Right, we were very skeptical about our booking at Crystal Inn in Agra and we had braced up for an unpleasant stay despite reading moderate reviews on Trip Advisor. We arrived at the Agra Cant Railway Station by Bhopal Shatabdi from Delhi at about 8.25 AM in the morning and after being hounded by hordes of registered Taxis at the station, we convinced ourselves to hire one for a whole day's tour. The Driver brought us to the Hotel by 9.15 AM (The hotel is a couple of Kilometres from the station) in a peaceful locality, just behind a huge mall (TDI Mall). Upon arrival, we found that the staff were very friendly and offered to check us in, even though the check in time was in the afternoon. We had chosen an executive room which was on the fourth floor served by a lift. Although the room and the hotel decor is nothing to boast about, it is extremely clean, fully furnished with all necessities including Air Conditioning, LCD TV with Cable facilities, Intercom, clean sheets, towels, coffee & tea making facilities, complimentary water and a small fridge with some snacks and drinks at moderate prices.
There is a roof top restaurant, which according to the signs in the hotel gives views of the Taj (and it's called Taj View or something) but We didn't get an opportunity to dine there. We did have an early morning breakfast at the basement and it was quite sumptuous although not fully stocked.
We took the hotel cab from Agra to Jaipur the following morning and it was extremely comfortable. According to the driver the hotel has invested in a brand new fleet of vehicle which has good climate control, plush seating etc. Although we had fully paid up the hotel desk for the journey, the driver did try to fleece us, first by convincing us to take a guide at Fatehpur Sikri, who knew very little about the heritage monument.
Anyway, I would definitely recommend the hotel for anyone on a budget. Not sure about standard rooms, but executive rooms are quite comfy.
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