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Panajachel Centro - Casa Cakchiquel - La Condesa

SuperhostPanajachel, Sololá, Guatemala
Private room in house hosted by Andres
3 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 private bathroom
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Casa Cakchiquel is the cultural heritage of Panajachel.
Built in 1948 by the Swedish countess Aimee Spens, “El Cakchiquel” was one of the first accomodations on Lake Atitlán and hosted intellectuals like Che Guevara and Ingrid Bergman in the 1950's! We are located in the heart of Panajachel, right off Calle Santander. The room has a private bathroom with hot water and is for either 1 or 2 bed(s) and direct access to the porch and a beautiful garden area. Internet is courtesy of the house.

The space
Welcome to Casa Cakchiquel, the cultural heritage of Panajachel

Casa Cakchiquel was built in 1948 by the Swedish countess Aimee Spens and was one of the first hotels on lake Atitlan.
According to the legend Ernesto "Che” Guevara, Ingrid Bergman and other intellectuals, artists, painters and writers enjoyed the house in its golden years.

Today, the house has been lovingly restored with the finality of preserving its spirit and values and serves the multiethnic population of the Atilan basin with an Art, Cultural and
Communication Center.

Casa Cakchiquel offeres a Photo Museum/ Gallery space and shares an exceptional and rare historical photo collection for Guatemala. The house is presenting
the work of the most important Photographers between 1880 and 1960 like; Valdevalleno, Eichenberger, Muybrick, Biener, Zadek, El Indio and others.

Casa Cakchiquel features a peaceful and quiet garden space and invites you, to spend a moment after the visit in the museum where La Condesa Casa Cakchiquel
will make sure that you feel satisfied with your culinarcal needs.

The owner and creator of the house was Aimee Spens, who was born in Lund Sweden, on the 24th of March of 1899, she was raised in a distinguished military family. In 1947 she divorced and moved to Guatemala. In 1948 the construction of the house begin. It is interesting that after her studying a few architectural magazines, Aimee created her own plans to build the house, and with the help and assistance of local laborers, acted also as a contractor. After the house was near completion, a devastating flood hit Panajachel. There was heavy damage to the house and to many houses in town, electric power, and transportation was cut off for a while, leaving the village isolated. Aimee opened her doors to several homeless families. The large living room, was to accommodate these homeless families. Each of these families had chosen to build their own individual fire for cooking on the still dirt floor of the living room, the families remained there for several days. Small fires burning every evening. For that reason local people starting to refer to El Cakchiquel Inn as "The House of many Fires". El Cakchiquel prosper during most of the 1950's. United Fruit Line Tours, as well as others introduce tourist to the beauty of the country. Aimee is buried in a small graveyard above Panajachel. The actual owner of the house has restored it, keeping the same infrastructure and the original spirit, with which the house had been created, in the first place.

Guest access
You will be received by Andres Santos Santos, the house keeper and good soul of Casa Cakchiquel. He will show you the house, your room and how to get around.

Other things to note
When going into the garden area you will have the chance to sit on the porch to the left hand side or use the Japanese Restaurant Hana to your right. Enjoy a peaceful moment in our beautiful garden.
Casa Cakchiquel is the cultural heritage of Panajachel.
Built in 1948 by the Swedish countess Aimee Spens, “El Cakchiquel” was one of the first accomodations on Lake Atitlán and hosted intellectuals like Che Guevara and Ingrid Bergman in the 1950's! We are located in the heart of Panajachel, right off Calle Santander. The room has a private bathroom with hot water and is for either 1 or 2 bed(s) and direct acces…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed

Amenities

Wifi
Bath
Laptop-friendly workspace
Fire extinguisher
Indoor fireplace
Hangers
Lock on bedroom door
Essentials
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Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala

You are in downtown Panajachel, 30m away from Calle Santander and prime to get around.

Hosted by Andres

Joined in May 2015
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I was very much involved in the reconstruction of the patrimonio cultural and today the caretaker of the house. I look forward to serve you. Yo estabe muy involucrado en la reconstrucción del patrimonio cultural y hoy soy el cuidador de la casa. Me dispongo a brindarle un servico exclusivo. Mucho Gusto!
I was very much involved in the reconstruction of the patrimonio cultural and today the caretaker of the house. I look forward to serve you. Yo estabe muy involucrado en la reconst…
During your stay
Andres will be available during daytime hours 7am to 6pm.
After 10pm you will have Pascual or Evaristo looking for the secuity.
Andres is a Superhost
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House rules
Check-in: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Check out: 11:00 am
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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