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Set a 2-minute walk from the traditional village of Santa Elena, The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B features charming thatched bungalows, an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Uxmal Archaeological Site is a 10-minute drive away. The characteristic Mayan-style bungalows are surrounded by tropical gardens and offer countryside views. Each one features attractive wooden furnishings, modern tiled floors, a fan and a small dining area. Air-conditioning is available in all rooms at an extra charge. The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B's à la carte restaurant serves a range of Mexican cuisine. The hotel can also prepare packed lunches. The surrounding area has a range of walking routes, including the Ruta Puuc. The Kabah Mayan ruins are a 10-minute drive away, while the Lol Tun caves are within a 40-minute drive. Mérida is 62 mi away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, American

Free Private Parking Available On Site

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1 twin bed
2 queen beds
2 full beds
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Santa Elena
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  • Emily
    United States of America United States of America
    Wonderful staff, excellent food, great location for visiting Uxmal
  • Margot
    Canada Canada
    The breakfast was healthy and delicious! The location was lovely
  • Leanne
    Canada Canada
    An unique opportunity. We loved our roomy palapa and the pool. The room was clean and the bed was wonderful . We stayed 3 nights and it was a perfect base to explore all the ruins and sites along the Puuc Route . Breakfast was delicious (...

Hosted by Valerie Pickles

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Valerie Pickles
The Maya style rooms are built by local Maya people, from the village, using traditional organic material.They are created with mother nature in mind, wood being cut only on a full moon.They create a natural energy air flow keeping them cool in the day Each one situated individually creating privacy in the peaceful garden surrounded by jungle, nature and impressive ruins . ALL the staff are from the village which has a long and interesting history . One will find all the amenities required to make your stay comfortable and relaxing Our restaurant is recognized as the best in the area for freshness and typical Yucatan dishes which are reasonably priced . Apart from the Yucatan dishes we have a very varied menu to suit every taste . We grow our own bananas,oranges, limes,plus many more local fruits for you to taste right here on the property The ruins of Uxmal, Kabah,Sayil Labnah and the Lol Tun caves are easily accessable from our location as are other points of interest like centotes.Celestun for the Flamingoes ,Becal for hat making,Campeche etc. There is an intensive folder in each room to help you with your excursions and advise from our staff
I am originally from England but emigrated to Canada many moon ago. I came initially to Mexico to learn spanish with extending my travels to further south. Instead I bought the land and built what is now The Pickled Onion Bed and Breakfast but first was the restaurant where I did all the cooking for 3 years.I now employ 15 people from the village and this makes me happy knowing they have work and can support their families . My aim is to make travellers welcome and comfortable plus give advice of their travels in the area and beyond. You will always see me around mostly mornings and late afternoons to assure assistance in any way and to have a friendly chat . I love it when people ask me questions regarding the area and old traditions of the Maya people , shamans, local ceremonies as I have so many stories to relate ... even buying a sheep!
Santa Elena is a typical Maya village still holding many traditional ceremonies dating back many years ,two weeks in January being one of the most famous ... truely an experience .Do not be surprised to see pigs walking on the streets as well as hens and chickens cows in the backyard , it is part of the culture which one can find charming . You will find the local people very kind and helpful , the main language being Maya but being overtaken by Spanish and some even speak English ! The local church is quite imposing on this small village but beautifully maintained inside . adjoining you can visit the museum We can arrange a tour around the village in typical transportation at your request visiting tortilla making visiting a local family etc There are a small number of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls in the village as well as mini supermarkets ... the nearest large market is in Ticul which is located a 10min drive from here or you can venture further to Oxcutzcab a 40 min drive and well known for its citrus fruits Apart from the very well known sites of Uxmal Kabah Sayil Labnah we can advise you on other less travelled sites that are close by and well worth the visit
Languages spoken: English,Spanish

Area info

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant #1
    • Cuisine
      Mexican • Local • International
    • Ambience
      Traditional • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan

Amenities of The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B
Great facilities! Review score, 8.9

Most popular amenities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Free WiFi
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Hiking
Living Area
  • Sitting area
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Express check-in/out
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Hypoallergenic room available
  • Tile/Marble floor
  • Private entrance
  • Packed lunches
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Full-body massage
  • Foot massage
  • Neck massage
  • Back massage
  • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
  • Spa facilities
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Massage
    Additional charge
  • Fitness center
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

House rules

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From 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM


From 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.


The entrance to the property is closed between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 12 are welcome.

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Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 12 and up are allowed)

Cash only

This property only accepts cash payments.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

Please inform The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 22:00:00 and 06:00:00.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has temporarily suspended its shuttle services.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service hours.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

It's not possible to stay at this property for coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

FAQs about The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B

  • The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Fitness center
    • Massage
    • Hiking
    • Back massage
    • Spa facilities
    • Foot massage
    • Swimming pool
    • Neck massage
    • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
    • Full-body massage

  • Check-in at The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:30 AM.

  • Room options at The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B include:

    • Family
    • Bungalow
    • Double
    • Quad

  • The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • Yes, The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Guests staying at The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.2).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • American

  • The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B is 3,100 feet from the center of Santa Elena. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • The prices at The Pickled Onion Eco-Boutique B&B may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.