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Optimum Sheela Inn @ Taj
Ranked #81 of 142 Hotels in Agra
Reviewed 19 October 2013

A neat clean hotel with location advantage. Very near to TAJ. No HOT water, but good place to stay. We tried many hotels by way of middleman they were expensive and stinking. This hotel we found on trip advisor was way up in terms of price, cleanliness and location. Tea was good, didn't try food. Visitors from INDIA must surely give this hotel a try.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms are not having TV presently but are new, spacious and well decorated.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

it was close to the east gate and the staff were friendly too, the room was I guess what you pay for the bathroom wasnt the cleanest. We ate at the roof resturant which is where I am pretty sure I got sick.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

This hotel has a good location. With its nearness to the Taj Mahal, it is a good place to stay for those with a budget. The room that we were given was not worthy of the rate they charged me (800 Rs PER DAY!!). The décor for the room was tasteless and the bathroom’s hygiene factor was questionable. However our room had a view of the Taj Mahal but that did not make up for the lack of basic amenities. The so called “RoofTop Restaurant” with the flowers was a pathetic attempt to cash in on its nearness to the Taj mahal due to which it was always in view. The food however was cheap and fresh. I saw many lone travelers here. I would recommend it only for backpacker’s or lone travelers with a budget.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2013 via mobile

Stayed here to visit the taj and wasn't let down. Payed 800 Rs for the "super deluxe room." Was good and a great hotel for travels. Ok the bathroom isn't perfect and there's no hot water but you get what you pay for! Perfect for location to visit the taj and a minute walk from the ticket office (DO NOT PAY FOR A RICKSHAW!) one tip though avoid the restaurant and walk to its sister hotel Hotel Sheela. We found a dead ant in our rice and I ordered poached eggs which came scrambled and then fried after being sent back! All part of the Indian experience though.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Basic accommodation. Rooftop restaurant pretty decent for Indian food, with view of the Taj. Bed comfy, bathroom all OK. No view from windows, but not an issue as had no view from any hotel window in a city in India! Tricky to find if transport from out of Agra. Handy for tickets for the Taj, and a short walk from the quieter E gate. Wi-fi on the roof

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

A not-so-known budget accommodation which is very conveniently located close to the East Gate of Taj Mahal and just next to Shilpgram. The mother hotel is Hotel Sheela owned by the same person is actually in stone’s throw distance from the Taj. Hotel Sheela was entirely booked so we had to choose Sheela Inn. This is a newly constructed hotel with basic amenities as expected in budget accommodation. But all the staff starting from the cook to the manager are very cordial and helpful. We stayed during the holi, which is a very popular festival in India, esp north India; most of the staff were on leave but they extended as much help possible so as to make us (a group of 12 people in big family) comfortable. The rooftop restaurant is really enjoyable with the piping hot home-cooked food coming straight from the kitchen in front of your eyes.
The rooms were clean and comfortable; we needed some extra pillows and linen which they happily provided. Bathroom was clean but the fittings are not impressive. The most awful thing was the running water which technically is extremely “hard water” and difficult to use.
In short Sheela Inn is just apt for a budget traveler; the shortfall in amenities is made up by the helpful and friendly staff.

Room Tip: Do not have elevator, so choose rooms in first floor
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

We stayed in the Sheela Inn in January 2013. Our hotel room was very very cold (they gave us extra blankets to compensate), with no heating, and the window didn't let any sunlight in. We had a beautiful view of a wall. The room was kind of clean, but the bed linens are very old, ours had holes in them and were more gray than white. To make matters worse, walls are very thin and our room was close to the stairs so you could hear people coming and going all the time.

There was no hot water during our stay, even though management kept promising that there would be...

The bathroom is standard for India, but ours was not quite clean. We asked for our room to be cleaned twice and they never did it (even though they said they would do it).

We were supposed to have wifi in the room and in the public areas and it never worked.

Overall it was a bad experience. The only positive thing I can think of about this hotel is its location.

Room Tip: Asl for a room as far away as you can from the stairs.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: | opposite Jalma Hospital, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #81 of 142 Hotels in Agra
Price Range: £8 - £23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Optimum Sheela Inn @ Taj 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sheela Inn is located in Agra. It is 800 m from the UNESCO World Heritage of Taj Mahal and 300 m from Taj Nature Walk. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The property offers free parking. The property is 6 km from Agra Fort. The Agra Cantonment Railway Station is 9 km while Agra Airport and ISBT Bus Station are 14 km. ... more   less 
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