Radisson – Great value, quietish area, and personable service.
Still labeled on maps and known to local drivers as the ‘Prime Plaza’, the Radisson 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.
Radisson – The Location
(Formerly Prime Plaza Agra.)
- Address: Shilpgram Road, a side street off Fatehabad Road, which is a main thoroughfare through downtown.
- Area: A less pleasant area 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 2 km from the Taj Mahal; 7 km from the Agra Cantonment Railway Station, which has most services to/from Delhi and Jaipur; and 13 km from the new airport. All are accessible by taxi or auto-rickshaw.
Radisson – 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.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (562) 233-3333
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: radissonhotels.com
Radisson – 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.
Radisson – 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.
Radisson – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Room • Superior Room – Taj View • Deluxe Room • Executive Room – Taj View • List of all 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.
Radisson – 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.
Radisson – What’s Nearby?
Best 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.
- Mocha Café & Bar – Yellow exterior stands out along the dusty road. Hugely popular among well-heeled youth for coffee, western food, and beer.
- 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).
- Grey House Café – On an upper floor for views, offering excellent food, pleasing prices, friendly staff, and bar. Opposite Mocha.
- KFC – Next to Grey House Café. No description needed.
- The Salt Café Agra – Terrific views and ample seating. Busy hangout, with stylish décor, live music, and friendly bar. 100m past KFC.
- 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. Bit forlorn with many empty shops, but a few decent places to spend some Rupees.
- 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 (2.5 km) and East Gate (2 km) 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. (5 km).
- 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. (8 km).
- 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. (25 km).
- 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. (40 km).
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