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Hotel el Arca de Noe
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Paris, France
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“Best setting on the lake!”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We loved staying here for three nights and didn't want to leave. It has the greatest possible situation on the lake that you can imagine. Everyone who works there is attentive, professional, and all from the local Maya village. The food is delicious and completely homemade. A beautiful way to end our stay in Guatemala!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere is great here and the food yummy! Beautiful gardens and charming service. Love the candlelight and lights in the trees. We did not stay overnight, just ate in restaurant. The food was plentiful and reasonably priced. The waiter was funny and charming.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Whiting, ME
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Note that the owners have changed recently and are in the process of improving the service. They are a really nice Guatemalan family and are already doing a good job! Give them some help with your suggestions and thankyous!

Stayed with my parents for several nights in April. We all loved it. Rooms overlook the lake right next to the dock for the launchas. Very quiet at night, gets a bid rowdy as the morning boats come in, but its fun to be around all the local action. Nice common room with WIFI. We spent a lot of time on the nice deck chairs outside by the lake. They have cold beers if you like! We had one dinner, which was fantastic, although a little pricey. But there is a local family 50m up the hill which has great food at local prices where we ate most of the time.

Stay here if you want a peaceful, serene setting. if you want to party, go next door to the Iguana.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stopped at the Iguana next door, but we were not interested in the hostel atmosphere of tourists hanging out. The Hotel Arca de Noe was very low key and quiet. We spent our days hiking (to next village Tzununa) or hopping on the boat taxis to other villags around the lake. Go for a walk to the top of the village.

Local owners very knowledgeable and helpful.

Pedro is an avid birder - ask to see his bird photos.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I arrived at lago atitlan, a bit exhausted from previous travels and eager to finally do a week of language school.
Arriving at arca de noe i got welcomed in the friendliest possible way.
I had a great stay with great people who tried to make my stay an unforgettable time.
Although having power cuts and not enough solar energy because of the rainy weather it was actually quite nice to sit and eat with candlelight, study with candlelight etc.
The rooms are spacious, clean, beautiful view of the volcanos included. Shower and toilets very clean and proper hot water (which was a bless for me").
The food is simple but very tasty and for all of you's who are planning on staying there for longer; they are very open to cook off the menu.
The language school is separated from the main lodging area and gives the proper impression of a school. What i'd have appreciated would've been some learning material for me to take with me. Wouldn't have mind to pay for them.
Great experience, thanks to all of you

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

Tried this after staying at Iguana and they became full. We stayed in 2 different rooms. First a shared bath. Great view, good double bed, enough but not much additional space. It had electric light and I think one outlet. Bath was outside down a dark rock path. A bit hard for old folk to navegate at night. Second room much nicer with private bath. Same great view.More space, double and single beds. But cost Q100 more. Same price as a nice private cottage at Iguana, less fancy, but with view:-)

Service was spotty. They are local folks, the admin/restaraunt are closed at night and may or may not be open when you want them. Shower needed gas turned on and lit for hot shower. One morning i couldn't get it lit and no one was there so cold shower.
Food at restaraunt ok when we ate there, more traditional Guatemalan. They will try to accommodate you.

I was not happy when they tried to add a 10% tip to my bill on check out. This was removed after discussion.

Overall pretty quiet with great views of the lake and volcanos when they were out.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel el Arca de Noe
Address: Main street next to the main publick dock, Santa Cruz La Laguna 07014, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santa Cruz La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Santa Cruz La Laguna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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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