Agra - The Gateway hotel experience
Booked the hotel for our two night stay in Agra while visiting the Taj and other Mughal historical sites. Upon arrival we were greated by a hotel manager (and about 4 other staff members)and welcomed with a blessing (forehead mark), refreshments and a quick explanation of the hotel, our bags were taken and we were whisked up to our room with the manager - best check in i've seen before. The room was very nice and had a great view of the Taj Mahal. We were able to book a car and guide for a half day tour of the Taj, Agra Fort and the Baby Taj which were all great including a very well mannered and knowledgeable guide. They also arranged airport pick up for us in Delhi (3.5 hour drive to Agra) and did so at a reasonable price. The pool and area was also very nice and well maintained. The hotel grounds were gated and manned 24/7 by security which gave you an extra sense of safety. The location is very good with lots of shops (including the Mughal Carpet Company) within walking distance - this included sweet shops, restaurants, beer shops, etc. Breakfast buffet was included with our room and was quite sufficient with quality and selection for our needs. The staff were excellent and very friendly and helped make our stay very enjoyable. We would stay here again without hesitation as the hotel and staff were truly most hospitable in every way.