I have visited agra many times and have started in some of the finest hotel there. During my last visit to Agra, a few months ago, I had a glimpse of Wyndham Grand Agra, and thought of checking it out for my next visit.
So, a pre-booked Wyndham for my stay ( March 2012) though an online travel portal. After the reservation, I called the direct reservation desk to check the conformation and was pleasantly surprised that they had all the details within minutes of my third party online booking. ( I feel it is a better was to re-conform with hotel about each reservation to be on safer side.
Agra is not really a polite city. There is a natural rudeness in dialect and I have experienced it in the staff of the best five stars of Agra in past years. I was happy to notice that the guys here were must more polite ( i think they were trained better ).
The check-in was quick and I as asked if I had a preference of the room time. I preferred to chose one in the non smoking section.
The hotel is a designer's masterpiece. There is no much detail in every aspect of design. RIght from the lobby, its roof, the passages to room units , doors, walls, decor in the room, the large lawns for walks, the pool, the statues of horses in the lawns.. everything seems to be done with a lot of personal interest.
The staff is non-disturbing and leaves to at peace ( unlike other agra hotels ) Even while you walk though fountain paths, or lawns, and happen to meet a staff, you are subtly greeted with prompt namaskar, and moves off swiftly, leaving you to your privacy. Yes, this is a very private place. I would not recommend it to you if you are looking for lot of activity, except of the the filk dances in the evenings.
The buffet breakfast was nice and normal. Nothing exotic, but good basic, fresh and tasty preparations. There were multiple hot-counters also.
What I liked most:
> Detail of design and implementation.
> Room sizes( 390 soft for a standard room is large as compared to other hotels in same range)
> Electronic switch controls in rooms, including a special 'mood' button.
>The large walk areas, paths, passages
> The subtle approach of staff to everything in attending the guests.
I did not like .
1> Water fixtures in the bathroom. Too tight to operate at times, but they work well.
2> The fountains were not completely used and we wished they don't save money onto this .
3> The greens and flowerbeds around the fountain paths were not manicured to the level of the hotel.
I saw some construction in the backside of the hotel and came to know hotel is opening up soon haveli suits ( similar to amarvilas). Also, a helipad is seemingly coming up inside the hotel.
Overall, I was satisfied with the hotel and its services. I would like to stay here again, if the prices don't go up drastically, which I feel may happen. I hope they retain this quality and details in future too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wyndham Grand located in the city of Taj, has been built on 18 acres of land with a large frontage. A beautiful hotel property inspired by the intricacy of Mughal architecture with splendid lawns, fountains and ancient interiors that take you back to an era of emperors and princes with the modern facilities. A masterpiece of architecture it is built on ''Mughal Theme'' with world class modern hi-tech amenities. It is attracting global leisure & business Tourists. The royal ambience, the intricate craftsmanship and the beautiful landscape makes it the most preferred destination in the itinerary of tourists. A visual delight for holiday makers as it revives the grandeur of the Mughal Emperors.Wyndham Grand Agra is perfect for an extended break with its idyllic settings, perfect location and world–class amenities. The hotel has 160 spacious suites and rooms. It offers many leisure options, including a large swimming pool and a luxury spa. The hotel has a variety of dining options, The Orient Café, Jharokha, Pakhtoon, Zaiqa serve authentic Mughalai , Indian and international cuisines. While Mharo Gaon, the village theme speciality restaurant is one of the major attractions in the city. Experience the heavenly beauty of Agra in all its tranquil glory. Recreated and preserved to awaken and rejuvenate your senses … to make you experience pure bliss. We offer many facilities, such as:-• Agra’s largest swimming pool with a submerged Pool Bar • Al-Sehat (Spa), Gymnasium, Steam & Sauna• Ta-Dhin (Discotheque)• Kiddies Playground with slides• Lobby & Lounge • Conference & Banquet Halls • Banquet Lawns • Reception, Luggage Store & Travel desk• Wireless internet connectivity• Tennis Court/ Basketball court • Mughal Garden. Our rooms are well integrated with the following features:- Entertainment: • LCD TV with remote • DVD Player • Cable channels Bed Features: • Bed side electronic control panels • Telephone/ cordless • International direct dialling telephones lines Dining: • 24 hours room service • Minibar • Tea/Coffee maker Rooms Features: • Non-Smoking rooms • In-room amenities • Air conditioning • Direct dial telephone • Electrical outlet at desk level • Bathrobes • Bathroom amenities • Hair dryer • Safe • Bathroom telephone • High-speed internet access / WiFi (Surcharge) • Bathtub/shower • Iron and ironing board (On Request)• Minibar • Newspaper on request ... more less
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