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“Good location, hard beds”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Taj Plaza

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Hotel Taj Plaza
Ranked #68 of 145 Hotels in Agra
London, United Kingdom
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“Good location, hard beds”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

Great location- next door to a 300 pounds a night hotel! it's really nice having a drink in the rooftop terrace- great views at sunset. There aren't many mid-range options in Agra so this was a good choice. The staff were helpful and arranged taxis for us and there is also free internet with 3 PCs to use and wifi (only in reception area). It's close to one of the gates to the Taj Mahal.

The room was OK. Clean but the beds were hard and the bathroom wasn't great.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

We arrived at Taj Plaza and were able to stay 4 nights without a pre-booked room. A friend was very sick and the tour operator drove him to the hospital and stayed with him until everything was okay. He also drove me to visit my friend a few times the next day. The tour operator also booked trains for us for our next few rides. The staff at the Taj Plaza could not do enough to help us and make sure we had everything we needed. The rooms were very clean and large. I agree with the previous comments about the bathrooms needing some cleaning, but there was HOT WATER!!! For the price, the Taj Plaza is well worth it. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

Although the rooms were kind of funky but for the cheap price not a big deal.
Its on the quiet side of town because next door is one of the most expensive hotels in India. WARNING!!!! Do not believe any of the motor rick shaw drivers that park out in front of the hotel. They are all liars...

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

WiFi wasn't working, nor the Card machine so we had to pay with cash. The 'Business Centre' has 3 computers which were available for the same price as the hourly WiFi charge (50 rupees?) Reception had rather a 'no worries' attitude...
Restaurant always had change, unusually for India.
Hotel drivers were reliable, some staff had difficulty understanding English but were friendly and helpful.
Plenty of wardrobe space. 'Wet Room' was a bit awkward - huge surround to sink and had to remember to take toilet rolls out before showering - but at least they provided same... No way of drying the floor after showering and had to ask for fresh towels, but they arrived promptly.
Handy Tourist office nearby provided transport, shoe covers, water and entrance to Taj for 750 rupees - but abandon you at the mercy of touts on the final approach to the Taj...

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

We prearranged a pick up from the train station which worked really well. The hotel is in a good location if you are visiting the Taj Mahal as it is walking distance. We booked a Taj view room and had a great view as promised. The rooftop restaurant also has a view of the Taj,

The room was dirty - the floor was very dusty and had rubbish including a used cotton bud on it, and the bedding did not feel clean. The shower was literally a basic shower head on the wall of the bathroom with no shower cubicle. The staff were not very helpful or friendly. The hotel was noisy at night due to location as it is on a road, and there are a lot of dogs barking.

We did not eat in the restaurant as planned for the view, as the overall cleanliness made us wonder about the kitchen.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

We are long term travelers with basic needs - general level of cleanliness and enough space for our (minimal) stuff. Our room was plenty spacious. The cleanliness was debatable. The walls in the bathroom had lots of little bugs crawling all over. The tile was able to disguise dirtiness.

The wall in the bathroom went right into another bathroom, which is common in India...but the other room had like four people staying there. We called for hot water. It didn't come on after the supposed 15min. We called again. One shower had hot water. The next shower started cold...just as it was about to get hot the room next door started showering and my shower turned to a drizzle. I had to clean close to the gross walls to rinse my hair and continue bathing since I had started the process.

Bed was comfortable. There is a table and chairs as well as a few other surfaces to set stuff on, which was nice. We also had a TV. They were supposed to have wifi, but supposedly a monkey ate the cable. Does that even make sense?

When we arrived, two guys carried up our two tiny backpacks (I can walk hours carrying that thing, and it is carry-on compatible...meaning it is not big and did not warrant two men for two bags). As the first guy walked into the room he flipped a switch. They dropped the bags, walked to the doorway, and stared at us. We literally had no choice but to tip them both. So awkward. After we tipped, the guy showed us how to flip a switch to control the fan. WTF. Every time I came downstairs the luggage guys asked if I was checking out. Just because I'm downstairs means I am checking out? Did they need tips that badly?

The restaurant downstairs was good and well-priced. The restaurant upstairs was rarely open. One time I went downstairs to order chai. I asked if it was ok if I take the tea upstairs. They said I should go on back up to the roof, and they would bring it up. The tea never came.

One member from our crew spent about 15 minutes discussing with the front desk men about a city tour in their hotel car. The guy from our group came to tell us and confirm if the price was ok. We went to the desk maybe 15 minutes later to confirm we wanted to do the tour, and they said the car was being used. Um, why did you even waste our time??

The view from the roof is nice, but there are better views. They did a good job holding our luggage all day on our last day in town...but that really just means they didn't let it get stolen.

The location is good and bad. The good is that the street it is on is blocked to protect the Taj, which means no honking or craziness. Also good is that it is walkable to the Taj. The bad is that it isn't in a main part of town...there isn't so much around (relatively speaking).

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fishguard, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

We only stayed the one night and the rooms were comfortable and clean, though the bathroom was a bit of a let down will a lot of limescale and could seriously do with an upgrade . The rest of the hotel though was fine, the restaurant was good and staff very friendly and helpful. If you are staying in Agra for just a night and are looking for a cheap & cheerful accommodation then this is the place as the location is simply perfect.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Taj Plaza
Address: Fatehabad Road | Near Hotel the Oberoi Amar Vilas, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 145 Hotels in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Taj Plaza 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Taj Plaza offers 40 rooms which are divided into three categories i.E. Taj Facing Deluxe Room, Deluxe A/C Room and Non AC Room. The rooms are spacious and offer a beautiful view of the famous Taj Mahal to make your stay memorable. The hotel has a multi cuisine restaurant, Magic of Spice where guests can treat their taste buds with Indian, Chinese, Continental and Mughlai delicacies. There is a 24 hours Coffee N Taj Rooftop restaurant and Bar-Be-Que where comfort and taste come together in delectable food and gracious surroundings. Hotel Taj Plaza provides 24-hour a day, 7 days a week services of qualified personnels on duty at the front desk in the reception area. Also, qualified staff members are always alert and available to guests, walk-ins and attending telephone calls from all over the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hotel has a well-equipped lobby with comfortable sitting area. A well established travel desk is committed to fulfill the travel requirements of guests. 24 hours power backup is provided for electricity outages. Guests can avail 24 hours personalized room service for a great stay experience. There is a nearby ATM cash machine for the convenience of guests. All major credit cards are acceptable and foreign currency exchange services is also available. A well spacious conference and banquet hall is available that can accommodate 10 to 100 people at a time. Various other facilities provided by the hotel are luggage deposit, internet station, family reading room, car parking, daily newspaper, laundry and dry cleaning, telephone and baby sitting services are available. ... more   less 
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