Prime Plaza Hotel in Agra, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019

Review of Hotel Prime Plaza in Agra, India.

Prime Plaza Agra – Great value, quietish area, and personable service.

Still labeled on maps and known to local drivers as the ‘Four Points’ or ‘Sheraton’, the Prime Plaza continues to provide resort-style facilities but now at three-star rates – a major selling point. It doesn’t look much from the outside, but rooms are quieter than most rival hotels in the vicinity. Other reasons to stay are the rooftop pool and possible, albeit distant, glimpses from some rooms of the Taj Mahal.

Prime Plaza Agra – The Location

    (Formerly Four Points by Sheraton Agra and soon to be Radisson Hotel Agra.)

  • Address: Shilpgram Road, a side-street off Fatehabad Road, which is a main thoroughfare through downtown.
  • Area: One of the least pleasant areas of Agra, with the main road dirty, noisy, and packed with traffic. However, the hotel is about 150m away from the road, providing some welcome shelter from the noise.
  • How to Get There: About 2km from the Taj Mahal (10-minute drive); 7km from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which has most services to/from Delhi and Jaipur (15-minute drive); and 13km from the new airport (31-minute drive). All are accessible by taxi or auto-rickshaw.

Prime Plaza Agra – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly caters for tourists on package holidays, and some Indians on business.
  • Views: As the only high-rise in the area, views are more extensive and interesting than at rival hotels. Possible – but distant – glimpses of the Taj Mahal from upper floors, but this depends on the smog.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Neither expected nor provided at a hotel like this in Agra.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 75348 17009
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: primeplaza.in

Prime Plaza Agra – Amenities

  • Pool: Decent enough, but not as inviting as other hotel pools. On the rooftop.
  • Spa: The Akasa Spa is impressive and has a steam room.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly small for a major hotel, but the gym does offer some of Agra’s finest street views.
  • Other Facilities: Shopping arcade (with a useful range of souvenirs and daily items). Travel desk. Money-changing. Laundry. Business Center.

Prime Plaza Agra – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Oasis – Signature restaurant at the lobby level. Spacious and appealing, offering buffets for breakfast and lunch and a la carte all day. Some tables and chairs on a terrace outside. • Henry’s Bar – Swish, with tables across checkered tiles on 2 levels. Pub-style meals. • The Roof Top – Grills, silver service, and a few intimate tables. Distant views of the Taj Mahal (smog permitting).
  • Breakfast: Not included, but can be paid for at the time.
  • Room Service: Available from about 7 am to 11 pm.

Prime Plaza Agra – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior King Rooms • Deluxe King Rooms • Double Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in rooms or public areas.
  • Best Room: Deluxe King Rooms are slightly larger than the Superior versions and more likely to offer more appealing street views.
  • For Families: All rooms can fit in at least 1 extra single bed. Ask the management about other options because they are keen for families to stay.

Prime Plaza Agra – Local Transport

  • Walking: The side-street that the hotel faces is reasonably pleasant to walk along. By contrast, the main road around the corner is dusty, potholed, crowded, and very noisy.
  • Public Transport: Nothing of any use to tourists.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Taxis (unmetered) are hard to find because they’re rarely needed in this area. If required, arrange through the hotel reception, or book an Ola cab. Plenty of auto-rickshaws and a few cycle-rickshaws can be found along the road.

Prime Plaza Agra – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    The places listed below are within 500m west along the main road (i.e. Fatehabad Road).

  • Spice Darbar +91 86304 15796 – Fascinating décor and wide range of Chinese and Indian food. Welcome respite from the chaos outside, especially for families. 3-minute walk (280m).
  • Mocha Café & Bar – Yellow exterior stands out along the dusty road. Hugely popular among well-heeled youth for coffee, western food, and beer. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel – Offers Bello Italiano @Fizz (premier bistro with bar), Sky Grill (rooftop views, salad bar, pizza, and live music), and Tea Lounge (snack bar and coffee lounge). 5-minute walk (450m).
  • Grey House Café – On an upper floor for views, offering excellent food, pleasing prices, friendly staff, and bar. Opposite Mocha. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • KFC – Next to Grey House Café. No description needed. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • The Salt Café Agra – Terrific views and ample seating. Busy hangout, with stylish décor, live music, and friendly bar. 100m past KFC. 7-minute walk (550m).

Shops

  • A few shops along the main road in both directions, but mostly for locals rather than tourists. Also, a few souvenir shops along the side-street that the hotel faces. The low-key and Indian-style TDI Mall is about 450m east; turn right at the hotel gates (6-minute walk). Bit forlorn with many empty shops, but a few decent places to spend some Rupees.

Attractions

  • The Taj Mahal is certainly Agra’s, and possibly India’s, number one attraction. The hotel is almost equidistant from the ticket offices at the West Gate (2.7km, 13 minutes) and East Gate (2.2km, 10 minutes) by auto-rickshaw. Separate entries for men and women. Open from sunrise to sunset, but closed on Fridays.
  • Agra Fort – The grand Red Fort (Lal Qila) symbolizes power and resilience. Partly occupied by the Indian Army, tourists can still see multiple mosques, palaces, and other structures inside this vast monument located close to the city center. Open from 6 am to 6 pm on all days. 11-minute drive (4.5km).
  • Itimad-ud-Daula – Popularly thought of as the first draft of the Taj Mahal, and often known as “Baby Taj”. The tomb is the first marble structure built by the Mughals and features intricate lattice work. Open from sunrise to sunset. 21-minute drive (8km).
  • Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary – A haven for several species of birds and a must-visit for wildlife photographers. Apart from birds, it also houses pythons and Wildlife SOS, the largest bear rescue center in India, as well as the only elephant hospital in the country. 47-minute drive (26km).
  • Fatehpur Sikri – This majestic red sandstone fort is known for the Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwani-i-Khas, and several other monuments on-site. Built in the 16th-century by Emperor Akbar to celebrate the birth of his son, Jahangir, in Sikri. Open daily from 6 am to 6 pm. Tickets can be bought online from various travel portals or at the fort entrance. 1-hour drive (41km).

Prime Plaza Agra – The Hotel

The hotel is located away from the main road in downtown.

The hotel is around the corner and a little distant from the unpleasant main road in downtown.

The hotel was once called Four Points by Sheraton.

The Prime Plaza is still known locally (and on maps) as the ‘Four Points by Sheraton’, though it will be rechristened as Radisson Hotel Agra from 2020.

The spacious and modern lobby sports Indian-themed decor.

The lobby is spacious and modern, with some subtle Indian-themed décor.

The lobby houses the hotel's signature restaurant, Oasis.

At the lobby level is the signature restaurant, Oasis.

Henry’s Bar offers a good selection of imported wines and spirits.

Near the reception, the alluring Henry’s Bar offers a range of imported wines and spirits.

Henry’s Bar also offers tables for western-style pub meals.

Henry’s Bar also provides a few tables on 2 levels for western-style pub meals.

The lobby arcade houses some boutiques and souvenir stalls.

An arcade from the lobby is home to a few boutiques and souvenir stalls.

The elegant Akasa Spa is a good place to relax at.

The elegant Akasa Spa provides the usual range of treatments, but with more panache than most rival hotels.

The rooftop pool-side tables offer street and Taj Mahal views.

Tables alongside the pool offer broad views of the streets and at a distance, the Taj Mahal (smog permitting).

A few rooftop tables offer intimate and pleasant meals in the evenings.

A few tables in an alcove on the hotel rooftop are set up for intimate meals and are especially pleasant during the evening.

The rooftop even has a small bar.

A small bar alongside the rooftop pool offers a few drinks.

The small hotel gym offers fantastic views.

The fitness center is undersized, with little to impress serious gym goers, but the views are extraordinary.

All rooms offer decent street views from their full-length windows.

All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering better-than-average street views.

The rooms are comfortable and functional.

Rooms are comfortable and functional, without being remarkable.

The hotel neighborhood is quieter and better than the main road a little ahead.

The hotel faces a side-street that is far quieter and more appealing than the main road 150m around the corner.

Grey House Café nearby offers great meals, views, prices.

Certainly worth a short walk west along the main road is Grey House Café, alongside the Crystal Sarovar hotel. Meals are excellent, the views fascinating, and prices pleasing.

Mocha Café & Bar nearby is very popular.

Standing out along the drab and dusty road is the popular Mocha Café & Bar, opposite the Crystal Sarovar hotel.

Salt Café Agra nearby serves tasty food along side live music.

The Salt Café Agra, about 500m west of the Prime Plaza, offers tasty food and live music.

Tea Lounge in the lobby of Crystal Sarovar hotel is very inviting.

At the lobby level of the Crystal Sarovar hotel is the inviting Tea Lounge.

Sky Grill on Crystal Sarova's rooftop is a popular hangout from dusk onwards.

Particularly appealing is the Sky Grill, open from dusk on the rooftop of the Crystal Sarovar hotel.

Spice Darbar offers a vibrant decor and delicious food.

With a vivid décor and delicious food, Spice Darbar is a welcome respite from the road outside.

The main road is busy and not suitable for walking.

The main road just around the corner from the hotel is chaotic and not that pleasant for walking.

The shops and facilities on the main road are more for the locals.

Shops and other facilities along the main road are for locals and of little interest to tourists.

The side street features a few souvenir and carpet shops.

Along the side street that the hotel faces are a few souvenir stalls and carpet shops.

The East Gate ticket office is close by.

The ticket office and East Gate to the Taj Mahal is only 10 minutes by auto-rickshaw.

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