The Trident Agra in India conforms to the predictable model so rigorously applied across this chain. You can be sure of excellent service, flawlessly clean rooms and a tick box list of facilities.
The rooms are well presented, with the needs of every smart traveller considered. There is ample storage, smart TVs with international channels, a full complement of in-room amenities such as minibar and tea and coffee making facilities, a small work station and some occasional furniture.
The communal areas are very comfortable, if a little bland. The food in the restaurant is superb and both Western and Indian cuisines are expertly delivered. The buffets are extensive and constantly attended by highly-trained staff who know a thing or two about service standards. There is also an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner if you would prefer something a little more modest.
The pool area is spacious and, if an afternoon nap is the order of the day, it provides a little area of tranquillity enclosed within the quad. Before you happily settle down on the comfortable sun loungers, the pool attendant will bring you towels.
But it comes at a cost; not financial because it is remarkably good value and that is why we have included it. But at the expense of character. There is little in the way of personality but given you are in town to see the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal do you really need vernacular architecture in your hotel!?
If cost is a factor, don’t let that put you off as the Trident is well located, with all of the trappings of a quality hotel.
The health club facilities are impressive. The gym has a decent range of equipment and the spa is reasonably prices with a broad menu of treatments.
On your doorstep
Walking out of the Trident, you’ll quickly encounter the rather dirty streets of Agra. If you are yearning to see more, get your driver to take you to Kinari Bazaar. But if you just fancy a walk, hit the treadmill in the gym.