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“If You Hear "Don't Worry Chicken Curry"... Be Worried.”

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Tourists Rest House
Ranked #23 of 142 Hotels in Agra
Reviewed 5 April 2014

First, this hotel is in a scary neighborhood and there is no rooftop view of the Taj Mahal. The air conditioner in our room didn't work, we had blue lights in the room so lighting was terrible, a tiny roll of toilet paper and no toiletries. The kitchen at this place looks dirty so we ordered bottled water and chai to try to enjoy the courtyard but the smell of kerosene overpowered us. The hotel desk manager was insulted our guide, which upset me terribly. We didn't realize what had been said until later in the evening. Unbelievable. Our guide is the nicest person I met while in India....why be insulting?

Even scarier was coming back from a full moon viewing of the Taj Mahal to a totally dark hotel, finding a man sleeping on a cot in the lobby of the hotel! Honestly, we were so afraid! We bolted our door afraid to open a window (with a broken air conditioner) and sweltered in the heat. There were 2 soggy towels for our use, which I guess is better than nothing.

After checking out and getting in the car I realized I'd been short-changed 100 INR but I was so creeped out by the place, I wasn't going back.

If anything good came out of this experience it was the phrase....don't worry chicken curry. We used it throughout our journey.

This place might be fine for someone backpacking and hiking through India, but if you are looking for comfort, kindness, honesty and hospitality, this would not be the place.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

The room are pretty comfortable and come with a fan and hot water. The staff in general are okay. The hotels location is about 5 km away from the Taj Mahal and the second you step out the door you will get harassed by the taxi drivers. Good to stay for a night or two, see the Taj, then get out of Agra/

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

Our room (non-ac, ground floor) was basic but spacious and clean. As stated in other reviews it's walls were wet and the whole thing feels more like a bunker than anything else. It takes some time (up to 3min running water) to get hot water from the shower when it works. Wifi was only available at the restaurant in the courtyard - food is not special but good (but party music totally not fits to the scenery).

Our experience with the staff was divided - the two men at the front desk were helpful (we changed the room), but it's not unusual to wait a long time for staff in the restaurant that will be unfriendly anyway.

We stayed for 3 nights (too much for Agra) because we fell sick and stayed a lot in the room and courtyard - not recommendable (TV didn't work in both rooms if you bother). Try to get one room in a hostel close to the Taj, otherwise if you just stay for one night it's not the worst place. Let them show you some rooms on different floors before you decide!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We came for 4 nights to stay in tourist Rest House; we got excellent service and rooms. The free wifi which is very helpful for us.(works in courtyard as well as in some rooms)
The staff is nice and helpful greet you every time and eager to know if everything is ok or not, not every hotel do the same.
The location is excellent: some minutes to taj mahal and Agra fort, 15 min to baby taj and mehatab bagh.
The hotel recommended us for Futehpur Sikri which is awesome and must see, we got a taxi from the hotel at a good price.
In the night we ate in the hotel and it was perfect Indian food as there is no wide choices, but they prepared good food in candle light and with French and English music which is really good.
We had a tour to Rajasthan for 10days and had a nice English speaking driver . They organize us the train tickets for ahead trip.
We can say that it’s an oasis in the town where you can relax and rest, that what I want to say …
We recommend this place to family and friends…

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank thib_aus
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We returned to this guest house for the second time in two years because they are very welcoming and the facilities are great. They were always happy to provide anything extra we needed and organise transport for us. They have had extra 'deluxe' rooms built on the top floor which are very attracive and comfortable with four poster beds, flat screen TV's and aircon.
The cafe/courtyard is attractive and convenient for meals, although the dinners were not up to restaurant standards. Very handy for breakfast and snacks.

Room Tip: Upper floors are away from cafe noise early or late
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

The room was small but rather comfortable. It was also rather clean and all the basic amenities(such as hot water etc.) were working.


In the centre of the hotel is a garden/dining area which does look pretty good at night. The food served is average; portions are not very big but at least it still tastes decent. Atmosphere was pretty relaxing too.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
Thank Guo X
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

I stayed in this hotel on March 15-17 2014, with my whole family [ kids and my parents] Its a good place to stay especially when you are traveling with your family. Hot water facility round the clock available, staff is courteous and helpful.

The only thing is they prepare the food in the restaurant is either it is for Foreigners or for North Indians. it is not suitable for south Indian, also I felt it is some what costly but it is okay for short trip.

One more observation from my side they more concentrate on foreigner tourists. Not only in this hotel I found this kind of situation in whole Agra.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 4/62 Tourists Rest House Kutchery Road | Baluganj, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Agra
#9 Family Hotel in Agra
Price Range: £7 - £10 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tourists Rest House 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are very centrally located in the heart of the city, close to all the major attractions, bazaars and railway /bus station. All the rooms are clean and well equipped with attached bathroom and western style toilet, toiletries are also provided in every room. The rooms are facing a central, plant filled courtyard,giving a feel of relaxation and security. We have 24 hr front desk service. ... more   less 
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