beautiful dining and breakfast area.
rooms in the new wing are very nice and spacious.
nice outdoor terrace to enjoy a drink.
the swimming pool bar has very nice cocktails.
All staff is friendly.
Very centrally located.
I was "upgraded" to a room in the new wing. There was no way I could sleep due to building noise, drilling and hammering, quit loud and disturbing. This was during daytime, but I needed some sleep. No views.
Then I was offered a room in the older wing, not so spacious and luxurious (but still good). Also there, although less, building noise. At 20.30 hrs I called reception to ask till what time this would continue. I would be contacted. To my surprise within 10 minutes is was quiet.
While watching a movie with my earphones, around 20.50 hrs somebody came in the room. The safety chain was on. I have never found out what the purpose of this visit was, no note was left, no phone message. If I was the manager of this hotel I would have handled this situation different.
Many rooms have no views, only walls and other windows.
Upon check in I showed my booking.com reservation. The check-in lady said that on top of the 160US I also had to pay 15% additional charges. I was unpleasantly surprised, so I showed her again my reservation where was clearly stated that the price was incl. service charges and taxes. She would ask her supervisor. After a while she came back and said that it was OK. It is difficult to get cranky because all staff is very friendly.
There is not an attractive inviting area/lounge/cafe to relax with a drink. Like the Boudoir in the Sofitel Plaza, this is where I spend some time. There are no comfortable chairs or sofaas to enjoy a drink with friends or clients.
I paid quite some money to get peace and quiet in an upmarket hotel, but me it was the wrong choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically located at the best of downtown Saigon, the Rex Hotel is a luxury 5 stars hotel heritage dating back to early 20th century when it was originally opened as a French garage. For over 80 years, as a landmark, as well as a witness of the ups and downs of the city's history, the Rex Hotel was rebuilt to become one of the city's most incredible addresses. It prides itself to offer guests many high-class facilities including 286 individually designed guestrooms, a range of function & meeting room's ideal for wedding, business or events, the La Cochinchine spa, and four in-house restaurants, cafe and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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