This hotel was OK. I ended up paying more than I thought it was worth, as I left booking too late, and this hotel was the only one left that wasn't a homestay on the one night I had in Agra. I'm trying not to let that affect my review too much, however even with the high amount of my bill, I still paid half of rack rate, so be sure you're not paying any more than that when you go!
They are currently renovating the second floor, so perhaps they hadn't gotten up to my room yet. It definitely needed renovation and had a damp smell. I was in a suite with a Taj view, however it was too foggy to properly see the Taj, and as some other reviewers have commented, the room was REALLY noisy, so in my personal opinion, if I went back, I'd ask for a garden view room - as the view of the Taj isn't worth the extra price (you're going to see it properly whilst you're there anyway) and I'd imagine the garden view rooms are much quieter.
Pro's: The garden is really lovely and the hotel has a gym and a pool (note, the staff tell you the gym is 24/7, but that means that if you want to access it after 9pm, or before 6am, you need to go to reception and ask for a key). There are magicians and puppeteers in the evening, which are probably good if you have kids. There are yoga mats in the rooms, and the staff are very friendly.
Cons: Room was noisy, damp, and visibly aging (as noted, they are renovating, so this may be fixed soon). My shower was broken, and when fixed, water pressure remained bad. When I arrived, I only had one towel in my room. I asked for extra towels, and arrived back to my room to find a single extra towel (Agra is hot, and you walk about a fair bit... expect to take a couple of showers a day!), so again had to ask for more.
In all, this hotel wasn't my cup of tea. If I went back, I'd book a room earlier and stay at the Oberoi. If I'm going to be gauged on price, I want it to be worth it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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