The 6 Best Hotels Near the Taj Mahal in 2022

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Best Overall: The Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas

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The Oberoi Amarvilas has, hands-down, the best view of the Taj Mahal—you can see it from your bedroom, from the hotel’s restaurant, and even from your bathtub. Located just four-tenths of a mile from the monument, this is the only hotel in Agra that offers uninterrupted views from each of its 102 rooms, including 12 suites, not to mention premium access to the monument. The hotel itself is a tribute to Mughal splendor with landscaped gardens dotted with fountains, arches mirroring those of the Taj, intricate filigree work, marble inlays, jaali (screens), and antique furniture throughout.

At the top end is the Kohinoor Suite with wall-to-wall windows, a private terrace, marble elephants and columns, and a king-size bed and freestanding bathtub both facing the monument. Enjoy all-day Indian and international dining at Bellevue or indulge in a candlelit, traditional Mughal cuisine at Esphahan accompanied by live folk music. For the ultimate privacy, opt for a dinner under the stars on your private terrace as your personal butler serves a four-course meal. Don’t miss a relaxing dip in the multi-tiered pool surrounded by terraced gardens. 

Best Budget: The Coral Tree Homestay

The Coral Tree Homestay

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About a 10-minute walk from the Taj Mahal, this bright blue and yellow bed and breakfast on Taj Link Road is the perfect budget stay in Agra. Run by an affable couple, Vandna & Gopal Singh (the latter is a government-approved tour guide), the bungalow offers four spacious and sparkling clean guest bedrooms decorated with Indian motifs and posters. Each of the brightly colored, light-filled rooms comes with basic amenities like en-suite bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, air-conditioning, toiletries and hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi. All rooms have private balconies overlooking a well-kept garden that positively teems with nearly 100 species of local birds.

There’s a well-stocked library with books on India in the common lounge, which also has a communal table for breakfast; the couple offers home-cooked lunch and dinner as well as laundry services for an additional cost. You can even get a cooking lesson from the hostess. The owners are passionate naturalists and offer guided nature walks around the Taj Mahal and nearby areas in Agra.

Best Boutique: Hotel Taj Resorts

The Oberoi Amarvilas

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Just half a mile from the Taj Mahal, Hotel Taj Resorts is a convenient and value-for-money stay option on Taj East Gate Road. Its 34 rooms (including two suites) are clean and comfortable, done up in neutral tones, and come with standard amenities like free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, and air conditioning. The hotel’s rooftop pool and the Taj Terrace restaurant deliver stunning views of the monument. The restaurant offers a good mix of traditional Mughal cuisine, Chinese dishes, and European fare and can arrange an al fresco, candlelit dinner with Taj views accompanied by live Indian classical music. The other restaurant, Bon Appetit, is also quite popular - especially for the live music and folk dance performances by local artists.

The hotel offers free shuttle services to the Taj Mahal as well as free pick-up from Agra airport, railway station, and bus station. Staff is courteous and helpful and go above and beyond the call of duty. The hotel can also arrange for a government-verified guide to accompany you on your visit to the Taj Mahal and other attractions. 

Best for Romance: Courtyard Agra

Courtyard Agra

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Located on Fatehabad Road, just a 15-minute drive from the Taj Mahal, Courtyard Agra is ideal for a weekend break. Done up in soothing silver and matte gold, the hotel’s contemporary décor is a subtle contrast to Agra's hubbub. Plenty of natural light floods into the lobby and the rooms. Its 189 rooms, including 18 suites, are decked out in chevron patterns, etched glasswork, and elegant furnishing.

The hotel’s MoMo Café restaurant is open all day and is quite popular with locals and tourists for its varied international fare. Its sister coffeehouse MoMo 2 Go is a well-stocked deli where you can pick up sandwiches, pies, and pastries for a meal on the go. Grab a sundowner at the Onyx Bar and then tuck into some local kebabs, curries, and pilafs at Anise. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a well-equipped fitness center. Relax at the Tattva Spa that offers a range of treatments from Ayurvedic massages to beauty treatments. 

Best for Luxury: ITC Mughal

ITC Mughal

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No Indian hotel chain does tasteful luxury as well as ITC Hotels and the ITC Mughal in Agra is no exception. It’s the only Indian hotel to have won the Aga Khan Award for Architectural Excellence for its representation of Mughal architecture. Set within 23 acres of formal gardens, the hotel’s soaring interiors exude a sense of space and the period artwork and detailing add to the royal ambiance. The hotel offers 233 rooms and suites.

The Royal Mughal Suites, located in the separate Khwab Mahal (Palace of Dreams) wing, are spread over 750 square feet and come with a deep soaking bathtub and rainfall shower, while the two categories of Presidential Suites vary between 1,184 and 2,906 square feet and offer butler service, lounge access, a plunge pool, and specially crafted mementos.

Savor Indian delicacies at the Taj Bano restaurant. For a more elaborate meal, head to Peshawri for a taste of northwest frontier cuisine or Mughal Pavilion for an international spread. The hotel also has two lounge bars, Maikhana at the lobby level and Bagh-E-Bahar overlooking the gardens and the pool. 

Best for Families: Trident, Agra

Trident, Agra

Trident, Agra

Set amidst landscaped gardens dotted with water fountains, the red sandstone façade of Trident Agra fits right in with the city’s Mughal legacy. Inside though it's thoroughly modern with clean-cut lines and muted colors. Its 135 rooms and suites are tastefully done up and overlook the central courtyard, gardens, or the pool.

The Premier Rooms sport classic styling and Mughal-inspired art panels. The suites are also done up in warm tones and natural textures, and come with Italian Botticino marble bathroom fittings and luxury bath amenities by Kama. If you’re traveling with children, they will love the Trident Kids’ Club—a dedicated play area with toys, games, a splash pool, and their very own tent. The club offers older children many activities like pottery, painting, baking, and nature walks.

The Restaurant at Trident Agra serves up a mix of Indian and international cuisines overlooking the pool. This is the only place in the city you can find wood-fired oven pizzas. There’s a separate specialty Italian restaurant, Alfresco, and a relaxed bar. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular hotels near the Taj Mahal. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different hotels and read over 70 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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