Tajview – IHCL SeleQtions Hotel in Agra, India

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Updated: October 8, 2019

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Review of Hotel Tajview in Agra, India.

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – Tasteful and charming, with modern facilities and old-world beauty.

The Tajview radiates a historical charisma that belies its thirty years. Complementing an alluring style and grace throughout the hotel, the extensive gardens are actually reminiscent of the colonial era and the pool resembles a tropical island resort. The hotel also provides some facilities for families such as a cricket/football ground, archery range, and volleyball/badminton court. The standard rooms are a little plain, but the suites are considerably more appealing – and almost all accommodations can fit in a family of 4 without fuss (but ignore the grossly misleading claims that some rooms have ‘Taj Mahal views’). The hotel is set back from the road, ensuring some shelter from the relentless traffic, but the general area is not that pleasant. Most importantly, it’s only a few minutes by auto-rickshaw from the overwhelming reason guests come to Agra.

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – The Location

  • Address: Fatehabad Road, the main thoroughfare through downtown. The main building is about 50m from the road.
  • Area: Really fascinating or absolutely chaotic, depending on your point of view. Abundant shops, cafés, and money-changers in the general area, but the incessant traffic is diabolical, so crossing the road can be potentially dangerous.
  • How to Get There: About 1.7km from the Taj Mahal (6-minute drive); 5km from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which has most services to/from Delhi and Jaipur (10-minute drive); and 12km from the new airport (28-minute drive). All are accessible by taxi or auto-rickshaw.

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly foreign tourists, many on packaged trips that include staying at an iconic hotel.
  • Views: Rooms to the front face the main road, but at a reasonable distance. Those overlooking the pool and gardens to the back are better, but note: claims on the website that some rooms have ‘Taj Mahal views’ are very misleading.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of historical-style hotel in Agra.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Most rooms offer free Wi-Fi, but check when booking.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)22 6601 1825
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Websites: tajhotels.comseleqtionshotels.com

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – Amenities

  • Pool: Lovely pool dominating the hotel grounds. Surrounded by lawns and gardens and lined with lounge chairs, it looks like something from a tropical island resort.
  • Spa: The highly-trained staff uses organic products and old-fashioned techniques.
  • Fitness Center: Well-equipped and open 24/7.
  • Activities: Volleyball. Badminton. Cricket/football ground. Archery range.

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Jhankar – Tasteful décor and authentic vegetarian cuisine. Live music nightly, often with traditional dance. Dinner only. • Sky Deck – On the rooftop, offering a contemporary menu of mostly Indian food. Also popular for afternoon High Teas and sunset drinks. Distant glimpses of the Taj most likely at night. • Saqui – Sophisticated lounge bar for liquors, cigars, and cocktails. Finger food available. • GAD – Busy at lunchtime for buffets and anytime for coffee. Bright, airy, and very likeable décor. Open 24 hours.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included. Can be paid for when booking or at the time.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms City View • Superior Rooms Taj Mahal View • Executive Rooms Taj Mahal View • Executive Suites City View • Executive Suites Taj Mahal View
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking may be allowed in some rooms; check when booking.
  • Best Room: The Executive Suites feature semi-private living areas and spacious bathrooms, but claims of ‘Taj Mahal views’ are grossly misleading.
  • For Families: All rooms/suites can accommodate 3 guests, while most can sleep a family of 4 with little fuss. This is very rare among hotels in Agra.

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – Local Transport

  • Walking: The road in front of the hotel is not that pleasant for walking: noisy, crowded, and potholed, but there are plenty of cafés and shops in the immediate vicinity.
  • 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. A few cycle-rickshaws and automated versions can be found along the road outside.

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are southeast down the road towards the massive ITC hotel.

  • Subway – The inside is familiar but the menu may be less so, e.g. sandwiches with aloo (potato) or paneer (cottage cheese). About 200m. 3-minute walk.
  • TNC Lounge Agra – Cozy setting on a lower level and intimate alcoves on the rooftop. Opposite Subway, and signed as ‘Café Godfather’. 3-minute walk (250m).
  • Pinch of Spice +91 (0)562 404 5252– More alluring than the outside might suggest. Renowned for kebabs and local cuisine. 150m past Subway. 4-minute walk (350m).
  • Charcoal Chimney +91 (0)562 223 0503 – Friendly and spacious. Ideal for unsure foreigners wanting to try authentic Indian food. Next to Pinch of Spice. 4-minute walk (350m).
  • ITC Mughal – Magnificent resort with several options: Peshawri (very atmospheric and famous for kebabs), Mughal Pavilion (buffets of Indian/European cuisine, with exquisite Mughal décor), and Maikhana (sophisticated lounge bar). 6-minute walk (500m).

Shops

  • On the edge of the most vibrant area in Agra with plenty of facilities along the road, but mostly set up for Indian (rather than foreign) tourists. This includes an oversupply of shops selling carpets and handicrafts.

Attractions

  • The Taj Mahal is certainly Agra’s, and possibly India’s, number one attraction. The hotel is equidistant from the ticket offices at the West Gate (1.7km, 6 minutes) and East Gate (2km, 8 minutes) 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. 8-minute drive (3km).
  • 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. 17-minute drive (6km).
  • 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 (25km).
  • 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 (39km).

Tajview, Agra – IHCL SeleQtions – The Hotel

The hotel is located in central Agra.

The hotel is set back a little from the very busy main road in the center of Agra.

The hotel has a charming historical design.

The Tajview was built in 1990, but exudes a historical charm.

The hotel gardens are exquisite.

The hotel provides gardens which are an envy of most rivals in Agra and Delhi.

The lobby too has an old-world charm.

The lobby area is packed with old-fashioned furniture that adds to the overall appeal.

The hotel has vast lawns.

The lawns are surprisingly extensive, while the uncommon palm trees add to the tropical island resort vibe.

The gardens feature wrought-iron furniture.

The gardens feature inviting wrought-iron tables and chairs.

The pool and surrounding remind one of a tropical island resort.

The large pool, palm trees, and lounge chairs are more reminiscent of a tropical island resort than a city hotel.

The family-friendly facilities include a shooting and archery range.

There are plenty of facilities for families at The Tajview, including a shooting and archery range.

The GAD café offers pool and garden views.

The bright and airy GAD café at the hotel faces the pool and gardens to the back.

Jhankar restaurant serves excellent Indian cuisine for dinners.

Opposite the GAD, the sophisticated Jhankar restaurant provides superb Indian cuisine each evening.

The Saqui bar has a good selection of imported wines, beers, and liquors.

The Saqui bar within the hotel sells a range of imported wines, beers, and liquors.

Hotel corridors are decorated with plush carpets and historical prints.

Corridors of plush carpets and historical prints lead to the rooms and suites.

The Standard Rooms are simple but pleasant.

The Standard Rooms are a little underwhelming but pleasant enough.

All rooms come with 2 double beds and full-length windows.

All rooms are spacious enough for 2 double beds, and feature full-length windows.

The back-facing rooms offer pool, garden, and street views.

Rooms facing the back overlook the pool and gardens, with streets of Agra beyond.

The rooms feature modern facilities and plenty of space for luggage.

Facilities in all rooms are modern, and there is enough space for luggage.

The hotel neighborhood is not very pleasant.

The area immediately outside the hotel is not that pleasant, but is typical of Indian city life. Better facilities are a little further northwest up the road.

There is a Subway outlet very close to the hotel.

Those tired of curries may want to visit Subway, about 200m away.

Charcoal Chimney next door is a good place to try authentic Indian food.

A great place for unsure Westerners to try authentic Indian food is Charcoal Chimney, just past Subway.

Pinch of Spice also serves good food.

Almost next to Charcoal Chimney, Pinch of Spice is more inviting than the outside might suggest.

TNC Lounge Agra nearby is a good place to hangout.

About 200m from the hotel, TNC Lounge Agra is particularly inviting. (It is actually signed as ‘Café Godfather’.)

The area is packed with shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts.

This part of Agra is packed with all sorts of shops selling souvenirs, mostly for Indian tourists.

Auto-rickshaws are the most convenient mode of transport.

The best way to get around Agra is by auto-rickshaws which line the main road outside the hotel.

The East Gate ticket office is just 1.5km away.

The ticket office and East Gate to the Taj Mahal is only about 1.5km away.

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