Agra hotel

Aug 27th, 2008, 06:23 AM
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Agra hotel

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I have done some research both here and on other forums regarding Agra hotels. Basically, what I have uncovered is that it is the Amarvilas and then everything else. Sadly, the Amarvilas is completely booked the nights we will be in Agra (trust me, my husband was heartbroken that the hotel that charges $700/night is full but all the $100/night ones were available).

Of the "Everything else" category, what would you all recommend? I see the Taj view and ITC recommended a bit but the Tripadvisor reviews are poor. If you can't get into the Amarvilas (and I will keep trying) where would you stay?

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Aug 27th, 2008, 07:20 AM
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Do more research taitai. Gawd.
$700 a night. Try the words 'Oberoi', 'Taj', 'Leela'.
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Aug 27th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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Taj View in Agra has been recommended by others in the Asia Forum.
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Aug 27th, 2008, 09:01 AM
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Do an Agra search through the Asia Forum. I'd take recommendations from the Asia Fodor's crowd over Tripadvisor.

Taj View and ITC Sheraton have popped up as good here.
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Aug 27th, 2008, 09:32 AM
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I might have to go with the Taj View. The actual rooms with views of the Taj are $400/night. However, based on what I have read, the "view" might be a generous term for what one actually sees outside the room. Might be best to default to the cheaper non-view rooms.

So much to learn.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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Aug 27th, 2008, 12:39 PM
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The Hotel Sheela right at the East Gate of the Taj has comfortable rooms and a charming garden restaurant.

Since I decided not to do Amarvilas, I stayed here.

It was $20 a night for the most expensive room.
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Aug 27th, 2008, 03:48 PM
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I have to ask, Amy how do you go from deciding against Amarvilas to choosing a $20 a night place? That's about as opposite end of the spectrum as you can get.
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Aug 27th, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Well, Amarvilas would have been my "splurge" hotel, but Sheela just has a vibe that I like. (I will say, though, that the shower leaves a bit to be desired there...)

So instead of Amarvilas, I had two visits at the Trident in Gurgaon...sandwiching Guesthouse Paul, at R400 a night in Leh.

Guess I just like variety!
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Aug 27th, 2008, 04:47 PM
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Hi Amy, I remember you now from your thread detailing your trip to India! The Trident Gurgaon rang a bell. Nice to bump into you again.
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Aug 27th, 2008, 06:31 PM
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The view of the Taj from the Taj view rooms at the Taj View are actually quite nice. You look over the old town as well. Ask for as high a floor as possible. The hotel is more distant than the Amarvilas, and no trees frame the view as the do from the Amarvilas, but the Taj actually looks larger as you see it from a higher elevation and rising above the low buildings of the old town. I think it is a fine choice if Amarvilas is not available. The Sheraton is fine, but has NO views at all, it will remind you of a nice motel in the US. From the Taj View you can at least walk to some parts of the old town, which you should do anyway to get a feel for the place, as the 100 yards around the Tah (which is what most tourist see of the place only) is just full of touts and not enjoyable, but you can wander lanes of the old town quite untroubled and see Indian life going on.
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Aug 28th, 2008, 03:39 PM
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You night ask an Indian tour agent like Arvind (Castle & king) or others noted online here. They may be able to help you get a booking you are unable to get.
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Aug 28th, 2008, 05:38 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have booked the Taj View and am happy with that choice. Probably make a reservation at the Amarvilas for drinks and dinner to soak up that atmosphere a bit.

Now on to finding an appropriate Delhi hotel.....

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