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Rex Hotel

One of Saigon’s best known hotels

141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1 T: (28) 3829 2185  rexhotel@rex.com.vn
http://www.rexhotelvietnam.com

Rex Hotel

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Occupying the northwest corner of the sprawling Nguyen Hue promenade, Rex Hotel is one of Saigon’s best known hotels, having survived many iterations.

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What began in 1927 as a car showroom was rebuilt as a hotel in 1959, immediately becoming a United States Information Service USIS office, a library, accommodation for high ranking US military, broadcasting studio and press briefing room. The daily military press briefings, known as the “Five O’Clock Follies” and much maligned by reporters, were held on the hotel’s rooftop bar.

Synchronise watches!

Synchronise watches! Photo: Cindy Fan

It finally returned to its original purpose in 1973 and is currently revamped to suit today’s modern needs. It now boasts two outdoor swimming pools and a rooftop tennis court. Luxury designer brands wrap around the exterior of the hotel and their presence probably heightens the disappointment you’ll feel upon entering the gaudy lobby. It’s blanketed with glossy marble and behind the reception is a decorative golden dragon and those darn row of clocks of London, Paris, Tokyo time.

Luckily, the lobby does not reflect the rooms in the new wing which are tasteful and contemporary. It’s a simple layout, yet the Premium rooms are classy and come with all the dressings. King sized bed, crisp white linens, dark wood furniture and floors, desk, luggage rack, flat screen TV, minibar, kettle and a spacious bathroom (more marble!) with shower, tub and all modern fixtures. This is in an older building where the room doors line an outdoor corridor that wraps around the building and despite efforts, the rooms still feel dated and small. If you want to stay at the Rex, go for Premium or higher. (There are Deluxe rooms which are not even listed on their website.)

Comfortable and more charming than the lobby.

Comfortable and more charming than the lobby. Photo: Cindy Fan

We’d rate this as a solid 4-star—head to Park Hyatt for a 5-star. Caravelle seems more in tune with international guests while Rex Hotel seems predominantly geared towards the domestic and Asian market. The biggest selling point is the location. It’s well situated for those hitting up Saigon’s tourist attractions and shopping. Nguyen Hue is a public square/promenade that runs all the way from the Rex Hotel and Ho Chi Minh City Hall down to the river.

The Rex is a lively place every evening as Saigonese and tourists gather to stroll and enjoy the ambience. It’s walking distance to Dong Khoi St, Saigon Centre, Takashimaya and Reunification Palace. Rates include breakfast, check their website for promotional discounts and online agents for a discounted rate.

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Walk-in rates at Rex Hotel

Type of room
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Deluxe double room
US$165
US$165
Suite
US$185
US$185
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$165, high season US$165. Notes:
Room: Suite, low season: US$185, high season US$185. Notes:

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Where is Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1
T: (28) 3829 2185 
rexhotel@rex.com.vn
http://www.rexhotelvietnam.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º42'7.81" E, 10º46'35.5" N
Room rates: over US$100

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