My husband and I were looking for a quiet, peaceful place to settle in for a few days, and ended up liking the Arca de Noe so much that we stayed there several days longer than planned. We were in Bungalow 3, which not only has a great view like most of the other rooms but is the only bungalow with its own private porch overlooking the lake. We spent lots of time sitting back in Adirondack chairs, reading and journaling and looking out over the water and volcanoes in the distance.
The room was clean and pretty, with electricity (and an outlet for charging appliances), a good shower (only once did we need to request that gas be turned on for hot water, which happened within five minutes), and was perhaps the quietest, most-private room because it was farthest from the main lobby area. We could wander down the walkway to eat breakfast in the mornings, then back towards the back of the property for lakeside Spanish classes during the day, and if we were craving more socializing we could head over to the Iguana across the street in the evening. (We had originally planned to stay at the Iguana, but decided on the Arca because it gave us more options for privacy and retreat from being social if we wanted it.)
Arca de Noe was just what we wanted: not so nice as to be very expensive, but nice enough that we could feel clean and comfortable and at peace. We felt connected to the local community through the friendly, local staff, all guys who grew up in Santa Cruz and who speak great English. By the time our Spanish course was done, we had decided to just stay at Arca as long as possible; it was easy to take day trips to the other towns around the lake and leave our things in our bungalow. When we left for home we were sad to go, and definitely plan to return to the same place next time we visit Lake Atitlan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arca de Noe Hotel is a gorgeous place to stay in Lake Atitlan - we're famous for the most rustic and eco-friendly style hotel, and even with the best lake front cabins to relax!There are more elegant hotels in the region. There are certainly more expensive places to stay, but no hotel at any price can match Arca de Noe's quiet ambiance.The hotel has ten rooms, five with private baths with very hot showers! our hotels runs with 100% solar energy system! and help the environment. At our Hotel we have a Restaurant, Free Wifi, Transportation, Day tours and Hikes and many more activities. 100% local family owned - Spanish, English, and French are spoken. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Arca De Noe Guatemala/Lake Atitlan