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The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Santa Elena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 February 2014

This lovely B & B in the heart of the jungle was a great choice while visiting the area. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, including a pool and lovely outdoor restaurant. There is a feeling of tranquility there, especially when hearing all the bird sounds. Valerie was an excellent hostess, spending time with each guest. And only 10 minutes from Uxmal.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2014

Thank you so much for choosing to stay here...and for your Trip adviser comments
If you are ever in this area again know that you are welcome anytime...
Valerie

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Valerie ,
just a note to let you know what a great time we had at The Pickled Onion, The rooms are spotless the food delicious ...an all around great experience .thanks for everything Joe and Lynn

p.s. I even enjoyed being woke up by the neighbors rooster

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2014

So many thanks for your revue.Sometimes I look back to how it used to be... very dry and arid and I cannot believe how it has evolved ... the lushness of the gardens, the flowering plants etc . Sometimes i have to stop and take a walk around the property at times just to take in all.
i hope to see you again one day
take care
Valerie

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Reviewed 20 February 2014

My husband,Bob, and I stayed at the Pickled Onion when we visited Uxmal and surroundings. We knew we had chosen well when, as we were bringing our luggage in, Valerie introduced herself and asked if we would like a drink by the pool. Our drinks were waiting for us in short order and we got to watch a lovely sunset and unwind by the pool. I even managed to get into the over the water hammock! If you are looking for something more authentic than "all inclusive" resorts, this is your place. I could see staying a few days here to explore the town and surrounding ruins.The on site restaurant is excellent.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2014

Thank you for the time you took to write a review... it really means a lot to me.
People love the hammock over the pool it is so relaxing .... the sunsets are wonderful to watch and the rising of the moon is at times incredible ,lighting up the abundance of stars in the night. When it is a full moon it is like walking in daylight...swimming in a full moon certainly regenerates your energy.
I hope you can make it back someday and know you will be made welcomed
Again thank you
Valerie

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

What an exceptional stay! The Pickled Onion is just beautiful. The grounds are stunning and so well attended. The Mayan cabanas are just lovely, spotless and well appointed. The feeling of being in the middle of the jungle is wonderful. The restaurant is also spotless and the food is excellent. I only wished we could have stayed longer but we will be back next year. The best part of the whole experience is the owner Valerie. She is an amazing women and takes the time to get to know her guests and she does treat you like you are one of the family. Her entire staff is very welcoming and helpful. This was one of the best travel experiences we have had.

Room Tip: Cabanas at the end of the property are very private and quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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pickMerida, Owner at The Pickled Onion B&B / Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

so happy you enjoyed your stay with me! For me too it was a delight to have you both here!
There will always be a welcome for you here and I am already looking forward to your next visit
take care
Valerie

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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..

Room Tip: All rooms are wonderful. Pick your room based on the bed size and number of beds that you need.
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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 reviewResponded 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 reviewResponded 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.
Thank you
Valerie

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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 reviewResponded 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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Address: Carretera 261 Uxmal a Kabah | Uxmal, Santa Elena 97890, 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: £33 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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