Hacienda Labor de Rivera Hotel Boutique3.5 out of 5.0
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We went to Labor de Ribera for only one night. We were heading to Ruta de Tequila and wanted to have a place to stay out of the "hustle and bustle" of the touristic area. What a great decision was to select "Hacienda Labor de Rivera". It is located on the other side of the Tequila Volcano, away from the town of Tequila and Amatitán, which is where most destilleries are. Very close to the archaelogical park of Guachimontones ( which worth a visit) and the town of Teuchitlán. We rented a car and drove from Guadalajara, around one hour to Labor de Rivera. Dropped our bags and went to both Guachimontones and Ruta de Tequila, after a flash visit to the hotel grounds. It is exceptional. A 450 years old hacienda, very well maintained and restored into a hotel. Rooms are very attractive. We selected the most basic room, which was good enough for our short stay. I recommend selecting for a moderate increase one of the biggest suites. After we came back from Ruta de Tequila we were very well received by a waiter (we don't recall his name) who was exceptional at making ourselves feel at home. We had a beautiful and delicious dinner with ambiance music and charm. Next day morning , we went to the desk and ask for historical information on the Hacienda, the employee at the desk had no clue (?????) . It was the waiter, again, who gave us a fantastic tour of the surrounding, including the horse stable, the chapel, gardens and some of the suites, and gave us excellent information about the state. We had a great time at Hacienda Labor de Rivera. However, the manager or whoever was at the desk, both a woman and a man, didn't respond with the grace, maturity and devotion to his work like the waiter did. They were actually apathic. However, we highly recommend staying at Labor de Rivera in your next visit to Ruta del Tequila or Jalisco in general, and please stay for an extra day.
We had visited the Hacienda before, but only to tour it during a "soft opening" a couple of years before. Our overnight stay this spring was much too short! This is a beautiful historic property with lovely furnishings & decor -- & the service is thoughtful & friendly. The horse barns & many in-resident horses (& new foals during our visit) add to the wonderful experience of staying here & wandering about.
We spent a shamefully brief time here, but oh my. It's beautiful. First, maybe hard to find. Our driver, who was a local, had a bit of a trouble finding it. Maybe that was his issue. Gorgeous grounds. Enormous rooms with ceilings that are impossibly high. The courtyard area, especially in the evening, is just wonderful. Front desk staff was friendly and nice and efficient. The rooms are lovely, although my bathroom was a tad smaller than you'd expect with such a large room. Alas. No issues. A bit rustic so if you require a television in your room you're out of luck. Wifi doesn't seem to work unless you are near the lobby. Only odd note is the restaurant staff who seemingly spoke zero english. That's fine. I have no issues. But, our fluent spanish speakers even struggled with them. Was it an accent? Mumbling? I don't know.
This hacienda is absolutely beautiful with almost 500 years of history. Everywhere you look there are fascinating details. The grounds are large and well kept. The rooms have been recently renovated and are spacious and comfortable. All of the staff are friendly and engaging and we ate 2 superb meals there. The hotel was quiet but the restaurant seems to attract people from the surrounding areas. We would loved to have stayed another night or two but intend to make this a destination in the future.
We stayed here with our dog Lola. We loved the place since we arrived, the atmosphere was very tranquil, calm. The staff were very friendly. The room was clean and very well decor. The place is very ancient, from 1600, even though it's a secluded place they have wifi which is very good. The spa is very good also. The only suggestion that I would made it is that the menu should have more variety of food.
The hacienda in itself was gorgeous, and our room was spacious and beautifully decorated. Restaurant quality was also superb. Our only problem was that nobody spoke English and there was no information available about what services were available and what we could do there. The area is not very big, and I wonder how people pass the time, if they spend several nights there.
In the middle of the wetlands sits this fantastic Hacienda. Great style, atmosphere, staff and wonderful food and superb rooms. So well worth a visit and over night stay. We enjoyed it enormously.....thank you
Hacienda Labor de Rivera is located 45 kilometers west of Guadalajara and 3.3 kilometers southwest of Teuchitlán. It was constructed in the 17th century and according to according to Antonio Flores Flores, author of Odisea de un Pueblo, “La Labor de Rivera was one of the best Haciendas in the area, with excellent land, abundant water, plenty of pasture land and hard-working trabajadores. They also produced fine mezcal and piloncillo (brown sugar) and reaped abundant harvests of wheat and garbanzo; they truly seemed blessed by God.” Time, nevertheless, takes its toll, especially on 400-year-old buildings and when I visited the venerable hacienda some twenty years ago, its walls were crumbling and it looked like nature was struggling to repossess it. Then, along came the Lucke family. How they did it, I simply can't imagine, but within a period of seven years, the present owner, Mr. Edgar Lucke has not only managed to restore the buildings and the grounds to their former glory, but also to transform the hacienda into a prize-winning hotel, restaurant and much-sought-after venue for corporate training sessions and meetings as well as social events like weddings and graduation parties. On top of that, today's Hacienda La Labor is also a successful farm and even has its own tequila, called Círculo, in honor of the Guachimontones. In addition to all this, La Labor de Rivera is a thriving ranch with a herd of 80 horses. We strolled around the hacienda with Head of Reception Jesús “Chuy” Arana. “This hacienda,” he told us, “was originally named 'San Nicolás,' probably by its first owner, Don Nicolás de Siordia. It acquired its present name because of a competition organized among various haciendas in the area. The one that could produce the biggest harvest of all, would be declared the winner. Well, this hacienda turned out to be the champion, but rather than give the credit to some one individual, the ranch hands, who numbered about 1000 in those days, declared that it was 'their work' (nuestra labor) that had won the prize.” The Hacienda has become famous as an equestrian school. People come here not only to ride, but also to learn every aspect of caring for, feeding and training horses. And they offer Hippotherapy as well. Just in case you are wondering what they do with the droppings produced by 80 horses, we learned that 50% of them are turned into compost and the rest is used to feed worms, resulting in vermicompost, an excellent nutrient-rich organic fertilizer. While multinational corporations hold training sessions at this hacienda, it's also a popular place for kids' activities. “Children come here,” continued Chuy Arana, “to learn crafts like making piñatas and jewelry. We have large air-conditioned rooms in a separate building which can sleep 30 kids at once.” Well, the list goes on and on. They hold rodeos in their own arena with all the excitement of the Mexican charrería. They also host art exhibitions, catas or wine-tasting sessions and a special event called the Mole and Tequila Festival. You can find out all about upcoming events at their FaceBook page, which, of course, is called Hacienda Labor de Rivera. After a delicious dinner of baked salmon in the gourmet restaurant, we took a night-time stroll around the Hacienda's lake, watching the fish jump and then retired to our room, one of 21 alcobas: elegantly furnished rooms with walls about a meter thick and amazingly high ceilings (Ours was 5.5 meters) plus huge wooden shutters on the windows. They have even retained the traditional holes on both sides of the doors where a thick pole called a tranca used to be placed to bar the door. Along with these authentic touches of the colonial way of life come all the amenities you'd expect from a hotel-boutique plus the cleverest little coffee-maker I've ever seen. For more information call (52) 01 33 3516-9198 or see haciendalalabor.com. How to get there From Guadalajara, take Mexican highway 15 west (toward Nogales) for 25 kilometers and turn left onto highway 70 heading southwest towards Ameca. Be sure you don't get on the toll road to Tepic and Nogales! After 17 kilometers you'll pass the large sugar refinery at Tala. One and a half kilometers later, turn right onto a road signposted Ahualulco. After 12.7 kilometers you'll come to the Teuchitlán gas station (N20.68099 W103.84801). Drive 3.2 kilometers past the gas station and you'll see the sign for Hacienda Labor de Rivera. Turn left here. After 1.1 kilometers, you'll arrive at the entrance (N20.67550 W103.87879) to the hacienda. You'll find the driving route from Guadalajara to this hacienda on Wikiloc.com under “Guachi 8 Labor.” Driving time from Guadalajara is just under an hour and maybe 90 minutes from the Lake Chapala area.
When I first met with Carlos , I was convinced my family and I would be at home . I would honestly need to find a new category to describe it , truth be told , I am not only pleased , but also proud to have witness for a whole week what a wonderful group of people they all are , home away from home is the closest I can describe our experience, at the end of our stay , the whole "Hacienda Family" came outside to say "hasta la proximal" , Carlos : I am grateful and proud of all of you . Mario Alejandro .
Great service. Everyone worked well as team. We were never in need of anything. Miguel, Maria, Jesús did a spectacular job. The food was spectacular. Great flavor and presentation. We had panela a la plancha, arracha y costillas del fraile en mole
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Hacienda Labor de Rivera Hotel Boutique is located within a few miles (5 km) of Teuchitlan Square and Teuchitlan Plaza. This 21-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, free self parking, and a lazy river. On a lake, the hotel is also close to Teuchitlan Arches and Guachicmontones Interpretive Center.
You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is available for a fee.
Hacienda Labor de Rivera Hotel Boutique's 21 rooms provide safes and desks. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries.
Hacienda Labor de Rivera Hotel Boutique features a full-service spa, karaoke, and a lazy river. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for MXN 1800 per vehicle roundtrip. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and free use of bicycles.
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89% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 86 reviews