We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Idyllic”

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Peten
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Gucumatz Lakeside Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Peten B&B and Inns
Annapolis, Maryland
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Idyllic”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Our family of five stayed here in April 2014. Moya and her team are excellent hosts, serving authentic food for breakfast and dinner, offering opportunities to experience interactions with the local people, and assisting on shuttling us to and from town. The location is pretty removed from town (which is part of the charm), so be prepared to make arrangements on getting places.

The lake is crisp and clean and you will wake to birds singing. There are nooks and crannies everywhere for you to curl up with a book, binoculars, or a beer. Be sure to bring a bright flashlight to spot the kinkajous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkajou) at night as they forage for food in the trees. During our stay she had rescued three motherless baby kits (foxes) and was rearing them for reintroduction to the wild. This actually proved to be a highlight of our whole Guatemala vacation for my youngest son.

Also, when you come, Moya supports a local school, so ask if there is anything that you can bring in your suitcase to help out. The local kids need even the most basic of school supplies.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Chris S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

31 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    28
    2
    0
    1
    0
See reviews for
6
14
1
2
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (4)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Belize City, Belize
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in this little paradise and fell in love with the place, the host Moya and Guatemala. It is conveniently located between Flores and Tikal, so it is perfect for those planning to visit both places. It also is right on the lake with comfortable entrances, a palapa with hammocks, benches to enjoy the view, awesome view by the way! We had breakfast included, the bread was home made warm and tasty, the owner, Moya, makes sure every guests feels at home and gets enough of food and drinks. I loved to be trusted with fridge full of drinks - you could take what you need and write down whatever you took for billing later. The place is taken care of, clean and beautifully decorated. There is guatemalan art everywhere, very cozy. I didn't know you can stay in a luxurious place like this on that budget. We used kayaks free of charge, there is a library in the game room, there is a beautiful living room with tv and all kinds of artefacts, felt like a museum, i could spend a whole day there; there are birds, there are bars, ping pong table, souvenier shop and a little grocery store. It is just amazing how there is so much to please the most demanding guest!!! And so inexpensive! Moya is a great and knowledgeable hostess, nature lover and traveller, she stoically survived an avalanche of my questions, helped a lot with understanding guatemala and planning my other adventures. She also had some rescue baby-foxes at the time, it was fun watching them play. I'll strongly recommend it to all my friends and hope to come here again. The best inn, loved it loved it loved it!!!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank RackMarianna
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Taos, New Mexico
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

My hubby & I stayed for just one night in March, on our way to Tikal from our farm in Belize. Made a reservation by calling and emailing, and received good information both ways...and got to choose what we wanted for dinner-yummy! The road from Flores had been worked on after the rainy season and it was in great shape most all the way. Did not take long from Flores. Reception was great, room was basic but quite comfy and roomy, grounds were awesome--could have stayed to enjoy them more if we had not already planned on going to Tikal. Dinner & breakfast were very tasty...and the cocktail was quite good. Jason was a wonderful host...gracious & willing to answer questions. Was nice to see the other side of Lake Peten Itza, as I had only been to Flores and Remate--Gucumatz has a beautiful location. We would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Ginny H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2014

Gucumatz is a simple and delightful small bed and breakfast on the bank of Lago Peten Itza. It exudes local charm and provides many wonderful venues for peaceful reading, painting, talking and, of course, swimming in the warm water of the lake. Here one finds exactly what one needs in the way of accommodation and no more. Moya is an attentive and knowledgable proprietor who has strong ties with the local community and readily puts guests at ease and teaches them about this rural community. It's a lovely place to stay and this region of northern Guatemala is absolutely goregous!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank julia1984335
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2014

Gucumatz is a place to relax and get away from the interruptions of the world. We stayed for five nights in January 2014. The rooms are basic but spacious and are set in wonderful terraced grounds which are nice to explore. We were enchanted by the hummingbirds that would feed all day long outside our room. The lake is wonderful with plenty of opportunities to swim or kayak or simply laze on one of the sun lounges along the waters edge.

Stormy weather had caused the television in the communal lounge to stop working - so with no TV or internet access we truly did relax taking the time to read, snooze and enjoy each others company. The weather also messed up the unsealed road that leads to Gucumatz however the tuk-tuk was still able to get us to and from the nearby towns if required.

Our reason for going to Peten and Gucumatz was to visit Tikal and get away from the 4-5 star impersonal accommodation that prevails. By choosing to forego the trappings of 4-5 star resorts you get to meet wonderful hosts who delight in introducing you to the real offerings of the area.
Moya, Jason and his partner were fabulous and made us feel very welcome. While you can book to go to Tikal from Flores, Jason can take you and leave you to explore the ruins by yourself or with a local guide.


If you visit Gucumatz you will no doubt visit Flores for the day. Be sure to catch a little boat from Flores to the Museum on another tiny island in the lake. The ceramics on display are far more worthy of a visit than the ones at Tikal. Further the grandson took us around and discussed various pieces in the collection with us. The museum is also home to the local radio station and brand new chalet accommodation that is not advertised. We would recommend you get the local bus back from Flores as opposed to the mini buses. The ride is comfortable and inexpensive.

Be sure to organise Moya or Jason to meet you at the airport - it is much nicer to be met by your hosts than catching a taxi.

Room Tip: We had room number 1 on the ground floor that overlooked the lake and the outdoor dining area. The p...
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Kimberley W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
rouyn-noranda
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2014

Moya and Robert!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the magical stay we have had at Gucumatz. We felt tresored. This place is soooooo relaxing and inspiring. I want to go back. Guatemala is in my heart forever and the lovely ride you gave us to Gucumatz was a very conforting experience! I just wished we could have stayed longer. The kids will remember forever! Travellers, don't hesitate a single second to get there. Moya will help you out with any question you might have. She is wonderfull, really.

Room Tip: The whole place is a treasure.
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank mcjulie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

This was our second visit to Gucumatz, although our first actual stay, and much had changed, all very much for the better, in the meanwhile. What had not changed though was the wonderfully warm welcome extended to us by Moya and her strapping lads; even more enthusiastic and enterprising than previously, the family could not have been more hospitable and generous, and they made our stay enormously special.
The atmosphere and facilities that Gucumatz now offers are just amazing.; the rooms in both the public and private areas are charmingly furnished, comfortable and relaxing; the views from numerous locations delightful; the various nooks and crannies of the the whole site great fun to explore. and the opportunities to swim. besport oneself or just relax numerous and varied.
With Moya's delicious cooling, Jason's cocktails and all the input from Justin and the their two gorgeous ladies as well,we could easily have become horrendously stuffed and lazy, but for the great excursions they so kindly laid on.
Our visit was also a humbling experience in some ways. From visiting the nearby village of San Pedro with Moya, it's very clear how much she gives of herself to the local community as well as to her visitors. Everywhere we went in the village she was greeted by young and old alike most evidently as a much loved person whose support for them is, quite rightly, highly valued. When coupled with all her personal projects, we were left feeling totally inadequate by comparison!
In short, it was a truly memorable stay for which we shall always be hugelygrateful.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Peter F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Peten
6.8 mi away
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
21.6 mi away
Jungle Lodge
Jungle Lodge
#1 of 2 in Tikal National Park
610 reviews
6.2 mi away
Hotel Isla de Flores
Hotel Isla de Flores
#2 of 16 in Flores
301 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
10.1 mi away
Hotel Mon Ami
Hotel Mon Ami
#1 of 4 in El Remate
235 reviews
21.9 mi away
Hotel Tikal Inn
Hotel Tikal Inn
#2 of 2 in Tikal National Park
866 reviews
8.3 mi away
Camino Real Tikal
Camino Real Tikal
#1 of 6 in Santa Elena
338 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Gucumatz Lakeside Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Gucumatz Lakeside Inn

Property: Gucumatz Lakeside Inn
Address: Flores, Peten, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Peten Department > Peten
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Peten
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming lakeside inn with beautiful garden, homely atmosphere, typical Mayan decorations, hammocks, kayaks and swimming. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gucumatz Lakeside Inn Guatemala/Peten

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing