One of Saigon's best known hotels, the venerable Rex Hotel is a rambling affair bringing together the best and the not-so-best of Vietnamese hospitality and hotel facilities.
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Many US officers were billeted here during the American war, and their daily press conferences — known as the Five O'Clock foibles — were held on the hotel's spacious terrace bar. Today the hotel retains a somewhat quirky charm, delivered with a generous dose of rattan and beaded curtains throughout. One of the highlights is the unashamedly over-the-top rooftop garden with its somewhat tatty bar, the hotel's epicentre of kitsch. It's certainly not to be missed — though luckily you don't need to stay in the Rex to experience it. With the recent completion of a new wing and renovations of the existing hotel, the Rex recently achieved five-star status. With 70 new rooms, a swimming pool, an executive floor and meeting rooms, and a drop in prices it is beginning to lure some of some of the business crowd away from the Hyatt, Caravelle and Sheraton.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$125, high season US$125. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$140, high season US$140. Notes:
Room: Suite, low season: US$155, high season US$155. Notes:
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3829 2185
F: (08) 3829 6536
Room rates: over US$100