to choose from. The options are spread out somewhat around town with many being located near the central market, some by the lake, Harry's a little way out of town to the north and several others on the airport road.
A Kengtung institution and certainly the backpacker choice in town, Harry's has reportedly declined somewhat of late (in terms of trekking information we believe) since Harry himself passed away, but is still a very good deal for pretty reasonable rooms. Located in a small compound on the northern edge of town, there's an old teak building with reception, sitting area, trekking information and a... Read our full review of Harry's Trekking House.
Located a short hop out of town on the Airport Road (some 20 minutes on foot or a 1,000 kyat moto ride), the Private Resort Hotel is a good midrange option in Kengtung. The property is something a bit different to the other options in town, with the rooms being one-storey chalet style, set in long blocks within a rudimentary garden and an accompanying beer bar. It's not what you'd call lush but... Read our full review of Private Resort Hotel.
A brand new and spotless hotel located just down a sidestreet close to the central market (and they do have a second location on the airport road), this is possibly the all round best deal in Kengtung. The outside may look slightly off putting since you enter by a ground floor car-park, but the rooms are very good and all come with air-con, TV and WiFi. There are 27 rooms split between three... Read our full review of Sam Ywet Hotel.
In a word, odd! The Kyaing Tong New Hotel is what passes for upmarket in Kengtung and despite its name is one of the oldest hotels in town -- since it is currently undergoing renovation we'll desist from being too critical. The hotel was built on the site of the demolished Lord of Kengtung's palace – a spectacular Indian maharaja-style palace considered too reminiscent of past Shan glories by... Read our full review of Kyaing Tong New Hotel.
The Princess Hotel is the most popular spot in Kengtung for midrange travellers and tour groups. The hotel is located a five-minute walk from the market and close to the town's old east gate. They're reputed to be the most reliable in terms of advance room and trekking bookings and will send guides to meet visitors at Tachileik but they don't have many rooms and in high season are continually... Read our full review of Princess Hotel.
A bright pink building close to the SamYwet Hotel and just down the main street from the market, the Law Yee Chain Hotel isn't as good a deal as the Sam Ywet but the rooms are okay, if slightly overpriced, so it isn't a bad backup option. There's WiFi, hot water for tea and coffee, TV with some cable channels and air-con, but the rooms though clean have seen slightly better days and the carpets... Read our full review of Law Yee Chain Hotel.