The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
What We Love
- Spectacular views of the Taj Mahal from all rooms
- Design and decor transport you to the splendor of 17th-century India
- Swimming among the columns in the outdoor pool, which is set in a Mughal era–inspired terraced garden
- Intuitive staff with an enthusiasm for the Taj Mahal that never wanes
- Live Indian music and dance performances that add to the romance of an already impossibly romantic setting
What To Know
- The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays — keep this in mind when choosing your dates
- Dress sharp. The Amarvilas’s bellhops are better dressed than most businessmen
- Book two nights if you want to have time to explore the opulent hotel grounds
- The house restaurants are popular with non-guests, so make reservations
- The hotel is within walking distance of the Taj, but nothing else. You’ll need a car and driver to explore Agra
- Parking On Site
The Oberoi Amarvilas is the place for travelers who want to see the world’s most famous mausoleum from all sorts of angles, and to live (at least for a night or two) in a state of luxury fit for a Mughal emperor. From the marble lobby to every elegant room, the world’s greatest tribute to undying love is always on show, and the resort’s splendid architecture and rich interiors are a throwback to a time when princesses were aplenty in Agra. Just 600 meters away, it’s the closest hotel to the Taj, and it gives guests an exceptionally intimate encounter with the world wonder.
Bed and Bath
The 102 guestrooms echo the art and history of the Mughal Empire, with decorative marble inlay tables and hand-knotted carpets. The interiors showcase meticulous traditional craftsmanship and attention to detail, but all eyes are drawn to the Taj, which can be seen from every room. Mod cons including flat-screen TVs, DVD players and walk-in closets are standard, as is personalized butler service. The spacious marble bathrooms are stocked with a basket of ayurvedic products.
The pool and gardens embody the same sublime aesthetic found in the grounds and fountains of the Taj. The lone traces of contemporary design are in the restaurants: Bellevue, which serves a breakfast buffet of dizzying variety, and Esphahan, where diners can try fine Indian food accompanied by live sitar and tabla performances. Before dinner enjoy a glass of champagne on the terrace bar at sunset as a dancer performs her nightly salute to the mausoleum from across the pool. If the luxe accommodations don’t make you feel like royalty, the super-attentive staff surely will. You can count on it for expert tips about visiting the Taj, which vary depending on the season and the latest preservation regulations.
In the Area
The Archaeological Survey of India offers about five night tours of the Taj Mahal a month (around the full moon). Tickets are very limited, so book as far ahead as possible. Take the one-hour trip to Fatehpur Sikri; the onetime capital of the Mughal Empire was abandoned 14 years after its construction in the late 16th century, and it retains an air of mystery today. If you don’t want to haggle over the price of souvenirs, visit the Marble Emporium. You’ll spend a little more, but you won’t have to wonder if you’re paying for marble but getting soapstone. Agra Fort would be the signature monument in any other city, but it inevitably gets overshadowed by the Taj Mahal. See where Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj, lived and ruled. A nightly light and sound show takes place at 7:30 p.m.
How to Get There
The.moment your taxi turns into the driveway the chaos of the city is forgotten as you are welcomed by one of the hosts in magnificent gold and red tunic. The terracotta walls and soothing deep blue fountains are the curtain raiser for a momentous stay. You do feel privileged and special as you take in the awesome sight of the Taj Mahal right there in front of you as you sit in the elegant drawing room to be checked in. This is how our special birthday celebration began and got even better. A true 5 star experience which no other hotels seem able to match. The staff are genuinely happy to help and make your stay unforgettable. Rooms are of good size, very comfortable beds, excellent bathroom, wonderful French windows and balcony with exquisite views of the Taj Mahal. The birthday balloons and flowers were a wonderful extra touch. The food, ambience and service at both restaurants superb. Hassle free organisation of dawn trip to Taj Mahal commendable. And personal escort to our train to Delhi another gem. Huge thanks and unhesitatingly recommended!
There aren’t enough good words available in the English language to write about this incredible hotel - it really is spectacular and must be up there as one of the best hotels in the world.
All the rooms have a Taj Mahal view but do yourself a favour and spend the extra to have a balcony, you won’t regret it. Being able to sit on your private terrace with a glass of wine or cup of tea and look at that view is something we will never forget.
The staff are second-to-none - friendly, nothing too much trouble (without being over the top) and the best thing - human and bursting with personality. We had some great chats with them!
The pool area is lovely - again, exquisite service in terms of towels, drinks, snacks etc.
The food both for breakfast and dinner was delicious and it was lovely to be able to enjoy a drink or two on their main terrace before eating with the sun setting, the taj mahal in the distance and traditional Indian dancing on a platform across from the pool - its nothing short of magical. We didn’t want to leave and it will be an experience that stays with us forever.
I didnt matter how much this stay cost , it was worth every RUPEE!!!!!!
Service impeccable , attention to detail ,amazing.
A special retreat to retire too, after being out in the daily life CHAOS of Agra .
Four nights we will never forget.
Spent one night with the family in this hotel. Was worth every penny. The pictures cannot capture the beauty of seeing the Taj from every room. The pool area is magical. The golf cart drive to the entrance of Taj from hotel takes 5 min, and is so easy as they can pre-purchase the tickets for you. And the service is all you expect from an Oberoi. What a great stay!
Oberoi hotels were always a favorite. This one is one of the best. The welcoming staff apon arrival was just amazing. The people at reception were professional and polite. The area surrounding the hotel is a fairytale place. The service at the restaurant is very good and the food was delicious. I love the room. The view was of Taj Mahal and what more one could ask for