Hotel: Taj Home Stay
This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in when we were in India. Since the hotel had opened for only three months by the time we were there in Feb 2008, everything was very new. Their complimentary breakfast was big, but because it was so good, we couldn’t help but finished everything.
The only downside is its location, which in fact isn’t too bad. Unlike Maya Hotel and some other guesthouses located right next to Taj Mahal, Taj Home Stay is a 10 minute ride away from the landmark. It is less convenient, yet it provides a quiet and restful environment which the guesthouses near Taj Mahal lack of.
I hope that they can keep up with the quality of their service and rooms as how they were when we visited a few months ago. With their attentive customer service, competitive price, and excellent food, we were very happy with this hotel and would recommend it to anyone who plans to stay in Agra.
We asked for a room with balcony so for us to hang and dry our laundry. Since no room with “regular” balcony was available by the time we checked in, they gave us a room with a super-sized balcony
With this balcony, we actually could hang all the clothes that we had with us! Haha.
Very good breakfast! 😀
We didn’t stay in Maya, but our driver insisted to bring us there and show us the place. He said, “You just have to go and see, then you will decide. Ok?” So, we let him drove us there… (I bet he could get commission or some kind of goodies from Maya, that’s why…)
Maya was ok, located very close to Taj Mahal. So that’s good, especially if you want to visit Taj Mahal first thing in the morning for nice exposure of the morning light. Rooms look ok, but nothing comparable with Taj Home Stay.