This hotel smells. From the moment we stepped out of the bus it was obvious, and it was still obvious inside the foyer. And it’s still there in our room. Drains. OK, I know that's a bad way to start, and to give them their due the smell was gone the next morning. But....
Compared to our hotel in Delhi, this just doesn’t cut it. It looks nice enough, and the rooms are spacious and well furnished – they look Indian. But the beds are rock hard, the fridge is cool, not cold, and for us Australians, who chose this hotel because unlike many in India it has a bar – the bar was closed. We were looking forward to a convivial evening (four of us are travelling) and we rock up to find that in honour of someone they’ve closed the bar. Which means no alcohol for room service or in the restaurants either. We also had to pay for the internet, which we haven’t had to pay for anywhere else in India. India is losing tourists because of recent assaults against women, but from our point of view we’d never come back to Agra because they are only interested in the tourist dollar, not the tourist.
Incidentally, inside the not very cold fridge were two small orange drinks. And the tea and coffee selection was appalling. Two lemon teas, an Earl Grey and one real tea. Creamer. What’s the problem in a country full of cows with providing a small jug of real milk in the fridge?
And no hot water when we got up at 5 for our journey to the Taj Mahal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mansingh Palace, Agra is a five star property ideally located to suit the needs of travellers whether on leisure or business.100 centrally air-conditioned rooms with telephone, swimming pool, spa, health club, CTV, laundry and dry cleaning services, secretarial, fax & e-mail services, beauty parlor, safe deposit, tea / coffee maker, hair dryer, doctor on call, travel desk, 24 hour money exchange, WIFI. ... more less
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