We did not stay at el Arca but we ate here on our last evening and wished we had more evenings! The meal was excellent and would not have disgraced any major restaurant metropolis. A five course menu included: anchovy butter on apple with dried guava; banana soup (this was the most amazing soup I have ever eaten and we all had second helpings); parmesan tart; pork tenderloin in a fig sauce with couscous and broccoli (again, delicious) and peaches poached in Limoncella. Absolutely fantastic. Food is a bit of an obsession with us and we have eaten in many top restaurants around the world and the soup in particular is going in to our Top 5 dishes ever. The dinner costs for Q75 plus 10% which is good value for Santa Cruz - our hotel charged Q90 for a dinner and Isla Verde where we ate the previous evening charges Q100. The latter was good but no where near this class.
Arc de Noe also sells wine at reasonable (for Guatemala) prices.
Dinner is eaten family style which I am not normally crazy about but we enjoyed he company of a family from Atlanta and a couple from Montreal and hope they enjoyed our company too! The food would have been worth it even if the company hadn't been so pleasant. The ambiance of the simple room is also lovely - with candles and music.
Basically we had a $300 plus dining experience for around $35. Cant say fairer than that really.
- 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