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“An incredible three days at the Pickled Onion. Thanks, Valerie!”

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The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Santa Elena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Munroe Falls, Ohio
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“An incredible three days at the Pickled Onion. Thanks, Valerie!”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

My wife, Sheila, and I stayed at the Pickled Onion for three nights, Jan 27-29. If you read all the recent excellent reviews, you can understand why we chose to stay there. We wholeheartedly agree with all the positive comments. In addition to all the rave reviews of the Pickled Onion, we must say that Valerie Pickles herself was one of the highlights of our trip. She spends time with each of her guests in the evening over dinner and in the morning at breakfast. She is a delightful lady and a font of knowledge about the people and places in that part of the Yucatan. You can ask her anything, and we did. It seems that she is friends with everyone in the area. We wanted to visit a place in the Yucatan that was away from the tourist throng, a place where we could connect with the Mayan people, and a place where we could visit Mayan ruins without climbing over bus loads of other tourists and fending off vendors. St Elena and the Pickled Onion provided a perfect location for us. The ruins at Uxmal are amazing. We visited four Mayan ruins during our three weeks in Mexico, and Uxmal was our favorite. Valerie hooked us up with a wonderful guide, Jorge, who led us on a three and a half hour tour. We went early in the morning and practically had the place to ourselves. We climbed the Grand Pyramid and learned so much about the ancient Mayans. The next day Valerie hooked us up with Rolando who picked us up with his motorbike taxi. We spent the entire morning with Rolando who is one of the indigenous Mayan people living in St. Elena. He took us to his home where we met his mom, dad, wife, and daughter. We learned all about the self-sufficient lifestyle of a traditional Mayan family. (His dad still makes rope from sisal). Rolando took us to the mill where the women have their corn milled into flour, to the church and its little museum (See the mummy.), and to the town's cemetery. During our stay at the Pickled Onion, we also visited the town of Ticul, the ruins at Kabah, and the Ecomuseo de Cacao. All in all, we had an incredible visit with Valrerie at her Pickled Onion B&B in St Elena..

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Oh on the contrary it was an incredible three days with you . Your adventurous spirit and inquisitive mind to learn as much as you could encourages me to give more information about the Maya people.I will pass the message onto Jorge how you enjoyed your visit to Uxmal with him and also to Rolando ,they will be very proud of the fact that you mentioned them.
I sincerely hope you wonderful revue will encourage other travellers to know the marvels of the Maya world
Thank you
Valerie
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at The Pickled Onion after a busy day at Uxmal and visiting a hacienda. Our cabana was lovely, with a nice modern bathroom, and rustic Mayan appearance. The grounds are beautiful, with a lovely pool and lush vegetation. We had a comfortable night's sleep even though there is no air conditioning on the premises. It had rained in the afternoon, so the night was cool, but humid. It must be difficult to sleep later in the year. If The Pickled Onion were in Belize, we wouldn't give the lack of air conditioning a second thought since many places lack ac there, and your body does adjust, but this was the only place we encountered in Mexico that did not provide ac, including some hostels that we stayed at.

The next morning was sunny, and it was pleasant having breakfast in the garden area. The breakfast is referred to as continental, so we were planning to order some extra food, but what was served was more than adequate and delicious. There was local fresh fruit, breads and spreads, yogurt, granola (that seemed homemade), coffee, fresh juice and breakfast pastries.

As we were returning to our cabana to pack up and check out, we talked to couple lounging by the pool. They were staying another night and just relaxing at The Pickled Onion all day. What an inviting idea!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Thank you for your comments on trip advisor .

In response to not having air conditioning... i suspect the hostels that you stayed in were built of concrete so therefore if this was the case here I would certainly put in air conditioning as block rooms are very hot.
Here I try to give you the experience of staying in a typical Maya style home, with high palapa ceilings that have natural air flow and the fans help to keep it cool.The temperature in these homes are usually at 10c cooler than outside which is what air conditioners should be set at realisticly so as not to shock the body temperature.The fans in the room also help with air circulation keeping the rooms fresh and cool.
Because of the roof type to put in Air con would really defeat the natural air flow concept of the buildings . On this note ,I may just try one room to see how they would function but this would mean it would drastically increase the price of the rooms.Electricty here is very expensive and can sometimes cost more than in your own country... I know this sound strange but its is a fact..
Most people travel in the cooler seasons of winter and our slow time is when it is the hottest May and June. Because it is slow we take this time to repaint and maintain the place.
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Valerie
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

The experience at the Picked Onion couldn't be better. Valerie and her staff are WONDERFUL. It has been a while since I didn't experiment the best star show in the middle of the jungle.

The rooms, the wonderful bed, the delicious breakfast... the sweet bread... all was perfect for our night stay at the Picked Onion.

Valerie, we did enjoy our conversation so much... you have such a lovely story and have such a positive attitude towards problems. Thank you for everything. Let's keep in touch.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Nelson thank you so much for your wonderful comments... you and your friends were an absolute delight to have as guests... one could not ask for better and for this I thank you .
Yes the stars are amazing at night as you can see a clear view from any part of the property.More spectacular when there is a full moon... it like walking in daylight as the moons rays reflect along the paths and the pool.I feel so lucky to be living here in your country and I thank ALL Mexicans for having accepted a complete stranger into their midst. You are all so welcoming ,warm and open.
Thank you again
Valerie
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Everything what you expect to find from your trip to Yukatan, you will find here! Santa Elena is a charming village situated near to many interesting historical sites. People are kind and open, but the best experience is certainly the Pickled Onion. You will find here great and healthy food, comfortable but still authentic accommodation (beautifully decorated!), garden with rich vegetation which will give you the feeling of being connected with nature, excellent service and personal care for every guest. You will become familiar with the life of villagers and in that way build more profound and memorable experience. I have no other words than THANKS to Pickled Onion... I hope we will return.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
I really have to thank you so very much for this lovely revue . I am so glad you experienced the village and its people... they are very charming and open ,as you said.
I mentioned to the gardeners your comment too and they were so pleased and proud of the work they are doing to keep it lush and clean . Again thank you .
There will always be a welcome for pleasant people like yourselves.You were the most gracious guests and great to be around
I thank you again
Valerie
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Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

Seven years ago, we happened on Valerie's newly opened restaurant, we were there on the second night she had opened and ate by candlelight before the electricity arrived some weeks later. Food was delicious. We went away amazed at this brave happy lady embarking on a grand adventure - and we were worried for her too. Seven years later, we returned to find a thriving restaurant -still good food!-and 8 mayan nahs to stay in, a pool!, and a most welcoming and positive hostess! What a success!! Valerie has a caring and respectful attitude with her staff ( I hope you value that like we do) and it shows in their relaxed but professional manner. There are people who create a wonderful world by their energy and vision and Valerie is certainly one of them. A privilege to meet her.

The nahs are rustically authentic looking but with a surprise of a comfortable bed, good linens and a beautiful bathroom. Ok, that is not authentic but most welcome after a hard day of touring.

You may have already sussed that this is a special place from the other reviews. There are other places to stay but why would you not want to stay at the place with such a vibrant welcoming atmosphere - and the only place to get lunch and dinner in the area? Not to mention the bountiful breakfast that comes with the room price. Many kinds of fruit, sweet bread, toast, juice, granola, yogurt, coffee ( we added double cappuccinos to start the day).

We returned after seven years, but we met people who return EVERY year. That probably is enough of a recommendation in itself. Stay here - it will be a great memory for you.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Wow! my goodness you brought tears to my eyes when I read this lovely comment...How honoured I was to see people return after 7 years and to see how this place has grown... I was so happy to share it with you . You were both the most charming and understanding of guests that anyone could wish to have . Your energy too ,brought in a sense of peace thank you!
I really do hope I see you again maybe not here but in another part of the world.. I feel sure we will connect again
Until that day Have more wonderful travels and I know you would be welcomed wherever you go
Valerie
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 16 January 2014 via mobile

I returned to the Pickled Onion this year after having been there two years ago with my girlfriend. This time we brought our husbands to see this great place. We kind of went out of our way to stay here rather than go a more direct route to our destination. It was worth every minute. The place is so beautiful and the hostess Valerie is definitely with the mostest! The food is really good at her restaurant so there is no need to look anywhere else. The pool is so refreshing. I also hear that the massages are the best in the land ( I heard this after I left; next time) If you are going to Uxmal then make this your overnight spot.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this review, 18 January 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review ...... I am so happy that you liked it as much as the first time around and with all the changes that have been made.It was a pleasure to have you here again and how nice that your husbands got to see it first hand.There will always be a welcome for you here . You were all just great people to have and so appreciative and for this I thank you
O K next time its a massage too!
Valerie
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Spencer, Indiana
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Valorie Pickle began her business by establishing a restaurant where few if any existed. Then to provide housing for family members she had the first thatched roof hut built. From that initial beginning she has now one of, if not the finest and most welcome, B&B/Restaurants in the Santa Elena area. The topography of the area is hilly and rocky, yet Valerie's landscaping flows throughout her land with beauty. The huts are designed for comfort and sleeping, artistically decorated in Mayan colors and fabrics and whichever one you have (ours was for two people, our son and his family occupied the family hut) you will find bathrooms to be modern! She provides bottled water on a daily basis, depending on the number in the hut, and also coffee and packaged juice. Her continental breakfast is larger than you expect, always cheese, fresh fruit, toast and some kind of roll, fruit juice, coffee.
The staff are very friendly, helpful, and their service is excellent. Besides that you will have time to get to know Valerie, and that is the icing on the cake! Rates are very reasonable and the food in the restaurant is very good. Internet service is provided in both dining areas, so you are never out of touch, unless you want to be!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review.... it touched me deeply.
I am so happy you enjoyed your stay . It was such a great pleasure to have all of you here with me .
Some people just make my work so much easier and you were all these kind of people... So pleasant, so accepting of the area,so in tune with all that there is to see...
Again thank you and I hope your future travels take you far and wide, with many more wonderful experiences that the world has to offer .
Valerie
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Property: The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant
Address: Carretera 261 Uxmal a Kabah | Uxmal, Santa Elena 98760, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique Eco-Boutique Bed and Breakfast located close to Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil and Labnah. Quaint Maya style rooms, complete with private entrance, bathrooms, refrigerator ,coffe maker bottled water,toiletries, safety boxes, Wi Fi in all rooms ,clean, comfortable and secure, set in peaceful surroundings. Rooms are adorned with my own paintings. Beautiful gardens with labyrinth. Area for Yoga, Tai chi etc. Mini Spa.Swimming pool Excellent restaurant where you can taste some of the Yucatan cuisine. Located close to the village where you can experience Maya life as it really is.The bar awaits you for the best cocktails/margaritas in the area, as well as wine and beer.You have the luxury of Wi fi in all areas including your rooms .An artisan shop where you can buy items including locally made hammocks and snack shop if you want a small snack in-between meals. All the staff are local people from Santa Elena and all structures were build by local people too, including wood work, iron work etc I maybe a foreign owner but how good that work has been created for the local people who would otherwise not have an income. ... more   less 
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