Great location in the middle of tourist central, only 10 minutes walk to the Taj Mahal. Despite people saying you only need a night in Agra, we stayed for four giving us three full days which we easily filled with seeing sunrise at the Taj followed by Agra Fort in the afternoon, the second day taking a car (provided by the hotel) to visit Fatehpur Sikri, and a leisurely final day visiting I'timād-Ud-Daulah's Tomb (known as the baby Taj) followed by sunset over the Taj from the other side of the river. Yes, you could probably do it quicker, but we are travelling so in no major hurry and besides it was nearly 40 degrees so why rush?
The hotel has a nice patio restaurant on the second floor, and despite charging approximately double the prices we enjoyed in Delhi and Japiur, it was still fair value and typical of the area. The food was tasty, with a great choice which included meat and vegetarian options aplenty.
The room was clean and nice, if dated compared to what you'd expect in western countries. The aircon worked well, apart from being noisy, but you can switch to the quieter ceiling fan at night. The aircon broke once but was fixed efficiently by the staff.
All of the staff were helpful, including the manager who at first comes across as so laidback he was almost horizontal, but turned out to be very helpful in booking cheap train tickets to Jaipur. There is also a driver that works at the hotel who is able to provide a dedicated car or tuktuk service for competitive rates.
Ask about the sister hotel over the road where you can go to sit on the roof an enjoy a beer (Kingfisher, obviously) with great views of the Taj, along with free wifi access.
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