"A great weekend getaway"
02/02/15 Debbi C West Vancouver, Canada
We recently spent two nights at the Hacienda Labor de Rivera on our way back to the coast from San Miguel de Allende. We chose this property because it looked like it was an authentic hacienda style plantation/ranch. We were not disappointed! The manager, Carlos, and front desk receptionist, Gris, were incredibly hospitable and made sure we had everything we needed. We had prearranged to do a little tour of the property by horseback and I would highly recommend this activity. We had lovely Rachel as our guide and although she could not speak much English, with our limited Spanish we managed just fine. We had two great breakfasts and two fabulous dinners, creatively prepared by a very talented chef. She (I think Gabby was her name), came personally to our table a number of times with little creations from the kitchen. Our entire experience was wonderful and we will definitely return with friends for another weekend getaway.
"Moments in time, a cultural heritage jewel"
09/15/14 dnatravels Brunswick, Georgia
A restful journey back into time, from the moment you drive through twinned-gated walls, slipping beneath a brilliant green tree canopy, alongside a clear lake, approaching the gracious sloping lawn, until you glide past the front entrance of Hacienda Labor de Rivera, your senses are suddenly alerted to an unfolding experience unlike any other. Your inner child is at play, you long for the perfect romantic partner to experience this adventure in Hacienda living. Do take a special someone to experience Hacienda Labor de Rivera. There is a lyrical sound trumpeting through the air, the sound of hoofbeats, the sound of a restless stirring. Is it your mind, sifting through the possibilities, your heart pounding at unseen delights awaiting the fatigued traveler? Onsite is a fabulous Friesian stud, whom greeted us upon our arrival. Neighs and whinnies trumpeted the air, it was as if, even the creatures were welcoming us! Have you finally arrived? Yes, Hacienda Labor de Rivera is everything you could possibly imagine in an historical property, a Hacienda restored to its' former glory, staffed with friendly locals and an impassioned woman chef, who'll tickle your palette with the finest of local delicacies, spices, fresh vegetables, sauces and the like. Stepping out of your vehicle onto a stoned paver path, you can't help but to notice the meticulously kept ivy keepers stone house at the side entry, which takes you down to a lawned courtyard and a wide granite landing upon which you step through the portal of these centuries old doors. The concierge's desk is situated as if you were sitting down in the study of a friend and as soon as the formalities have been seen to, you will be shown into the inner court of the Hacienda, where a fine libation awaits your thirst. Key in hand, you are free to wander the u-shaped inner court, flanked by a centuries old chapel, built into the confines of your evenings' abode. The center courtyard has a fountain, original to the property, oversized furniture claims the space comfortably, with beautiful antiques accentuating the colonnaded passageways leading to your chamber. The afternoon of our arrival, a very famous Cabalero, Jorge, assisted us with a ride about the grounds. My mount, Delgado was fleet as a deer, a quarter horse, thoroughbred bred trail horse. A fine mount, beautiful confirmation. Hacienda Labor has a full time trainer and a stable of 50+ AQUA Quarter-horses, from all over the Americas. The horses reach their full potential through exemplary training at Labor. If you are so fortunate to visit when demonstrations are being held in their very fine arena, you are in for a heart pounding, racy experience, as the horses work horned bulls in the ring. We experienced an incredible tequila tasting, complete with small plates of locally spiced tapas and some of the finest tequila I've ever sipped. Dining was 5 star, fabulous wines from Argentina, Chile and more Mexican Tequila with chilled mineral water accentuated the sumptuous banquet our hosts provided. The wait staff have devised the perfect sense of timing and delicately attend to their guests in a very, noninvasive fashion. You can appreciate the finest of service, knowing your conversations will go seamlessly without interruptions. It was indeed, one of the finest dining experiences ever, I've had, in Mexico or Europe. After dinner, I was so exhausted and tipsy, I actually left my room key in the antique oak door to my chamber! Not to worry ladies, your sanctity is well respected and honored by the staff, whom no doubt laughed at the "chica" for being so carless. Think of yourself as being in the hands of a well managed fortress, with an attentive, non invasive staff, there to ensure your ever desire be met and your best interests are served. One other lovely afterthought, ask your hosts about an evening bonfire!!! The room was exquisite with two queen sized beds, linen of the finest cotton, soft, succulent, restful. Between my two beds was a crucifix hung on the wall, beautifully carved. I said my prayers after a long shower and slept until the early morning when thunder clapped and reverberated down from the ancient hills. Dawn crept in with a welcoming rain showering the morning light. Sadly my time was limited, but I do hope to return with a girlfriend get-a-way horseback riding adventure, interested in seeing the many attributes of Hacienda Labor. I have a feeling, I've only scratched the surface of the many secrets Mexico has to reveal.
09/10/14 Kenya S
The hacienda is a perfect getaway from the city. The rooms are impeccably furnished, clean and quiet. Dinner was delicious! Fresh ingredients, good portion sizes and very attentive service. The property is super quiet at night and feels isolated so it was great for a group get together. That may be a problem for someone looking for more activity. It's definitely a place to relax and enjoy the equestrian theme. The horses look well taken care of and everyone seems to genuinely care about the history and purpose of the property. This is what makes it special and unlike just another hotel.
"Exquisite breakaway from today's fast pace world!"
08/27/14 Cath_Mike_11 Baden, Ontario
We stumbled on this exquisite hideway - We were driving from Mexico City to Punta Mita and needed a stop - wished we had 3 days here. A 400 or 500 year old hacienda is quiet, well appointed and feels like you are in another world with still having a 2014 hotel experience. We enjoyed both a fabulous dinner and great breakfast. Be prepared - no televisions in the rooms - no cell reception though some internet connection. The grounds are exquisite as well - if you are looking for a complete breakaway from the world this would be the Mexican hideaway to do so!!!
"a wonderful weekend getaway"
03/23/13 wordsmyths Guadalajara, Mexico
I'd seen a documentary on the archeological site in Teuchitlan. We wanted to visit, and just get away from the fast-paced city. A friend recommended the Hacienda Labor de Rivera and I fell absolutely in love with the property. It is so beautiful and so peaceful, definitely off the beaten tourist track. The history here is real, a perfect complement to the Guachimonton pyramids. Our room was spacious, the bed and pillows extra-comfortable. And the food? Exquisite… fresh and prepared a la minute. From the time we arrived until we left, we both felt welcome and pampered. This new boutique hotel is a hidden treasure.
03/04/15 markhund saarbrücken
Von einer der Top haciendas ist man sicherlich noch weit entfernt, aber man ist hier top bemüht. Die Hacienda liegt sehr entspannt Die Zimmer sind klasse, die Menschen hier nett, das Essen ist so lala, dafürt aber sicherlich zu teuer. Doch man bekommt das Gefühl wie das Leben früher auf einer Zuckerrohr Plantage war. Ganz toll ist die Pferdezucht. Man züchtet hier Reit, Spring- Dressur und Arbeitspferde.
"Un lugar con un encanto especial"
02/24/15 Nene S Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Una hacienda renovada pero con el sabor de antaño! En un lugar tranquilo y muy bello. Cuenta con un pequeño lago que adorna su entorno y la casona te transporta en el tiempo ! Sus habitaciones cuentan con una decoración que combina lo antiguo con lo moderno. Y su comedor te da la oportunidad de disfrutar del patio central para disfrutar de una buena comida con un trato muy amable del personal. En la caballerizas tienen unos caballos hermosos que no puedes dejar de admirar. Y para terminar con broche de oro, por las noches puedes disfrutar de un cielo colmado de hermosas y brillantes estrellas, realmente una vista hermosa del infinito. 100% recomendable !
02/03/15 Alvaro_DG Guadalajara
Excelente lugar para ir a descansar y olvidarte del estrés de la ciudad. Mención honorifica a todo el staff que en todo momento te hacen sentir importante, siempre al pendiente de tus necesidades, siempre amables y con una sonrisa. Todo muy bien! las instalaciones, las habitaciones muy cómodas y limpias, la comida muy buena, en fin, quedamos muy satisfechos en nuestra visita. Felicidades!
01/08/15 Aidee E Guadalajara, Mexico
Es una muy muy bonita hacienda, muy cómoda, la comida es muy rica, es perfecta para relajarte en pareja, o asistir a eventos de grupos como campamentos. El servicio al huésped es excelente, viaje en grupo y siempre están al pendiente de lo que necesites, su historia es muy interesante y puede ver los caballos hermosos que tienen.
"MARAVILLOSO, UNA EXCELENTE EXPERIENCIA"
12/07/14 Ache L
De principio a fin nos hicieron sentir como en casa, las habitaciones y jardines hermosos, las actividades fantasticas (en especial el spa y las cabalgatas) pero sobre todo, GRACIAS AL PERSONAL (Toño, Maribel y Carlos Gerente de la Hacienda) todas sus atenciones hacen q queramos regresar pronto a visitarlos.
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