Courtyard by Marriot Hotel in Agra, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019

Review of Courtyard by Marriott in Agra, India.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – Quiet, new, contemporary, functional, and terrific for families.

Facing a street with remarkably little traffic, yet in the city center, this hotel is fashionable, functional, and even a little funky. All rooms are pleasingly spacious and the marble bathrooms are a standout feature, and because the area is not built up (yet), street views are vast and fascinating. It offers all the usual facilities, including a substantial pool, but also others rarely seen, e.g. tennis court and games room. And with a playground, children’s pool, and special activities, this is one of very few hotels in Agra designed for families.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – The Location

  • Address: Along an unnamed and astoundingly quiet side-street. About 500m from an intersection along Fatehabad Road, a major thoroughfare in downtown.
  • Area: Faces a side-street which is typically dusty but unusually tranquil. A new area of condos, with little of interest in the immediate area, but walkable to a mall, McDonald’s, and some other eateries.
  • How to Get There: About 3km from the Taj Mahal via Taj East Gate Road (13-minute drive); 8km from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which has most services to/from Delhi and Jaipur (17-minute drive); and 14.5km from the new airport (34-minute drive). All are accessible by taxi or auto-rickshaw.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly tourists of all ages, including families, rather than business people.
  • Kids Club: Overall, far better facilities for families than almost all hotels in Agra. The Fun Zone is a just a games room with snooker, ping pong, futsal, and video games, but the outdoor playground is large.
  • Views: May be affected in the future by new condos, but at the moment views are of the streets, with the pool and/or gardens in the foreground.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected – or provided – at a hotel like this in Agra.
  • Extras: Some rates offer free transfers to/from the railway station in Agra.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)562 245 7777
  • Email: Send an email through their website marriott.com
  • Website: marriott.com

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – Amenities

  • Pool: Substantial, and dominates the back of the hotel grounds. Small area for children attached.
  • Spa: The Tattva Spa is far larger than just about anywhere else in Agra. Full range of massages, scrubs, and facials offered.
  • Fitness Center: State-of-the-art facilities and open 24/7.
  • For Families: Large outdoor playground and the Fun Zone games room make this one of the finest hotels in Agra for families. Other activities include yoga, pottery, and traditional music. Also, a tennis court.
  • Other Facilities: Business Center. Laundry.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: MoMo Café – Buffets at breakfast and lunch, and a la carte all day. Casual setting but contemporary menu. • ANISE – Regal décor and lovely outdoor setting also. Live performances on most nights. Dinner only, and reservations required. • MoMo 2 Go – All-day deli and patisserie at the lobby. Tasty coffee, cakes, salads, and sandwiches.
  • Bar: Onyx Bar – Sophisticated meeting spot for signature cocktails, imported wines, and liquors rarely found elsewhere. Finger food available.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but double-check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours. Even given a name: MoMo 2 You.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Premium Rooms • Terrace Rooms • Junior Suites • Executive Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: All rooms are non-smoking. Check with management before lighting up anywhere else.
  • Best Room: Executive Suites feature a separate and sizeable living area. On higher floors offering superior views.
  • For Families: All types of rooms can accommodate an extra child, while some suites have connecting doors.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Streets around the hotel are flat and quiet, although very dusty. Becomes less pleasant along the main road where there are a few facilities. Nowhere to rent bicycles in the immediate area, but some travel agencies and cafés do so along Taj East Gate Road, near the Oberoi hotel, 2.2km away.
  • Public Transport: Nothing of any use to tourists.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Taxis (unmetered) are hard to find because they’re rarely needed in this area. If required, arrange through the hotel reception, or book an Ola cab. Plenty of auto-rickshaws and a few cycle-rickshaws can be found along the street outside.

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • D’Delicia – Ground floor of an unfinished (or abandoned?) building on a corner 350m south of the hotel. Especially tasty food at pleasing prices, and a rare bar. 4-minute walk.
  • Culinary Junction by Udupi – Odd location, above a car showroom by the intersection at the top of the street, 500m away. South Indian vegetarian cuisine in a surprisingly posh setting. 6-minute walk.
  • Trident Agra – Delightfully elegant hotel facing the intersection at the top of the street, about 600m away. Buffets at lunch and a la carte all day. 8-minute walk.
  • McDonald’s – In the TDI Mall, about 800m away. Turn left at the intersection at the top of the street. No beef or pork products. 10-minute walk.
  • The Chocolate Room – Desperately trying to compete against McDonald’s next door. Quaint cafe offering tasty pasta, burgers, wraps, and other western food. 10-minute walk (800m).

Shops

  • The low-key and Indian-style TDI Mall is about 800m away along the main road; turn left at the intersection (10-minute walk). Bit forlorn with many empty shops, but a few decent places to spend some Rupees.

Attractions

  • The Taj Mahal is certainly Agra’s, and possibly India’s, number one attraction. The ticket office at the East Gate is only 10 minutes (3km) by auto-rickshaw. Separate entries for men and women. Open from sunrise to sunset, but closed on Fridays.
  • Agra Fort – The grand Red Fort (Lal Qila) symbolizes power and resilience. Partly occupied by the Indian Army, tourists can still see multiple mosques, palaces, and other structures inside this vast monument located close to the city center. Open from 6 am to 6 pm on all days. 14-minute drive (6km).
  • Itimad-ud-Daula – Popularly thought of as the first draft of the Taj Mahal, and often known as “Baby Taj”. The tomb is the first marble structure built by the Mughals and features intricate lattice work. Open from sunrise to sunset. 23-minute drive (9km).
  • Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary – A haven for several species of birds and a must-visit for wildlife photographers. Apart from birds, it also houses pythons and Wildlife SOS, the largest bear rescue center in India, as well as the only elephant hospital in the country. 50-minute drive (27km).
  • Fatehpur Sikri – This majestic red sandstone fort is known for the Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwani-i-Khas, and several other monuments on-site. Built in the 16th-century by Emperor Akbar to celebrate the birth of his son, Jahangir, in Sikri. Open daily from 6 am to 6 pm. Tickets can be bought online from various travel portals or at the fort entrance. 1-hour drive (42km).

Courtyard by Marriott, Agra – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a very quiet part of the city.

The hotel is within a surprisingly quiet part of the city, so the road outside is devoid of traffic. But there are a few facilities within the immediate area.

The hotel has a modern design.

The overall design of the Marriott hotel is modern.

The spacious lobby features a contemporary design.

The lobby area is spacious and has a contemporary design.

MoMo 2 Go sells pastries, sandwiches, and coffee.

Near the reception area, MoMo 2 Go offers a selection of pastries, sandwiches, and coffee.

MoMo Café is bright and airy and offers pool views.

The main hotel restaurant is called MoMo Café, which is bright and airy and faces the pool.

MoMo Café serves breakfast and lunch buffets as well as a la carte through the day.

The MoMo Café serves buffets at breakfast and lunch, and a la carte all day.

Onyx Bar is next door to MoMo Cafe.

Alongside the MoMo Café is the Onyx Bar.

ANISE restaurant has an outdoor bar.

Also at the hotel, ANISE is a stylish Indian restaurant with an outside bar area.

ANISE restaurant offers garden-side seating.

The ANISE restaurant also offers comfy seating within the garden.

The hotel playground is large and impressive.

At the back of the hotel is a playground, considerably larger and more inviting than anything else offered by rivals.

The Fun Zone offers games for young and old alike.

Adding to the appeal for families is the Fun Zone, with games for the young and old.

Tattva Spa offers a good selection of massages and treatments.

The Tattva Spa at the hotel offers an impressive range of massages and other treatments.

The spacious rooms and suites have a nice decor.

All rooms and suites are spacious and nicely decorated.

Rooms and suites feature modern decor.

Décor in the rooms/suites is modern, and all feature full-length windows.

The modern rooms have traditional wall prints.

Among the modern conveniences within the rooms/suites are a few reminders of India.

Rooms offer views of the gardens and pool.

Street views from the rooms/suites are reasonably interesting, with the hotel gardens and/or pool often in the foreground.

The hotel is located along a very quiet street.

The hotel faces a surprisingly quiet street, but an auto-rickshaw can always be found.

Culinary Junction by Udupi nearby serves good South Indian food.

At the top of the street and above a car showroom is Culinary Junction by Udupi, a stylish eatery specializing in South Indian cuisine.

A nearby mall hosts a McDonald's as well as The Chocolate Room.

Families may want to head to the main road where a mall with a McDonald’s awaits. Even better is The Chocolate Room for pasta, burgers, and wraps.

The Restaurant at the Trident is also within walking distance.

Worth a 600m walk to the main road is The Restaurant within the elegant Trident Agra hotel.

D’Delicia restaurant nearby serves excellent and well-priced meals.

The closest restaurant to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel is D’Delicia, only 300m down the street. Meals are excellent and well-priced.

The East Gate ticketing office is about 3km from the hotel.

The ticket office at the East Gate to the Taj Mahal is about 3km from the hotel.

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