The Best Budget Hotels in Agra, India

Stay close to the sights at one of best budget hotels in Agra like Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
Stay close to the sights at one of best budget hotels in Agra like Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra | Courtesy of Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra / Expedia
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24 January 2022

On the banks of the River Yamuna at the western edge of Uttar Pradesh, Agra preserves the legacy of the Mughal empire with pretty palaces, ancient forts and the world-famous Taj Mahal, a romantic marble monument that’s best visited at sunrise or sunset. An integral part of the Golden Triangle Circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur, Agra is also home to the must-see Agra Fort, now a Unesco World Heritage Site, and Fatehpur Sikri, a town housing striking red sandstone structures like the Jama Masjid mosque. Stay close to the sights with our collection of budget hotels in Agra, India.

Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra, for Taj Mahal views

Luxury double room with polished wood floors and views of the Taj Mahal across the treetops Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
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With views of the shimmering Taj Mahal across the treetops, this modern hotel in the Taj Ganj district is almost equidistant from the celebrated structure and the Agra Fort. When you’ve paid homage to these beauties, return to a cooling swim in the rooftop pool flanked by wooden daybeds and parasols, before relaxing in your room amid hints of regal red. Hungry? Dine on Indian classics at the fine-dining courtyard restaurant or up by the pool on a winning combination of buffet and barbecue.

Hotel Clarks Shiraz, for romantic gardens

Aerial view of rose-coloured hotel buildings with large green lawn and outdoor pool at Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Agra
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With a red exterior mirroring the red sandstone landmarks in the area, this contemporary hotel is ideal if you love spending time outside. Lush lawns, lofty palm trees and an oval outdoor pool will keep you happy when you’re not soaking up the sights. A selection of the rooms reveal views of the Taj Mahal and all are softly styled with glossy silks and marble tiles in gentle shades. If you’ve not seen enough of it, you can keep your eye on the white-ivory monument from the Mughal Room restaurant, where Mughlai dishes are accompanied by atmospheric live ghazal music.

Holiday Inn Agra MG Road, an IHG Hotel, for refined rooms and suites

Modern king room with wood floors, couch, desk and windows overlooking garden at Holiday Inn Agra MG Road, an IHG Hotel
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You won’t run out of places to eat and drink at this inviting hotel, where you can kick off your day with a fruit colada mocktail – fresh fruit with pineapple juice and coconut cream. The refined rooms and suites feature wood panelling with carvings and artwork nodding to local heritage; ask for one with a view of the Taj Mahal, a 20-minute drive away. When you’re not out exploring the sights, take a stroll in the pleasing gardens or ease the Indian heat with a dip in the outdoor pool.

Trident Agra, for dreamy outdoor space

Outdoor pool area with lounge chairs set in a green lawn area at Trident Agra
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A pool flanked by palm trees and gardens crisscrossed by pretty paths and dotted with cooling fountains will soothe the most flustered of tourists after a day in sweltering Agra. Feast on idlis (savoury rice cakes) and dosas (rice and lentil pancakes) or freshly baked pastries for breakfast, available from 6am for early risers heading out to beat the heat and the crowds. The pared-back rooms keep things simple, saving the ornate decor for the famous sights that begin a kilometre (0.6mi) away.

Radisson Hotel Agra, for the sleek swimming pool

Zero-edge outdoor pool with row of loungers and parasols at Radisson Hotel Agra
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A swim in this Agra hotel’s rooftop pool is a sure way to get your day off to a good start. So is a warming bowl of lentil dahl or a power-packed cheese and tomato omelette. Clutter-free rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows allow views of the impressive Taj Mahal – under 2km (1.2mi) away – to vie for your attention with the super-long, blue-tiled outdoor pool, surrounded by a wooden deck and shaded sunbeds.

Aman Homestay a Boutique Hotel, for light and airy rooms

Exterior of Aman Homestay in Agra, India, lit up with multi-coloured lights illuminating every surface and floor
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This fun-filled cheap hotel in Agra, located in a quiet, gated community, is lit up like a Christmas tree, with multi-coloured lights illuminating every tree, ceiling and wall – even the patio is a ‘70s disco floor. If you find yourself dancing into the wee hours, take the 300m (1,000ft) stroll to the Taj Mahal ticket office in time for sunrise. Later, sip a chilled craft beer as you kick back on the two-tier terrace overlooking the New Seven Wonders of the World monument.

Hotel Amar, for cooling off in the pool

Luxury suite with columns, inlaid stone floors, curtained-off bed area and plush fabrics at Hotel Amar in Agra
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Located 4km (2.5mi) from Agra Fort railway station, this hotel invites you to cool off in its large outdoor pool with waterslide and wall-of-water feature. If the sun gets too much, head inside, where you can relax in rooms with wooden details and plush, richly coloured fabrics providing more than a hint of grandeur. If you’re still recovering from jet lag, grab a muscle-relaxing massage in the spa or have a stretch in the gym. When hunger strikes, head to the on-site restaurant for southern Indian delicacies such as crispy dosas and sweet chutney.

Taj Vilas, for in-room relaxation

Luxury suite in brown and yellow hues with polished white floors and separate living room at Taj Vilas in Agra, India
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The cherry on the cake at this glass-fronted budget hotel in Agra, a 10-minute drive from the airport, is the in-room massage service. Once you’re suitably relaxed, sleep soundly in your simple room decked out in cream and chocolate brown tones with cool tiles underfoot. Come morning, have a crack at the egg station, ordering them whichever way you want, or wait it out for pizza or an Indian feast at dinner time.

Hotel Grand Sparrow Inn, for cosy rooms close to the sights

King room with tufted gold headboard, black and red accents and stone floors at Hotel Grand Sparrow Inn in Agra, India
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Half an hour’s drive from Agra airport and six minutes from the red sandstone Jawab Masjid mosque, this laid-back hotel offers the best of both worlds. It’s small, but there’s a restaurant for dawn breakfasts, with strong coffee to keep you awake, an airy dining room and a kitchen you can use to whip up your own concoctions.

Hotel Marygold Agra, for modern convenience

Double room with high ceilings, recessed lighting, gold curtains and pops of orange at Hotel Marygold Agra
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Forgotten that holiday gift for your friend? This pared-back, city-view hotel is only a five-minute walk from shops stocked with endless souvenirs, from marble handicrafts to pashminas and sarees, as well as inviting neighbourhood restaurants and cafes. Savour local rice, meat and vegetable dishes in the on-site restaurant among pretty screens and shining marble floors. When it’s time to head back to the airport, there’s a budget-saving free shuttle service, meaning more money for your shopping spree.

These recommendations were updated on January 24, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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