We stayed at the Bagh, but were generally disappointed. While the grounds are lovely and its history makes it interesting, it was an outlier for the hotels we stay at in India. My parents were DODDS teachers in Germany in the 80s. The dragged me through a lot of communist Eastern Europe and this felt like that. The room was cold, the heater smelled, the bathroom was unattractive and the hot water was difficult to regulate. The rooms are clustered in separate buildings. Our building had four rooms, and we took three of the rooms in one building and shared the fourth room with a family from Sweden, who had two sick children. Sound traveled, so I was worried that our children would bother them.
On the positive side, the service was great and the food was also nice. Plus, we were there for New Year's Eve and they threw a party. Our girls loved it, although dinner was way past their bedtime.
Generally, my recommendation would be to stay in Agra and make a day trip to Bharatpur and the bird sanctuary (which was great!).
Spend 3 nights in a beautiful room with extensive use of marble; setting is an extensive garden largely comprised of trees with a restaurant at one end. Early evening does have traffic and street noise, but it become quiet at night. Room was clean with ample space for luggage, large bathroom and various lights.
Very convenient for access to the Keoladeo National Park.
Restaurant food: standard Indian fare, good use of regional vegetables.
This heritage hotel spreads out across some 12 or 13 acres of green, lightly wooded area, just about 3 km from Bharatpurs main attraction, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The rooms, the restaurant, and the other buildings are scattered in islands of buildings connected by pretty stone-paved paths under a canopy of trees so dense that the sun doesn't shine through. Our room, in a small palace called Mogra Bhavan, was in an idyllic little section with lovely arched verandahs, marble floors, stone inlay work, a pool of water with a marble fountain, and flowers in a marble bowl. There were also, in the pavilion nearby and in the long verandah outside our room, several comfortable sofas with coffee tables, perfect for evening tea, or for just sitting outside and lazing.
Our room was a very spacious one, with an equally spacious bathroom (with a bathtub and shower cubicle). A large double bed, a single bed on the side, a wardrobe, small TV, and several tables and desks, which allowed us lots of space to keep all our luggage; a chest of drawers, a sofa, a small refrigerator (no minibar, but just convenient storage space for items that need refrigeration). The decor was pleasantly ethnic (though with the occasional flawthe large day bed/sofa in our room had worn out and threadbare patches) without that sometimes overdone gaudiness I've seen in some other heritage hotels.
I do admit that the bathroom disappointed me. There were rust stains here and there, some stains in the toilet bowl (which, by the way, was fitted with a poor flushing systemwe ended up having to fill a bucket with water and use that to flush the toilet). Also, while toiletries (soap, moisturizer and conditioner) had been provided, these were of a rather substandard quality.
The Bagh has a pool and spa (neither of which we used). It also offers room service (a mix of fairly basic North Indian and Western food), and theres a restaurant called Gulmohar, which offers the same cuisine as room service, but has a far more extensive menu. Our package included breakfast and dinner at Gulmohar, so this was where we ate. The food, which is all mostly Indian (predominantly North Indian, with the odd Rajasthani dish thrown in), proved to be very erratic. On the first day, we found it very spicy. The next day it was far better, with a dal which was simply superb, even. Sadly, however, all rotis, parathas and puris were very thick, mutton and chicken weren't tender, and paneer was hard.
Other than the food and the somewhat grubby bathroom, I found The Bagh a nice, pleasant place. The staffs attitude is excellentthey were all helpful and accommodating (and we, because of our toddlers whims and fancies, had a lot of odd requests to make).
Also, for anybody keen on birds, this is a wonderful place to stay, because even without going anywhere further than the verandah outside, we saw lots of birds: plenty of peafowl, tree pies, magpie robins, babblers, and more. If Id stayed here longer than the two nights we spent, I'd probably also have patronised the fairly impressive library at the reception. This has a very varied collection of books, ranging all the way from fiction to history to religion and travel, with a pretty much exhaustive collection of books in birding. All books can be borrowed for free but must be returned (obviously) before you check out.
Spent a couple of nights at the Bagh while visiting the impressive bird sanctuary Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Only 14 rooms set amongst a former orchard. So green, and so cool and quiet. A sanctuary from the noisy, bustling world outside the walls. Food good. Nicely Indian and no large buffets. Just pay for what you eat.
Good pool, and useful library in reception. Collection of vintage cars in the yard. Also a cheap place to get your laundry done. Not luxury but a lovely old place to stay.