The Oberoi Amarvilas

Location: Delhi & Around | India

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

The Oberoi Amarvilas is an extravagant luxury hotel in Agra, hewn from white marble and black sandstone and lying just 600 metres from the majestic Taj Mahal. With a range of top-class dining options, an opulent spa and views of the Taj from every one of its 102 rooms and suites, this is an incredible way to experience the jewel in India’s crown.
Perfect forExperiencing the Taj Mahal, just 600 metres away, in style.
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  • Opulent luxury hotel built of marble and sandstone
  • Delicious Indian and continental cuisine in an evocative setting
  • Agra’s other sights, such as Agra Fort and the Jama Masjid, in easy reach

Recommended for...

  • Honeymoon
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Romantic
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Sitting just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the hotel’s views of the iconic monument are pretty hard to beat. The rest of the setting isn’t bad either, with a long driveway leading up to the hotel lined with trees and lit by flaming torches.

Rooms at The Oberoi Amarvilas

Every one of the hotel’s 102 rooms and suites are built facing the same direction, meaning you’re guaranteed beautiful views of – you guessed it – the Taj. If you even notice your immediate surroundings, you’ll find them opulent and luxurious: antique Indian fabrics adorn the walls, dark sandstone and white marble form intricate patterns beneath your feet, and local craftsmanship is evident in the ornate, inlaid wooden furniture.

Food & drink

The Oberoi Amarvilas offers guests a choice of two indulgent dining options. The bright, breezy Bellevue, open all day, offers Indian and continental cuisine accompanied by beautiful views of the garden and terraces through wall-to-wall windows. Esphahan, with its Moorish red-and-white columns, carved wood-panelled doors and live traditional music, is an evocative spot to enjoy a candlelit dinner of contemporary Indian cuisine.

Facilities

Tucked away behind huge carved wooden doors, and with marble and sandstone tiles lining the walls up to a vast white marble dome, the Oberoi Amarvilas’ spa is appropriately grand for one overlooking the Taj Mahal. There is also a state-of-the-art gym so you can keep on top of your fitness routine, and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool complete with viaduct-style arches and a Mughal-inspired relaxation area.

Activities at The Oberoi Amarvilas

The Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world, a 400-year-old marble-hewn masterpiece built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a monument to his dead wife. Lying a little over a kilometre away, the Taj is within easy reach of the hotel. While the Taj is undoubtedly the star of the show in Agra, as it would be anywhere, you should also check out Agra Fort, which is one of the finest surviving Mughal fortresses in India and is older than the Taj, dating from 1565. Another striking marble tomb nearby, thought to be the inspiration for the Taj, is Itimad-ud-Daulah, while the Kinari Bazaar is an atmospheric place to get lost and pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

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Hotel location

The Oberoi Amarvilas is around 20 minutes’ drive from Agra Fort Railway Station.

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