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The Oberoi Amarvilas
Ranked #1 of 142 Hotels in Agra
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 January 2009

After a long train trip and winding through the streets of Agra past the camel carts and elephants (!), we entered the Oberoi Amarvillas and were stunned by the jaw-dropping view of the Taj Mahal perfectly framed in the lobby windows. We were greeted with cool towels and a cold drink, allowed to relax and soak in the view, and then accompanied to our room to complete our check-in. The staff was amazing - always there when you needed them, but very unobtrusive otherwise - and the golf cart ride to the entry gate of the Taj made it very straightforward and easy.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2009

The location of this hotel is unparalleled. This is probably its main advantage. The hotel interiors are fabulous and all rooms overlook the Taj. We did not have the chance to try their food or spa since we only stayed there for one night.
The service was very friendly however there were small hickups here and there.
When we arrived at 10am, the hotel informed us that we cannot check in before 2pm, although they were informed of our early arrival.
I'm sure that a hotel that is rated among the top 5 hotels in the world can accommodate early arrival. This is not some 4 star business hotel, this is the oberoi. My stay should be customized to my needs.
When we did check in at 2pm, our luggage did not come up to the room because it did not pass security. They said we had metal objects and they need to be thoroughly searched! Of course we had metal objectives. My husbands shaver is not wood, neither is my hair dryer. What did they expect? And this is the first time in my life that a hotel goes through our luggage for security reasons. I mean so far it never even happened in airports!
It is very conveniently located next to the taj and they have a complimentary golf cart service to take visitors back and forth upon their request.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2009

We stayed at the Oberoi in early January, and would recommend it as the ideal place in Aggra, with very convenient access to the Taj Mahal. All the rooms overlook the Taj Mahal and the service is very good. The spa is however very disappointing, and the facilities are out-dated and tired. Over-all an excellent experience, but avoid Aggra downtown, it's dreadful. The Taj Mahal is more beautiful than expected!

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed 18 January 2009

Absolutely fantastic hotel. It was pricey, but worth every penny. When you arrive, the hotel does seem a bit dated, but it really is transformed at night. We took a dip in the pool surrounded by torches enjoying live music and dancing on the roof above us. Steam room and sauna were very refreshing as well. The rooms are very spacious and what you would expect from a luxury hotel, but the view of the taj is unique. Food was also excellent at the Indian restaurant, but we ate at the Continental restaurant for lunch and were not as impressed (my wife's chicken sandwich was really good, but the club we ordered was pretty embarrassing for the price). Service was also impeccable throughout, along with breakfast delivered by room service.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

My sister and I literally started crying with the beauty of it when we were shown into our room at this beautiful hotel. Our only regret was that we were in one of the most romantic rooms either of us has ever seen with each other and not our husbands. We were there for one night last January as the big splash out treat on our trip to visit our brother who lives in New Dehli. If you are unhappy here, you will be unhappy anywhere

We booked the lowest level room and somehow were lucky enough to be put in a room with an extra large terrace and a bathroom with a view of the Taj Mahal. We could see the Taj Mahal from the shower, the bathtub, and yes, even the toilet. Exquisite.

We fantasize that we got this fabulous room because we were so in awe of the hotel before we even checked in. We were smiling and hugging each other and gratefully acknowledging the staff who gave us watermelon juice and escorted us to the lovely lounge with the view of the Taj Mahal to await check in. The beautiful young woman who escorted us to our room smiled coyly and said, "I think you will like your room" as she unlocked the door. The room literally took out breath away. I'll post pictures.

This is a very special hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

This is a fabulous Oberoi hotel – we were just disappointed we couldn’t stay longer! The attention to detail is brilliant and the staff are so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much bother.

The restaurants are excellent and the golf-cart service to the Taj Mahal is great

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2009

By coincidence, my daughter visited this hotel one week before us. This is the best hotel in the world, she texted me. Maybe not completely true but certainly one of the best and with one of the best unbeatable locations in the world. A trip to the Taj Mahal is unmissable and you have to stay at this hotel. In addition to its location it has an awesome pool with steam rising in the evening because of its heat. The staff are charming and attentive if a little inexperienced. Don't miss the little shopping mall by the entrance - beautiful shawls, etc.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Additional Information about The Oberoi Amarvilas

Address: Taj East Gate, Agra 282001, India
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Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agra
#1 Family Hotel in Agra
#1 Spa Hotel in Agra
#1 Business Hotel in Agra
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agra
Price Range: £345 - £1,315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oberoi Amarvilas 5*
Number of rooms: 102
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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