El Petén Hotels

La Lancha

  • Fodor's Choice


  • Lovely lake views
  • Excellent restaurant
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • All done in good taste


  • Very expensive (for Guatemala)
  • Somewhat remote
  • Lots of steep steps
  • You can hear your neighbors in the cheaper duplex units

Published 03/15/2016

Fodor's Review

Francis Ford Coppola's Guatemalan lodging is done in exquisite taste, and it's the only one with air-conditioning. Guatemalan and Balinese textiles and handmade furniture make rooms cozy. All the casitas glimpse Lake Petén Itzá, though the pricier, larger and more luxe "lake-view" units have the stunning, splurge-worthy views. The lake-view units, however, are many steps farther down the hillside. The restaurant serves delicious Guatemalan food, such as chilaquiles, beef tenderloin served with peppercorn sauce grilled on the open parilla, and the lake views from your table are incredible. A gift shop above the restaurant sells crafts at fairly reasonable prices. A split-level pool just below the restaurant lets you cool off if you don't care to swim in the lake. You're about an hour's drive from Tikal.

Hotel Information


8 mi (13 km) west of El Remate, San José, Petén, Guatemala


502-7928–8331; 800-746–3743-in U.S. and Canada

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 10 casitas
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 03/15/2016

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