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“Exceptional Hospitality, a fantastic stay.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Palmstay

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Palmstay
Ranked #51 of 192 Agra B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Exceptional Hospitality, a fantastic stay.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

We stayed here two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. Varun and his family did everything they could to ensure we had a great time in Agra. They advised us on the best places to go and do what we wanted in Agra avoiding the more frenetic parts of the city. They were kind enough to offer us tea and coffee before we went to the Taj at 6 in the morning and cooked us a very tasty continental breakfast on our return.

We had a late train on our last day and Varun was kind enough to open up a disused room for us to shower after a sweltering day exploring Agra. I also highly recommend staying with the family as you get to know India that little bit better and benefit from their insights on travelling in India, we left with a much greater confidence in seeing the country.

The room was large, spotless with excellent air con, hot water and Wi Fi exactly what we needed after a good day in Agra.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a very enjoyable stay. The family were lovely and friendly, made us feel very welcome and provided us with helpful info about Agra e.g. Resturants, rickshaw prices etc. Our room was very clean, with a TV offering many English speaking channels and air conditioning. The location is about a 15 min walk to the Taj and Vern's mum helped us with directions. The homestay is very close to a shopping centre and resturants. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berkshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2012

Varun and his family could not have been more helpful and informative. We arrived early after an overnight train trip from Amritsar and his wife immediately set about cooking us breakfast which was most welcome. As said before the rooms are clean and accommodating with everything you need for a short stay. As we had visited Agra on a previous trip we only stopped for one night.

Varun drove us to the Red Fort on his way to work and recommended a place for lunch which was excellent. He ordered us a take away that evening as we were really tired, not having slept much the night before, and in the morning walked to the Taj just as the gates were opening.

Our little boy loved playing with their son and all in all it's an excellent choice, especially taking into account the excessive price of hotels in Agra.

A word of warning, when Varun says keep the doors to the balcony closed because of mosquitos, do as he says othewise you will pay the price!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank Osric
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

They say you get what you pay for well, Palmstay is a budget accomodation clean and tidy. The biggest selling point is Varun and his family. They make you very welcome and nothing is too much trouble. He gave us so much information on where to go what to do and all the secrets to having a safe stay in India.
The Indian breakfast is cooked by Mum and they are super, plus lots of fruit and eggs as you like them.

We only stayed two nights as we had planned to see the Taj and then go back south. If we had know how good it was at Palm stay we would have stayed longer.

Varun use to work for Microsoft Soft so he has a Wifi in room service that is on par with anything in Europe.

The Palmstay is suffering at present as it is surrounded by new construction work. Please don't let this put of anyone this is tempory and did not affect us at all. No noise at all from the construction. It's just untidy out side. But this is progress for the area.

If you vist Varun and his family the memory will stay with you a lifetime and Varun and his families kindest.

We will return and keep in contact, only two days but think we made a great friend.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012 via mobile

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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Shropshire
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank ImmerEssen
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Property: Palmstay
Address: 23 Taj Nagri Vip Road | Fatehabad Rd, Behind TDI Mall, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 192 B&Bs / Inns in Agra
Number of rooms: 5

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