The reason we chose this hotel was specifically because of its proximity to the Taj Mahal.
We checked in late int he evening and the staff seemed more or less pleasant....not as gracious as other hotels we had been at in India, but definitely not the worst.
This hotel smells! I have no idea why but it smells! From the corridors to the rooms themselves...STINKS!
The room had such an unpleasant stink that we left both the fan and the a/c on as we went to dinner hoping to penetrate the smell. Didn't work!
Speaking of dinner, the restaurant is airy spacious and quite attractive. The do a brilliant basket of Indian breads (that we took away to enjoy later) and the food was not bad....oily but not bad.
The bathroom was not filthy but it wasn't clean either (the waste bin in the bathroom still held the ear buds used by the rooms last occupants.....eeeewwwwwww).
There seems to be an unaddressed plumbing issue (of the sewer kind) that the hotel may be trying to mask with other "scents".
The resulting pungency is extraordinary.
The reception allowed us to order our breakfast the night before as we were leaving very early. We gave our order and the time we would be leaving. Not only did they get our order wrong (mistakenly serving us a traditional Indian breakfast as opposed to the toast and eggs we had ordered) but the waiter woke us up by VIGOUROUSLY knocking on our door.
We had indicated that we would check out at around 6 am but by 5.30 we had more than one person knocking on our door and querying whether we were ready to leave!! We had been expecting a package and the gentleman delivering it arrived at the hotel at 4 am and we only found out when we were in the process of checking out.
Strange isn't it, so ready to rouse us from a room that we have paid for until 12 midday but letting us know that a package has arrived......not important!
We checked out, all the while noting that the the only fragrant part of this hotel was the reception......why do i feel like that was intentional??
Its not the worst hotel in the world, its affordable and is close to the Taj.
However, If you can get somewhere more fragrant and at a reasonable price....go there!
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