Agra Hotels

The Agra hotels figure among the most popular hotels in India, and it is easy to understand why. Agra, after all, is home to one of India’s top tourist attractions—the Taj Mahal. Travelers, especially those who are visiting India for the first time, flock to the Taj Mahal for a chance to admire what is easily one of the most visually impressive structures on the planet. The reason to visit Agra doesn’t end with the Taj Mahal, however. Other fine examples of Mughal architecture await, and visitors might take an interest in the fact that not very far away is the Keoladeo Ghana National Park.

There aren’t many Agra hotels that wow the traveler with their opulent luxury and impeccable service. That being said, visitors will find at least one luxury gem, and there are plenty of other comfortable hotels that can make for excellent bases. On the cheaper side of things, there are several moderately-priced Agra hotels to the south and southwest of the Taj Mahal. The budget-minded traveler might also turn to the well-priced Trident Hotel or the wallet-friendly Hotel Sheela.

Oberoi Amarvilas

Oberoi Amarvilas
Oberoi Amarvilas

Quite simply the best hotel in Agra, the Oberoi Amarvilas (pictured above) impresses on so many different levels. Among the main perks is the location. You can find the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas less than 2,000 feet from the Taj Mahal, and every room offers amazing views of the famous mausoleum. It is also possible to enjoy sumptuous views of the Taj Mahal while hanging out in the lobby, the bar, the lounge, or the spa. As for other reasons to give this world famous hotel a look, it is known for its excellent service and its extremely luxurious rooms. Add it all up, and it’s little wonder that the Oberoi Amarvilas has such a fantastic reputation.

Hotel Clarks Shiraz

Hotel Clarks Shiraz
Hotel Clarks Shiraz

Those who are searching for tasteful hotels near the Taj Mahal are encouraged to keep the Hotel Clarks Shiraz in mind. While not on the same level as the Oberoi Amarvilas, this hotel in the heart of Agra has plenty of substance and can make for a great travel base. The 237 guest units include 235 rooms and two suites. Among the standard amenities are air conditioning, a TV with a remote, a paid mini bar, a coffee/tea maker, and complimentary bath products. The best rooms are those that offer views of the Taj Mahal, which is barely more than a mile away. Also relatively close by are the airport and the train station, so it’s hard to find fault with the Hotel Clarks Shiraz location. Add in the good facilities, and it only gets better. These facilities include a travel agency that can help guests arrange such things as Taj Mahal tours, a small outdoor pool, a fun game room, a fitness room, a massage center, and a business center.

Grand Imperial Hotel

Grand Imperial Hotel
Grand Imperial Hotel

The Grand Imperial Hotel is another place that Agra visitors might consider adding to their prospective lodging lists. One of the reasons why is the quality of the guest units. Each of the 30 rooms and suites boasts an attractive decor, and guests can take advantage of such amenities as around the clock hot and cold water, air conditioning, 24-hour room service, a coffee/tea maker, and good bath products. Outside of the rooms and suites, there is a restaurant that serves up Indian food, Chinese cuisine, and continental dishes. Grand Imperial Hotel guests can also take advantage of the bar, the activity room, the swimming pool, the health club, and the meeting and banquet facilities.

Hotel Taj Plaza

Hotel Taj Plaza
Hotel Taj Plaza

If a good Agra hotel at a good price is what you seek, then you might look no further than the Hotel Taj Plaza. Sure, this hotel doesn’t offer a lot in the way of luxury. That being said, the Taj Mahal is just 500 yards away, there are multi-cuisine dining options onsite, the roof is home to an inviting café, there is a guest internet station, and the rooms are clean. Other things that are worth highlighting at the Hotel Taj Plaza are the laundry facilities and the special event facilities. There is also a travel desk where guests can arrange visits to area attractions like the city of Fatehpur Sikri, and as is true of other Agra hotels, a doctor is on call at all times.

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