This was the culmination of our month in India. We stayed in places ranging from 1000 to 45000 rupees/night, so we have plenty to compare from south to north and in between. We chose the Oberoi Amarvilas as a special treat at the end of our journey and it did not disappoint. From the moment we entered the gate (after our long! ride from Delhi), it was apparent that this was a special property with impeccable service! The welcome greeting & refreshment, personal in-room check-in & constant attention were all appreciated. We also appreciated not having to pass through metal detectors nor have our bags searched at this hotel (which seems to be common practice at higher end hotels in India).
Yes, it was winter and rather cool, but the balcony was still a bonus for both photo opps & a cup of tea. It also allows for a full view of the extensive and well-manicured landscaping. Inside, our room was well-appointed with countless special touches. A few little things about the room that may need improvement: room ventilation is poor, (We didn't check if there were windows on either side of the balcony door which could have been opened. Windows were dripping in the morning and after using the shower.) marble is stained in the bathroom and there isn't enough shelves or drawers in the bathroom. However, turn-down service is top-notch as is housekeeping!
What an amazing pool! We could have floated under the stars for hours. We felt like we were in a palace.
The hotel provides complimentary shuttles to the Taj Mahal, which is a nice perk. However, touts are well aware that you have emerged from the most expensive hotel in Agra, so be aware that you will be asked for outrageous prices. It's always a good idea to have a sense of humour, but seriously, it was the most difficult part of staying at the Oberoi.
We enjoyed dinner at the Bellevue and excellent room service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Taj Mahal is extraordinary as much for what it is as how it has escaped the banality of cliché. For 350 years, this monument evokes a sense of wonder. Only by being there can you witness its true majesty, its symmetry, its setting and the delicacy of its carved marble inlaid with precious stones. Now just suppose you were to overlook it from your hotel room? The Oberoi Amarvilas is 600 metres from this tribute to love. The lavish interiors and elaborate gardens add to the serenity of the scene. The guestrooms are palatial: all have magical views and are luxuriously furnished with traditional fabrics, white marble, hand-crafted ornaments and every modern amenity. There is a luxury spa offering a range of therapies, a swimming pool where snacks and drinks are served; an ornamented ballroom and fine restaurants to suit the international palate. But the lobby lounge is a feast for the eye designed, as it was, around that glorious view of the Taj Mahal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel Agra
- Oberoi Hotel Agra
- Oberoi Agra
- Agra Oberoi
- Amarvilas Agra