I checked out yesterday (Friday, 12th July, 2013). Checking out (settling bills) was just about a 2 minute affair (literally) ... the fastest of any hotels I have ever stayed in my life. Checking in was equally quick (about 4 minutes). Front desk was polite, smiling & very gracious ... had the courtesy to accompany us all the way to the lift, with a few, informal exchange of words ... wonderful & unique gesture.
Our rooms were upgraded without any fuss. We settled in our room is about 7 minutes flat (after alighting from our car) ! Fantastic. It isn't that this efficiency was b'coz of lesser number of guests in the month of July, but their entire workflow seemed quite smooth and so well-drilled.
Room staff was polite & courteous, and their services fairly prompt. Rooms were very comfortable ... all the fixtures in the room and in the bath worked and worked well (wonder of wonders !). In fact all through my stay I could keep spotting new facilities & fixtures, which I had not noticed immediately upon arrival. Use Wi-fi uninterrupted almost for the entire duration of my stay.
Radisson proved to be the first top-end hotel that was big on features & facilties, and small in size ... so all quite manageable. Restaurants were splendid ... food for superb ... quality, quantity & ambience. I took photographs pretty freely, and made quite a few friends too. Meet the sprightly & ever-so-helpful 'Tanya' at the Coffee-Shop, and Nawab Sahab (Tanwar Nizami), the wonderful host at the mughlai restaurant (Daawat-E-Nawab) next to the Coffee-Shop. Tanya could tell me literally in 2 minutes if my salad has 'Asparagus' in it or not !!! Prompt, efficient, and very naturally helpful ... not just her, but most of the staff.
Location ? Need I say anything. Quite simply the BEST starred location in Agra. Shall definitely visit again, and will stay longer ... only at Radisson and nowhere else. My only other choice would have been Amarvilas, but, then, for a longish stay, and while requiring more than just one room, I will always prefer Radisson far more practical.
This sure is one hotel where you enjoy the assets & the ambience ... without being in awe of the estate or the lavish luxury on display ... this surely allows you a more intimate contact with the property. Great ... I came for the Taj (as I often do ... almost twice a year) and I discovered Radisson by a lovely chance. Must thank all the gracious folks at the hotels. I had a wonderful time ... and that's precisely ALL that matters !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agra has had an elaborate history of heartfelt hospitality. To give the perfect blend of modern feel and old generosity, Radisson Hotel Agra, Taj East Gate Road is dedicated to its brand. It is one of the world’s foremost complete service hotel companies owned by Carlson Hotels across the world. Radisson Hotels are devoted to bring advanced, superlative service along with product excellence enveloped in authentic warmth for all the travellers. Marvellously structured with chic & contemporary design, Radisson Hotel Agra, Taj East Gate Road is replete with all the grand services. Located in the heart of the business and leisure precincts, within walking distance to the Taj Mahal of 01 Km, it is perfect amalgamation of young and fresh elements in every bit of it. With contemporary architecture, warm hospitality and its convenient location, the hotel is sure to please both business and leisure traveller. It offers 141 well appointed rooms & suites. It understands the leisure of fine dining and to satiate the travellers, it has 6 F&B outlets including Latitude - the 24 hour coffee shop, Liquid Lounge - the bar, tea lounge, pool side bar, 24 hour in-room dining, club lounge services and recently launched Nawabi cuisine specialty restaurant - Daawat-E-Nawab. Radisson Hotel Agra also creates outstanding, unique events of relaxed elegance, style and perfection. Its meeting rooms provide more than 5,500 square feet of space ideal for corporate business meetings, board meetings, social events or private dinners for up to 500 guests along with 32000 sq. ft. clear space with beautiful landscape and separate entry and exit. A choice of contemporary or heritage styled rooms along with our new five-star meeting facilities makes the Radisson Hotel Agra Taj East Gate Road one of the leading hotels in Agra. It also has all the other facilities required for any traveller like Alive - The Spa, Alive - The Salon, Alive - The Health Club, Let’s Play - the kids’ room and swimming pool where one can connect with oneself. Experience revival through rest, relaxation and rejuvenation like never before at Radisson Hotel Agra, Taj East Gate Road. It offers courtesy transfer to Taj mahal on request and other concierge services like travel desk, boutiques, business centre, valet service, parking, laundry, doctor on call and foreign exchange. ... more less
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