Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Rex Hotel
Rex is Always the Samefrom marleydog
Aging less than gracefullyfrom JoshNYC
First, the location can't be beat. It's within walking distance of most of Saigon's tourist attractions, and the shopping is everywhere.
Check-in was very fast, and our room old but clean. We took the Rex Suite, which had a small sitting area attached to the bedroom but separated by a wooden screen. We never used it, and I'd advise future travelers to take a smaller room unless they need a dedicated area to work or read. Room was expensive by Vietnamese standards, and once they finish renovating the hotel I'm sure the rates will be a downright ripoff.
Breakfast was great, very fresh fruit, plus Vietnamese and Western food. They cater more to the European crowd, and I was hard-pressed to find a bowl of cereal. Plenty of fried eggs and ham, along with carbs of every variety.
Dinner in the rooftop restaurant was mediocre at best, and I'd suggest leaving the hotel to eat. We kept going back to one place listed by our guidebook (a HUGE meal, including local wine was never more than $20).
Hotel massage service was good, although hard to find. Literally, the room was hidden on a floor not accessible by elevators and just one bank of stairs.
The desk staff was sufficiently pleasant when I had requests. However... one desk clerk who insisted on being overly helpful offered to arrange a day tour to Cu Chi -- I later found out that we paid twice the going rate, because the driver had to pay the desk clerk a "commission." It's typical Vietnamese -- sometimes 4 or 5 people have to be paid off for selling you a tour, so try and actually book it with the company operating it.
Yes, the hotel badly needs a facelift. It's getting one as we speak, although I don't remember being woken up by construction noise.
All in all, decent, but nothing to write home about.
Stay away fromt the Rex!from AlBeattie
Whist the hotel has some historical value, it's extremely run down and dirty looking. Old sheets, old towels etc. No real service of any kind. It was an extremely unpleasant and disappointing way to end our holiday.
I do not recommend anyone to stay at this hotel. The rates are way too high and offer no value. Please look around as you'll get better service, with a nicer and cleaner room for half the price.
Allison - Australia
s sleepfrom snowkhat
We had to be moved from our Suite due to creepy crawlies, some strange bugs and hairs, in my bed! It was horrifying. The hotel staff were extremely apologetic and we were not charged for the "upgraded" room that we were given. You can stay at the little botique hotels for half of what we paid and get a georgeous room. Try the royal suite at th Liberty 6 just blocks away! We loved it and only paid $70.
Unfortunately, I cannot say that I would stay at the Rex again. It has cool historical significance but it's not worth a good night's sleep.
Worst hotel I stayed infrom nedhop
2. Breakfast good; other meals mediocre. (Independent Vietnamese restaurant on the ground floor is quite good, with a local band and dancers.)
3. Lobby often crowded with tour groups.
4. Friendly staff except for the front desk.
I booked and paid for a deluxe room through an internet website. I was put into a superior room. It was tiny, not too clean, and dark: its one window opened onto an air shaft. When I complained I was told that anyone a deluxe room through a "travel agent" was automatically downgraded since the agent's commission left the hotel with only what it charges for a superior room.
Stay away!from A TripAdvisor Member
Perfectly pleasant but nothing specialfrom London-T
Buyer bewarefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Good place to stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The Rex is a huge hotel in the hart of the city. Everything for the tourists is close by. The only downer was that the hotel is under constuction. They gave us a room with a view on the constuction site, but since we are traveling with a child that's not really great. So we asked if there was another room availible, they did n?t make a fush about it and did there very best to provide us a beter room.
All the staff is nice and very helpfull. Breakfast is just perfect, they have a big choice of asian and western food.
History but not much elsefrom economyclass
The Rex has a wonderful location and great history. However, We felt that the hotel had a tired feel and look to it. I will say the lobby is VERY cool. They are in the process of adding a new wing! We had a suite and although street noise was not a problem the room was dark and boring. The staff was not helpful nor did they stand out. the Buffet breakfast was very nice, lots of fresh fruit. the coffee was horrible! Lots of tour groups so at times the lobby was out of control. One thing not to miss is the rooftop bar, great place to hang out and have A cocktail. Drinks are double the price here as in other places.
The cost of our room $100.00. A value I agree, but one can do much better for less. In a growing economy like Vietnam they are going to have to try much harder.
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Other names for Rex Hotel
- rex hotel saigon
- rex ho chi minh city
- Address: 141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1 - Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam
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