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The Gateway Hotel, Agra
Ranked #7 of 143 Hotels in Agra
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Sydney,Australia
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“"Room with a view"”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

We specifically requested the Gateway Hotel because they stated some rooms had a view of the Taj Mahal, and we were not disappointed. The room gave a wonderful view of it on the first day, but on the day we left it was lost in the "fog", so we were very fortunate. To get the view you have to put up with a bit of noise from the road below, even though there was triple glazing on the windows, and we were on the 7th floor. It didn't disturb our sleep, so was not a problem for us. Perhaps we were used to the honking noise after 13 days on tour.
Reception staff were pleasant, and while going through the formalities, we were given the usual refreshing drink. The room was comfortable, with plenty of room for bags, hanging space, laptop computer desk and connections. It was clean, the bed very comfortable and the bathroom provided all the usual comforts of home.
The grounds had a lovely swimming pool in a nice garden with comfortable lounges to relax in the sun. The pool didn't appear to be heated, so my swim was short. All these facilities were in good order and the towels they supplied (as in all the hotels we stayed in) were fresh and clean.
The breakfast room was large and airy with a good breakfast buffet, even though on one morning we had to eat before 6.30am for our trip to the Taj Mahal. We ate in the dining room on both evenings, and the á la carte meal was, as we had by now come to expect, tasty and interesting. It was a very pleasant place to eat as it was relatively small and had a quiet atmosphere, as it did not cater for large tour groups.
We can recommend the Gateway Hotel, but a "Taj view room" must be requested on booking and confirmed, or you might be given one on the other side.
We would happily recommend the Gateway Hotel. While it was obviously an old hotel that has been renovated, it is a clean and pleasant hotel to stay in.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

We stayed in seven hotels in our journey round northern India. Six were wonderful - and then there was this one, which was a real disappointment.

Our agent had booked a Taj view, double bedded room five months previously, but the hotel allocated us a twin room. When we explained what had been booked, front desk staff told us to push the twin beds together! They were unhelpful to the point of being rude.

The "Taj view" was a partial view around the ventilation stacks of the buildings over the road (see photograph). This was a second floor room - perhaps the view is better from higher up, but the Taj Mahal is still 2km away. So we paid for a double bedded room (which we didn't get) and a Taj view (which we only partly got).

The road outside the Taj view rooms is a dual carriageway and, as such, very noisy. The secondary glazing is inadequate to reduce the noise to acceptable levels. We didn't sleep much. If you must stay here (and we wouldn't recommend you do) a room on the non Taj facing side of the hotel is probably a better bet. And the hotel wasn't as clean as all the others we stayed in.

The restaurant was OK, but more like a cafe. Food and service were just about adequate. Bottles of Indian wine started at INR2800 (£37) with imported wines even more. And no, we weren't offered a bottle of wine to compensate for their error!

Altogether a very average experience and the only hotel on our journey we wouldn't recommend. But the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and "Baby Taj" were, of course, amazing.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tehran
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

We stayed this hotel two week ago, Normal facility was good but this hotel had week security for internet, they charged us for WiFi connection but we never use internet in this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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London, England
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

There are spacious public areas with a very good coffee shop and attentive staff. The grounds are quiet, including an organic farm and a large unheated swimming pool. Our room had an Indian feel to it, unlike other hotel chains, with dark furniture and prints on the wall, and nice lighting. Very impressed with the hotel, had a good room overlooking the pool and gardens - a peaceful haven.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

I stayed at the Gateway Hotel (a Taj group hotel) during our recent family trip to Agra and we were mightily pleased. Excellent location on Fatehabad Road, very pleasing interiors and a view of Taj from our room window (though Taj is quite far and you only have the pleasure of seeing the Taj, nothing more).

The staff were quite courteous and we have no hesitation in recommending this to friends or others.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Mississauga, Ontario
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Would definitely recommend staying at the Taj Gateway Hotel Agra if you're visiting the Taj Mahal. The hotel is a true 5 star perfect for travelers. The rooms on the upper floors have unobstructed views of the Taj Mahal.

The restaurant buffet is excellent. Overall service is good.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2012

We were on the 5th floor and had a very good view of the Taj Majal from our room. It was so good that I took it with my iPhone and emailed it to my friends using the hotel WiFi connection. We were fortunate that the smog level was not so bad during our visit. The room was nice - similar to any nicer business hotel in the US. The location was perfect for our tourist destinations. The breakfast buffet provided both Indian and English food options.

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Property: The Gateway Hotel, Agra
Address: Fatehabad Road, 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Agra
#5 Family Hotel in Agra
#6 Luxury Hotel in Agra
#7 Spa Hotel in Agra
#7 Business Hotel in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Gateway Hotel, Agra 5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ABOUT THE GATEWAY HOTEL FATEHABAD ROAD AGRA: Set amidst six acres of landscaped gardens, The Gateway Hotel Fatehabad Road Agra offers an excellent view of The Taj Mahal from many of its rooms. GETTING THERE & AROUND:• 5 km from the railway station• 10 km from the airport• 3 km from The Taj Mahal. STAY:• 100 rooms including suites• Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel• Television with cable/satellite channels• Electronic safe. Standard City/Pool View Rooms: Well-appointed rooms. Superior Taj View Rooms: With a mix of contemporary and Mughal design, these rooms offer an excellent view of the Taj Mahal. Executive Taj View Rooms: An elevated sitting area in these rooms on higher floors offers a breath-taking view of the Taj Mahal. Executive Suites: These have a private library, a DVD Player and a spectacular view of the Taj Mahal. HANGOUTGAD - All Day Dining: The all day dining restaurant serves Indian and International cuisine. Jhankar: For traditional Indian cuisine(19:30 till 23:30 hrs only) Saqui: For a fine selection of wines, spirits and cigars. ... more   less 
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