by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019
Trident, Agra – Modern yet traditional, charming, and offers rare family-friendly activities.
The Trident features an unusual but likable design: only two levels and in a quadrangle, with half the rooms facing inwards to the tropical-style pool and landscaped gardens, or outwards to the immaculate lawns. The amenities and overall décor are modern, but the design and layout are delightfully old-fashioned. Rooms are quiet, spacious, and comfortable – certainly better than a motel – but not quite as luxurious as a resort. It caters well for families, too, which is a rarity, with a modest kids club, as well as a playground, cricket pitch, and gardens. And it is within walking distance to a mall (with a McDonald’s), and a little more than two kilometers from the Taj Mahal.
Trident, Agra – The Location
- Address: Faces Fatehabad Road, a major thoroughfare in downtown. Almost at the junction with Taj East Gate Road (also called VIP Road), which leads to the Taj. The hotel is set back 100m+ from the road.
- Area: Walkable to facilities such as a mall, but most shops and restaurants are more for locals than tourists. Streets in the area are rather busy and not that pleasant for walking.
- How to Get There: About 2.3km from the Taj Mahal (12-minute drive); 7.5km from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which has most services to/from Delhi and Jaipur (17-minute drive); and 14km from the new airport (33-minute drive). All are accessible by taxi or auto-rickshaw.
Trident, Agra – The Basics
- Guests: Most guests seem to be tourists, but there are not many families despite the facilities for the younger ones.
- Kids Club: The Trident Kids Club is very modest and offers some limited activities (e.g. cooking and painting) within a bright but undersized room. featuring a splash area in the pool and tiny playground, the hotel is still considerably better for families than most.
- Views: Rooms offer ‘pool views’ (i.e. they face inwards and overlook the pool and gardens) or ‘garden views’ (i.e. they overlook the lawns – not the gardens – on the outside). The latter can be less quiet because of traffic noise.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected, or provided, at a hotel like this in Agra.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)562 223 5000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: tridenthotels.com
Trident, Agra – Amenities
- Pool: Lovely and sparkling blue, with a layout and facilities reminiscent of a tropical island resort. Splash area for toddlers.
- Spa: The Trident Spa provides old-fashioned treatments and highly-trained staff. Organic products and garden views add to the appeal.
- Fitness Center: Open 24 hours, it’s surprisingly modern and well-equipped.
- For Families: Puppet shows. Playground. Badminton Court. Cricket pitch. Child-minding. Ping pong.
- Other Facilities: Business Center. Yoga Classes. Travel desk. Laundry. Money-changer. Shopping arcade.
Trident, Agra – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: More imaginative than the names suggest. The Restaurant – Bright indoor setting or inviting terrace alongside the pool and gardens. Open all day for mouth-watering Indian food and world-class pizzas. • The Bar – Relaxed and cheerful place for a chat and cocktail. Open until after midnight.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates, which is not that common among rivals.
- Room Service: Available from about 6 am to midnight.
Trident Agra, – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Garden View Rooms • Deluxe Pool View Rooms • Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Some smoking rooms are available, on request.
- Best Room: Far more spacious, the Suites feature separate and large living/dining areas; renovated marble bathrooms; and plenty of windows facing the lawns.
- For Families: The Suites – and most rooms – can easily fit in 2 extra single beds. Some rooms also have connecting doors and 2 double beds.
Trident, Agra – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Backstreets around the hotel are flat and comparatively quiet, although very dusty, especially the main road. 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, 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.
Trident, Agra – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Culinary Junction by Udupi – Odd location, above a car showroom across the intersection from the hotel. South Indian vegetarian cuisine in a surprisingly posh setting. 2-minute walk (200m).
- Golden Street Restaurant – Street-side courtyard and swanky interior. Around the corner and about 300m up Taj East Gate Road. 4-minute walk.
- McDonald’s – In the TDI Mall, about 350m away. No beef or pork products. 4-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. 4-minute walk (350m).
- Courtyard by Marriott – This swish hotel offers MoMo Café (buffet lunch and contemporary cuisine all day), ANISE (regal decor, modern Indian food, and live performances, but dinner only), and MoMo 2 Go (deli/patisserie for tasty coffee and homemade cakes). About 600m south down the intersection. 7-minute walk.
- The Taj Mahal is certainly Agra’s, and possibly India’s, number one attraction. About 12 minutes (around the corner and 2.3km northwest up Taj East Gate Road) 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. 13-minute drive (5km).
- 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 (41km).
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