This was my first trip to Agra as a solo female traveler. So I was nervous before going, but there was no need to be! Sonar Haveli is a lovely hotel, very clean and well maintained (rare in India in budget hotels!). The price for the rooms is very good value for money as they are spacious, the AC is good and they are attractively presented. The whole hotel is very nicely decorated and is described as a "home away from home" which I found to be true. The place is very safe and is in a quiet place in Agra, but still only a short walk away from rickshaws. There were clean, nice towels and the bedding was freshly laundered.
The staff looked after me and gave me a lot of help planning my trip and really made my time in Agra very pleasant. Especially Mark who took me on a tour to Fatepur Sikri (well worth a visit) with his tour company Taj India Trip which I'd highly recommend. Their driver Raj is a very safe driver, friendly and knowleable and speaks good English. You couldn't wish for any better if you are looking for someone to take you around.
The hotel sells good food which is all home cooked and has large portions. The hotel had an auto rickshaw pick me up from the train station. True to their word the driver was waiting for me with a sign with my name on which was very re-assuring. I booked the same driver - Prem - for a tour of Agra for the day in his Rickshaw. If you don't want an AC car and want to travel only in Agra then you can't find better than Prem who speaks good English and explains the process for you at each monument to make visiting the city as a tourist relatively hassle free.
The atmosphere in the hotel was relaxed and friendly. I am very happy that I chose to stay there and would recommend it highly to anyone.
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