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The Rex, 141 Nguyen Hue Boule­vard, Dis­trict 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone: +84 8 3829 2185; rex­hotelviet­nam.com.

TAR­IFF

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.

GET­TING THERE

Viet­nam Air­lines flies di­rect from Syd­ney and Mel­bourne to Ho Chi Minh City. More: viet­na­mair­lines.com.

CHECK­ING IN

A mix of busi­ness trav­ellers, hol­i­day­ing cou­ples and fam­i­lies. The ground-floor Par­adise Cof­fee Lounge is pop­u­lar for af­ter­noon teas, with pi­ano ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

BED­TIME READ­ING

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.

WHEEL­CHAIR AC­CESS

There are no wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble gue­strooms

STEP­PING OUT

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.

BRICK­BATS

Some gue­strooms have no views, so ask when book­ing; cock­tails at the leg­endary rooftop bar are com­par­a­tively ex­pen­sive.

BOU­QUETS

His­toric flavour, friendly ser­vice, fast and free Wi-Fi, good break­fast buf­fet, views from rooftop bar.

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