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“Homestay at its easiest” 5 of 5 stars
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Palmstay
23, HIG, Taj Nagri, Phase 1 | Fatehabad Rd, Behind TDI Mall, Agra 282001, India   |  
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Ranked #13 of 163 Agra B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
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“Homestay at its easiest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We have stayed here 4 nights It was through the previous trip advisers recommendations that we came and I can but agree to the positive comments that have been previously made. The family, the standard of cleanliness leave little to be desired. a good example on how to run a homestay...

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Beersheba, Israel
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21 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Spent a night here on our visit to the Taj Mahal on our last night of our 20 day india trip. The room is clean and very basic (with A/C and ceiling fan), clean shower and toilet with hot water. The bed was very hard (not a problem if you like hard mattresses). There's a lot of construction work going on in the area but the nights are quiet.
The family live on the ground four and above are 4 or 5 guestrooms. We were met a the gate by Varun the owner. They immediately brought us coffee and biscuits, and a bottle of water. Varun chatted with us about our Indian holiday and gave us all sorts of advice. In the evening, we wanted something light to eat so he drove us to McDonalds (a 2 minute drive and a 15 minute walk back). McDonalds was a treat after 3 weeks of Indian food. We met Varun's little boy who is the cutest...
The next morning, we went to the Taj at 6.30 and returned for breakfast freshly cooked by Varun's mother. We had great onion and tomato omelettes with toast, butter and jam, and fresh fruit and coffee.This very friendly lady joined us for breakfast and we had an enoyable chat.
If you're looking for inexpensive accommodation with great hospitality, I highly reccommend Palmstay homestay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed here two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. Varun and his family did everything they could to ensure we had a great time in Agra. They advised us on the best places to go and do what we wanted in Agra avoiding the more frenetic parts of the city. They were kind enough to offer us tea and coffee before we went to the Taj at 6 in the morning and cooked us a very tasty continental breakfast on our return.

We had a late train on our last day and Varun was kind enough to open up a disused room for us to shower after a sweltering day exploring Agra. I also highly recommend staying with the family as you get to know India that little bit better and benefit from their insights on travelling in India, we left with a much greater confidence in seeing the country.

The room was large, spotless with excellent air con, hot water and Wi Fi exactly what we needed after a good day in Agra.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a very enjoyable stay. The family were lovely and friendly, made us feel very welcome and provided us with helpful info about Agra e.g. Resturants, rickshaw prices etc. Our room was very clean, with a TV offering many English speaking channels and air conditioning. The location is about a 15 min walk to the Taj and Vern's mum helped us with directions. The homestay is very close to a shopping centre and resturants. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Berkshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Varun and his family could not have been more helpful and informative. We arrived early after an overnight train trip from Amritsar and his wife immediately set about cooking us breakfast which was most welcome. As said before the rooms are clean and accommodating with everything you need for a short stay. As we had visited Agra on a previous trip we only stopped for one night.

Varun drove us to the Red Fort on his way to work and recommended a place for lunch which was excellent. He ordered us a take away that evening as we were really tired, not having slept much the night before, and in the morning walked to the Taj just as the gates were opening.

Our little boy loved playing with their son and all in all it's an excellent choice, especially taking into account the excessive price of hotels in Agra.

A word of warning, when Varun says keep the doors to the balcony closed because of mosquitos, do as he says othewise you will pay the price!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

They say you get what you pay for well, Palmstay is a budget accomodation clean and tidy. The biggest selling point is Varun and his family. They make you very welcome and nothing is too much trouble. He gave us so much information on where to go what to do and all the secrets to having a safe stay in India.
The Indian breakfast is cooked by Mum and they are super, plus lots of fruit and eggs as you like them.

We only stayed two nights as we had planned to see the Taj and then go back south. If we had know how good it was at Palm stay we would have stayed longer.

Varun use to work for Microsoft Soft so he has a Wifi in room service that is on par with anything in Europe.

The Palmstay is suffering at present as it is surrounded by new construction work. Please don't let this put of anyone this is tempory and did not affect us at all. No noise at all from the construction. It's just untidy out side. But this is progress for the area.

If you vist Varun and his family the memory will stay with you a lifetime and Varun and his families kindest.

We will return and keep in contact, only two days but think we made a great friend.

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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012 via mobile

Simple, clean and in a quiet location a short walk from the East Gate of the Taj. What really makes this place unique though is the hosts. Varun and family are absolutely charming, friendly and informative and there's seemingly no end to their hospitality. A shame we were only there for the one night really, but I cannot recommend them highly enough as a place to stay when visiting Agra.

Stayed April 2012
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Address: 23, HIG, Taj Nagri, Phase 1 | Fatehabad Rd, Behind TDI Mall, Agra 282001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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