Hotel Sheela, Agra
situated in a secure environment and just 100 metres from
the Eastern Gate of the Taj Mahal in the Taj Trapezium Zone:
a 100% pollution free areaCentrally
situated in the amazing city of Agra is the Agra Ashok
hotel. The intricate craftsmanship of Agra is revealed in
the marvellous marble inlay work on this hotel in Agra.
Sheela offers a wide range of rooms suitable for all types
of travelling parties to choose from: singles, doubles and
triples are available to suit your requirements and budget.
Hotel Sheela has been highly recommended by all
internationally renowned travel guide books since its
opening. So, why not come and visit Agra, home of the
Taj Mahal: the most captivating monument of love ever built.
You will not regret it.
Sheela offer these additional facilities:
- All types of travel assistance & tourist information
- Commission-free transport bookings (car, bus and train)
- Honest, friendly and hassle-free advice
- Internet facilities
- Advance booking of rooms via internet or telephone
- STD, ISD, PCO facilities
- Free incoming phone calls
- Free book exchange
- Free cloak room / luggage storage
- Fresh food in Green View Restaurant
- Colourful garden & quiet relaxing surroundings
- Fresh air in the Taj Trapezium Zone (100% pollution free)
- Cycle friendly with secure parking
- Hot water available 24 hours
- Laundry service
- Generator facilities in case of power cuts
- 100m from Taj Mahal East Gate
- Close to railway and bus station, post office and banks
- ATM just around the corner
As far as
budget lodging goes in the immediate vicinity of the Taj
Mahal, you won't do better than this peaceful complex of
neat, cream-walled buildings with a pleasant garden
courtyard filled with bougainvillea, parrots, peacocks, and
squirrels. Aimed at the budget traveler, accommodations are
very spartan, with patterned vinyl flooring and wallpaper
designed like faux miniature brickwork. Beds are firm but
have thin mattresses. The en-suite tiled bathrooms are clean
and have towels; hot water is available in winter. Guest
rooms have fans and mosquito screens over the windows, and
some rooms have air coolers for summer. The manager, Manish
Bansal, can help with sightseeing endeavors, guides, and
organizing a taxi. During the winter season, you are advised
to reserve in advance or risk ending up in one of the nearby
hovels. Alternatively, you can ask about Sheela Inn, the
hotel's new property, which is priced a little higher but
has better in-room facilities (like TV and telephone) and is
about half a kilometer away from the Taj complex.
What do you think about
Your Views about Hotel Sheela Agra
Anacri Louisiana June 17 2008:“Great
I made the reservation by phone when I was already in India. This
hotel has a great location for the Taj Mahal. Our only
problem was we got here at about 3am on the overnight train from
Delhi and we had a really hard time getting them to open the gate
and let us in. We only slept for a couple of hours because we
wanted to see the sunrise inside the Taj complex. We had a hard time
waking someone up to let us out. Other than that, the room was average
for the low price. It was clean, but very cold.
Koliver London May 19 2008:"Hotel
Sheela: best location in Agra"
Hotel Sheela is located near the East Gate only 100m from the Taj Mahal.
The location is really handy - we caught a motorised tuk tuk from
Cantonment Station to the East Gate and then we walked about 5 minutes
to the hotel. We payed 50 rupees for the ride.
The hotels proximity to the Taj allows you to get there really early. If
you want to be one of the first through the
gates of the Taj, get there 30 mintues prior to opening. It is cooler at
sunrise as well.
The rooms vary according to whether or not you choose to have a water
cooler. We initially chose a small room with a fan but the heat
got the better of us so we decided to upgrade to a room with a water
cooler. For a few extra dollars its worth it in the
hot India weather. The rooms are spacious (the ones with a fan
are much smaller), there are western toilets and a shower with
reasonable water pressure. There isn't much hot water but the hot
weather makes this quite refreshing
The staff are quite friendly, some speak English well others not so
well but you get by.
There is a restaurant attached serving reliable and cheap food. The
hotel is set around a nice garden and courtyard. It is very peaceful and
quiet. The atmosphere is really chilled out and allows
you to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Agra's markets, tuk tuk drivers and people trying to sell
Overall a great place to stay in Agra.
Traveller Dublin Ireland May 13
2008:“Basic but comfortable stay”
Located in the green belt around the Taj Mahal, so if that's what
you are going for you are right there
Hotel was pretty basic. Room had two beds and nothing else. Air
conditioning was nice and quiet, including a ceiling fan. No toilet
paper supplied(extra charge), and the toilet was less than clean.
Breakfast area is located in a nice garden, and there was a fairly big
breakfast al la carte menu
Auto rickshaw to Agra city takes about 10-15 minutes.
Ultrabert Australia Mar 13 2008: "A
green oasis just next to the Taj"
Which I guess is the title that themselves can say about it.
In this hotel everything is about the location. First, because is just
200 metres from the Taj, which is what you and everybody are
going to Agra for, and second, because for this reason is in the 'green
belt' area around it, and petrol traffic is not
allowed in the surroundings.
And this, in India, is of course a bless!
The hotel itself has a nice and pleasant garden, and a big and friendly
dog to scare the monkeys. The rooms were rather poor
and in our case, with no hot water. But I guess this helps
also in getting up early to see the first rays of light on
the big white building!
You can find hundreds of similar priced hotels in the Taj Ganj, all
quite close to the Taj, but this one has the
special of the garden and the dog.
Also... I must say that I have read many comments everywhere about Agra
being horrible... well, I am not agree. I quite enjoyed the central
streets and some walks around the city, so I
recommend you to give it a bit more of time that
the strictly necessary to just see the Taj.
Nenya North Carolina March 3
2008:“Nice, Clean and Great Location”
I was a little worried coming to this hotel because of the negative
reviews here, but we found it to be a great hotel. We had
towels, hot water and a nice, clean room. There weren't any bugs in our
room. We stayed in similarly priced hotels
for our entire trip through India and this was easily one of the better
ones. The restaurant in the courtyard was good and the hotel's garden
As other people have said, it's location so close to the Taj Mahal is
wonderful. It was especially good as
we arrived Thursday afternoon and were planning to
go the Taj Mahal on Friday morning only to find out that it was closed
all day Friday. So, we were able to quickly get in line and see
the Taj on Thursday.
RS Brussels Nov 10, 2007 : "Good
place for (early morning) visits to the Taj"
Stayed there for one night in early September 2007. Room was pretty
clean and good for one night, bed a bit too short for me 1,83m but ok.
The manager is a nice guy and can arrange for a beer even if the guys in
the restaurants say no. Food is ok and clean but nothing special.
Walking distance to Taj is unbeatable to make it at 6am in the
morning... I felt pretty save in this place and did enjoy sitting in the
garden chatting with other travellers. I found this place ok for one
night as a single traveller, not sure I would go there with family and
Silverskin Canada Aug 9, 2007 : "Great Location"
Definitely above average for India... relatively clean room and the
best location you can get in Agra - literally 2 minutes from the Taj
Mahal. Restaurant was great, nice spot to relax at night in the back
If you have a car you will not be able to get to this hostel though, you
must take a rickshaw...
Edinburg UK Jul 26, 2007 : "Great
for backpackers - Best Location"
Great place for backpackers and only a 5 minute walk from the Taj Mahal.
This is a basic place but very good for backpackers - it is clean and
good value for money. We paid 900 rupees a night for a room with air
con. Room was clean and secure.
There is a good resaurant onsite and the staff were very pleasant and
RJ Oakland CA Jun 12, 2007 : "You get what you pay for"
I look at Hotel Sheela as basically a transactional place. You know what
you're getting - an inexpensive room close to the Taj Mahal.
It's not the Ritz, and doesn't pretend to be. The staff were very
accommodating during our stay and the dogs (there are two now) added to
the ambiance in the lovely garden.
We paid substantially more for an AC room as we were there at the height
of summer (not recommended in Agra!) - although the hotel has a backup
power system in case of blackout, it does not support the AC units, so
when the power goes out (which was about 50% of our entire stay), you
are left to sweat. Rooms were basic econoboxes - cement walls, one neon
light, etc. - but you're not staying here for the charm. One tip -
adjacent rooms share an open window in the bathroom, so keep your
bathroom door closed or you will hear *everything* your neighbors say /
One comment on the food - guidebooks, etc. rate the garden restaurant
as being very good. I won't dispute it's in a garden, but it was some
of the worst food I've eaten in India - bland at best, inedible
frequently. It was also expensive for "budget" fare. We found the
restaurant directly across the street, the Family Restaurant, offered
much better food - the owners even reopened the restaurant one night
after closing to serve us! Try their wonderfully savory saag paneer...
I agree with previous reviewers that paying a little more to get out of
Taj Ganj might be worth considering - although Hotel Sheela is close to
the East Gate, that makes it further from anything else in Agra, meaning
autos are a constant fact of life. The Taj Ganj neighborhood is not
particularly tourist-friendly or safe and its byzantine street layout
guarantees you will get lost quickly. The hotel is also actually quite
far (6-7 km?) from the train / bus stations.
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