The Rex, 141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone: +84 8 3829 2185; rexhotelvietnam.com.
The Rex has a Saigon 40th anniversary special valid this month, from $US110.50 ($159.80), including breakfast. Hotels.com has rooms from about $204.
Vietnam Airlines flies direct from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City. More: vietnamairlines.com.
A mix of business travellers, holidaying couples and families. The ground-floor Paradise Coffee Lounge is popular for afternoon teas, with piano accompaniment.
Perfect Spy by Larry Berman tells the extraordinary story of the double life of Pham Xuan An, a reporter for Time magazine and Vietnamese communist agent; available at local bookshops. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli is a love story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.
There are no wheelchair-accessible guestrooms
The Rex is within easy walking of the Opera House, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Central Post Office (designed by Gustave Eiffel), Ben Thanh Market (food, handicrafts and souvenirs) and popular shopping streets.
Some guestrooms have no views, so ask when booking; cocktails at the legendary rooftop bar are comparatively expensive.
Historic flavour, friendly service, fast and free Wi-Fi, good breakfast buffet, views from rooftop bar.