Tourists visiting Agra tend to stay for 48 hours or less to visit the iconic Mughal-built monuments, especially the Taj Mahal, and maybe fit in an hour or two to visit the bustling markets and taking a bite of some of Agra’s spiciest specialities. The best bet is to stay in a budget hotel that can offer facilities catering to both adventurous backpackers as well as families. Read on to discover the top seven budget hotels in Agra.
Bhawna Clarks Inn
Due to its convenient location, Bhawna Clarks Inn is a favourite with both families and solo travellers. The hotel offers 58 guest rooms with an array of modern conveniences, such as blackout curtains, alongside attractive pricing all year round and a complimentary breakfast buffet for all guests. Just two minutes from the hotel is the National Highway Number 19 (NH19), making it the perfect place to stay if planning to cover tourist sites such as Fatehpur Sikri. The hotel is also five kilometres (3.11 miles) from Mariam’s Tomb, eight kilometres (4.97 miles) from Agra Fort, and approximately a 30-minute drive from the Taj Mahal.
Bhawna Clarks Inn, Bhawna Tower, Kailashouri Crsg, Agra, India, +91 562 265 0400
Hotel Swami Sofitel Deluxe
One of the oldest hotels in Agra, Hotel Swami Sofitel Deluxe costs less than $10 a night per room. Located in the heart of the city near Delhi Gate makes it the perfect tourist spot with many small souvenir shops, juice stalls, the famous tea stall ‘Raju Chai’ and the popular Dreams Bakers Paradise. The hotel offers eighteen decent rooms, air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned. Parking is also available for guests travelling by road as well as a travel desk that provides car rental services.
Hotel Swami Sofitel Deluxe, Raja Balwant Singh Rd, Agra, India, +91 562 404 0692
P L Palace Lords Inn
P L Palace Lords Inn offers elegantly styled rooms under £40 ($50) a night. The hotel has 56 rooms (some of which are suites, pavilion rooms and grace rooms), a fully equipped health club and spa as well as a rooftop swimming pool. Palace Lords Inn is in Sanjay Place, the business hub of Agra, making it a resourceful yet peaceful location for both business and leisure travellers. Close to the hotel are several restaurants (such as the popular and much recommended Pinch of Spice), Shah Market (Agra’s largest electronic market), and Sanjay Talkies (one of Agra’s popular local cinemas).
P L Palace Lords Inn, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Sanjay Place, Agra, India, +91 562 255 8800
Hotel Ashoka Bar & Restaurant
In the centre of the city, Hotel Ashoka is a minute’s drive from Raja Ki Mandi train station, which has trains running regularly to and from all cities and villages. The hotel’s fully stocked bar has premium, international and domestic liquor available at non-premium prices. Head over to the bar after a long day of sightseeing, and enjoy some great drinks and food.
Hotel Ashoka Bar & Restaurant, 145 Station Rd, Agra, India, +91 562 252 0801
Tourists Rest House
One of the top rated budget hotels in the city, Tourists Rest House is extremely popular among international tourists. It is a private, exclusive guesthouse that offers a quiet, homey atmosphere. The rooms are surrounded by a small garden where families and friends can enjoy meals with a cosy, candlelit ambience. The guest house is perfect for sightseers as it is approximately 10–15 minutes away from the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Tourists Rest House, 4/62 Kutchetry Rd, Agra, India, +91 562 246 3961
Maya Hotel & Restaurant
Its convenient location on Agra’s main Fatehabad Road makes Maya Hotel a popular choice. Each of the 10 guest rooms have a balcony and a good view of the city. It is close to the main tourist spots and has several restaurants within walking distance. The highlight of the hotel is its restaurant, which serves traditional north Indian, Chinese and continental food (occasionally accompanied with live music). The hotel is only 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles) from the Taj Mahal.
Maya Hotel, 18/184 Purani Mandi Cir, Fatehabad Rd, Agra, India, +91 971 910 7691
Hotel Panna Paradise
One of Agra’s more modern budget hotels, Hotel Panna Paradise, is also located in Fatehabad. It is famous among tourists for its knowledgeable and helpful staff that speak fluent English. Close to the hotel is TDI Mall, one of Agra’s main shopping malls, ideal for tourists to shop and enjoy the multi-cuisine restaurants. The hotel offers several room categories, such as the Club Room, Royal Club Room and the Panna Suite as well as free breakfast, laundry and Wi-Fi.
Hotel Panna Paradise, Fatehabad Rd, Agra, India, +91 512 406 0715