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.
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 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 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.
RATING: Big thumbs up
Thoughts on a postcard
Agra is a chaotic place thronging with crowds to see the Taj Mahal. Thank heavens for our little island of cleanliness and calm in the middle of all this craziness.