las liebresLuxury penthouse & #1 restaurant
Colonia del Sacramento
Spoil yourself. Instead of staying at a traditional hotel in Colonia del Sacramento, luxuriate in this enormous penthouse with views of the sunset over Buenos Aires and breakfast on the house in Colonia’s #1 restaurant
The best restaurant in Colonia del Sacramento and an exclusive penthouse suite is to be found in an elegant 1920s country mansion perched on the highest spot overlooking the mighty River Plate.
Las Liebres is an imposing one hundred year old country house, minutes from the center of Uruguay’s UNESCO heritage town, Colonia del Sacramento. It has been loving restored by an Argentine property developer and artist, who has turned the site into Colonia’s top restaurant.
But what most people are unaware of is that, beyond a red velvet rope, lies the access to an exclusive penthouse for sole use of up to four lucky guests.
Though Las Liebres (The Hares in Spanish) only opened in mid 2018, its elegant restaurant has already become a firm favourite with locals. The restaurant overlooks manicured grounds and on a clear day, you can see the towers of Buenos Aires across the river.
The penthouse has two luxurious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a huge private library with leather couches and state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen cinema equipment and a private terrace for your exclusive use overlooking the grounds.
It’s magical for retreats and folks who love their own company.
The penthouse is full of treasures Pedro has brought back from all over the world as well as his own remarkable landscape paintings.
You’ll feel like you’re staying at the opulent home of a South American family. Which indeed, you are*.
You won’t find it on Booking.com. The penthouse is so exclusive there are no other pictures elsewhere online other than here on Guru’Guay.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Naturally the penthouse is above the restaurant so there are distant sounds of kitchen activity during the day. We felt the benefit of being able to feast at the restaurant outweighed any negative.
Las Liebres is actually closer to Buenos Aires than Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. It’s one hour ferry journey from Buenos Aires and two hours drive from Montevideo.
* It could also be your home. Los Liebres is at the heart of a real estate development, particularly interesting for snowbirds.
The restaurant serves “sophisticatedly simple” local cuisine. Portions are hearty and ingredients sourced from the highest quality Uruguayan providers. I was delighted to see a cheese plate on the menu (unusual in this part of the world) with cheeses from a local ‘cheese guru’ who also supplies Francis Mallmann.
Herbs and vegetables are from the picturesque organic kitchen garden visible from the restaurant. Delectable chewy sourdough bread is made from a starter that’s almost twenty years old.
What we loved about Las Liebres is the attention to detail in absolutely everything. Pedro, the owner, exudes the air of a gentleman squire and is quietly on site at all times to receive guests and diners.
The lazy afternoons are spent under spreading trees in comfortable lounging chairs or in front of the open log fire. It’s so peaceful. Diners have been known to arrive for breakfast, stay for lunch, decide to indulge in a high tea and only leave after dinner.
Fantastic staff. Several of the staff speak English and the service is impeccable. Anyone tired of inattentive wait staff in Uruguay will just love Las Liebres.
Penthouse 150 USD per person per night, up to four people. Yes, if you are a sole traveller, you pay just 150 USD and get this incredible space all to yourself!
We’ll quote a diner from New York (Jan 2019): “The bill… pleasantly surprising. We looked at what we had, including a bottle of fine local wine, added a New York-sized tip and the credit card was still debited less than 140 US dollars for the three of us.”
Las Liebres Restaurante House
Continuación Zapicán 645
Colonia del Sacramento
To book the penthouse visit the Las Liebres website or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
For restaurant reservations email or call/WhatsApp (+598) 94 444 044
Photos: Fefo Bouvier
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