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“Outstanding place to stay”
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Palmstay
Ranked #58 of 207 Agra B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 April 2012

Simple, clean and in a quiet location a short walk from the East Gate of the Taj. What really makes this place unique though is the hosts. Varun and family are absolutely charming, friendly and informative and there's seemingly no end to their hospitality. A shame we were only there for the one night really, but I cannot recommend them highly enough as a place to stay when visiting Agra.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Rooms, facilities and cleanliness are good. The local area is quiet, secure and within walking distance of the Taj Mahal. The dining area is currently limited to sofas and tables on a landing, with adjacent kitchenette with fridge and microwave available for guest use. When booked, main meals are served from the family kitchen below and the standard is very good. Varun and family were most welcoming, flexible, friendly and informative hosts - always present for a chat and advice at mealtimes. Taxis with English speaking drivers were arranged at fair and pre-agreed rates. The limitations are reflected in the competitive pricing of this excellent base for exploring Agra and its surroundings. (British retired couple mid-sixties).

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

I agree with another reviewer who said that Varun and his family made us feel we were visiting friends rather than staying at a hotel. We stayed for two nights and met all of the family frequently. Varun used to come upstairs (where the guest rooms are) and have a chat with us. He gave us countless pieces of advice and very candid opinions on where to go and what to skip. We felt comfortable and safe here - and like someone said, it really is a bargain: basic, but very clean and with wifi & satellite TV.
The location is quite good if it's the Taj Mahal you're in Agra for - the ticket office is a short walk or autorickshaw ride away.

Mukava paikka Agrassa, todellakin hintansa arvoinen. Ei luksusta, mutta kaikki perusasiat kunnossa. Tuntuu visiitiltä jonkun kotona, sillä Varun ja hänen perheensä ovat ilmeisen mielellään tekemisissä vieraiden kanssa. Varunilta saimme mm. lukemattomia ehdotuksia matkakohteista Intiassa ja tavoista päästä niihin - sekä myös ravintolasuosituksia.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

The family that run this place are very nice people. The owner was extremely helpful in sorting my agenda out with me in the short time that i had in Agra. He even lent me his laptop. The bnb is handy for the Taj Mahal so you can get up and be at the east gate for 6.00am to avoid the queues. Its quite, secure and clean. I recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank northernsole
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Varun and his wonderful family made us feel that we were visiting friends instead of staying at a hotel. When we arrived, Varun and his wife sat with us and chatted over tea. We then went shopping together with his mother (when we returned, Varun's very cute little boy asked "what did you buy?!"). They helped us not only with our Agra trip but gave us great advice for Delhi as well. While we were with them, we constantly forgot we were "just" tourists.

Our room was spacious and clean (their online photos are quite accurate, except the actual rooms felt bigger and brighter). The bathroom and shower worked fine. For the rate we paid this was really a bargain!

Restaurant tip: the chicken malai tikka at Pinch of Spice recommended by Varun was the best dish I had on my India trip.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank rabbitova
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

The family at Palmstay is simply lovely! Varun is very helpful and his mother made us a lovely breakfast. Our room was very comfortable, and the bathroom was great. Among Indian cities, Agra is one of the least pleasant, so we particularly appreciated the warm welcome. If I could suggest an improvement, it would be to find some better drivers. The fellow who met us at the train station was indignant that I hadn't answered his call (I didn't hear the phone ring), and his 'uncle' who drove us was perhaps the worst driver we encountered during 7 weeks in India. The driver who next took us to Bharatpur and Fatehpur Sikri spoke very, very little English.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

We had a great stay at Palmstay - just one night, but two full days (indeed, we got great value, given our early morning arrival the first day and late afternoon departure the second). Varun and his family are very hospitable, helpful, and laid back in the best possible way. Breakfast was delicious; and we were steered to a terrific restaurant in town for lunch one of the days. Varun helped us plan our outings, including a very helpful map, and a driver connection for our main day of touring. We appreciated being out of the fray of Agra in a relatively quiet neighborhood - that's still quite close to the Taj and Agra Fort and markets. Finally, we were so grateful to be given a place to rest at the end of our second day, after we'd formally checked out of our room - we truly felt like we were guests in Varun's home.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Sarahgo
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Additional Information about Palmstay

Address: 23 Phase 1 Taj Nagri Vip Road Hig | Fatehabad Rd, Behind TDI Mall, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #58 of 207 B&Bs / Inns in Agra
Number of rooms: 5

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