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“Wah Taj!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Gateway Hotel, Agra
Ranked #10 of 139 Hotels in Agra
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Delhi
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96 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Wah Taj!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2008

Located near the Taj. Excellent Service. Nice Rooms. Superb Breakfast. What more can i say!

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2008

We stayed for 2 nights at the Taj View while visiting Agra. To be honest we didn't spend a lot of time in the hotel but we found it to be fairly average. We chose it because it was the delux option in the kuoni brochure which did leave us wandering what the standard and medium hotels were like, compared to other hotels on the tour such as le meridien in jaipur it certainly wasn't as delux. We did have a Taj view (just) - i think the website says all rooms are Taj view but they aren't. Also having a Taj view room means you are at the front of the hotel which looks onto a busy road and we were kept awake most of the night by wedding celebrations in the street, considering you can barely see the taj mahal through the haze in the distance I'd opt for the quieter back rooms.

The restaurant was very average, breakfast was chaos as the place was busy.

The room was nice, quite spacious and nicely furnished with a small but good bathroom. we were too busy to use the pool but the gardens looked nicely kept.

As we said about the Taj palace in Dehli, the hotel was fine for our purpose but it certainly wasn't 5 star, however there's too much to see and do in Agra to be spending much time in the hotel.

  • Liked — handy location
  • Disliked — Noisy
  • Stayed March 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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27 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2008

Having stayed at two other Taj hotels in India (Land's End and Exotica) we were expecting much more when we booked this hotel. It's old, the rooms need work, and the restaurant is just so so. Pool area is pretty. Check in person didn't seem to know what to do and kept asking questions when I presented her with my Taj Inner Circle card.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

For the first timer, Agra and Taj Ganj, the area surrounding the Taj Mahal and to a certain extent the TM itself are not perhaps what you might expect. Frenetic doesn't prepare you for the number of people that you will see on the street and state of buildings etc. as you approach the monuments. Put any romantic images away and brace yourself for the reality that unfolds as you arrive.

For that reason alone the Taj Mahal provides a welcoming and comfortable oasis for those who want it. The area behind offers a calm garden, which includes a well-presented swimming pool, dining area, fitness room and small spa. The restaurant and bar area were great and breakfast was an abundance of Western and Indian cuisine.

We requested a room with seating area on a high floor and we got what we asked for. It included a view of the TM for what it's worth, although unless there's a full moon you won't see it at night, likewise if there is a layer of haze, which we found omnipresent. Don't let that put you off though because you're bound to visit the TM anyway so no need to gaze only from the room. What's most important is that it is clean, comfortable, fairly priced and good (although as usual eager) service is provided.

I can see why people who have visited other Taj hotels would be disappointed, but for 6,000 rupees and a reality check that we were in Agra and not Mumbai or some outlying resort, I thoroughly recommend the hotel for a short to medium length stay in the city.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2008

Stayed two nights in mid February. After reading Tripadvisor reviews, we specified a view of the Taj Mahal. We were on the fifth floor in a comfortable deluxe room and certainly had a good if rather distant view. The staff were obliging and the room was very clean. We didn’t use the grand front restaurant but had an excellent buffet supper on the first night in the more informal dining room at the back overlooking the garden and found the price reasonable for a large hotel. Breakfast was equally good. In the foyer a man was performing classical Indian dance on a small stage. The stylised dance was fascinating and I’m only sorry for the dancer that no-one else took the slightest notice. Quite a nice garden around the pool.

Adverse comments have been made in reviews about the noise from the road outside. Well it is India and life has to go on outside, usually at an enormously lower standard than that enjoyed by the hotel’s guests. Seeing the grand sights (none grander than the Taj Mahal!) but otherwise being isolated from experiencing the surrounding city life seems to miss the point of travel. On the contrary, if you have a photographer’s eye for Indian street scenes, there is no better place than standing outside this hotel’s gates. In half an hour I saw a wedding, a high speed funeral procession, almost every type of four legged animal and about a million vehicles most of which were heavily laden. We got up early to see the sublime Taj Mahal at sunrise and still felt overwhelmed at breakfast afterwards.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2008

On a clear day in Agra you can see the Taj Mahal off in the distance from the hotel. The grounds are beautiful, eat outside when you can. The breakfast buffet was quite varied with lots of choices between European and Indian cuisine. The room was small but nicely decorated. The staff was quite nice. One night there were musicians playing the Sitar and Tabla in the lobby, quite nice.

  • Liked — The grounds and proximity to the Taj Mahal
  • Stayed February 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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47 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2008

We did not intentionally include a stop at Agra on our recent trip to Rajasthan however the travel agent insisted as it also worked for a train connection to our next stop. After 12 long days driving around Rajasthan and having less than acceptable hotel experiences along the way I was happily looking forward to staying in a Taj property again. Silly me for picturing the serene, sublime quality of the Taj Lake Palace and setting my hopes and expectation for a soothing stay at the Taj View. That fantasy was quickly burst. A superior room was booked for us which I had been assured would be facing the mausoleum. That was not the case. I was quite upset and tired from nursing a sick husband. Eventually the hotel came up with an ‘upgrade’. Sadly the room we were given was dingy with shabby carpets and stale fabrics from being smoked in. (note to hotel managers: Spraying air fresheners masks problems when a thorough cleaning is the only solution to fix a stinky room.) The room had twin beds and I was told that this was the hotel standard. I asked for a non- smoking room as per our reservation however none were available and that the room was “close” to non-
smoking rooms elsewhere on the same floor. This was laughable as when getting off the elevator the entire floor stunk of smoke.

My husband was feeling terrible and wanted to have a hot bath. There was no hot water so he tried boiling the kettle (silly man) and tried to fill the bathtub that way. He was obviously delirious. Fortunately our train to Jhansi left early the next morning and we couldn’t wait to be on the road again.

The best hotel in Agra is the Oberoi where all rooms face the Taj Mahal.

  • Liked — There was nothing to like about this hotel.
  • Disliked — The Taj View left me wanting to get out of town fast.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: The Gateway Hotel, Agra
Address: Fatehabad Road, Agra 282001, India
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Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > 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
#7 Business Hotel in Agra
#9 Luxury Hotel in Agra
#10 Spa 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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