Stayed 2 nights as part of a north/South Indian tour between 7 and 9 March 2014 with the main purpose of seeing the Taj at sunset and sunrise
Our room was 206 - The Emporer Auranzeb Suite - on the first floor - which was welcomed upgrade from our original booking - we arrived off the Delhi express @ 08.30 to be greeted by this room - much appreciated and thank you
Entry is via a padlock that secures a bolt across the first set of double doors which are followed by another set - the room was spacious with separate and reasonably comfortable sitting area - there was a 4 poster large bed under a canopy - bedside tables - wardrobe - sideboard with TV - writing desk plus overhead fan and 2 working ac units - a fridge/mini bar - marble floor underfoot - bathrobes and slippers are provided - one issue in the main bedroom is rather romantically lit e.g. a little on the dim side compared to the sitting area
The bathroom is fully equipped and has an eccentric over the bath shower that always provided hot water but at different strengths - however for those with time to bathe the bath is deep and may offer the opportunity for a relaxing soak
The rooms opens onto an open fronted corridor/veranda with chairs and side tables with views of the garden - there is also a swimming pool which was not tried but comments from other guests would indicate it is not heated
There is a good restaurant - breakfast turned out to offer tasty variety plus an egg station - we ate in both nights for dinner - we had the extensive buffet which was tasty with some spicy options - in addition there is an extensive menu of Indian Italian and Chinese options - reasonably priced for the foreigner rather than the local - we ate well during our stay
The staff were on the whole very welcoming with greetings wherever you went - our experiences may differ from others but as with all reviews they are from a personal perspective - there is no room safe but a central safe which we used and our belongings were placed in a laundry bag which was then stapled before placement in the safe
The hotel is setback from a busy road and for the most part noise is not issue but then this is India and outbreaks of noise will always happen!!!!!
We enjoyed our short stay and whilst unlikely to return to Agra this hotel on balance has more merits than detractions especially if you stay in a suite - Thank you
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE GRAND IMPERIAL AGRA The Grand Imperial is the only Heritage hotel in Agra, and takes you into a world of Victorian Era. The wide arches and the red Lahori brick walls are a blend of Colonial and Mughal architecture.The Grand Imperial offers enough history to keep guests engrossed for days on end. There are special rooms, old mementos, photographs and macho stories of courage and velour that can be recounted over and over again. Located in the heart of the city of Agra, the hot seat of the Mughal Empire, the 100 year old Grand Imperial is constructed of biscuit bricks commonly referred to as Lahori bricks, which were also used in the construction of the world renowned monument of love - The Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Post World War II the Imperial Hotel, as was then known, played host to distinguished guests such as the crown princes of England and Japan, Prince Aga Khan, Shri Moti Lal Nehru, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Jai Prakash Narayan and renowned cinema personalities such as Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and others. Its 16 chambers of princess rooms and 14 deluxe rooms are a blend of the new modern comforts with old Heritage ambience. The property consists of old heritage, Victorian style arches, rooms with large areas and ceilings, wide corridors and spacious verandahs, open gardens, etc. Enjoy the Victorian-Mughal Era, in the bar, with its array of excellent wines, and beers. The multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, health club, spa, and lush lawns, makes your stay memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Grand Imperial, Agra Hotel Agra