Howard Plaza

Hotel in Agra

Rooms in this very welcoming hotel are decked out in elegant dark-wood furniture and stylish decorative tiling. The slightly pricier Club rooms have nicer decor and bathrooms. You won't find much to fault in either category.

The pool is starting to show its age, but there's a small, well-equipped gym and a very pleasant spa offering a whole range of ayurvedic and massage treatments, including the so-called 'erotic bath' of milk, cinnamon and honey. The breezy, open-air rooftop restaurant doubles as one of the few atmospheric bars in town at night (beer ₹325, cocktails ₹400), with distant Taj views.