We were a party of 4 pensioners & 2 grandchildren. Were given rooms on ground floor which weren't the best, but were given large discount on rooms and food so can't complain. Very friendly staff. We stayed for 5 days here and became members of the family, even found our youngest, Esmee aged 6, running reception at one time! Good rooftop restaurant with great view of the Taj Mahal. Very near South Gate for entry to Taj (opens at 8am) which is a quieter entrance compared to busy West Gate. Nature park nearby with kids playground and more great views of the Taj. Probably the best option in this area.
Nice hotel with the minimum. If you're searching for the total experience, it is not the place. If you want a decent bed, shower and an access to a magnificient view to the Taj, you have to stay there. Close to the South and East gate of the Taj, you can enjoy Agra and a very good service at this place.
We stayed for 2 nights. Hotel was clean and less than 5 minute walk to the Taj. Staff was above and beyond friendly with great honest recommendations. The food and view was great from the terrace. Highly recommend for the price! Thank you Sunny!!
To begin with; I am a budget traveler, a flash packer of sorts, and look for hotels in the $30 USD range. If I go over budget, no worries and if I find really cheap accommodations that suite me thats an added bonus.
So far on this trip, November- December 2017, all the hotels I have stayed at are pretty much the same. No matter what price I paid (800 - 2000 INR) at any given hotel, I have found the cleanliness to be substandard, the rooms outdated and in need of serious remodeling and maintenance appears to be non existent. Typically the bedding, linen, pillows and towels are worn, stained and should be replaced. Hot water and water pressure can be an issue and I have at times skipped a shower. Amenities are totally lacking, mostly you get a roll of toilet paper and a bar of soap. Most budget hotels do not clean the rooms on a daily basis, seems to be upon request. Wi-Fi is hit or miss, some places it was quite good, others not so much. Never found much in the way of English language channels on the television so I did not watch it. As I traveled in December air-conditioning was unnecessary but I did turn on the fan from time to time to drown out noise and blow away mosquitoes. India is noisy, and I found most hotels to be as well, from a combination of street sounds, staff and guests. A visit from a mosquito or two was a nightly occurrence at just about every hotel I stayed at.
Now to the review:
This hotel is in an excellent location if you are trying to beat the crowds and arrive at the Taj early in the morning. You can walk from the hotel to the eastern gate in about five minutes. It is also in a tourism hub of sorts, surrounded by restaurants, convenience stores, travel agencies, ATM's etc.
I took their most expensive room at a walk in rate of 1800 INR. It was big and comfortable as was the bathroom.
You can revert back to the top for my rant on Indian hotels for the rest of the review. The Wi-Fi did not work well, the shower and hot water were dodgy, the place in noisy etc. The food at the restaurant is not very good, suggest eating else where.
We stayed here only 1 night to see the Taj which happened to be my partners birthday. They upgraded our room AND helped arrange a massive cake to be delivered on the roof with the incredible views ( I emailed ahead to ask them to do this so its not free but cost next to nothing) . They even sang happy birthday with me .
Amazing staff and lovely clean spacious rooms just 5 min walk from the Taj.
Food in the restaurant was great too . The lonely planet says it has 'somewhat obstructed views of the Taj' which isn't true so not sure why it says that. It had I think the best view of all the roof top restaurants around .
Thanks Sunil and team :)