This hotel came as part of a private tour package. It is strangely named being nowhere near any water.
On arrival we were not sure if the hotel dated from the nineteen seventies or the nineteenth century. Its marble floors, dark lobby and paint peeling from walls and ceiling due to damp gave it a colonial appearance.
It is not really a bad hotel, but the dark colours, limited facilities and unsmiling staff created a thoroughly depressing atmosphere, guaranteed to cancel out the euphoria of having just visited the Taj Mahal.
We had a large room with a huge bed, and the TV, air conditioning and bathroom, although old, still worked. However, the bedding and curtains had seen better days, and the room was damp.
Our room was on the second floor at the rear of the hotel. Our “view” was a dilapidated motorcycle repair shop and a litter-strewn street. The local pack of dogs howled, fought and barked all night below our window, which, being single glazed, offer no sound insulation. It may be quieter on the higher floors, but earplugs are recommended as a precaustion.
The restaurant served a typical “Golden Triangle” dinner buffet, and quality and price were fine. Three attempts to get milk to make tea in our room failed, and the procedure for accessing WiFi was equally difficult.
Would we stay there again? Not if there was an alternative available! After a great day in Agra, Hotel Marina was a disappointment.
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Hotel Agra