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Siris 18
Ranked #34 of 210 Agra B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 2, 2010

I stayed at this hotel with a group and didn't really deal with management so I can't comment on the service but I found my room to be clean, very spacious, and seemed to be new.
For me, the main drawback of the hotel is that it seemed a bit isolated and there wasn't much within walking distance of the hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Reviewed December 14, 2009

The management and service of this hotel was ridiculous. Their credit card machine was broken, and they wanted us to go out in the middle of the night to get cash to pay for spa treatments (that were horrible -- don't get suckered in). Everything required cash payment even though we'd put down a cash deposit in US dollars. At checkout, they tried to give us a lower exchange rate on the US dollars. I finally insisted they return my dollars and take rupees instead. To top it off, the room we were in was dirty. I would never recommend this hotel to anyone. It was overpriced, the manager and front desk were rude and the service was lousy.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 13, 2009

Without going into too much unnecessary detail, I feel an obligation to warn all other travelers NOT to stay at the Siris. The manager and front desk staff were very impatient and bordered on rude, their credit card machine was broken the whole time, our room literally had 3-inch dust bunnies and dirt all over it, there was no toilet paper, the power went out, and they ended up charging us a LOT more than we had originally agreed upon. VERY disappointing experience and, by far, the worst hotel we have stayed in in all of India. The only redemptive part of our stay was the restaurant downstairs, where the staff was delightful and the food was tolerable. Still.... NOT enough to make up for the awful hotel experience.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 26, 2009

Siris-18 is a newish hotel that I came across through TripAdvisor. There weren't many reviews but I really didn't want to be staying at one of the many faceless concrete monstrosities that seem to be littered around Agra, and in that respect Siris-18 fit the bill. I have to say that the service offered when trying to book was pretty good - there was a problem with my cheque and they kept the room for me without a deposit and handed my cheque back to me promptly when we arrived. The reception desk staff in particular were courteous and polite.
The hotel itself is nothing special, but then again there isn't really anything wrong with it either. The room was spacious enough, though it did overlook a construction site. We had really wanted to make use of the rooftop terrace but for some reason this was all shut off and not in use when we got there, which is a shame because it is a fantastic space. I've seen other travellers' pictures showing the Taj from the rooftop, but when we got there we couldn't see it. Probably because of the fog (smog?) that shrouds Agra every morning and evening (literally, every morning and evening).
The hotel was a 10 minute car ride to the pick-up for the Taj (due to the pollution exclusion zone one can't drive all the way to the entrance) which is pretty handy.
Finally I must mention the restaurant - the food was dire, both in taste and hygiene. My wife actually threw up the day after. Our suspicions had been raised when the meal was delivered 5mins after ordering, implying that partially cooked food had just been heated through - never a good idea in India, and our yoghurt was watered down (the possibility of tap water being used meant we didn't touch it). So if you were to stay here, stay clear of the restaurant.
In summary, there isn't anything particularly bad about Siris-18 (apart from the restaurant of course), but then it's not going to move your world either, or add anything to your experience of the Taj. The only reason to stay here instead of at a faceless corporate hotel is that the price is very reasonable.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2009

This is a great little hotel - clean , good food, good service at a great price.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 12, 2009

we stayed here for 2 nights at a rate of INR 2000 incl of taxes and breakfast in the deluxe room.

room were very clean and when we found a lizard in the room, the staff came quickly to get rid of it and room us to another room.

decor was beautiful.

food was cheap, hygenic and tasted good esp the aloo paratha and staff at the restaurant was very welcoming

tried to overcharge us on the internet by saying that we had been on longer than we had, this happened very time we went on the internet.

the only bad thing about this hotel is that he second you walk in they tried to hard sell you their restaurant and called us several times to check what time we would be there for dinner and also called us 3.5 hours before checkout time to see when we would be leaving.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

This hotel, we were very sceptical about, especially since it was relatively new and there were not many reviews on the site at the time of our travel. The hotel is fairly neat and clean, and staff seemed friendly but something important was missing- you almost didn't feel welcomed. There were no clean towels in our rooms and the front desk, ignored two calls to bring up clean ones. Management of the hotel seem disinterested and you get this sense that they feel they are more important than you..We had electricity go out a few times, but the hotel was equipped with generators.

However, the best part of this hotel is the restaurant downstairs. The staff are very friendly and courteous and the decor is absolutely stunning. the staff engage with you, even the chef came out to meet us. The food was amazing.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Siris 18

Address: C 2/3 Taj Nagri Vip Road, Agra 282001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 210 B&Bs / Inns in Agra
Price Range: $34 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Siris 18 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Siris 18, a concept in hospitality based purely on the growing demand of travelers for an option of luxury at affordable prices. A promise to serve with compassion and care. In today's modern times, where one is under enormous pressure from work & competition, we at Siris 18 ensure that you are welcomed always by a smiling face. A boutique full service hotel with 2 Restaurants ,Food cooked with such passion that it lends a mother's touch. A beer bar with karaoke & massage Rooms Neat & clean environs & the hosts so friendly, that you want to keep coming back. A documentary on Agra is showcased everyday free of cost to fill in the gaps. We at Siris 18 believe that quality & hospitality are not the domain of the large but it is more about attitude & commitments.COME EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE ... more   less 
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