The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra
The Taj Mahal is one of these visual clichés — observed so frequently that many consider bypassing this by their itineraries, but nothing could prepare one for the scenic luminescence, or even the absolute scale, of this exquisite pietra dura detailing. So see that you have to, preferably at sunset and dawn — and you will do both if you are staying in Amar Vilas. Not just the nearest resort (by far) into the monument (situated within the green belt along with also a mere 650 yards in the East Gate), but made so that each room has an unobstructed view of the Taj.
Style & personality
Section of this little Vilas collection containing the exact top-end of this luxury Oberoi series portfolio, the resort is modelled within an Indian palace, together with expansive use of marble, big representing pools, colonnaded courts, terraces and pavilions. After sunset — as employees set about lighting the numerous braziers — it is in its most intimate. It lacks the historic authenticity of a true palace but is extravagant nevertheless.
Service & amenities
India is famous for its hospitality, along with the Oberoi Vilas provides at an outstanding degree. It is possible to purchase your own Taj entrance tickets and reserve among the handpicked guides in reception. Spend more than 1 night here to really enjoy the amenities, like the great swimming pool and the spa (even with a view of the Taj).
All 102 rooms are lavish and richly textured with walnut flooring, hand-knotted rugs, marble-inlay tables, sumptuous silk cushions — a showcase of Indian craftsmanship — also, obviously, the full views perspectives of the Taj. Individuals with balconies are all the best way to appreciate the view.
Food & beverage
Great breakfast and buffet lunch propagate that includes full Indian and Western choices served in Bellevue, the all-day restaurant. The Bellevue patio is a great spot to enjoy a sunset drink (with requisite Taj perspective), but it is Espahan, the residents-only dinner place that’s the actual knockout, both concerning food and ambience — modern Indian cuisine that’s a thousand miles from the omnipresent Punjabi cuisine (butter chicken/tikka) which most men and women think about when you say “Indian”.
Value for cash
Double rooms from INR73,710 (#723) including all taxes. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi if booked right through Oberoi site. It is not cheap but worth every rupee. Works to the best available speed system, instead of low or higher season.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes, 1 room.
Not especially geared to kids, but employees will make them feel welcome.
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