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The Flycatcher Inn B&B Boutique Hotel Uxmal
Ranked #2 of 2 Santa Elena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New Mexico
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151 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Comfortable and quiet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We very much enjoyed our stay here. The grounds are lovely and it is pleasant just to sit outdoors listening to the birds. The staff is friendly and helpful.The room was spotlessly clean. The breakfast was ample and well prepared. The only disappointment was that the WiFi wasn't working when we were there

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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FlycatcherInnUxmalMx, Manager at The Flycatcher Inn B&B Boutique Hotel Uxmal, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
It is only in recent months that we have been able to offer wifi to guests, and it can be frustrating at times because of the geographic location of the village. We are surrounded by hills, and the signal has to be transmitted from a larger village to the north, over these hills. The towers here can also be adversely affected by strong winds and hard rains, making the signal intermittent at times.

However with most of the village businesses now dependent on this connection, as well as the schools, health clinic, and local government offices, we have hope that the service will continue to improve. Today it is running perfectly and very fast, lovely for everyone. But this is not always the case, and we thank you for your patience when it isn't!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

My wife and I stayed in the Hu'u room which is a corner room with good views of the lush vegetation outside. You can hear many different birds in the early morning. The parking area is within the main gate so its safe. Would highly recommend as a base for Uxmal. Two nice restaurants in walking distance - El Chaac-Mool and The Pickled Onion.

Room Tip: Hu'u was a corner room with wide windows on both of the open sides. Bright and airy.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Potton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

We enjoyed our short stay at the Flycatcher Inn. It's well located to visit many nearby mayan sites, and the coast further afield. Santiago and Kristine were extremely informative and helpful, providing sound advice, and there are plenty of books and leaflets are available to read. The grounds provide a lovely walk with easy views of mot-mots and chachalaca. Our room was spacious and comfortable with an amazing en-suite. Eevning meals are available at the local restaurant across the road.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

What a delight to find the Flycatcher Inn while driving the PUUC route of Mayan sites. Santiago and Kristine have created a paradise that is reminiscent of a fine Santa Fe inn while very much reflects the charm of a lush tropical setting complete with exotic bird call, charming clean and imaginative architecture and spacious rooms, a delicious full breakfast with fresh fruit served out on a veranda....and if you have a special interest in Mayan sites, Santiago can guide you to a nearby Mayan site very recently discovered.

The lobby area has many books and artifacts, folkart and décor inviting the guest to linger and enjoy the extensive knowledge of the owners. Great for planning the rest of your visit in the Yucatan. Delightful dining very close by.

Many thanks, Kristine and Santiago.

Gail and Joe

Room Tip: Our room was to the far right, very spacious and quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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FlycatcherInnUxmalMx, Owner at The Flycatcher Inn B&B Boutique Hotel Uxmal, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Hi Gail, Joe. Thank you so much for writing in. We are so glad that you found us, and enjoyed your stay. Santiago and I have recently revisited a couple of the smaller, lesser known ruins south of here, and much to our delight found them in wonderful shape.( Photos will be up soon on our website). As with the area where you live, there are many sites here to visit, most unknown to the average tourist. Santiago is always ready to help guests find them. It is a great joy to see these amazing places just sitting out there in the middle of the jungle, especially when you are about the only people there! This was a special day trip and well worth the effort! Another one for you to see in future.
Saludos, Kristine and Santiago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

This hotel is really nice, and convenient if you have a car and want to explore the Puuc route and all the sights that are close by. The owners, Santiago and Kristine are lovely and extremely helpful. They gave us very good advise on how best see the Mayan sites, and the relatively unknown cenotes around. Kristine is from the US, so, if you speak English, language is not a problem.

The rooms have a lot of personality, and air conditioning, which is a must in hot, humid Yucatán. We will return to this place, next time we are in the peninsula.

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Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

After a long day of driving from Merida, through all the small towns visiting convents (highly recommended), it was so nice to pull into the drive and see the beautiful Flycatcher Inn. The inn is nestled in lush vegetation, and you can tell they did the best they could to keep the buildings "one with nature." Since we were on the way to Uxmal the next day, and only staying one night, we went for a walk on the nature trail; I thought this was very unique for a b&b to offer and there are even ancient ruins to discover! My boyfriend and I even walked to the covent/mummy museum in town--so that is an option if you are up for a 15-20 minute walk. I will warn, though, that the poverty you will encounter is very awakening...and you can't miss the livestock kept in the backyards. We ate dinner at The Pickled Onion right down the road, as choices are sparse in Santa Elena (it was great, by the way). After dinner, we enjoyed a quiet and relaxing nightcap on the patio with a bowl of freshly roasted peanuts (I think). I was very excited for bed time, after spending two nights in bustling Merida, thinking that the night would be extremely quiet since we were in the middle of nowhere. Boy, was I wrong! And the following complaint has nothing to do with the hotel, but be prepared for the noise. The noise of thousands of animals all trying to 'talk' over each other the entire night was almost deafening, and because of that, neither of us got a great nights sleep. Of course, breakfast the next morning pretty much made up for that. Delicious! There are just too many positives about this place that you can't not stay here!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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FlycatcherInnUxmalMx, Manager at The Flycatcher Inn B&B Boutique Hotel Uxmal, responded to this review, August 3, 2013
You are absolutely right. Occasionally there will be a night when the animals of the town seem to go nuts. However, most nights it is rather like a tomb, so a bit of an explanation here.

The towns people still butcher their own animals, both for their own use, for special occasions, and to sell. This is typically done in the AM, especially pigs to sell the next morning. Depending on where they are located in the village compared to the Inn, you can hear this whole process, or a great part of it (whether you want to, or not!) . If they hire a man to do the slaughtering, and they usually do, this man has to take his "tools" through the village from his house, to the people with the pig. His tools would consist of a giant pot (to fry the pig skin for "chicharra" (which is a BIG favorite here), along with any fried meat that has been requested, as well as the fresh meat to be sold, and a table to cut everything up, among other things (like a big knife to actually kill the pig).

Most people have dogs, mainly to guard their home and property, so all these dogs are on high alert when someone "foreign" comes past their house, in the early AM, dragging their pots, tables, etc, and are going to voice this protest for most of the world to hear. This is the dog's job. This is why he gets fed. He does it well. You are also hearing the pig's final protest... However, this is not usually heard from the Inn (or I wouldn't still be here! It is now 23 years).

The second factor that will increase the "noise level" is if some forest animal gets into the village and is chased by said dog patrol, or if one gets treed and can't escape easily. This is getting more rare as the village grows and cuts down trees on their properties. (This is also true for someone wandering around late at night that should clearly be home and in their own bed, instead of around your property!)

We have about 20 acres around the Inn that we own, and we leave it as natural as possible to encourage the native wild life. And that can include animals that wander in and upset the neighboring dogs!

In our travels outside the area, we find the"noise" that upsets us as being largely street traffic, ambulances, fire sirens, city buses, car door openers, garbage collection trucks in the AM, and lawnmovers! By contrast, our noises here are all natural and non-threatening, and I decided long ago that they were much preferable to the outside world! But then, ours are not usually every night either. Maybe we are spoiled?

And by the way, pigs, beef cattle, and chickens are all cash crops here in this quite rural village. It is also the fall back "insurance policy" for many. If one needs money quickly, one can always sell these animals. Wages are poor here, but I find that we as outsiders look at it from our own viewpoint. Everyone here has animals, someone in the family will have a cornfield (which is where the freshly roasted peanuts came from that you had with drinks on the terrace), and everyone has fruit trees, so actual food is not the problem. The climate is mild all year round, so few clothes are needed (you would be amazed at how few clothes one needs to live here). So from the outside, we see the village as "poor", but in reality there are very few persons who are without the basics one really needs. But one has to live here for quite a while before realizing all of this.

I hope this helps you to better understand the village of Santa Elena, and thank you for writing in. It gives me a chance to offer an explanation of the reality of living here! Kristine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

This lovely place is surrounded by jungly garden. The rooms are clean and comfortable, breakfast is great, and the two hosts, American Kristine and Mexican Santiago, are delightful. Kristine gave us fascinating information about the people of the Yucatan, and Santiago is a dear, warm man. Together, they took great, personal care of us. Santiago's nieces work there too, and they, too, are warm and friendly. Santa Elena is a perfect location to spend a few nights while you visit the Uxmal ruins and all the other smaller ruins, as well as the Grotto. It's so much nicer than spending all your nights in the larger towns. We attended a school graduation in Santa Elena - a taste of real life in the Yucatan.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Flycatcher Inn B&B Boutique Hotel Uxmal
Address: Corner of Hwy 261 and Calle 20, Santa Elena 97890, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated bed and breakfast boutique hotel, 10 minutes southeast of magnificent Uxmal, a perfect base for exploring central Yucatan. Family/owner operated, guests treated with personal attention, situated on 3 acres of gardens and orchards, walled secure parking. 5 separate rooms and 1 large suite and 2 private cottages, all with their own private entrances and private bathrooms complete this lovely boutique hotel. Immaculately clean and modern rooms decorated with authentic Mexican and Mayan arts and hand made wrought iron furnishings. Pillow-top beds and fine bedding. Complimentary full breakfast of tropical fruits, great coffee, and homemade breads start your day. Extensive expert local knowledge tourist information available. Transportation and Merida airport pick up on request. Plan 3 days minimum. ... more   less 
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