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Hotel Sheela
Ranked #67 of 144 Hotels in Agra
Zurich, Switzerland
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“New Hotel Sheela”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Be carefule there are 2 Hotel Sheela's from the same owner. We stayed in the newer one, which is about 800 meters away from the East gate, which is actually better as this gate is the only one you don't buy the tickets directly at the gate, but at the ticket office which is the opposite direction.
Room was basic, bathroom not very clean, shower in the middle of the bathroom without curtain, AC does not work in November. Don't try the food in the roof tool restaurant - breakfast ok, but the rest is terrible and not eatable, it actually makes you sick.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Most people go to Agra for a short time in order to see the Taj Mahal. For this, Hotel Sheela is perfect. It's very close to one of the Taj's entrances and provides an oasis of calm in which to stay. We stayed in a basic room which was fine (October - no aircon needed). The rooms were basic but clean. If you want luxurious all all the mod cons then go to the Oberoi but for around £8 per night Sheela can't be beaten. There is a lovely garden outside that serves good, reasonably priced food - especially nice with candle light in the evening. A great place to read and chill. I recommend you walk to the Shanti Lodge for a sundowner with a great view of the Taj Mahal.

I also recommend anyone to walk around the Kinari Bazar area of the town. Great to see a slice of the real Agra without all of the tourists - a real highlight! Oh and the Taj Mahal really is breathtaking!

Room Tip: Basic rooms are fine if no aircon is needed.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

A dreadful night spent here! We were expecting somewhere clean with a/c and had booked an a/c room and one with air cooler but instead were given two with air coolers - once these started in our rooms, the rooms were covered with insects and it was disgusting. Someone came and swatted them away but many came back and there were then marks all over the bed. We were not about to eat here and so cannot say what the food is like. Disappointing after reading good reviews. Perhaps an a/c room or non a/c room would have been fine but I will not be back to find out.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We picked Hotel Sheela due to its proximity to the Taj - its its literally on your front door step. We booked a basic double room with a fan, although on check out we discovered we had been given a 'deluxe' - the only difference being the deluxe has a (noisy) water cooler as well as a fan - although they did not tell us this on check in but still tried to charge us for a deluxe room which we did not book.

The fan in our room was set to supersonic speed and was extremely noisy - worse still it could not be turned off without cutting all the power to the room using a switch outside!! I had to construct make shift ear plugs in order to try and get to sleep.

All rooms are situated round the restaurant which also tends to make them rather noisy as well - we were kept awake by a group drinking in the restaurant until late at night, but management did not seem to be bothered and did not tell them to be quiet.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Stayed here with a couple of friends in September whilst backpacking. Basic hotel - but did provide soap and loo paper and room seemed very clean, AC functioning. Great location for Taj Mahal and peaceful garden (although beers were warm and service slow). Everything was fine but not noteworthy in terms of friendliness or exceptional service.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We made a booking to stay in an AC room here approximately 6 weeks prior to arrival. The booking was confirmed two days prior to arrival. We arrived from Bharatpur after walking a considerable distance from our taxi (due to its proximity to the Taj motor vehicles can't get very close). Upon arrival we were shown to a room with no AC and a fan which was open to the courtyard. The room itself was not particularly clean with mold growing on the walls. We went to the desk and explained that we had reserved a AC room. I explained that my wife had been sick and that we needed a room that she could sleep comfortably in. Our complaint was not well received. The proprietor was rude and a little aggressive. Totally disagree with the Lonely Planet review, we stayed at many other 'top choices' on this trip that were far better than this place.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

In India, every place we have stayed we have been treated kindly. Sheela, basking in its lonely planet recommendation has dropped the ball in terms of service. Every request was declined or meet with an unhelpful response.

Our first room was poor in term of cleanliness, toilet did not work, had to ask for a sheet. Moved to an alternative room and the standard was slightly better. The location is close to East gate but we'd recommend staying closer to south gate as that is where you buy entry tickets.

Hunt around, there are many more guest houses close to the Taj which have much better service and value for money.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Property: Hotel Sheela
Address: East Gate, Taj Ganj, Agra 282001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
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Ranked #67 of 144 Hotels in Agra
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Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Sheela 1*
Number of rooms: 22
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