We spent 4 days at the Oberoi. It wasn't cheap, but you get what you pay for. This hotel was the highlight of our 2.5 week tour of India. The scene upon arrival at night was breathtaking. The next morning the property was just as incredible. The views of the Taj, the un-paralleled service, the grand property itself made the Oberoi an unforgettable experience. Perfect.
The only thing that could have been better during our stay was the spa. It was almost $300 for a couples massage that was average at best.
The only downside of our experience was the commute from Dehli to Agra. I had read in the travel books that it was approximately a 2 hour drive which I thought was doable. I contacted the Oberoi to arrange transport for us (the driver and vehicle were great). It was a 3.5 hour hair-raising drive to Agra and approximately 4.5 hours back. The whole transportation system in India has alot of room for improvement. They use unmarked speed bumps to control the speed of traffic so be prepared to be airborne.
Ask the hotel to arrange a tour guide for the Taj. It was very cheap and made the whole experience quite educational.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Taj Mahal is extraordinary as much for what it is as how it has escaped the banality of cliché. For 350 years, this monument evokes a sense of wonder. Only by being there can you witness its true majesty, its symmetry, its setting and the delicacy of its carved marble inlaid with precious stones. Now just suppose you were to overlook it from your hotel room? The Oberoi Amarvilas is 600 metres from this tribute to love. The lavish interiors and elaborate gardens add to the serenity of the scene. The guestrooms are palatial: all have magical views and are luxuriously furnished with traditional fabrics, white marble, hand-crafted ornaments and every modern amenity. There is a luxury spa offering a range of therapies, a swimming pool where snacks and drinks are served; an ornamented ballroom and fine restaurants to suit the international palate. But the lobby lounge is a feast for the eye designed, as it was, around that glorious view of the Taj Mahal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel Agra
- Oberoi Hotel Agra
- Oberoi Agra
- Agra Oberoi
- Amarvilas Agra