Howard Sarovar Portico
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Woke up pretty early this morning, as I was awaken by a wake up call that I did not place. Had trouble going back to sleep, so I headed for breakfast soon after washing up. My plan for today was to visit Fatehpur Sikri (this name is easier to type then pronounce). I read on my guide book that the Tourism board has set up a half day tour for this …
Woke up feeling lethargic in the morning, think the heat is really getting into me. After breakfast, took the ever familiar no. 5 bus to the city centre. The agenda for the morning is to visit the Isar Lat, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the Pink city. The bus ride was rather uneventful, and I reached the Hawa Mahal in no time. The attractions are …
After our visit to Fatehpur Sikri, we drove to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. On our way in we realized that many of the pilgrims from the festival in Ajmer, which we had stopped in two days ago, made their way to Agra. So while it is off season for foreign tourist, we saw quite a few Indian tourists. We are still getting a lot of stares, like …
How does one describe this most beautiful expression of love that was built by Shah Jahan for his wife when she died? We arrived at the Taj at sunrise and caught the changing colours of light reflecting on this spectacular monument. We sat on the same bench that Princess Diana sat on and had lots and lots of photos taken. Outside we had to …
After arriving in Agra on Saturday evening, we had a hour to settle in and then Kaitan came to pick us up to take us home to meet his grandmother and have tea. This was such a special treat, she is a wonderful lady - we both wanted to take her home. Didn't speak a word of English, but Kaitan translated. She showed us the wedding albums of her 2 …
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Fancy, equals the "Taj Mahal", great value, good service and grat decor.
Having read the recent reviews of the Howard Park Plaza, I arrived being prepared for almost anything.
I am surprised at a recent review I read regarding the rooms. We had 2 rooms (we were 4 adults & 2 kids), both of which were large, very clean, and well stocked. Plenty of hot running water (which is not as common as you might think in 3-star Indian hotels).
We stayed one night at The Howard Park Plaza en route from Delhi to Jaipur. The Taj Mahal and other sights in the Agra area are magnificent and it is hard to see sunrise/sunset without spending at least one night in Agra. The Howard Park Plaza, while adequate, was not worth the $90 that we paid. The hotel itself and its rooms are completely characterless. The bathroom was somewhat dingy (although the hot water was centrally heated unlike some of the cheaper hotels in which we stayed). The rooms in the front of the hotel overlook a busy road and are noisy - if you do stay here, ask for a room at the back. The one real positive was the buffet breakfast which was included in the price and was very nice. Nevertheless, we stayed in places with far more character for half the price elsewhere in India. Our recommendation for people looking for accommodation in Agra at this price point would be to look at the accommodation options outside of the center of Agra. There is no real need to be in the city and the options outside the city may be slighly nicer.
We have just returned from a trip to the Golden triangle in India. This hotel almost ruined our trip. The rooms were dirty and smelly, especially the bathroom. The promised minibar had been removed. We had two rooms and it had been removed in our kids room also. Because of this no bottled water was available in either room. The kids had one of the refurbished rooms and their bathroom was better. In the first room the fittings were falling off the walls. The lobby had stained sofas. The furniture around the pool was broken. The check in procedure took 30 minutes mostly because of the line of people complaining about their rooms.The reception staff just shrugged their shoulders. The one bright spot was the restaurant which had good and well priced food. At check out there was a line of people disputing their bills.
We stayed in this hotel in November 2005 and it was a great relief to see this nice, clean hotel after a long and difficult 5 hour car ride from Delhi to Agra. My review, as fair as I can be:
We booked This Hotel because of the reviews on tripadvisor and we made a good choice. It had good large rooms with all amenities,newly decorated, and is very good value for money. The Hotel staff were friendly and efficient. I would reccommend it for anyone travelling to Agra. As for the food the Breakfast was very good but the Dinner menu was limited and aimed at the Western palate.
A beauty !
A great Hotel to view the Taj Mahal. Good size rooms, pleasant and helpful staff, good food. We had a top couple of days at the Howard Park Plaza. We walked to to the Taj from the Hotel. A great spot and a great stay. Close by to Carpet making and Handicraft workshops. This Hotel enhanced our visit to see one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
We stayed here partly as a result of the other review here, and would agree with almost everything written. We actually got a fairly competitive price for a taxi back to Delhi from the hotel travel service, but it´s worth getting a few other quotes to check.
For $60 (1/3 of other hotels farther out of town), this is a good choice. We had everything we needed including a good buffet breakfast. We walked to the Taj Mahal. Next door is a small tour agency that we used to book airlines, hotels, and car to go to FS. I would not use the hotel tour desk. I would stay here again.