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“Potential is not reality” 3 of 5 stars
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Lauries Hotel
M. G. Road, Agra 282001, India   |  
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Ranked #58 of 111 Hotels in Agra
Oregon
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Potential is not reality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

I agree this place has potential. It could be amazing. It could be grand - a historical oasis with a pool, a restaurant, and peacocks strolling around. It has potential for all that. Alas, it is not currently these things. The pros: It was very inexpensive at about $18 night. I imagine it was much quieter and cleaner than staying in many of the backpacker places in the Taj ganj area (which looked horrible - unless you could afford The Oberoi). The towels and sheets were clean. The staff were friendly, the manager was informative. It was quiet. Too quiet? The cons: The giant, dingy, dimly lit room (#61 - I'll get back to this) was sparsely furnished with beat-up 1960's era furniture and probably last painted around 1960 too. The dirt and grime was ground into the floors, fixtures, and fabrics with bugs crawling around giving it an un-lived in, depressing feel. The bathroom wasn't filthy but it wasn't quite clean either. There was no shower curtain or hot water and the bucket for washing yourself had a layer of grime in it. My husband's overall impression of Lauries was that of a horror movie; expansive park-like grounds; three big buildings with rows of doors and dark corridors; no one around; power cutting in and out. When we registered we noticed almost eveyone ahead of us had checked into Room #61. We could see all the room keys in their slots behind the desk except our room. Room #61! Eeeekk. . . Sorry, I'll be serious. The hotel is a bit of a drive to the Taj Mahal and other sights. There is internet and a small grocery down the street a short distance. It wasn't all bad but we couldn't wait to get out of there. Some paint and a good scrub would go a long way toward improvement.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bikaner, India
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Excellent place to stay in twin World Heritage City namely Agra. Taxi/Auto Operators may miss guide - Don't fall in prey!. Real worthy calm and clean Hotel in the City. Polite Reception personnel.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Devonport, Australia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We stayed in this hotel when going to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. It was away from the hussle and bussle, with a lovely garden. The staff were friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel it is a bit tired, but clean and the room was spacious. For the price it is great.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed there for one night and the experience was horrible. The whole hotel is completely deserted, with almost no furniture left. We were the only guests in the hotel, and there was a staff of 2. The room was dirty and we found a huge lizard in our room. It was also very noisy because of the constant horning outside.

One of the staff was also very pushy and went through our personal stuff when we were moved to another room.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

When I booked the hotel, I was in a doubt whether I took the correct decision or not, since I didnt find enough good reviews for the hotel. But, all went well, even if I have to say, it exceeded my expectation. It was just like we lived in english period when we stayed @ this hotel. Frankly saying, we talked more about this hotel than Taj mahal. :-) And, I have already planned to visit the hotel again just to stay there. Excellent service as well. The best part is there is no TV. If you are a photographer or a person who loves historical places, this is one such hotel you should not miss. After visiting the hotel, there are two things which occupied in mind for Agra. 1. Taj mahal, 2. Lauries Hotel.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bermagui
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

Full of potential, Lauries begs to be re invigorated. The buildings great and full of ambience, rooms enormous, clean, comfortable and affordable (about 800 rupees), staff keen to welcome.....but oh where are the guests. Theres 28 rooms, only 3 were occupied. Some things need work...theres no on site kitchen or restaurant, no set up outside common area to meet travellers, no internet (I doubt they have a phone), the hot water is slow and warm and the owners could do with a good talking to re how to make a hotel buzz (and incidentally make money). This place could be a great backpacker guesthouse, midrange hotel, or conferrence centre. There are beaut gardens, space and peace amidst Agras busy noise and a sense of British Raj history. If you visit, ask to see some of the now disused dining halls and games rooms. For now, a good place to quietly reassess the India experience...2 stars....one day ... potentially a memorable hotel...5 stars!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2008

Lauries Hotel was built in the 1850's and was once a favourite with high-society British inhabitants. We saw the framed letter of thanks following the stay of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in 1961.

The hotel consists of two long one-storey collonaded white-washed wings, once ending in taller constructions at each end. Part of one wing no longer forms part of the hotel, and the three-storey building at the end of the other wing is abandoned and derelict. But it stands in pleasant grounds, with a 1930s-style swimming pool, once very smart - unfortunately empty and unused. It is said to be open in the summer months, but it looked somewhat too dilapidated to me.

Rooms and the bed were large and comfortable, the lavatory, bath and shower old fashioned but perfectly serviceable. Breakfast was brought to our room in the morning to order, and room service was good.

Part of the hotel at the back is now closed - the friendly proprietor showed us through high-ceilinged rooms with peeling wallpaper that had once been bars and dining rooms, now storerooms, by torchlight.

The hotel, set back from the road, would normally be quite, even if it had not been nearly deserted when we were there - but we arrived during Diwali and so it sounded as if a major First World War battle was raging. The hotel hosts many weddings in its grounds - sometimes one in the front garden, one at the back - from late November, which must provide most of its income.

We paid $35 per night for a double room (about £18 then) which reflects the atmospheric nature of the hotel, with its wiff of the Raj.

Stayed November 2007
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Address: M. G. Road, Agra 282001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
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Ranked #58 of 111 Hotels in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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