Based on my reading and my experience, it is somewhat trickier to find a reasonably priced accommodation in Agra due to the overwhelming number of tourists who come here to see its world-famous leading attraction (the Taj Mahal). I had some qualms about staying here based on the reviews in TripAdvisor. Those qualms, unfortunately, were justified.
It appears the owners of this hotel have pretty much given up on trying to keep even the appearance of maintaining a modern, clean, up-to-date facility for independent travelers. The only other guests we saw there were in tour groups from Russia or Eastern Europe. Service was shoddy to nonexistent. There was no WiFi anywhere except on a seedy couch in the entrance area. The bedroom was rather spare, with little space to put things, and of doubtful cleanliness. The air conditioning and ventilation in the bedroom were spotty at best. The bathroom was beyond bad: it was pathetic. The shower barely worked, there was spotty hot water, and the toilet could not be flushed without the water gushing out like a fountain! Worst of all was the "restaurant" where we more or less had to eat breakfast, and where we made the mistake of having dinner on our first night in Agra. The food was poorly cooked, boring, and extremely limited. Although I can't swear to it, I am as certain as I can be that the extremely serious case of intestinal food poisoning which I contacted about 8 hours after leaving the place was the result of poorly cooked, runny eggs I consumed at our last breakfast at the hotel's restaurant.
Avoid this place.
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