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Hotel Mandakini Villas
Ranked #125 of 145 Hotels in Agra
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
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“Average Stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

We had booked Hotel Mandakini Villas via Kukreja Group Hotels for a night due to its close proximity to Tajmahal. We had reached Agra from Delhi via train in the morning and had checked into the hotel directly.

We were not satisfied with the rooms that was provided to us. The rooms were small. Moreover, the rooms were not cleaned and no hot water was coming in the bathroom. One of the room's window was not opening. We complained to the room service about the hot water and they got it rectified for us.

The hotel is located just 200 metres from the Taj Mahal's west gate and it is a budget friendly hotel. It needs a lot of improvement in terms of room quality and to match up to the standards provided by Kukreja Group Hotels in Delhi. We could not sleep well and got up early due to lots of noise made by nearby residents.

The food quality was average and the service provided by the staff was satisfactory.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Shannon, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2011

The rooms are very basic, no pillow covers, bathroom walls covered with fungus, restaurant food below average, hopeless breakfast. But above all is the smell and the taste of tap water - pure sewage. If you didn't manage to book anything better on time, you can stay there, but if you have a choice - avoid this place.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Bern, Switzerland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2011

This was the worst stay I ever had in a hotel!
After having read the feedback on TripAdvisor I decided to still give it a try as I was in a hurry. Big mistake! This hotel is dirty all over - not even worth reporting it - and the staff was terribly unfriendly. We were not provided with any sheets or towels at all. All that there was was an old rug, an absolutely horribly dirty bed (see picture). Luckily I had my silk sleepingbad - my friend was left with fleas and lice.
Avoid this place at all cost!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Navi Mumbai, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2011

The stay at the hotel was a good experience.The room was neat and well maintained. In short the hotel experience was nice and it was value for money.

Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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New Delhi, India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for one night. Found the tariff on the higher side and the breakfast was not included even though I tried to convince the manager about it. One would find many hotels at cheaper rates with complimentary breakfast or non-alcoholic beverages. Incidentally, in one of the travel portals this hotel advertises its tariff rate that includes breakfast!!!!
Anyway, the staff was good and responsive. Room was in not a good shape, I could see plaster falling off from the walls and the mats were not clean!
Again with the kind of money the hotel is charging they ought to look at these areas very seriously. Wanted to get a quick hot shower at night but could not as there was no hot water in the taps!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Dhar_Ind
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

If you are offered a room directly over the kitchen turn it down as the staff made a racket all night to the extent that on the first night we thought there was some heavy maintance work going on outside the hotel! The room was spacious and clean with a sofa although very dark as the part window faced a brick wall. Location was pretty central with east gate was a 10-15 min walk away and an ATM right by the hotel. The breakfast was good and we ate dinner in the restaurant a couple of times and the food was average. Complementary internet access was available although only one computer so you had to wait. Overall it was more expensive than other hotels in Agra and other hotels we stayed in around India but showed nothing extra for the additional cost. Would recommend it but be careful which room you get.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank mildmanjanitor
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2010

Go back, it’s a trap! If you are thinking about staying there, run away! If you have already booked, eat the cancellation fees and find something else. You will be glad you did. The hotel was bad news in every respect. We were booked for two nights but literally fled after one night. The room was filthy and disgusting. Everything in the bathroom was leaking (toilet, sink and shower) and the toilet had not been washed for god knows how long (I will refrain from describing it). There was fungus and other gunk on the bathroom walls and floors. The sheets on the bed were disgusting. We asked the staff to change the sheets three times before anything happened, and when they finally complied with our request, the “new” sheets were still disgusting. You didn’t even want to touch them. The throw rug at the foot of the bed looked like it had been dragged through an abattoir; we kept our shoes on. At dinner in the lobby restaurant, a young boy vomited under the table next to ours; the waiter came over, looked at the mess, and then strolled off. By the time we had had enough a half hour later, the puke was still there, slowing flowing in our direction. The staff was surly, and service was non-existent. This place is wildly overpriced for such a pathetic dump! Don’t even think about going in there!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Mandakini Villas
Address: Fatehabad Road | Taj Ganj (Next to Western Gate of Taj Mahal), Agra 282001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #125 of 145 Hotels in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mandakini Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cozy Best-Value Hotel Right By the Taj Mahal. Hotel Mandakini Villas in Agra, India offers you the chance to stay right next to the Taj Mahal at very affordable prices. Located just 200 meters from the Taj Mahal's West Gate, no other hotel can bring you closer to the majestic mausoleum. Aside from this, the Agra Fort is also nearby, and accessibility is assured by the proximity of the Idgah Bus Stand and the railway station. But our Agra hotel does far more than just putting you in a fantastic location. Hotel Mandakini Villas also provides amply furnished rooms at budget-friendly rates. Additionally, we provide quality service that stays true to the standards of the Kukreja Group Hotels. ... more   less 
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