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
Amazing place, the pool is epic, the tour guides and the private golf cart access to the Taj Mahal with priority access, the Indian restaurant and the western restaurant were all 6 star !!
The concierge service was awesome and the room was perfect. I had a suite with a balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal. It was worth the extra $$. A lot of people were having private dinners on their balconies watching the sunset.
A special shout out to the driver who drove me in the hotel Audi 4x4 to Jaipur for the next part of my tour.
We stayed at the Amarvilas as part of a two week India trip that included many Oberoi properties. To begin, the welcome was exceptional. We were greeted by 6 people with garlands and welcome drinks. We were taken out to the balcony for our first view of the Taj Majal. Spectacular! Our upgraded balcony room overlooked the beautiful pool. What really impressed us, though, was the response of the manager, Prachi Sati, to any proble,s we encountered. She read our guest survey and immediately remedied any problems or suggestions, even going so far as to bring afternoon tea to our balcony. Thank you, also, to Kushraga who attended to our every need and brought us beautiful Indian ornaments. The property really lives up to its reputation for beauty and service.
The Oberoi Amarvilas is the most splendid establishment in Agra, bar-none. Impeccable service and staff, magnificent grounds and unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal. We could not have been more delighted with our stay here. We are especially thankful to Ms. Prachi Sati, the Rooms Division Manager, who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our stay was perfect. From the welcome drinks, to our 5-star dinner at Esphahan, and to our magnificent views of the Taj, the The Oberoi Amarvilas made our stay in Agra one which we will never forget. We cannot wait to return!
We spent two nights here while touring Agra. From the moment of arrival this property takes your breath away. The service is unsurpassed and with a view of the Taj Mahal from every room it just cannot be beat. It is an experience!
The hotel is extraordinary. It looks like one of the castles in the area. The service is better than in most five star hotels and the experience, with views of Taj Majal from all rooms at the hotel, is magical. The food is great morning, noon and night. There is traditional music much of the time. The attention to detail is in everything from the fixtures, the outfits for the staff, the presentation of the food, the roses in the bath that they draw for you at turndown time, and the list goes on. The chef explained what we were eating, the servers were personable and knowledgeable. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Also, you are so close to the Taj Majal, that it is easy to be the first ones in line before 6:00 am, which is what we did so as to avoid the crowds. The hotel had snacks for the early tourists and then a sumptuous breakfast when we came back from our tour. We splurged and it was worth it.