Visiting the Taj Mahal and wondering where to stay? Unfortunately, many of the hotels in Agra are as uninspiring as the city itself. However, new accommodations are opening up and there are some appealing options that will help make your visit a memorable one. You'll find the Taj Mahal East Gate area to be the cleanest and least crowded, and many decent hotels and homestays are located there. Taj Ganj, which has most of the cheap accommodations, borders the South Gate. These top homestays and hotels in Agra are all near the Taj Mahal (most even have views of it) and will suit all budgets. Substantial discounts are often available during the off-season (from April until September), so do check the cheapest price for your travel dates.
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If money isn't an issue, the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas is the place to stay. Every room has an uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal, so you'll be able to admire the monument in comfort without having to go anywhere. The hotel also offers bespoke four-course dinners under the stars with a dreamy view of the Taj Mahal (of course). Perfect for romance! Other facilities include a wellness spa, two restaurants, a lounge, bar, and swimming pool. The hotel is situated about 500 meters from the Taj Mahal's East Gate. The experience comes at a hefty price though. Rates start from 75,000 rupees per night for a double. Hotel booking sites offer discounts of up to 60% during the off-season though.
The Radisson Blu offers luxury and a view of the Taj Mahal without charging too much. It's excellent value for money. The hotel is situated on five acres of land about a kilometer from the East Gate, and the Taj can be seen from the rooftop swimming pool and bar, as well as some rooms. Facilities include a health club with outdoor pool and spa, a Nawabi specialty restaurant, 24-hour coffee shop, tea lounge, sports bar, and free wireless Internet. Guests praise the food as well. Rates start from about 10,000 rupees, plus tax, for a double room. The hotel is a bargain during the low season, with rooms available for under 5,000 rupees per night.
If you're keen on a view of the Taj Mahal from your room, The Gateway Hotel is a very popular luxury option. This hotel is situated on Fatehbad Road, about 800 meters directly south of the monument. It can be seen from the hotel's atmospheric Sky Deck and restaurant, as well as most of the rooms. Other features include home-style regional food, lounge bar, coffee shop, wellness spa, and swimming pool. Rates start from about 8,200 rupees per night.
A contemporary new upscale hotel, the Crystal Sarovar Premiere opened on Fatehabad Road in 2015. More than half the hotel's 136 rooms and its magnificent rooftop swimming pool have a view of the Taj Mahal. Other facilities include two restaurants, a lounge bar, health club and spa, swimming pool, kids' activity zone, and conference rooms. The hotel's rates are really reasonable given its top-notch standard and customer service. Expect to pay about 7,000 rupees upwards for a double room. This drops to as low as 3,000 rupees during the off season.
Can't afford the Oberoi Amarvilas but want to stay in the same outstanding location? The Atulyaa Taj is a modern boutique hotel opposite it. The hotel's grassy rooftop has a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, and a view of the Taj Mahal. Rooms are variable though. The pricier ones are particularly spacious and worth the extra money. However, the cheapest rooms are situated in the basement, and they're small and windowless. Expect to pay 4,000 rupees per night upwards for a double. Rates drop to 2,000 rupees during the off season.
It's all about location, location. Hotel Taj Resorts is next door to the Atulyaa Taj and is similarly priced, with a similar view of the Taj Mahal from its rooftop. It's definitely not a resort though! Some of the rooms are musty and could do with a makeover (this hotel has rooms in the basement without windows as well). Service and maintenance could be improved as well. Facilities include swimming pool, terrace restaurant, and gift shop. There's no bar. Rates start from around 4,000 rupees per night for a double, decreasing to under 2,000 rupees during the low season.
Part of the eco-friendly Fern chain of hotels, the Howard Plaza is possibly the best mid-range property on Fatehabad Road, about 700 meters from the Taj Mahal. It's a comfortable and classy hotel with 86 rooms, two restaurants, lounge bar, tea lounge, swimming pool, fitness center, and spa. The staff are great too! And most importantly, there's a view of the Taj Mahal from the rooftop terrace. Expect to pay around 4,000 rupees upwards for a double room with 50% discount during the low season.
Hotel Kamal is renowned or having one of the best views of the Taj Mahal from its rooftop restaurant in Agra. The hotel is super close to the monument -- only 100 meters or so from the South Gate, in the Taj Ganj area. This makes is a popular place to stay despite its ordinary, albeit adequate accommodations. (The nearby Saniya Palace Hotel has a comparable view but is not as clean). There are 16 air-conditioned rooms spread across two categories. Rates start from around 900 rupees per night.
A relatively new budget hotel, Ray of Maya is another decent but inexpensive place to stay near the Taj Mahal. It's is tucked away in a quiet location in a narrow lane off Fatehabad Road, a 10 minute walk from the West Gate of the Taj Mahal. Don't be deterred by the approach to the hotel -- the seven rooms are clean, large, and have balconies and reliable wireless Internet. And, there's a partial view of the Taj Mahal from the rooftop. However, the real highlight is the kindhearted owner. There's no elevator or restaurant on the premises but guests can dine at the Maya Hotel and Restaurant across the road. Expect to pay around 1,500-2,000 rupees per night for a double.
How gorgeous is this property! The Coral Tree opened in 2015, and not surprisingly, quickly became one of the most popular homestays in Agra (so, be sure to book well in advance!). You could be forgiven for thinking it looks too good to be true -- but it's not! The homestay is a soulfully decorated bungalow with four guest rooms, about 800 meters from the Taj Mahal East Gate. Each room has a private balcony overlooking the garden. The property is pet-friendly too. The hosts are passionate naturalists and happily accompany guests on the must-do Taj Nature Walk. Expect to pay 2,400 rupees per night for a double room with breakfast included. Delicious home-cooked meals are also provided.
Another delightful homestay, Aman is located in a residential gated community near the Taj Mahal East Gate, not far from the Radisson Blu hotel. The host loves interacting with people from all over the world and takes great care of her guests, cooking for them and making them feel at home. It's a social place, with dinner served at the communal dining table and a fridge stocked with beer. Cooking lessons are also given. There are seven guest rooms, some with balconies or patios, plus a distant view of the Taj Mahal from the terrace. Rates start from around 2,000 rupees per night for a double. Breakfast is additional.