The Gateway Hotel, Agra
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Today we needed to be on our bus by 5:00 am as we were going back to the Ganges for another spiritual experience. Starting at dawn thousands of people come down to the river to bathe, wash their clothes, pray, and release the ashes of their loved ones. We again went out in a boat to view everything from the water. There was one cremation going on …
Another day, another wonder of the world, but not without a 5 hour bus trip from Delhi through some of the most shocking sights one is likely to see in a lifetime. The poverty here is not possible to describe and the filth of the place incredible. Where there is water, there is so much litter floating on it, you can't see the water. Where's there's …
We knew we were going to see cows walking the streets. You see them in all the pictures about India but actually there were more dogs than cows or anything else. We didn't take any photos but they were everywhere. Not big dogs, just small ones. I am not sure of their breed not being a dog person. They were pretty skinny too and like all of the …
On the way to the hotel - view of Taj Mahal, Red Fort.
View from hotel room of Taj Mahal.
Well, it was even more impressive than I imagined. For as long as I can remember I've wanted to see the Taj Mahal, but I never thought that I would. I was never drawn to India, so I figured it would be one of those things I just never did. Looking back, I believe I wanted to experience the Tajbecause of its beauty. I think of all those pictures I …
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Gateway Hotel, Agra
Loved the Taj i
We stayed here for two nights and the hotel is absolutely great. Our room was a deluxe (facing the pool). It was impeccably clean with a nice bathroom and some nice marble decorations. Very tastefully decorated. Staff is super friendly. The pool is superb, some birds were dropping by for a drink but nothing too much, unlike the other hotels we stayed in where pigeons would squat the place. Massage was great als. This hotel is a real good value!
Perfectly adequate & good service
We stayed here for one night and were more then pleased with the hotel. The staff were friendly, the foods was good, the room was fine with a good view of the Taj Mahal. Whilst it doesn't have opulence of the Oberoi, it doesn't haven't the price tag either being nearly a quarter of the price.
Sometimes its nice to stay in the smaller hotels with their quaint charm and sincere friendly service.
To view photos of this hotel see the Expedia site, I'm not quite sure where e-bookers got their photos from but it certainly isn't from this hotel.
A Good Deal
Double-check the price, because I just got back from there, and the price wasn't the $154 a night that is listed here on the site. I wouldn't have stayed there for 154! It was closer to 120 -- and I was there in the height of tourist season.
For 120, I thought it was a really good deal. The view outside my window was priceless. I remember waking up one morning, looking outside, and seeing a monkey walk by the swimming pool, and a whole village of houses in the background! It was just lovely.
The room was spacious, clean and beautiful. The food was great if you like Indian cuisine, which I do. The buffet of fresh fruits they put out in the morning were from heaven! There was way more variety at each meal's buffet than you could ever stuff yourself with. And there were even some shops in the hotel that were worth looking at. Really nice marbles, outfits and silks at a pretty normal price.
It was definitely an exotic, "fancy hotel" experience at a not-too-crazy price.
I'd call the hotel directly to find out the real price, because like I said -- at 154, I wouldn't have stayed there. My budget's too tight. But that wasn't the price!
Agra, India was great... you need to see it
A Second Visit To The Taj View
This was our second visit to this Hotel, the last one was October 2004. Much of the Hotel had been refurbished, the lobby area was brighter and more welcoming. This feel was continued into the resturant, excellent Indian food served, even requests if you request. We only stayed one night this time so we are unable to comment on the pool area and Gym. This Hotel satisfies one reason for being here a Visit to the most beautiful monument to love in the World. As one of only two Hotels with a direct view of the Taj Mahal from your room, it is well worth staying here. All in all an improvement from last year.
Stayed there for two nights after leaving Delhi and everything seemed on a smaller scale, with only two restaurants and one bar and a human sized lobby. The room had all the necessary facilities and seemed clean and light, with marble rather than carpeted floors. I do not remember seeing any of the stained carpets mentioned in another review and the pool area was pristine, so I can only assume that the reported renovation has been completed. There was a good view of the Taj Mahal from our window, at least when the morning fog had cleared. The gardens at the back of the hotel around the pool area were very nice and made for a pleasant if rather short walk. The gym was adequate and of normal standard for that class of hotel. The food was of a high standard and the drinks were reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and efficient.
Not as presented on the site - Dont fall for first impressions!
We stayed at this "Taj heritage" hotel for 2 nights and wished we hadn't. The hotel is desperately in need of a renovation. The lobby has stained carpets, the rooms are old (clean though,) the service is extremly slow! When we were staying at this hotel, the swimming pool was being renovated and the backyard was a mess! There was also a constant sound of cutiing/ hammering above our room. It seems as if Taj is trying desperately to churn all the money they can without renovation on this hotel. Very disappointing. This hotel is rated as a "four star" but it really should be a three star deluxe. If you want a good place to stay, choose either the Oberoi Amarvilas, or the Jaypee palace hotel. (P.S - THERE IS ALSO A MAGICIAN AT THIS HOTEL WHO COMES IN EVERY WEEK . HE is dubbed as the "p.c sorcar" OF AGRA. DONT BUY ANY OF HIS CHEAP PLASTIC ARTIFACTS. HE SELLS THEM AT 100 TIMES THE PRICE AND THE FOREIGNERS BUY IT! PLUS, AVOID THE ASTROLOGER, HE ONLY PREDICTS DOOM AND SUGGESTS THAT THE ONLY WAY TO CURE DOOM IS TO BUY A 5,000$ RUBY WHICH YOU CAN PAY HIM SO HE CAN BUY IT FOR YOU.)
Absolutely superb! Fell in love with the hotel! Could retire here!
It has all the trappings of a superb Hotel! Service was impeccable! Staff attentive. Personal touches everywhere! Every one knew my name even though I was there for one night only! The Suite I recommend surely, with the view of the Taj Mahal! Dont take the day trip stay overnight and let the hotel pamper you!
Room With A View
We too stayed here for only one night, and I would have to agree that adjectives like ok, average and ordinary, spring to mind when describing this hotel in Agra. Probably once, a deluxe property in years gone by. The rooms, although a bit drab, dated and dark were clean and appeared to be reasonably maintained. And yes we did get a lovely 'view' of the Taj, from our room.
The whole time I was in the restaurant, reception, lobby and front lounge area, though, I kept wanting to turn some lights on or open some windows and let some light in....... the decor is in definite need of a revamp, possibly with a lighter, more modern look. All that said, you get the feeling that the staff are aware of their hotel's real star rating, and go out of their way to make up for it with great, old fashioned, friendly, service. From the duty-managers, bell staff, telephone operator, to housekeeping and the waiters in the restaurant, the service was truly a refreshing change from the usual 'you're in a 3 or 4star, so live with it' attitude! First impressions matter, and bell staff who don't hover around the room with their hand out for a tip after they've delivered the luggage, impress me in a big way. (and yes, I did give them a tip!)
So, I would not stay here again. I would opt for something a little more luxurious. But if you only have one night in Agra, and you accept this hotel for what it is.... an ageing three or four star property, you won't be disappointed.
OK, but nothing special
We stayed here while visiting Agra and found it to be adequate but uninspiring. The decor is very bland and tired. The room was all right but I would have been disappointed if we'd been doing more than a couple of nights in it. The hotel pool was a disappointment. Not too sure about the cleanliness. We tend to classify pools by how far we are prepared to immerse ourselves in them and this was a definite "keep your head up and well clear". It's well placed for eating out. We visited the Sheraton to eat - quite good - and wished we'd stayed there. We would have liked the Amarvilas but had 2 small children with us and it would have been a waste.
So, its a tourist class of hotel. Don't expect anything too much and you won't be disappointed.