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The Oberoi Amarvilas
Ranked #1 of 143 Hotels in Agra
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A little pricey, but oh so worth it!”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Each room and suite faces out, across the most beautiful swimming pool and waterfalls, to the well tended gardens and the view extends over the boundary of the property and across to some local houses, and further onto a copse of trees and above that ... there she stands, her white, marble majestically glimmering... the Taj Mahal. Why would you stay anywhere else, when you can see her not only from your balcony but also from sitting or lying in bed. Outstanding.

If you are coming to Agra, then you have to stay here as the view of the Taj is better than being up close and personal. Plus Agra itself is one of the dirtiest cities I visited in India, which was very disappointing considering the amount of tourists that visit... so get out of the dirt and anoint yourself in luxury!

The hotel is a dream with friendly staff, beautiful interiors and exteriors, great lighting which makes the entire place very special at night and a good choice of food and wine from the two restaurants.

Would I recommend The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra? You betcha!

Room Tip: You must have a balcony
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on trip advisor.

I am pleased to read that you hotel, swimming pool and the fountains were to your liking. The hotel indeed does offer majestic views of the Taj Mahal and beautifully manicured garden from the rooms, lobby and lounge.

However, we believe that it is our people who are our greatest assets, as they endeavor to create personalized experiences for our guests which translate into memories for a lifetime.

We hope to welcome you again to the Oberoi Amarvilas in the near future.

Thank you,

Ankush Mahajan
Ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

If you want to get a real feel of Mughal indulgences probably Amamvilas will let you experience as close as it can get.. The property is stunning..we got a room just overlooking the Taj Mahal..extremely helpful staff with impeccable service, comfortable rooms..The evenings are beautiful with a cultural performance organised by the hotel while you can watch the sun set and the place turning into a well lit beautiful palace.. They provide you a drop to the taj mahal and you can ask them for any travel requirements and they go out of the way to ensure its fulfilled..

To cut the story short - If you want to experience the 'Taj' experience from a completely different angle then this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on trip advisor.

I am pleased to read that you had a pleasant stay with us at the Oberoi Amarvilas and that the rooms and service were to your liking. It is indeed beautiful to watch the sun set behind the Taj from your room. We have a complimentary golf cart service for our guest to visit the Taj Mahal which helps adding to their experience.

Thank you for your kind recommendation and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Thank you,

Ankush Mahajan
Ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com
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Burradoo, Australia
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Wow I have stayed in some beautiful properties, however this one is just stunning. At night it looks like a dream and during the day it is just magnificent. Photos don't actually do this place justice.

The service is top notch and faultless. The staff couldn't be more friendly and helpful if they tried I give them 110%. The rooms are beautiful with the most amazing view of the Taj Mahal.

The pool is amazing and you are served with complimentary sorbets and mocktails to cool you down as well as the obligatory cold water and sunscreen. If I would have any complaint it's that I should have stayed another night or 3 unfortunately I was only there for two nights.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony room so you can sip champagne watching sunset or sunrise over the Taj
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor. I am pleased to read that you have enjoyed your stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas.

Our hotel does offer magnificent views of the Taj Mahal from every room and it is the endeavor of our dedicated team to personalize your stay at the hotel.We try and take special care by personalizing our services to ensure that our guests have a pleasant experience.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Thank you.

Regards,
Ankush Mahajan
ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com
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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Luxury cannot be better than this.. An extremely delightful experience is what we had..!!

Hotel, location, rooms, restaurants, pool, fitness centre and the spa along with the staff is just outstanding.

Next visit to agra confirms next stay at amarvilas..!!

Simply outstanding :)

  • Stayed September 2013
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to write this wonderful review of The Oberoi Amarvilas.

I am glad that you enjoyed the food, service and guest facilities during your stay. Our hotel offers stunning views of the Taj Mahal from every room. However, we believe that it is our people who are our greatest assets, as they endeavor to create personalized experiences for our guests which translate into memories for a lifetime.

Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to welcome you again to the Oberoi Amarvilas in the near future.

Thank you,
Ankush Mahajan
Ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We sadly spent less than 24 hours in this hotel so difficult to give much of a flavour of it.

Get a room with a balcony is our top tip, why come all this way to see such a breathtaking sight and not be able to stand on your balcony in total awe.

Hospitality here was excellent from the service the minute we stepped into the courtyard to the delivery of champagne to our room, an extravagance but worth it. The Indian restaurant was a mind blowing experience and the chef who came to speak with us was a delight.

A special mention for Sunni, thank you for your patience and understanding over the Taj tickets our fault entirely but you handled it with grace and style and for that we thank you.

Room Tip: Go for the balcony rooms, the views of the Taj Mahal from our 4th floor room were perfect, perhaps b...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at the Oberoi Amarvilas and for taking out time from your busy schedule to review the hotel.

I am pleased to read your detailed feedback which is much appreciated. We try and take special care of all our guests by personalizing our services to ensure that our guests have a pleasant experience. Our team members, who help us achieve exceptional service standards, are indeed our most valuable asset.

I hope that our distinctive service will tempt you to return and stay at one of the many excellent Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in the future.

Thank you.

Regards,
Ankush Mahajan
ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2013

As soon as you enter the amarvilas property you know you wont get a better view of the Taj than you'll get from the property....the Taj Mahal looks spectacular from the comforts of the Vilas property. From almost everywhere in the property you can see it including from every single room...Just magnificent. This is the icing on the cake as the property and the hotel itself is exceptional. No wonder the Vilas properties are rated as some of the finest properties in the world for luxury holidays....

Coming to the hotel: On reaching the property you are welcomed by super professional yet warm and eager staff keen to make sure every requirement of yours is fulfilled almost like you're living a dream.... All their staff from the Darban (Guard) at the gate to the general manager go out of their way to make sure you are happy and super comfortable.Even if I wanted to knit pick to find something wrong with the stay I cant find anything wrong at all. That in itself says a lot about the hotel...:)
Even their spa was excellent...

Congratulations to the Amar vilas family,..keep up the good work...

Room Tip: Every room is great!! if you can get their suites it doesnt get any better.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you or taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your experience on Trip Advisor.
I am most delighted to read that you had a wonderful stay with us and enjoyed the food, service and guest facilities during your stay.

Our hotel offers stunning views of the Taj Mahal from every room, the lobby and the lounge. However, we believe that it is our people who are our greatest assets, as they endeavor to create personalized experiences for our guests which translate into memories for a lifetime.
I am taking the liberty to share your comments with the team which is a great source of motivation to one and all.

Thank you for choosing us for your special occasion and we hope to welcome you again to the Oberoi Amarvilas in the near future.

Thank you,

Ankush Mahajan
ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We (a group of eight) drove down from Delhi specially on a Sunday to have lunch at The Oberoi Amarvilas. We had a bit of difficulty in finding the place as there are hardly any signboards. The property is beautiful, built in the Mughal style. The staff seemed clueless, & service was not what you would expect from a hotel of such repute. We had reached a little before the closing of the lunch time. Initially we planned for the buffet, but the staff informed us that it was unavailable. We ordered ala carte, a combination of Indian dishes. The food was average & consequently, not VFM. Post lunch, we planned to visit the Taj Mahal. The hotel helped us with a cart which took us till the entrance of the Taj. The cart driver was courteous enough to wait for us to come back, & ferried us back to the hotel. I do not think I will be visiting the place again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your review on Trip Advisor with regards your recent visit at The Oberoi Amarvilas.
I was most concerned to read you comment and I can assure you it will be taken seriously and put to good use in our endeavour to provide the highest standards of service that we strive to provide to our guests.
I am so sorry that you were disappointed on this occasion and I hope to be able to restore your faith in The Oberoi Amarvilas in the future.

Thank you
Ankush Mahajan
ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com
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Property: The Oberoi Amarvilas
Address: Taj East Gate, Agra 282001, India
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Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Agra
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agra
#1 Business Hotel in Agra
#1 Spa Hotel in Agra
#1 Luxury Hotel in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oberoi Amarvilas 5*
Number of rooms: 102
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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