Agra Travel Guide
Though our pockets might not be as deep as that of a Condé Nast Traveler reader, we’re all for scouring the richie-rich preferences of the rag’s readers to round out our own hotel wish list. Because, duh, rich people have good taste! And CNT’s 2008 Reader’s Choice Awards Top 100 list does not disappoint.
No. 8 on the coveted list, with an impressive score of 97.3--the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, Indian--has us particularly giddy. Promising “life-changing views of the Taj Mahal,” the hotel is so close to the wowzer Wonder of the World that guests are shuttled to the monument via golf cart by hotel staffers.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
There's nothing quite like a hotel room with a view over one of the world's most famous monuments. And that's what you get at the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, India: being just 600 meters away, many of the rooms, like this one, come with a view of the Taj Mahal.
As well as having literally unbeatable views, the Oberoi Amarvillas come out on top at TripAdvisor too, with the #1 position of all hotels in Agra. Rates start at 29,500 Indian Rupee for the cheapest rooms, which is around US$740--which sounds expensive even before you remember that it's in India, where the cost of living is a lot cheaper. But come on--a view of the Taj Mahal from your window? That's not something you get every day.
India is in the air, so say the gals at Daily Candy. And if you're into World Wonders, Agra is the place to visit.
If you are going to fly half way round the world to see the Taj Mahal, you may as well get your money's worth. The Oberoi Amarvilas offers amazing Taj views from every window, and golf car door-to-door service.
Plush rooms with walk-in closets and terraces make it hard for guests to find fault. And we hear it has the best pool in India. Recent reviewers exclaim that "everything is perfect." Rooms with a view are a great way to avoid the hordes of tourists at sunset. You can relax and watch the colors change on your own terrace in peace. One guest offers the tip to try to get a room on a top floor, as the trees have grown and seem to encroach on the view.
Of course rooms with the view come at a cost, and this hotel certainly isn't cheap. But neither is the Taj Mahal, so we say live it up.