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Reviewed September 20, 2005

I stayed at the Arca a couple of weeks ago. It was a return visit for me, as I stayed there 15 years ago. Back then, it was the only place like it on Atitlan, but I see one or two more hotels now that are operating the same model. It can be a little expensive by Guatemalan backpacking standards, but you'll find your stay there to be totally relaxing, safe, and rejuvinating. The food is spectacular, which is a relief after several days of beans, eggs, and tortillas. You can even eat the salads, as they are washed in filtered water. The owners are frequently away, and the place is run by two or three locals, who only speak Spanish. They are extremely helpful and polite. Bear one thing in mind about the Arca, and that it is pretty isolated. This is actually what makes it a plus. Kick back. Relax. Swim in the lake. Walk the lake footpath. If I ever have a nervous breakdown, I know the perfect place to recover!

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed January 30, 2005

Lived in the capital for 4 years and Arca de Noe is by far our favorite place to stay on weekend escapes to Atitlan. The view of the volcanoes and sunset/sunrise is spectacular, the water is more accessable for swimming than most other spots around the lake, the gardens are beautiful and constantly in bloom, the beginning of the path that carries you around the slopes of the lake to San Marcos (highly recommended) is close by, the activity of kids running around and boats carring all kinds of stuff (marimbas, bags of potatoes, etc) up the hill to the actual pueblo of Santa Cruz is facinating, the communal dinners are delicious and the easy-going hospitality of Marc and Stefanie (the high season managers) and the local girls who work there let you relax and enjoy the view from the comfort of your hammock. Accomodation is rustic (solar electricity/showers & fussy toilets) but it is more environmentaly sound ... enabling you to enjoy the fantastic showing of stars at night and swimming in the relatively clean lake. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2004
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Reviewed March 6, 2018
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Stayed: February 2018
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Reviewed February 22, 2018
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Room Tip: Todas las habitaciones cuentan con vista al Lago
  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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