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“Go for the views and the views alone” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Taj Plaza
Ranked #67 of 145 Hotels in Agra
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Go for the views and the views alone”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

We decided to go with a budget option (by Agra standards) since we were only in Agra one night.We prioritised Taj views over hotel facilities. I was not disappointed in either respect, the Taj views were great both from our room and from the roof terrace, and the facilities were poor.

Room: great view of Taj, dodgy sockets, limited bed linen (deployed own emergency sleeping bag inner and pillow covers), "wet" style bathroom i.e. water goes everywhere and soaks everything, generally dilapidated and needs some maintenance but didn't find it dirty.

Breakfast: toast, black tea, black coffee and omelette just fine.

Service: painfully slow, but old gent who hosted the roof terrace more than made up for it. His coffee had a distinctive, earthy taste, served from a little travel kettle. However, it was hot, strong and came without sugar, so just what we were looking for. Once he knew we liked the coffee we were offered a whole pot to ourselves for no extra cost and were also treated to a lesson in Hindu philosophy. Worth the price of the room alone!

If you want to prioritise location and views of the Taj over anything and can cope with hostel level facilities at budget hotel prices then don't let the rating put you off (I would pay money to stay there again). However, there will be a lot of people that don't like this place and I'm sure you could find better facilities for the same or lower price but you will clearly be sacrificing location and views. Sadly we can't have it all!

Room Tip: We did pay a little extra for Taj views, ours was dead on, probably worth doing given the price diff...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

The hotel is hardly a km away from Taj's East Gate. This could be a winner hotel if refurbished and modernized with a reform. Our room, 306, had a Taj view! Staff polite and professional enough. Bathroom, despite hot shower available, had a shared escape window to next room's bathroom! If you look for just a night to drop and sleep dead for a close and easy access to the Taj, than go for this one. Other than that, run away.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2013

Very basic hotel and quite dirty.
Some of the porters were very friendly.
The breakfast was so bad we could not eat it but were still charged.The roof top restaurant was not open and the view of the Taj Mahal was a reason I chose this hotel.
Hotel position was okay but the reception staff did not even tell us that we had to buy tickets in the opposite direction of the Taj Mahal.

Agra is a ugly, dirty place and should be cleaned up as it is the site of one of the Wonders of the World. Very glad we were only 1 day there. We had planned to visit the Taj Mahal twice but the traffic was so appalling nearby we got there too late. The next day was full of smog so views were very disappointing.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

Very good hotel, very beautiful location, very friendly all staffs of hotel, very testy food served, rooftop restaurant is amazing you can enjoy world's wonder taj viewing from rooftop. Nice experience. Thaks Taj Plaza & Cleartrip.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Very basic hotel with rooms and corridors that have seen better days. The first room we were given the door handle fell off - but to their credit they changed us pretty quickly.

Neither of these rooms had any topsheets on the bed with only a very scratchy fleece blanket. It was so scratchy my wife slept under a towel rather than the blanket and we're not fussy generally but it was particularly uncomfortable. Noisy throughout the night too

The only reason this hotel wasnt given "poor" is because you get an amazing view of the Taj Mahal from the roof terrace. Plus you are maybe 500 metres from the East Gate entrance so for a 5:30am walk to be 10th in queue for the openieng saved it from the "poor" but it was pretty close.

Room Tip: Dont bother paying extra for a Taj View room - just get up to the roof terrace and get a better view...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Taj Plaza
Address: Fatehabad Road | Near Hotel the Oberoi Amar Vilas, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #67 of 145 Hotels in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Taj Plaza 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Taj Plaza offers 40 rooms which are divided into three categories i.E. Taj Facing Deluxe Room, Deluxe A/C Room and Non AC Room. The rooms are spacious and offer a beautiful view of the famous Taj Mahal to make your stay memorable. The hotel has a multi cuisine restaurant, Magic of Spice where guests can treat their taste buds with Indian, Chinese, Continental and Mughlai delicacies. There is a 24 hours Coffee N Taj Rooftop restaurant and Bar-Be-Que where comfort and taste come together in delectable food and gracious surroundings. Hotel Taj Plaza provides 24-hour a day, 7 days a week services of qualified personnels on duty at the front desk in the reception area. Also, qualified staff members are always alert and available to guests, walk-ins and attending telephone calls from all over the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hotel has a well-equipped lobby with comfortable sitting area. A well established travel desk is committed to fulfill the travel requirements of guests. 24 hours power backup is provided for electricity outages. Guests can avail 24 hours personalized room service for a great stay experience. There is a nearby ATM cash machine for the convenience of guests. All major credit cards are acceptable and foreign currency exchange services is also available. A well spacious conference and banquet hall is available that can accommodate 10 to 100 people at a time. Various other facilities provided by the hotel are luggage deposit, internet station, family reading room, car parking, daily newspaper, laundry and dry cleaning, telephone and baby sitting services are available. ... more   less 
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