To begin with the positive: very friendly staff and excellent location, just a few minutes walk from West Gate of Taj Mahal. It's location is just within the area where motorised traffic is not allowed and close to some nice shops and restaurants.
The downsides: the room could do with some paint and other maintenance and was not very clean. There is a boiler in the bathroom, but there is no hot running water and you can hear your neighbours talking, because the connecting wall is open at the top. As other reviewers already mentioned, there seems to be a policy that bathroom mirrors should never be cleaned. The airco in our room didn't work, but this was not a big problem as the fan worked very well.
The biggest problem of this hotel is that there a monkeys, lots and lots of them. They are jumping all through and around the hotel and staff does a pathetic job keeping them away. We saw them throwing burning matches at some monkeys on first floor, which was of no use at all. Matches don't fly that high.... Monkeys are a problem throughout Agra, but we've seen children doing a better job scaring them away just using a stick and making some noise.
One other thing that bothered us during our stay was the staff sweeping the floor while we were having breakfast in the garden restaurant. They were sweeping wet, using lots of water, and swept it right into the restaurant. We had to keep our feet up in order to stay dry. And then they decided just to leave all the rubbish, including lots of monkeydroppings, lying in the restaurant, beside our table.
Definitely will not return here.
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- Also Known As:
- Sidhartha Hotel Agra