Be careful arriving by train. The station is plagued with beggars of all ages and it is very dirty.
We stayed in room 158 a garden view room, but the shower in the room was poor and the overall standard and condition of the bathroom was poor.
The hotel does offer a good buffet breakfast and the staff are all very friendly.
Bar service is slow and our request for pest control when the bar area was suffering from inserts was ignored, despite asking three times.
Like in other hotels, there is free bottled water in the room.
Here are a few tips for anyone going to India:
- avoid buffet food
- go vegetarian for the best chance of avoiding any tummy upsets (although this is not a guarantee!)
- ask hotels not to give you any notes larger than a 100 rupees - 500 rupees is good for tourist shops and restaurants, but really unwelcome when shopping, eating, going out locally
- on departure you will need to fill out a departure card so make sure you pick one up - if you don't ask/get one you might find yourself queuing twice at immigration!
- barter heavily when buying holiday gifts. Most things can be bought for 100 rupees or less, but only if you haggle and walk away - usually they will chase you and say 'OK 100'
- the people are friendly and chatty and at no time did we feel unsafe, but expect to be hassled to buy things or for food/money
- keep a stack of 10 rupees to pay for the use of washrooms
- if you are going as part of tour, don't eat in the hotel every night - do take the time to go local for an evening - most guide books will recommend a local restaurant or two - it is fun!
- best to buy alcohol in the shops and not in the hotel - big difference in price
- most hotels/tourist restaurants add taxes and service charges so the price quoted is not the final price - expect it to be quite a bit more
- when checking out of hotels they often charge you in your currency instead of local i.e. rupees. This will cost you more so always insist on being charged in rupees and check your receipt carefully to make sure they did!
- when changing money or buying anything - check your change carefully - often 10/20 rupees might be 'missing'
- only drink bottled water and check the seal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The hotel is only 1.5 kilometers away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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