The only real pro of this hotel is its location – from a rooftop area you are able to see the Taj Mahal over the wall that surrounds it. The hotel is less than a 5 minute walk from the west entrance gate of the Taj Mahal which makes it very handy when having to get up early for a sunrise entrance.
Now for the cons. The hotel is situated in an old, ru ndown part of Agra, away from the other hotels and in a area that cars are not supposed to drive through. Therefore, if you are travelling there by car, you will need to get a tuk tuk for 5 mins or walk for 10 – 15 mins. The hotel website boasts a rooftop restaurant and a leafy courtyard however I would say that neither of these statements are really accurate. There is not rooftop restaurant only a concrete area with old tables and chairs. And although their courtyard has some trees, it will not match the image that springs to mind when you say leafy courtyard. They do serve food here but I wouldn’t recommend eating any of it. When we ordered bottles of soda, we were presented with bottles that were covered in rust from the cap and years out of date.
The room itself is an ok size however with bars on the windows and a padlock on the doors, it feels slightly like a prison cell. Additionally, instead of sheets or a duvet, you have a rough blanket / rug to sleep under which is extremely itchy during the night. Finally, hot water is only available on demand and via a bucket.
Would not recommend anyone to stay here – although very cheap, its not an enjoyable stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Sidhartha Hotel Agra