Value Score Average Value
Good For Families
Staying in a historical site
Rex Hotel is conveniently located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, just beside the Peoples' Committee building. We chose this hotel cos' of its history - we were so curious as to how it would feel to stay in such an old building. If you are looking for old-world charm, Rex Hotel would be a good choice.
Our booking was done via www.asiarooms.com, and we took a Deluxe room (it makes more sense, as it costs exactly the same as a smaller Superior room). We loved the room, it was bright and spacious, filled with charming rattan and wooden furniture. The bathroom was also spotless clean. The bed was king-sized, and the mattress was very hard and firm.
What we loved most was their attention to details. We were given a complimantary fruit basket, and they re-fill it with different tropical fruits each day. A copy of their English newspapers was also provided for us everyday.
The downside was the noise level from the streets. Although we were on the 6th floor, we could still hear (very clearly) the sounds of the vehicles and their incessant honking.
Unique Quality: The most outstanding quality about this hotel is probably its historical value and great central location. The staff were also wonderful.
Of course, while staying at the Rex, how could we miss the chance to visit the famous Rooftop Garden Bar?
We stayed at the Rex for our final night in Saigon after deciding to blow the budget and live it up in the roof terrace bar. We paid $90 for a room including buffet breakfast.
The Rex hotel is huge and easy to get lost in. At the moment (April 05) there's a lot of renovation work going on so it did feel as though we were staying in a half-finished hotel!
The rooftop pool was handy for some final day sun-torching and the breakfast was great. Check before you stay there though on the progress of the work going on as it will be much better once finished.
High End Living In Vietnam
I spent 2 nights here in February 2005. The hotel is really beautiful, but very expensive by Vietnam standards. Two things happened whil staying here that would discourage me from staying here again.
First, the city decided to start cutting into the street below my room at 10 PM. Secondly, the power went off several times during the night. When it came back on, all of the lights went on in the room. The first time I was able to turn them off, the second time I couldn't get all of them off. It was now 1:00 AM and I had to get up in 2 hours to get to the airport. I got very little sleep this evening.
The outdoor restaurant is incredibly over-priced as well. Eat somewhere else.
Unique Quality: A beautiful grand hotel that is priced to match its beauty.
Saigon: Grand old lady still soldiers on...
A new glitzy hotels seems to appear in Saigon every other day, and the grand old lady can no longer compete on the same terms.
The rooms are well appointed, if not spectaular and for goverment run outfit it is surprisingly efficient and agreeable.
Apart from its excellent downtown location, what makes the place special is it's place in history.
Unique Quality: The Rex Hotel was a regular hangout for American officials and Journalists during the Vietnam war. As they sipped drinks and looked down on the city from the rooftop bar they could see and hear the unrest in the city before their eyes.
The Rooftop pool, although small is still a great place to relax in Saigon and can be visited even if you are not staying at the hotel for a reasonable fee.
The hotel was also the setting for the daily U.S. military attach's press briefing , dubbed the 'Five O'Clock Follies'. The conference room may be booked out, but you should be able to arrange a peek.
Traditional Hotel with History
There is a mini-museum describing the visits of Soviet-era dignitaries, attached cafe, garden restaurants.
The building and room decor was older, but well-preserved traditional Vietnam style with wooden weave room dividers, and blue/red silk bath robes to relax.
The photo is atop the rootftop beer garden. The clientele is mostly international visitors and/or guests of the hotel.
We weren't actually supposed to stay at the Rex but our travel agent, who happens to be an old friend from university, arranged an upgrade without telling us. It was a bit of a surprise to exit HCMC airport and be whisked into a Mercedes as a transfer.
I really liked the sense of history in this place. I love history so to sit in the room the 5 o'clock follies took place in was great. Plus the best coffee in HCMC is at the Rex.
The rooms were nice without being fantastic but well appointed. The central location of the Rex makes it a top place to explore the city by foot without the need for transport.
They have a handy tour desk at competitive prices and an internet cafe. The rex has all you could need.
Unique Quality: The rooftop bar and restaurant. To sit up there and watch the sunset over the Saigon River truly is one of lifes pleasures.
As one of the grand old hotels of Saigon ,the Rex has quite a history . Our room was basic but clean , the service, excellent and the pool on the roof was a great place to unwind after a day of touring . The location was also a big plus.
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