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“our new family in Agra!” 4 of 5 stars
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Friends Paying Guest House
2.0 of 5 Guest house   |   P-6 Taj Nagri Phase 1, Agra 282001, India   |  
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Ranked #35 of 163 Agra B&B and Inns
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“our new family in Agra!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Joseph and Bilal and their wonderful family are some of the friendliest, warmest and most genuine people you could wish to meet! We are a couple and stayed for 2 nights, the Taj Mahal booking office is only 5 mins walk away and then you can get a free golf cart to the (quieter) east gate.
The internet only works in the communal area but this didn't matter to us as the communal area is comfy and sociable, the food (cooked by Joseph's mum) is tasty but a little overpriced, our room was adequate but in need of a lick of paint, the bathroom was a little dirty with a rotten door and the flush didn't work. All in all I would say this place is a great place for budget travelers but dont expect the world! You get what you pay for, watch this space for their new rooms currently being built. Joseph organised a tour for us which was at a good price and ran very smoothly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Nice family makes nice yummy food and cafe is the best here .owner yusuf run this place . he is nice person . The staff were really helpful. It was only a 2min walk to the Taj Mahal ticket office where you then get a free shuttle to the place itself. Food was good quality and pretty cheap. It is a great place to meet other people.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Lovely Taj Mahal Near Lovely Family Guest House . Helpful people always try to help you . I was stay only 3 nights here . I am lucky to stay here . I feel very Comfortable with this family . Taj Mahal is so Amazing Only 5 min walk from the Friends Guest House . Paying Means family Guest House the Manager Told me . I would like to Recomment you . Food was lovely not expensive Reasonable price .

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

On arrival we first had to pay for our room without seeing any of them, we had booked through a well known website. The first room we were shown was small and its window overlooked the lounge/dining area of the guest house so would not have been quiet.The room which we had was upstairs and they were all cell like with bar windows onto corridor hence no air circulated.Bathroom was clean. Food is very overpriced compared with other guest houses.Location for Taj Mahal is good about a 10min walk to booking office .Older son Yusuf is very chatty and very interested in making lots of commission on rail journeys,etc check your figures before accepting his price!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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friendguesthouse, Manager at Friends Paying Guest House, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Thank you for sharing your Experience . We always try to Help to Tourist and here we have Travel Desk We provide Train Tickets , Bus Tickets , etc and We take little Commission to Booked Train Tickets . Nobody Complains to provide This Services . Our Guest House is 10 min from the Taj Mahal and you can also see Taj Mahal from our Roof Top .

Thank you Everybody Have a Good Day !

FGH
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The staff at this place just make you feel so at home and they are all genuinely nice people who will help you with what ever you need. It is also a great place to meet other travelers and we got chatting to quite a few while we were there.
The room are good, especially the newer ones upstairs although the one we had downstairs was still nice enough. The food is delicious and reasonably priced and you can get a decent wifi connection depending on whether the power is on (its typically off for just a few hours in the middle of the day).
It location is great and is only a 2min walk from the Taj Mahal eastern gate ticket office where you can then get a free shuttle to the place itself (i seriously recommend getting up early for sunrise).
You can get to Agra Fort for around 80r in a tuk tuk, Agra Cantt is around 150r and Agra Fort Station is between 80r and 100r.
Overall, we would definitely stay at this place again and would seriously recommend it to anyway who is planning on visiting Agra and looking for a nice budget place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Marrakech, Morocco
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I really enjoyed my time here. I had been in India for over 2 months and arriving in Agra I felt a little overwhelmed. The rickshaw men are nuts and trying to cheat you left and right, the local people are just trying to sell anything and everything. Overall it was a crazy time for me in Agra but I felt true comfort being at FPGH. The whole family was amazing and made feel at home, since I am traveling alone. The rooms were decent, nothing special, but hey, I was on a budget and what I got was perfect! If you are looking for 5 stars go somewhere else. There was running water and wifi most of the time. If the power goes out, it is not their fault, it goes out everywhere in the area. It is also VERY CLOSE TO THE TAJ MAHAL!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luton, England, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I arrived here from delhi late at nice, and was met by friendly staff. I was hungry and the even rustled something up for me when I arrived (which was delicious). I had a single room with ensuite, but the shower wasn't working when I was there - but there was a tap and bucket and so adequate. It was clean and comfy and for the 4quid I paid, I have no complaints. Its very close to the Taj Mahal, which was the only reason I came to Agra - so if you're coming specifically for the Taj, this is a very convenient place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P-6 Taj Nagri Phase 1, Agra 282001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Friends Paying Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friends guest house is located just about a 10 minute walk from the Taj Mahal and about 2 km away from the famous Red Fort. You can easily get access to any of these monuments from right here. 1.What is Paying Guest House ? In India Paying Guest House means - A Complete Family Home Stay , Where the Owner family and Guest Live together in the Same Place/Building are called Paying Guest House . 2.Benefits of Paying Guest House ? In Paying Guest House's there is NO TAX , NO Service Charge and NO any Hidden Charges , Govt. Reduce all Taxes Only For Paying Guest House's . If you Compare with Hotels and Guest House's - You have to Pay 14 % V.A.T Tax and 10 % Service Charge Extra . Our guest house is a family run guest house with a beautiful character. It has 7 rooms in total. Free services and facilities: Wi-Fi, luggage room and internet. Friends Guest House is ideal for those tourists, backpackers, hostel Travelers and youth travelers who like to enjoy different colours of city life. The guest house serves budget tourists from more couple of years now and the main attraction momentum of love the Taj Mahal is only 10 minutes walk from the guest house. Prides of Mughals Red Fort is just 2 kms from our guest house. Accommodation Information:We Provide All Kinds OF Rooms Like - Single bed Room , Standard Double bed Room , Three Bed Room , Four Bed Room , Delux Double bed with Airconditionar Rooms and We also have Dorm for Solo Travlers who like to Live with other Travelers in the same room . ... more   less 
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