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“Acceptable rooms with excellent view of the Tah Mahal”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Shahjahan

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Hotel Shahjahan
Ranked #75 of 192 Agra B&B and Inns
Bangkok, Thailand
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143 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Acceptable rooms with excellent view of the Tah Mahal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

The hotel is just 5 minutes from the Tah Mahal and the view from the rooftop restaurant is fabulous. Over breakfast or in the late afternoon we spent many hours drinking masala tea or coffee observing life on the rooftops of the city (flying kites, training pigeons, monkeys) and the street below (cows, religious parade, local traffic). The hotel is next to the local chawk (market) and we didn't even notice we were in a touristy area until we finally visited the Tah Mahal on our third day.

The first (AC) room we took was very dusty and clearly hadn't been used for a while. There was a problem with the power supply and we weren't able to use the aircon for most of the night. Actually the hotel has a backup generator but we didn't know that so we didn't re-start the aircon. The next day we switched to a much better non-AC room that was a lot cleaner and got a discount as well.

There's an Internet cafe downstairs with a very helpful guy at the "travel desk" who didn't mind advising us even if we didn't buy our train tickets through him. The owner of the restaurant also gave us lots of helpful information on sights and local transportation.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

Gross!! This place was recommended in Rough Guide but do NOT stay here. We had to ask for another room that had a lock that worked on the door. The management is very shady here. They tried to charge us more then what was quoted when we called and arrived. We would have gone somewhere else but everything else was booked. There was no screen on the windows and no mosquito net around the bed, something expected in even the most basic accommodation. we woke up at midnight with swarms of mosquitoes biting us. Terrified of the mosquitoes and bed bugs we couldn't wait for morning.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

We stayed here for one night in a Rs700 room after arriving on a late train, if it hadn't been so late we would have left immediately.

Despite managing to receive a recommendation from Rough Guide the room itself was filthy without bedding, towels or toilet rolls. The one sheet that was on the bed had not been changed as evidence of the previous guests bodily fluids was clearly visible (!)

The food we were served was inedible and did not resemble what we had ordered. The chef cooked something completely different to the order we placed on the grounds that 'foreigners don't like Indian food', he then proceeded to laugh at us when challenged saying 'it's your fault you ordered it' and charged us full price.

This also managed to be the noisiest hotel we've stayed in in India (and it ain't a quiet country!) with staff shouting to each other outside the room until 2am before another shift began shouting at 4.30am.

The location is good which is probably why it's so busy. All in all there are better, cleaner budget options in Agra for the price.

Room Tip: If you do choose to stay here try to get a room away from the restaurant as it's very noisy 5am...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Friendly staff in general, restaurant on top with OK food, room was reasonably clean and decent value.
I knew it was one of the better options because my taxi driver recommended against it (ie. they do not give commissions) yet they were almost full when I was there.
Good location - can see the Taj from the top and entrance is only a 5 minute walk away.

Room Tip: Splurge and get the 750 rupee rooms if you have a tendency towards claustrophobia
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2011

In 3 we shared 2 rooms, one was quite spacious, but the other was only big enough to put the bed in. Ok for a night, but nothing special really.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Shahjahan

Property: Hotel Shahjahan
Address: Taj Mahal Road, Agra 282001, India
Region: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 192 B&Bs / Inns in Agra
Price range (per night): ₹ 843 - ₹ 1,037
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Shahjahan 1*
Number of rooms: 27

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