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“lovely place and very close to Taj Mahal”

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Friends Paying Guest House
Ranked #5 of 184 Speciality Lodging in Agra
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Cayo Coco, Cuba
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“lovely place and very close to Taj Mahal”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

I had a good time and the customer service is great! Very close to Taj Mahal only like walking distance. The place is very quiet and secure. Walking distance to Taj Mahal. Yusuf was very helpful with us and made sure we have a great time there!

Room Tip: They can show you around and Yusuf is very helpful, who will make sure you will enjoy your stay!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2012 via mobile

This hotel is run by a very nice family - some might say too nice. They insist on being extremely helpful and nice so much it becomes overbearing. Sometimes we just wanted a little personal space after a hectic day in Agra and did not want to have to make small talk with the family or have the father try to give us the hard sell at 6am over breakfast.

He was extremely bossy and he spoke to his staff (who were very pleasant) in a rude and unprofessional manner in front of guests.

The room was extremely hot and pretty horrible. There was a window out onto the street and the inefficient and noisy fan blew the curtains up. We had to weigh them down with books. the Tv did not work although we were not bothered about it. Bugs came in our room at night in quite large quantities if we left the light on after dark.

That said it was very close to the taj mahal, and the family were very honest and reliable. They cooked us an early breakfast so we could visit the taj mahal early. The food was good and overall it was really cheap.

I would recommend this place for a single night stay, maybe two. Any longer and you will be desperate to get away.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

As long as the power is running this is a very nice hostel (no AC, only a fan in the room). The people are so friendly! Don't expect to much of a luxury but who needs that when you're in India! In the evening you can have a laugh with the owners sitting in the living room, situated in the front of the building on the first floor, as you can see on the pictures or outside on the rooftop. Taj Mahal, some restaurants and a supermarket on walking distance.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Alba, Italy
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

It's cheap, which is already a good reason for rating it good. We got a room on the ground floor that was not exactly as expected, with no air conditioning and a poor bathroom, but would you stay in your room when you're travelling in India?? Moreover, the hosts are the kindest ever, and we had a long talk with Yusuf about his plans for the future. The guest house is getting better and better, with new floors and brand new rooms, working already or in a short time. Beside the renovation, the environment is friendly and if you really cannot stand to stay in the room on the groundfloor (if you've been unlucky and got that one!) you're more than welcome on the terrace, where you'll always find someone to chat with or some good food or a laptop to borrow and talk home...the first impression might be disappointing but scratch a bit and you'll find some gold sparkling!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

This place was great.... The owners go above and beyond the call of duty to make you feel at home... I ended up staying longer just because I enjoyed the vibe their... The best part is they were in the process of doing rennovations to make the place bigger and better...Literally 15 minutes walk to the Taj Mahal........ Well done guys

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Valletta, Malta
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

Generally if a hostel asks you to pay upfront you know you've found a bad place. We rang ahead to get directions to the hostel. Whoever answered the phone sounded high and hung up on us. We rang again and they gave us directions. On arrival we were greeted by a grunt from the manager who seemed hungover. We had no help with our bags.

There was no running water on arrival or electricity. The manager told us that a girl had left the taps running in her rom that morning and that they were filling their tank. Aparently people leave taps running quite a bit because another couple we met had been given the exact same story 3 days beforehand.

No Airconditioning, had to pay 250 rupees for a cooler. Fan was ineffective. Damp humid rooms with little ventilation.

The noise which began at 5am was unbearable.

Sheets seemed clean.

The owner goes to great lengths to explain that "this is a special house for backpackers and travelers (?), this is our family home". These are just excuses to cover up the fact that it's a dump.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Not only was the house conveniently located near the Taj Mahal hence you save on travelling cost to visit it, the hosts were also friendly, helpful, and not to mention, nice food available cooked specially by the mum herself. Rooms were satisfying. Overall experience was great.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Friends Paying Guest House
Address: P-6, Taj Nagri | Eastern Gate Taj Mahal, Tajganj, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #5 of 184 Speciality Lodging in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Friends Paying Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Explore the epitome of love and one of the most visited destinations of the World: Agra, with all home-like comforts and exceptionally customer friendly services..... Backpacker Panda, one of the finest hostels to enjoy and experience the fascinating historical Mughal city, always on its toes to serve you the best! Located just a stone's throw away from jaw-dropping splendid white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of world! Just believe! Neat and clean dorms with cozy mattress, a multi cuisine restaurant with finger-lickin' food, well-equipped kitchenette, coffee and tea making facility, fast and reliable Wi-Fi, friendly and immensely helpful crew, clean and hygienic washrooms, safe abode, pure drinking water......Perfect for relaxation after exploring the magnificent city of love! So come, stay and live your backpacking moments! " ... more   less 
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