Well it all looked promising at the start, easy phone booking and easy check in. This was a joy as we arrived after a 6 hour road trip from Nanital.
We asked for and were given a largeish family room for 2,500 IRS (this was the price quoted but not the price paid at the end) . Bit higher than we had been paying, but this was fine. Room was ok, bit tired looking but serviceable and the aircon worked (which is just as well considering the 43 degree Celsius days we were there).
Seeing the government seems keen on renaming cities, I think Agra should be renamed Agravation as it is filled with touts, scammers and anyone else that is trying to put it on. This isn't surprising considering the city has one industry, the Taj. Unsurprisingly the staff of the Ashish turned out to be almost as avaricious and blood sucking as the touts outside. One even demanded a tip was so I gave him one, "here's 10 rupees, go and learn some manners." But the most fun was when I was checking out. First there is the government taxes (sorry sir we can't do anything about that" and the usual service fee. I wouldn't mind paying a service fee if I actually got some service for it. But the real fun started when being presented with a bill for 17,000 rupees for a couple of days accommodation, a taxi to Delhi and some room service. One of their many "errors" calculating the bill was by adding a 310 rupee room service bill as 3,100, "oh sorry sir, sorry sir". I think he was most sorry about not getting away with overcharging. So I took control of the calculator and it worked out to be a more reasonable figure (still higher than expected but still better than what they wanted to be paid initially). What I suspect they do is present a very large bill in the hope that travelers in a rush will just pay it.
Anyway the best part of the experience is getting the hell away from the grasping staff and the hole that is Agra(vation).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ashish Palace, one of the well-established Luxury 3 Star Category Hotel in the city of Taj Agra. The hotel is approved by the ministry of tourism and government of India. Safety, Honesty and Reliability makes hotel Ashish Palace best choice for comfortable and memorable holidays in India. We have the necessary expertise and experience to provide service with a difference for all our valued clients. Hotel Ashish Palace offer world class luxurious Accommodation, Conference Room, Business Centre, Multi Cuisine Restaurant and 24 hrs room service. All our Room offers a special touch of luxury to our Guests with its well furnished modern day amenities, 32 Inches Wall Mounted LED TV with Tea/Coffe Maker and other exciting facilities.Hotel Ashish Palace situated in Tourist Complex Area, Fatehabad Road, Agra. The distance from the Agra airport is 08 KM, Agra Cant Railway Station 04 KM, Taj Mahal 01 KM, Agra fort 02 KM & Fatehpur Sikri 35 KM. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ashish Palace Agra