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“Average hostel, close to Taj Mahal”
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Shanti Lodge
Ranked #114 of 144 Hotels in Agra
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Average hostel, close to Taj Mahal”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

There are many hostels around the Taj Mahal and they are all more or less the same. Small, dirty, smelly rooms with hardcore beds, but very close to the Taj. All with a rooftop restaurant with nice views of the Taj. We stayed at this place because it was pretty cheap (500 rupee for a double bed with private bathroom). the owner was als very helpful with arranging a rickshaw for transport in the middle of the night to the train station. I would recommend staying here if you want to be close to the Taj and sleep cheap. Don't expect anything bright and clean though.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Although the price of the room was cheap, the bed and room looked unclean and with bed smell that almost ruined my impression of Agra and beautiful Taj Mahal. I just had squeezed myself into a sleeping bag for the night. If you care about a clean bed, you'd think about it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Shanti Lodge is budget accommodation with a view of the Taj and I cannot fault our stay here. We looked at four rooms before we settled on one on the top floor next to the restaurant. The room was spacious, had AC, hot water, TV and view of the Taj and although it was next door to the restaurant we were not disturbed by any noise. The location is excellent, great views from the restaurant and a short walk to both the south and east gates of the Taj. Staff were very happy to show us different room options (there are some that are very dark and would be noisy as they are next to the road) and changed the sheets on the bed on our request.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

The best part is you can have an unhindered view of Taj from its rooftop all day long.
Only half a kilometers away from the south gate of Taj the hotel is located amidst hustle-and-bustle of a busy market area
Rooms are not small but certainly not well-lit or decored. Hotel attendants are good and co-operative.
Food is good but costly. But it worth - the view of Taj while enjoying your meal.
May be those are the reason that indians avoid this place.
At the end you will certainly relish those moments you spend on its rooftop restaurant.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Our Experience with Hotel Shanti Lodge was just terrible. There was no management at all. Rooms were dirty, without basic needs such as TV set top box, remote, dustbin etc. The bathroom fittings was like nothing. They have provide us a mug to take bath after several requests. There was no service at all. We can't advice anybody to go there to stay, it will be like torturing them.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

you get what you pay for.
people in this place were always willing to help,which was great. very friendly. we had a good time.
also has a nice view fromt he rooftop,where you can get a drink or some food

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Shanti Lodge
Address: Chowk Kagjiyan South Gate | South Gate, Taj Mahal, Agra 282001, India
Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #114 of 144 Hotels in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Shanti Lodge 1*
Number of rooms: 38
Also Known As:
Shanti Hotel Agra

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