I have no negative comments about the Rex hotel whatsoever and agree with other posters as to great location, breakfasts and lovely, quiet rooms in the new wing. I'd like to share some info on the compulsory New Year's Eve dinner for fellow travelers considering booking a stay at the end of this year. I found it incredibly hard to source this info when I booked and the hotel wasn't really forthcoming with what to expect.
Firstly, I made my original booking with the Rex via booking.com. The advertised rate stated that the compulsory dinner charge was inclusive. The Rex later contacted me to dispute this and wanted to bill us for an additional $99 per person. Booking.com was at fault and after numerous emails I dealt directly with the hotel. They kindly agreed to waive the additional cost. Please be aware of this.
The actual seafood buffet dinner and entertainment is quite a dressy affair. It started off with cocktails in the lobby accompanied by a kiddy band. We were then shepherded up the staircase and ushered to our seats in the ballroom. A feast of seafood ensued, and our wine and beer glasses were replenished CONSTANTLY. All this was accompanied by a range of entertainment - traditional music, fashion show, a sand art demo, Kung fu tricks, some Latina band music etc. A touch cheesy, but rather sweet and all good fun.
The real fun started however when we went up to the rooftop bar. We had to buy an additional ticket for this which was rather disappointing. Great atmosphere, dancing and a DJ. We watched the chaotic streets below, the fireworks and street party. An awesome experience!
In retrospect we would have been quite happy having a bite on the streets and then joining the party on the roof top only.
But all in all a wonderful night!!
And for the perfect end to our Vietnam stay, we were upgraded to a presidential suite on our return to Saigon:-)
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- 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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