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Howard Plaza The Fern Agra
Ranked #13 of 145 Hotels in Agra
Mumbai
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19 reviews
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“Surprising luxury with a low profile”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We had shortlisted the Howard Plaza among other hotels, but decided to drive to Agra and then book...which turned out to be a great decision! Most hotels in this range are shoddy fly-by-night style operations and in a lot of cases were just haphazardly erected blocks..with no parking available!?

The front desk was really well managed and we were given our rooms with no real fuss or drama. The rooms were excellent and ours turned out to be one of the pool facing rooms which was a bonus!

Wouldn't recommend eating at the hotel though..while the food itself was excellent, the staff just weren't up to standard and that included the restaurant manager. By any chance if you happen to be in the restaurant at the time of a group booking then you are left to your own devices! ...and no amount of complaining helped!

Would recommend that you stay here for sure but eat elsewhere unless the restaurant is not booked by a group!

Have fun :)

Room Tip: While most hotels in Agra try and sell rooms facing the Taj..most of them are a big fail! At the How...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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HPDesk, General Manager at Howard Plaza The Fern Agra, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Greetings from Howard Plaza Agra

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor further to your experience at our hotel

It is our earnest endeavor to ensure that our guests enjoy a memorable experience and I am delighted to know that you had a wonderful stay with us.

Your compliments delight me and it gives me great pleasure to share it with the team.
Thank you for bringing restaurant slow service issue to our notice & ensure you to do better service in future.

Thanks ever so much for sharing your feedback.

We greatly value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back to The city of Taj soon.

Kind regards,

Amrendra Karn
General Manager
Hotel Howard Plaza Agra
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

Superb location. excellent rooms with bath tub in the bathrooms!! We booked for 2 adults ?& 2 children with extra bed. Breakfast and dinner was included in room rent for all of us! amazing!
very close to Taj!
Trip to fatehpur was arranged by travel desk, that was also satisfactory.

Room Tip: rooms were A.C. but corridors were not! food was excellent. staff was co operative.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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HPDesk, General Manager at Howard Plaza The Fern Agra, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Dear Guest,

We do appreciate you taking time out to share with us your experience while at our hotel.

Thank you for your positive comments. I am continuously working with my team to ensure flawless service and great product experience for all our guests. Our Chefs are continuously working to offer our guests varied cuisines and great food.

Look forward to welcome you back to the hotel.

Amrendra Karn
General Manager
Hotel Howard Plaza Agra
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed there just for one night. Our room was comfortable, clean with an adequate size. The bathroom was also clean, big, but... the wall that separated the shower from the room was made of glass. Although it had a opaque blind, It was not enough to hide the shade. I may not be a problem if you go with your couple, but it could be unconfortable if you go with someone not that familiar.
There was free wifi available at the lobby with a good signal.
Breakfast was ok!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HPDesk, General Manager at Howard Plaza The Fern Agra, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear Guest
Greetings from Howard Plaza Agra

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor further to your experience at our hotel.

It is our earnest endeavor to ensure that our guests enjoy a memorable experience and I am delighted to know that you had a wonderful stay with us.

Your compliments delight me and it gives me great pleasure to share it with the team. Thanks ever so much for sharing your feedback.

We greatly value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back to The city of Taj soon.

Kind regards,

Amrendra Karn
General Manager
Hotel Howard Plaza Agra
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We originally booked this hotel as we were reaching agra only around midnight and were leaving early morning at 6 am for the Taj Mahal. Hence decided that a normal range hotel should be adequate. But were we in for a surprise ???? The hotel has been recently renovated and is an excellent place to stay. Room size is large and the quality of linen, service at the reception far exceeded expectations. The staff are approachable and friendly. Only problem at this hotel is that the bathroom and the room are divided by glass (which seems to be a current trend almost everywhere) but the shades /blinds over the glass were so flimsy that on putting the light inside the bathroom, one could see through sitting in the room. So very inappropriate when travelling with family or in company of others. Did not bother us much as we had a short stay. But this needs to be corrected by the hotel or they will loose repeat customers. This hotel is walking distance from the Taj. The breakfast quality is very average, but for this kind of price it was acceptable.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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HPDesk, General Manager at Howard Plaza The Fern Agra, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at Hotel Howard Plaza Agra and for posting feedback of your stay through TripAdvisor.

We are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay.

Your appreciation of our friendly staff, the scrumptious food, the splendid view and the well-appointed rooms is very encouraging.

Your generous praise of our service and facilities is very inspiring.

Our team looks forward to welcoming you back as and when you visit Agra.

Thank you,

Warm regards,
Amrendra Karn
General Manager
Hotel Howard Plaza
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Well, we had to settle for Howard plaza as most of the other hotels in Agra were sold out due to long weekend. However it proved to be much better than our expectations.

Hotel lobby is pretty grand for a 3 star hotel; rooms are comfortable and well maintained. Hotel sports a swimming pool, fitness center and a spa.

We spent most of the evening at their newly operational rooftop restaurant, which has a fantastic and elegant decor and wonderful ambiance after sunset, although you might be attacked by mosquitos (don't worry just ask the staff they'll take care of it). You can actually see the Dome of Taj from the rooftop. Infect the hotel is situated hardly a Km from the Taj entry gate.

Buffet dinner & breakfast are served at the other restaurant on the ground floor.. Food was just ok..

Although the hotel building is quite old I think there has been a significant improvement in the service after Sarovar took over, however I have one suggestion for them.. Please remove the old sofas on each of the floor, even if you can’t afford to replace them with new ones.. Just remove them they don't go along with rest of the interior (except may be the lifts which are pretty old too)

Room Tip: Ask for Pool facing veiw..
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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HPDesk, General Manager at Howard Plaza The Fern Agra, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Dear Guest,

We do appreciate you taking time out to share with us your experience while at our hotel.

Thank you for your positive comments. I am continuously working with my team to ensure flawless service and great product experience for all our guests. Our Chefs are continuously working to offer our guests varied cuisines and great food.

Look forward to welcome you back to the hotel.

Amrendra Karn
General Manager
Hotel Howard Plaza Agra
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2014

I stayed at this hotel in April 2014. Very friendly staff. Have a terrace bar where a waiter served us snacks and nice cold beer and Indian sparkling wine. But if going in summer make sure you take a really good mosquito repellent. Spacious bedrooms. Bathrooms were also nice but could have been cleaner.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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HPDesk, General Manager at Howard Plaza The Fern Agra, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Dear Guest,

We do appreciate you taking time out to share with us your experience while at our hotel.

Thank you for your positive comments. I am continuously working with my team to ensure flawless service and great product experience for all our guests. Our Chefs are continuously working to offer our guests varied cuisines and great food.

Look forward to welcome you back to the hotel.

Amrendra Karn
General Manager
Hotel Howard Plaza Agra
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Mumbai
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

My family had a wonderful experience at this Hotel. Close to the South Gate of Taj Mahal. We were welcomed nicely. Staff was very courteous. Rooms were amazing and well equipped. Food was good. Very prompt service.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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HPDesk, General Manager at Howard Plaza The Fern Agra, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Dear Guest,

We are delighted at reading feedback of your stay at Hotel Howard Plaza, Agra and thank you very much.

The Kitchen and the restaurants team are very happy to receive your feedback and to learn that you enjoyed your dining experience at our restaurants.

The team and I, look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back as and when you visit Agra again.

Kind regards,

Amrendra Karn
General Manager
Hotel Howard Plaza Agra
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Property: Howard Plaza The Fern Agra
Address: Fatehabad Road, Agra 282001, India (Formerly Howard Sarovar Portico)
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Location: India > Uttar Pradesh > Agra District > Agra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Agra
#11 Luxury Hotel in Agra
#12 Spa Hotel in Agra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Howard Plaza The Fern Agra 4*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gracious interiors, personalised service and Howard Plaza Agra's unique location are complemented by Agra's glittering monument to love, the Taj Mahal, this tranquil retreat is an best spot for a business or leisure stay, offering a magnificent view of The Taj Mahal from Beautiful roof top Terrace Restaurant (Terrace Grill), Rejuvenating Experience of relaxation (Elixir SPA), a mellow dramatic view of the bustling city through front tea patio (East India Company, Tea Lounge) and a fine spread of Indian Delicacies (Rendezvous). All the exclusive 86 well appointed rooms in this hotel near Taj Mahal are incorporated with safety lockers, In-room mini bar, and LCD Televisions. In order to maintain the highest standards of hospitality and luxury, Howard Plaza Agra also offers currency exchange, tour desk, wake-up service and many more facilities that make more than just a comfortable stay. Incorporating business facilities like wireless internet access, comfortable furnishing and well trained staff for assistance, our hotel in Agra is well-suited for corporate as well as leisure traveler. After a tiring day, guests can also relax at the swimming pool and spa, with sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi. Guests can savour some sumptuous and beautifully presented cuisine at restaurants of Howard Plaza or have their favorite drinks at Terrace Grill Bar and Lounge, or just relax and have some yummy treat at Rendezvous, all day dining. Howard Plaza promotes it self as an affordable, friendly and best price option in the city with unique close location to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and with a variety of restaurants and cafes in walking proximity. ... more   less 
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Howard Sarovar Portico Hotel Agra
Park Plaza Hotel Agra
Park Plaza Agra
Agra Park Plaza
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