by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – Swish, modern, and expansive, with top-notch facilities and tranquil setting.
The hotel boasts a huge complex with two wings of luxurious rooms and exclusive suites, and the opulent, all marble and glass lobby sets the tone for the overall hotel design. All the accommodations are more spacious than most rivals, with full-length windows providing appealing views. Among the impressive facilities are the two pools, large shopping arcade, and classy cafés/bars on-site. There are a few other eateries around the quiet, clean, and safe area, and the property is only a short ride by auto-rickshaw from the Taj Mahal.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – The Location
(Previously know as Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate and Mansion Grand.)
- Address: Taj East Gate Road (also called VIP Road) which extends as far as the Taj.
- Area: In a safe, quiet, and reasonably clean area. A few places to eat nearby, more suitable for locals than tourists, and a mall within walking distance.
- How to Get There: About 1.6km from the Taj Mahal (7-minute drive); 8km from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which has most services to/from Delhi and Jaipur (17-minute drive); and 14km from the new airport (35-minute drive). All are accessible by taxi or auto-rickshaw.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – The Basics
- Guests: Although it looks like a business-style hotel, most guests are tourists on upmarket trips.
- Views: With no other tall buildings in the area, street views are better than rival hotels, though labeling some rooms as having ‘Taj Mahal Views’ is quite misleading. The Taj itself is about 1.5km away, for a start.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Perhaps surprisingly, these are not offered.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the hotel for all guests.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)562 233 5555
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: tajhotels.com
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – Amenities
- Pool: Decent outdoor pool offering some shade and a shallow area for children. Another pool – with stunning infinity edges – is on the rooftop of the other wing.
- Spa: The Alive Spa provides a reasonable range of indulgent treatments.
- Fitness Center: Large and well-equipped. Overlooks the gardens and main pool.
- Other Facilities: Same-day laundry.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Seems an oversupply of places to eat and drink. Most are on the ground floor and are usually empty. Palato – Huge, and along an indoor courtyard connecting the 2 wings. Buffet breakfast and a la carte all day. Bar attached. • Daawat-e-Nawab – Refined décor and award-wining Indian cuisine. The changing menu, specially-crafted plates, non-vegetarian options, and live music add greatly to the appeal. • Infini – The Sky Lounge – Alongside the rooftop pool for trendy DJs, and Taj views (at a distance). • Liquid Lounge – All sorts of TV sports, but also renowned for homemade chocolates. Ultra-swish, with fine-dining and snooker table. • Tea Lounge – At the lobby level and popular among savvy locals for afternoon High Teas and light meals all day.
- Breakfast: Normally included, but depends on the type of room and how it was booked.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Superior Rooms Pool View • Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Rooms Taj Mahal View • Deluxe Suites • Luxury Suites • Presidential Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in the rooms or public areas.
- Best Room: Presidential Suites are very spacious. With a private patch of lawn, huge dining table, walk-in wardrobe, and access to the Business Club Lounge and other member amenities.
- For Families: All rooms and suites can fit in an extra single bed, and some have connecting doors, but overall the hotel is not set up for families.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Streets around the hotel are flat and quiet, although very dusty, especially along the road in front. 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, 1.2km 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 road outside.
Taj Hotel & Convention Centre – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
A range of low-key places set up for locals, but, of course, tourists are always welcome and menus are in English. These 4 places are close together about 500m southeast down the road (away from the Taj).
- FOYER Restaurant & Café +91 90840 95462 – Cute, friendly, and authentic. 6-minute walk (500m).
- Taj Rasoi – Another modest but inexpensive eatery for authentic meals at local prices. 6-minute walk (500m).
- Hotel Pushp Villa – Offers the Merry Go-Round, Agra’s only revolving restaurant and Fuel, a tiny bar at lobby level. 7-minute walk (550m).
- Golden Street Restaurant – Street-side courtyard and swanky interior. 7-minute walk (600m).
- Otherwise, walk down the road further, turn right at the junction, and head into the elegant hotel, Trident Agra. The Restaurant is open all day for mouth-watering Indian food and world-class pizzas. 11-minute walk (900m).
- The Taj Mahal is certainly Agra’s, and possibly India’s, number one attraction. The ticket office at the East Gate is only 7 minutes by auto-rickshaw, and even walkable (about 1.6km northwest up the road). 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. 15-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).
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