La Lancha

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

Francis Ford Coppola's Guatemalan lodging is decorated in exquisite taste, with rich textures and all casitas glimpsing Lake Petén Itzá. Espresso makers and craft toiletries make it decadent; a combination of Balinese and local furnishings make you want to import some of the aesthetic home. The nice full-lake-view units are many steps farther down the hillside and treacherous for some. The restaurant's Guatemalan fare, such as chilaquiles, beef tenderloin served with peppercorn sauce grilled on the open parilla, is delicious; however, it's local food at resort prices. A gift shop above the restaurant sells crafts at fairly reasonable cost. 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 drive from Tikal.


  • lovely lake views
  • excellent restaurant
  • a/c in rooms
  • frequent specials


  • expensive (for Guatemala)
  • somewhat remote
  • lots of steep steps
  • you can hear your neighbors in the cheaper duplex units


Phones: 502-7928–8331 | 800-611–9774-in U.S. and Canada


10 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast