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The Oberoi Amarvilas
Ranked #1 of 144 Hotels in Agra
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 11, 2013

It is undescribable...the view from the room! Almost all of Taj! (And by the way, every single room in the hotel has a view of the Taj!) It is exotic! Like a dream! You wake with the Taj in front of you...You hit the bed with the Taj in full view! Huge gallery where we sat - watching the Taj - while having multiple cups of Tea... more than made up for the desire to go to Taj again!

One of the fundamental challenges of visiting the Taj is not wanting to leave...And only Oberoi Amar Vilas can fulfil that desire...since even after you leave the Taj, the Taj still remains right in front of you! You see the Taj till you are in the hotel...! No cost is too much for this experience! Every moment in this hotel is priceless!

The architecture of the building, the design, the courtyard, the entrance, the lobby, the waiting space... words are not enough to describe the grandeur, the excellence... the experience...

More than all of this is the team...incredible as it is, they remember names of guests after just one meeting... they have conversations... and great conversations. They had the nth star to the property.

No rating is enough for this hotel. It has to be experienced. No review will give a real flavor of what it is to be in this hotel. Go there and experience... I doubt if anyone would want to leave this hotel!

Worth what we pay (and it is not less at all!)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable comments regarding your stay on Trip Advisor.

I am glad that the hotel, its services and the inspired by the Moorish and Mughal architecture were up to your satisfaction. The hotel offers breathtaking views from the room, lobby and lounge which are a real escape from the city of the Taj.

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 will be most delighted to share your review with all members of the staff as it is a great source of motivation

Thank you for choosing The Oberoi Amarvilas and we hope to welcome you back to The Oberoi Amarvilas

Thank you
Ankush Mahajan
ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Here's what you need to know about the Oberoi in Agra ;
- It's the most convenient hotel to the Taj in Agra period: there is a short path right from your hotel and they will provide a free golf cart
- If you are going to the Taj, and want comfort away from the chaos of the city of Agra, you have to stay here, there is no other choice
- Each room has a Taj view- however the Taj is NOT lit up at night and is right next to a crematorium meaning- there is constant smoke next to it from wood burning fires combined with a cocktail of massive air pollution every day -- so you will see the Taj from your room, however, it'll be shrouded by a fog/smog/smoke concoction - you can make out the Taj, but it isn't clear
- The exterior of the hotel is splendid, just splendid, there are many pools, etc. Just fabulous.
- The rooms left me with something to be desired, and were not anything compared to the Oberoi in Bangalore for example, or the Leela in Delhi.
- We stayed in a Premier room with no balcony for over $650 USD/night - the room was quite small, we were in a double with a single sink in the bathroom
- The floors are all tile, and the beds were very comfortable - but the room wasn't opulent by any manner, it was comfortable, but not opulent, nor spacious.
- they do have a butler system, where you press a button on the wall and he shows up, that was handy when we had used room service trays
- the restaurant was full -- a common refrain from other travelers year round, so I am not sure if hotel guests get to eat in there, however, the porter told us we could sit in the other restaurant and order from the one that was full -- net/net we didn't try the restaurant
- The room service was good, offering both continental and an Indian fare
- Net/Net - if you are going to spend this much -- I'd get the room with the balcony, as the windows are foggy/dirty and the air is foggy/dirty so you'd see the taj better from your balcony than your room
- This is the best way to see the Taj and to stay out of the chaos that is called Agra, there is no other hotel nicer (we've stayed in others throughout the year), so 'if you are going to Agra to see the Taj -- you have to stay at the Oberoi'.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony over looking the pools for the best view of the taj, higher floors are pre...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on Trip Advisor.I am pleased to read your detailed feedback of the Oberoi Amarvilas and you experience with us. The view of the Taj Mahal from the room is breathtaking and I am sure it is a real escape from the city of the Taj.

Your constructive feedback is invaluable, as it enables us to constantly monitor and improve on the care and service we strive to provide to our guests.

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

Thank you,
Ankush Mahajan
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

We stayed here for two nights over the last weekend. I must say, without the service provided by the hotel, my trip to Agra would have been ruined.
1) The hotel provides direct airport pickup from Delhi Airport. It costs USD300 one way, but well worth it, as it was safe and free from touts. I tried looking for transport from tripadvisor's forum and other travel sites. Over the next few weeks, I was bombarded by emails from all sorts of agents and providers, I was terrified and worried. Fortunately the hotel was willing to send a car and driver to pick us.
2) Hotel room was very nice, as all face the Taj Mahal.Very attentive service but I find the check-in process very pushy. Maybe there were too many check ins over the weekend.
3) Hotel provides wake up call for morning Taj Mahal visit, and they even serve coffee with banana bread before the trip. The hotel also provides buggy from hotel to Taj Mahal (short of 200 meter to the gate)
3) Hotel arranged guide for a fee to go Taj Mahal. The guide is of utmost necessity. After our morning visit, we decided to go again on our own to the Taj Mahal for a sunset tour. It was a big mistake. The short 200 meter walk from where the buggy stops to the Taj Mahal gate, we were bombarded by touts, trying to help us take photos, be our guide, selling souvenirs etc etc. It was like being chased by zombies in those Hollywood movies and it took forever to get rid of them! Ask for Arif, he is a good guide, and a good photographer. He helped us take many pictures, in Bollywood pose!
4) Hotel concierge tried to arrange for us to watch a theater production, confirmed many times over but just two hours before the show, they told us it was cancelled due to Diwali. This is a poor organization on the hotel part, as I don't believe they didn't know about the cancellation before hand.
5) Esfahan serves excellent indian cuisine. If you can't get a table, just go to the western restaurant opposite, Bellevue, and you can still order the same food from Esfahan.
6) Didn't get to try the spa, as it was fully booked. Some guests told us it was not good.
7) The hotel has one of the best GMs I've ever met. Mr. Ankush, is so swift and precise in organising and meeting our needs I don't think any of those GMs from Four Seasons could resolve a problem as well as him. As soon as he found out we had problem with the concierge in organising our tours (second problem from the concierge), he managed to call in a guide within minutes, and organised an itinerary so good, he made our day. Well done!
8) This is just my second Oberoi experience, and I can safely say they rise above Four Seasons and St Regis in terms of amenities and service.

Room Tip: 1) Book a guide from hotel to go Taj Mahal, ask for Arif. 2) Concierge desk is not well manned, be s...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 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 by personalising 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; however your feedback with reference to our shortfalls have been taken up with the teams and corrective actions have been taken to ensure a better experience for our guest.

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.

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Ankush Mahajan
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is the hotel to stay in when visiting Agra and we did so for two nights. The view of the Taj Mahal from everywhere in the hotel made it a "must stay here" for us. Absolute poverty is right outside the door of this hotel but within its perimeter you feel safe, secluded and cut off from this sad reality.

The bedroom, situated on the 4th floor, was quite wonderful. In addition to the stunning view, the rooms were clean, well fitted and extremely comfortable. The tea delivered at 5.30 in the morning, before a visit to the Taj Mahal to see the sunrise, was very welcome and served with a smile.

We couldn't get a table in the speciality restaurant so ate twice in Bellevue, the international restaurant. The lay out is quite unusual. They attempt to deliver intimacy whereas we felt the screens produced a feeling of isolation. At night there is nothing to see but the tables for two face the windows and the screens cut off the rest of the diners. The food was alright but nothing special. The same was true of breakfast.

We made use of the spa and had the Oberoi massage. The spa staff seem a little detached and automated. There was nothing we could put our finger on but it didn't feel personal and we didn't feel pampered.

The staff wear fantastic uniforms. They are all very polite, attentive and friendly, however something was lacking. They seem to know that this is the hotel to stay at in Agra and rely upon this reputation to carry them through. Often we walked through reception and there was nobody attending the two desks and it wasn't clear who to ask. We had problems with the internet and whilst we were given an extra hour free it was almost grudgingly. There had been a couple of short power outages but this was dismissed as the cause.

We would recommend staying at this hotel as there is nowhere quite like it but do not expect service quality at the level seen in other Oberois.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 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 by personalising our services to ensure that our guests have a pleasant experience.

I have made a note your feedback related to the services and product and we will certainly endeavour to work towards exceeding your expectations in the future. Please be assured that the related teams have been briefed for the same.

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
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

The Oberoi Amarvilas could do everything it says on the packet and get away with it. Being only 500m away (3 mins in one of their golf carts) from the gate of the Taj Mahal it could rest on its laurels as one in the best chain of hotels and provide merely the level of service expected of a 5* hotel. But it goes the extra mile. Our room was fabulous, very, very comfortable. The staff - each and every one - were wonderfully helpful and friendly. The Spa and hairdresser (I had to try both!) were amazing - try the 30 minute rose and milk bath, luxury after a strenuous day sightseeing. The Indian restaurant with its resident musician delicious, cultured and fantastic. Do make the effort to get up early and greet the Taj with the sunrise - early but worth it. We booked a guide with the hotel reception - I suggest a must. Ours, Anil, not only was a well informed guide but also a highly proficient photographer, so for once we have some really fun, good photos of my husband and me together!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your review on Trip Advisor with regards your recent stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas.
It is a pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. Your detailed feedback is invaluable and most encouraging. Thank you for highlighting our services at the Spa, and will ensure to share your feedback with the team at the Spa as it is a great source of motivation for all of them.

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,
Ankush Mahajan
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This place is an oasis of peace within a turbulent city.
Its amenities, location, service and looks are really worth the price. It is so nicely landscaped with its terrace gardens, pool area and inner courtyard only to be topped by the priviledged view on the Taj mahal itself.
The only things that spoiled a bit the stay were totally out of control of this Hotel :
The constant smog cap on Agra makes the Taj Mahal (only 500 Mtrs away) almost invisible at times, the proximity of a railroad with trains sounding their horns all day and night and finally the millions of mosquitos which you need to be aware of.
I guess there's nothing Oberoi can do about that nevertheless.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your review on Trip Advisor with regards your stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas.

It is a pleasure to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. The hotel offers beautiful views of the Taj Mahal and beautifully landscaped gardens from the rooms, lobby and the lounge.
As the weather conditions are changing it does get smoggy at time which disturbs the views of the Taj but this keeps clearing during the day.

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.
Ankush Mahajan
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

we got upgraded to the top floor luxury suite. the room was amazing with balcony view of the taj mahal, bedroom view, bathroom view!!!! every room had a view of the taj! the service was great, and located in the no drive zone of the taj area, we had a morning golf cart service to the taj mahal. beautiful pool and spa area, almost did not want to go sight seeing!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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AnkusMahajan, General Manager at The Oberoi Amarvilas, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review on trip Advisor.

It is a pleasure to read your comments and I am pleased that you had a wonderful stay with us. The hotel does offer magnificent views of the Taj Mahal and beautifully manicured landscaped gardens through the rooms, lobby and the lounge.

Thank you for your praise of hotel and its service. We truly believe that it is our guest focused team which is our most valuable asset.

We hope to welcome you back to The Oberoi Amarvilas in the not so distant future.
Thank you,

Ankush Mahajan
ankush.mahajan@oberoihotels.com

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Address: Taj East Gate, Agra 282001, India
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 Luxury Hotel in Agra
#1 Romantic Hotel in Agra
#1 Spa Hotel in Agra
#1 Business Hotel in Agra
Price Range: $876 - $1,761 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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