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11 reviews
Comfortable living room with fireplace
Kitchen with pantry basics
Dining Nook
Downstairs full bathroom
Both bedrooms have spectacular views
Second bedroom
Upstairs veranda
Enjoy sunset from the house
Downstairs veranda
The dock
Walkways up to the house
A local friend
Everychanging view of Santiago and the volcanoes
The house on San Pedro volcano
Santiago is famous for textiles
One species of the many orchids
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan, Solola Department, Western Highlands

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Amanda S
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I don't know why you would stay anywhere else.”
Reviewed 4 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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Cynthia is an amazing woman. She had everything prepared for us. Even our transfers from Antigua to the Lake and in the morning when we had to go to the airport. She made our trip very enjoyable. Now the house.....oh my goodness. It was perfection. I don't even know any other word to describe it. The grounds were just flawless. All the beautiful flowers everywhere. The walk up to the house isn't the easiest, but it is absolutely gorgeous. If you stop to take a break all you see is flowers and the towering volcanoes in the distance. It was an absolute pleasure to stay here. The boat ride to the town across the lake takes about 5 minutes. Everyone knows "Miss Cynthia" and her house. The sunsets in the afternoon to the sunrises in the morning. It was almost as if you could never take your eyes off the view. Thank you so much Cynthia for making our stay that much more incredible!! Give kisses to the animals for us!

-Amanda, Josh and Lee Anne

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Liked best: The view and the seclusion
Liked least: nothing!!!
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
5 Apr 2016
Thanks for the wonderful review. It was such a pleasure having you here. Come back any time.
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MaryBPC
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic House with Jawdropping Views!!!”
Reviewed 7 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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We recently returned from a 5 night stay at this amazing property. Cynthia was the perfect host and made the task of organizing our transportation a breeze. Because the house can only be reached by boat she helped us arrange all of our water transportation from the moment we arrived until we left on the last day. About a hundred steps through an elaborate garden span the distance from the dock to the terrace upon which the house sits but this minor inconvenience is well rewarded with a feeling of privacy and security as well as breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan, Santiago, and the volcanoes beyond.

The property is completely "off the grid" but you wouldn't know it because the solar power collected all day runs the house all the time. The whole area has an enchanted feel to it and if the views weren't enough the history of the area suggests that this area was in the middle of a thriving Mayan community centuries before.

We enjoyed taking day trips to horse back ride, hike, zip-line, and shop but we mostly enjoyed hanging out on the large porch and watching the sun come up over the volcanoes or enjoying the warm tropical afternoon breezes as we watched the sun set.

If you are looking for a great property off the beaten path, have no issue with steps, and enjoy natural beauty you will not be disappointed by this property!

Travelling group: Extended Family
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mbj_7
small town, PA
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect for our family - beautiful”
Reviewed 7 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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person found this review helpful

On arrival in Santiago, met by a boat to take us across the lake to the house we rented for five nights. One hundred stone steps from the dock led to the home. Each step is anticipation of the extraordinary view. The owner, Cynthia, has gardens lining the walk and around her home. It was a paradise for the eyes. The steps had landings and switch backs inviting you to rest which I did that time with my bag and each time without baggage.

The house has a perfect view of the lake, volcano, city of Santiago. Absolutely perfect with a deck on the lower and upper level for enjoying the view. Iron ornamental bars on the windows reminded us we are completely safe. Cynthia has a dog, Shadow who kept the grounds safe as well. The rule is after 5p.m. you stay at the house (no boats to cross the lake.) Perfect family vacation for visiting. We played games or watched a movie each night. New Years Eve was a highlight as we watched the amazing firework display from the second story deck.

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Liked best: Cynthia had the right balance of being helpful and giving us privacy. Gardener helped with the bags on arrival!
Liked least: Felt out of my comfort zone in Guatemala but the house increased my feeling of comfort/safety being across the lake and more private.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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fayerace
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
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“Perfecto!”
Reviewed 8 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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person found this review helpful

This house was so great. My sister and I (mid-50's) had my 6 year old here for a week and we all enjoyed it very much. Cynthia is great to deal with as are those she recommends such as the boat or taxi transportation people. The town directly across the lake, Santiago, is a great place to shop and eat. It seems to be the most traditional on the lake so note to dress properly. I made the mistake of showing a bit too much leg a few times and got "the look" of judgment. The prices in Santiago were much cheaper than Antigua so do as much shopping here as you can. The pictures really don't do it justice. It is a perfectly designed home that has everything needed for a lovely stay. An evening with a roaring fire and a good DVD could not be topped in this house!

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Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 50-64
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thescreec...
Appledore, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Perfect relaxing retreat with breathtaking volcano views”
Reviewed 16 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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I stayed at Casa de Cynthia with 4 other 30-somethings and we had an absolutely amazing trip and would highly recommend it.

The property is beautiful; lush hillside gardens with avocado trees and breathtaking views of two (dormant) volcanoes. It can only be reached by boat and it is extremely peaceful and serene. Watching the sunrise on the porch whilst drinking fresh Guatemalan coffee was enjoyed by all of us.

There are two large bedrooms upstairs with a shared bathroom with a lovely hot shower. There's also another bathroom with a shower downstairs with a fantastic view! The living room has a comfy couch, futon and armchair and a great fireplace, which we lit every night (Cynthia's gardener makes sure there is plenty of fire wood always available). There is a tv and DVD player and a fantastic selection of movies. The kitchen has pretty much everything you could need and also spices, oil, tea etc. Cynthia makes sure there is always plenty of drinking water. The faucet water is safe for washing but not drinking. There are no laundry facilities but they're easily available in Santiago.

Cynthia has two very friendly dogs (Lindy Lou and Shadow) who liked to hang out sometimes and Misha the cat, which made us miss our own pets less. They sleep with Cynthia in the casita, which is also on the property but tucked out of the way.

Cynthia had a cell phone for us to borrow so we could call Diego to arrange water taxis or make any other reservations as needed. We topped it up with 50Q and it lasted our week's stay. There was also a SIM card or chip which could be used to access the internet but we didn't need it. Many bars and restaurants had wifi so we just reconnected with the world on our day trips. Our Spanish was pretty basic and Cynthia was always so helpful making calls for us when we were out of our depth. She also said to call her if we had any problems or couldn't understand someone and she would translate.

We really enjoyed taking water taxis to different towns around the lake each day and Cynthia always had helpful recommendations and tips. She told us all the prices we should be paying for things, which is definitely needed to avoid being overcharged.

Case de Cynthia is not the place for you if you can't navigate steps or if you like being in close proximity to restaurants, bars etc. but is was perfect for us. We all agreed it was lovely to come home and chill out after busy days bartering and exploring the hustle and bustle on the Lake and decided it was much much nicer than staying in a town.

Cynthia was always quick to reply to any emails I sent and answered my many questions with her vast knowledge. She also kindly arranged for Aclash to pick us up from Guat City airport in his minivan for $100 each way (approx 3 hours in good weather), which made vacation planning very easy. Make sure you have food etc before you get dropped off at the dock as there isn't too much available down there.

Cynthia was the perfect hostess and we felt it was like staying with a friend. She made herself always available to help but was never intrusive. She is a really nice lady and she made our trip extra special. It was an incredible vacation for us and cannot say enough positive things about our experience.

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