Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive Saigon mid afternoon. Hotter than it's been further north. After checking in to our hotel, we take a taxi to the Hard Rock for Dave to find a new guitar pin and to share a pig sandwich. Then we sharpen our resolve to walk about 5 blocks to the Rex Hotel. The potholes are a little challenge, but it's staying steadfast as we cross the …
1st February 2013 (Tết) Today, we decided to go to Ho Chi Minh City, the most famous destination in Vietnam and where we started in the first place. We got there by taxi and when we got their it was already dark. At night, we saw a lot of decorative lights surrounding the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. There were lily pads and yellow, red and …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRex Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Full of stories
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I searched in internet the travel agency for my vacation in Vietnam. I found out the website of Vinaday Travel Agency and was impressed by their advertisement of booking hotel at a
low price and the organization of the tour. Finally I was satisfied with the trip in Vietnam. 5 Star REX Saigon is a lovely hotel. It has luxurious rooms, several restaurants and a lobby
bar where the service is excellent. The hotel is very well located in District 1 in HCMC. It's a wonderful place to stay for a short visit to HCMC. The taxi fare from the airport is less than
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rex Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Don't Even Think of Staying Here
Well where do I start. We read all the reviews, were advised by 2 travel agents that the Rex was the place to stay. Well, if you like hotels that are a construction zone on 3 sides and your balcony is suspended in mid-air facing a hole in the ground with machinery - then I guess you would like the Rex. The sad part is for your inconvenience they gave you this neat little package: Free laundry (if you didn't book through an agent) - I'm sure nobody walks into this hotel and takes it; A free drink in the bar (if you are awake between 11:00 pm and 1:00 am - enjoy); and 1 hour free Internet (nice but not much of a compensation). Don't bother complaining though - they will move you to a new room, even 3 new rooms but they rather lose your business than make good on their sub-standard inconvenience gratuities.
The location is absolutely great though and perhaps the outdated rooms, dirty carpets and average restaurant will be renovated or torn-down for future use. Roof-top restaurant would be very nice if they allowed you to look over the edge, but tables and plants prevent you from doing so even though the sides are 5 feet tall.
Would not stay at the Rex Hotel again
While the hotel is definitely in the best location, I would probably stay at the Sheraton nearby next time. The rooms were dark with dirty carpet. Bathrooms were clean however. Air conditioning was not working well, and there was a lot of noise from the construction going on in their new wing. You do get fresh fruits every day, and we were compensated for the noise with an hour of complimentary internet usage daily and free cocktails.
There are two great stores (Minh Phuc and another custom tailor shop)on the ground floor that I would recommend for clothes shopping. Again, you can't beat the location of this hotel. There is a large shopping arcade across the way with a supermarket and the famous Ben Thanh market is a short walk down the street. Lots of things to see and do within walking distance. I recommend Pho 24 (a chain with 4+ locations within this district that the hotel should be able to easily map for you)if you are in the mood for a quick noodle fix.
A little disappointed
I read a bunch of reviews here on tripadvisor before I booked my trip to Ho Chi Minh and it seems I did not interpret the information here correctly. I had decided to stay at the Rex due to its history and charm but I certainly felt it lacks the latter. There is plenty of history but this place is in dire need of a renovation. As we arrived we drove past the building site where they had knocked down half of the hotel but it appears they are not currently rebuilding - it is just an empty building site. The staff are really not that friendly compared to other people in Vietnam. We had a few drinks on the rooftop terrace mid afternoon and although we were one of only 3 tables, we had to walk to find staff each time we wanted to order something. The rooms are really basic - one thin sheet, one pillow each and an old blanket. Our room looked out to an internal shaft. No views here. My husband and I used the spa as it was so inexpensive but I think Spa is the wrong work - it seemed more instituitional. No flowers, candles or soft towels here. In fact I was handed a wet, musty towel to cover my self with. Well I suppose that's what happens when you are paying $5 for a massage.
I took a peak in the Continental hotel and the majestic and should have stayed in one of those. I also just found out that the Park Hyatt has just opened and is offering promotional rates for not much more than what I paid at the the Rex.
Rex Hotel great location
I stayed in the Rex Hotel, Saigon for two nights late May. Our room was opposite Miss Saigon Restaurant, so it was very noisy with traffic outside, but the room was very large, small verandah, two large twin beds (very hard mattresses all over Vietnam) good bathroom with shower in bath, clean, recently refurbished and good airconditioning unit (quiet). The hotel was renovating the old Rose Garden, so half the hotel was missing. It is being rebuilt and noise from the builders wasn't an issue. The rooftop garden offered excellent views over the city and the hotel is in a fantastic location for sightseeing and restaurants. Definitely good value for a 3* Vietnamese style hotel - lots of character!
Full of Charm
My family and I chose to stay at the Rex Hotel for our first and (hopefully) not last visit to Vietnam. We loved it, but it may not be for everyone. If you are looking for a hotel room that looks like a room in the Sheraton in Dallas or the Hyatt in Sydney, this may not be the hotel for you. If you are looking for a hotel that retains some old world and Eastern charm then you will love the Rex. January is the wedding season in Saigon and almost every night wedding receptions were taking place at the hotel. While this presented some inconvenience in the sense that some restaurants were unavailable and amplified music drifted through the hotel, the sight of bridal groups and women in beautiful silk clothes added a richness to our experience of Saigon.
Our room (a family suite with 2 double beds) looked like something from a Somerset Maugham novel. Lots of cane, rattan and timber and beautifully polished timber boards on the floor. Plenty of room. The airconditioning worked well (a necessity in Saigon) and all other mod cons are there.
The hotel has several restaurants and we tried them all. They are very reasonably priced and the food is great. We spent several evenings at the rooftop restaurant and greatly enjoyed sitting in the cool evening breeze listening to the sounds of the street drifting up from below.
We had one misadventure while at the hotel, hence the 4 stars rather than 5. We were asked at short notice to move rooms so that workmen could access a room below that needed some maintenance done. The room we moved to was right under the upstairs restaurant and we were woken late at night by all of the tables being rearranged. When I could not get an assurance the next day that this would not occur again I complained and we were assigned an Executive Room at no extra cost for the remaining 3 nights of our stay.
We loved Vietnam and the Rex will be fondly remembered as contributing largely to this.
Not so good
I stayed there four nights in December 2004. I had ants crowling out of electric outlets. Had to discard all my fruit. Saw live lizard in the room. Some parts are completely dark.
I felt I was closely watched in the Garden Terrace having my dinner.
Nice location. Dated, needs lot of refirbishing.
Nothing special but not bad either
A reasonable choice in all respects, comfort, rates, buffet breakfast. But with big name hotels just around the corner (Park Hyatt under construction and the Sheraton), it's not a strong contender for a repeat visit. It could be if it had that "local charm." What stands out in my mind was the very hot water immediately in the bathrooms, which was nice--and the two windows in our room, one which looked out on an interior, empty "shaft" in the tower's center (we could see all our neighbors had the same window---as did the kitchen....and we could hear the dishwashing quite clearly) and the other that looked out on the passing hallway.
Visited Ho Chi Minh City in July 2004. The Rex hotel is beautiful and provides an oasis from the traffic and heat of Saigon. Great location to explore including the markets. Tours can be arranged from the Hotel lobby. Nice health club and breakfast which was included with room. You'll like it!