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Rex Hotel

This hotel is famous as the headquarters of the American military during the war. It was built in 1927 during the French Colonial era as an auto dealership but was converted into a hotel in 1961 just in time to house the first American troops

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Jim_Eliason
Oct 12, 2016

REX HOTEL

If you are not staying here, then come for a look! The Hotel is located next to City hall and has an important place in the history of Ho Chi Minh City. The Hotel is now a 5 star, 284-room, five-story building.

During France colonial rule of Vietnam in 1927, a French business man built the building
as a two-story auto dealership and garage complex, show-casing Citroën and other European cars. Then between 1959 to 1975, the Hotel was renovated and became the 100-room "Rex Complex" hotel, which featured three cinemas, a cafeteria, a dance hall and a library.

You wouldn't expect the first guests at the Hotel to be 400 U.S. Army soldiers who were billeted at the Hotel while their tents were set up. This was in 1961 before the Hotel was completed. The Soldiers enjoyed a Thanks-giving dinner which was cooked in the men's field kitchen on the rooftop of the Rex.

During the Vietnam War the US military officers would give the daily press briefings, these became known as the "FIVE O'CLOCK FOLLIES." The Rex was also was used as a social venue for American soldiers.
Since the war ended in 1975, the state's Saigon Tourism Bureau took ownership of the hotel and renamed it "Fortified Port." The hotel was used as the location for the press conference announcing the reunification of Vietnam in 1976.

In 1986, the hotel was renamed Rex Hotel and now anybody can come and enjoy a drink at the very popular roof top Bar.

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balhannah
Dec 30, 2013

Most Historic Hotel of Saigon (new view)

This is the 2012 pictures of the Rex Hotel. It now has a revamped lobby and a new luxe shopping arcade.

The Rex hotel has undergone major changes since 5 years ago when I was here. This will be a comparison before in 2007 pictures and 2012 pictures.

The Rex has an unorthodox history: It used to be a French garage, was expanded by the Vietnamese, and then was used by the United States Information Agency (and some say the CIA) from 1962 to 1970. The Rex stands as a monument to Saigon's recent history. A French garage cum hotel that later became the base for American operations during the Vietnam War. Its conference room was the scene of the "five o'clock follies" -- daily press briefings to journalists. In 1976 the unification of North Vietnam with South Vietnam was announced in the same room. It was confiscated from the former owners and is now owned by the huge company Saigon Tourist (which owns the major hotels in Saigon and in Vietnam in General).

The hotel was transformed in a massive renovation and opened in 1990 as the kitschy, atmospheric government-run place it is today. former haunt of the press corps and site of the daily news briefing during the Vietnam War. The 5th floor beer garden (Rooftop Garden) is famous and its symbol, the golden crown, is rotating again

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machomikemd
Jun 30, 2012

Most Historic Hotel of Saigon (old view)

The Rex hotel has undergone major changes since 5 years ago when I was here. This will be a comparison before in 2007 pictures and 2012 pictures.

The Rex has an unorthodox history: It used to be a French garage, was expanded by the Vietnamese, and then was used by the United States Information Agency (and some say the CIA) from 1962 to 1970. The Rex stands as a monument to Saigon's recent history. A French garage cum hotel that later became the base for American operations during the Vietnam War. Its conference room was the scene of the "five o'clock follies" -- daily press briefings to journalists. In 1976 the unification of North Vietnam with South Vietnam was announced in the same room. It was confiscated from the former owners and is now owned by the huge company Saigon Tourist (which owns the major hotels in Saigon and in Vietnam in General).

The hotel was transformed in a massive renovation and opened in 1990 as the kitschy, atmospheric government-run place it is today. former haunt of the press corps and site of the daily news briefing during the Vietnam War. The 5th floor beer garden (Rooftop Garden) is famous and its symbol, the golden crown, is rotating again

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Jun 30, 2012
 
 
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Ideal location, great bar on the roof !!!!

One of the night we decided to go to the roof top bar of the Rex hotel, and we had a blast !!! the place was jam packed with locals and plenty of foreigner's. Prices were high, but your in elite company here. The service was excellent, views aren't all that, but this one of the best hotel's in all of Vietnam !!!! Rates start at $300 US dollars a night !!!!! Location of the Rex Hotel is 100% perfect. If you have time come and have some drinks here !!!!

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jlanza29
May 10, 2011

History with a view

During the Vietnam War the American military held press conferences at the Rex, and its rooftop bar was a hangout for military officials and war correspondents.
You can see the old wing of the hotel and have a drink (or lunch) at the rooftop bar.

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Apr 04, 2011

Meeting point for American journalists during war

This famous hotel was a meeting point for American journalists and army officials during the Vietnam War. The building actually started life as a two storey auto dealership/garage complex called Bainier Auto Hall where it showcased Citroen and other European cars. From 1959 the building was turned into the 100 room Rex Complex hotel with three cinemas, a cafeteria, a dance hall and a library. It quickly became a popular haunt for American troops when its conference room hosted a daily press conference, by the MACV, derisively named The Five O’clock Follies by cynical journalists who found the optimism of leading US military officers to be misguided.

After the Vietnam War (1975), Saigon Tourist Bureau took ownership of the hotel and renamed it "Ben Thanh." The "Ben Thanh" hotel was used as the location for the press conference announcing the reunification of Vietnam in 1976. In 1986, the hotel was sold and renamed the Rex Hotel and was then renovated in 2003.

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Willettsworld
May 03, 2010

The Rex Hotel -- Where history was reported

The Rex Hotel was a center of activity during the Vietnam War as it was the favorite hotel of the military brass, which meant the journalists weren't far behind. It is very elegant and a great place for a nostalgic drink on the rooftop terrace.
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Rex Hotel

I suppose this should come under accommodation, but I never actually stayed there. I slept at cheap places in De Tham. I spoke to a couple who were staying at the Rex and they said it was great. It's certainly got a good location, in the best part of downtown Saigon, opposite the Opera House.

The Rex Hotel has featured in several books and films as it was the American bachelor officers' quarters during the Vietnam War. The rooftop bar and dance hall they used to frequent are still open to the general public.

An executive suite at the Rex costs US$450 per night.

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iwys
Apr 04, 2007

Rex hotel

We where advised by the lonely planet that one of the things to do was to visit the famous Rex hotel. Nice quiet atomsphere but not much of a view as expected. Its much more interesting hanging out on the side of the road drinking Bia Hoy at 2500 dong a glass.

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Mar 07, 2007

Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel sits near the Hotel de Ville on the corner of Nguyen Hur and Le Loi Streets. Today it is one of the nicer hotels in the city.

During the Vietnam war it provided housing for American Army officers. It became somewhat infamous as the location of the "Five O'Clock Follies," for the military's daily briefings to the media.

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Ewingjr98
Jan 19, 2007

Have coffee at the Rex Hotel

At the side of the Rex hotel opposite the Tax department store there is a bar and a place where you can have juice, coffee and a snack at a reasonable price.

We had a juice and they served it with a swivel stick with the Rex Hotel emblem on it. Guess what was taken home!!

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Oct 28, 2006

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