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The Gateway Hotel, Agra
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Spent two nights here in late Feb 2012.

Rooms: Old, in need of an update and some new flooring (saggy boards in our room). 'Double glazed' by using silicon sealant to glue another sheet of glass over the window. The 'safe' in the wardrobe wasn't actually bolted to the wall, so the whole thing could have been removed in one piece with all your cash inside. Consequently I ended up carrying the valuables and passports with me at all times, which is far from perfect.

Food: The quality was 'ok', but the service was poor. Others in our party were brought the wrong order, and then when the correct one arrived it was cold. On the third attmept the medium rare steak was at least warm, but burnt. If you have to eat here, have the buffet, it's a safer bet. As a novelty they also have 'pasta to order' which seems strangely out of place here. As with most places in India, the bacon at breakfast is inedible.

Location: yes, handy for the Taj Mahal.

Bar: small but amiable. Unfortunately we'd timed our trip to coincide with state elections and they have three clear booze free days in the entire state, so the well informed (us included) managed to stock their room fridges before the deadline.

Would I stay there again : probably not

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

Our rooms "with a Taj view" were just as described, with a full view of the Taj and on the 5th floor so that we were not disturbed by traffic noise Both rooms and decor were fitting for a quality hotel, and the service was excellent. The restaurant catered for all tastes and we enjoyed our meal. The location means that there is only a short drive to reach the Taj, so we went at dawn and enjoyed the wonderful building at its best, then back for breakfast before continuing with our sightseeing. We only stayed one night and didn't have time to sample the other facilities. We'd love to have enjoyed the pool and the gardens. Expensive, but well worth it!

Room Tip: Try for a room on the 5th floor if you want a Taj view, otherwise get a cheaper room at the back overlooking the gardens
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

After a 5 hour journey from Delhi, you will be pleased to finally arrive at the Taj hotel. You will be greeted with a Hindi blessing. The lobby is lovely with 2 restaurants and a chic bar. There is a spa (which I didn't use) and a lovely pool and grounds. The rooms are somewhat dated, but comfortable. The bathrooms could use an update. Some rooms have a full Taj view. It was perfectly comfortable for one night, but not luxurious. The cost was very reasonable - I think we paid $140 for two twin beds.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the Taj may be noisy as there is quite a bit of road noise.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank LBSanFran
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

We spent two comfortable nights at The Gateway Hotel as a base for visiting the Taj Mahal and other sites in and around Agra. We were booked into a Taj view room, although a building across the street meant that our view was partially obscured. The hotel fronts on to a fairly major road - lorries, cars, motorbikes and camels are using it all day and night so our room was fairly noisy - ear plugs did the trick though and it was fun to watch everyday life taking place outside.
The welcome we received when we first arrived was very warm and friendly - in fact all the staff we met were lovely. One even packed us a bag of pastries from the breakfast buffet ready for our onward journey to Jaipur. The breakfast was very varied and delicious - the rosewater lassi was particularly good!
There was lots going on at all times - puppet shows, fortune tellers and stone carvers - all of which presented opportunities to spend money! As the hotel is located on a main road there are plenty of ATMs within close reach. The hotel has a whole arcade of shops selling everything from tea to pietre dure marble and the shopkeepers are very keen to help you buy more and more souvenirs!!
We ate in the Indian restaurant both nights and were able to sample Indian wine for the first time. The delicious and beautifully presented vegetarian Thali comes highly recommended!!

Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
Thank millyeg
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

This hotel is a good haven of peace in the chaotic city of Agra. After negotiating your way with hundreds of cows, camels and lorries on the road to Agra, it is very good to come to this relaxed - and rather old-fashioned - place.
The staff is very accommodating. Having read the reviews from fellow travellers of TripAdvisor, we were unwilling to accept the room they were proposing to us (a room facing the main road, hence very noisy, at least according to the reports we read). The lady who was showing us the room did not blink and immediately produced another room on the same floor, this time a room facing the pool and the manicured gardens of the hotel.
That was a good choice, as we did not hear any noise overnight.
The hotel restaurant is reasonably good, and we were very happy not to have to wait too long to be served - as it may happen in this country.
The hotel has an interesting - albeit a bit downmarket - shopping arcade. I would mention the bookshop - if you are prepared to wait until the owner decides to show up. But the wait is worth. I would advise you to chat him up, as he is a very cultivated man and can really give you good advice for your readings on India.
In the lobby you may meet a magician and a fortune teller! They seemed at ease with their roles, but - at least on the night we were there - they failed to attract a meaningful audience. That was a pity. Perhaps I should try them out next time...
Finally, I would tell that some rooms on the top floors room seem to have a view on the Taj Mahal. That may well be worth the extra-cost, even if I did not check on that.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank MagisterRome
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