Agra

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Oberoi Amarvilas

Address: Taj East Gate Road

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City: Agra

Phone: 800-562-3764

Website: oberoiamarvilas.com

Expert Review

The excellent level of service here is no surprise - Oberoi is among the Near East's top luxury hotel chains - but the clincher at this hotel is its unrivaled views of the Taj Mahal, available in every one of the 102 bedrooms and seven suites. Such proximity means you can sip a chai masala in bed while watching various shades of pink creep across the monument as the sun rises; and oftentimes you can hear worshippers praying and chanting at sundown (when those pink tones return).

The lobby, restaurant, spa, and bar lounge all offer similarly breathtaking views of the Taj from serene spaces inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture. With or without this panorama, every area of the Amarvilas impresses, from large reflecting pools and colonnaded courts to manicured lawns and grandiose fountains. Amarvilas means "eternal haven" in Sanskrit, which seems about right. A complimentary golf cart shuttle takes you from the hotel to the Taj Mahal itself (you will certainly want a closer look). Spring for a superior room and get a small balcony (highly recommended). Best season for value: spring/fall. 2008 Smart Luxury Award winner

Great Value Alternative: The Trident Hilton has lesser Taj views, but delivers classic style. www.tridenthotels.com

Tags: luxury | expensive | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | views

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