Both are lovely places!
I think the biggest difference is that the Don is located directly on the Beach, while the Ritz has a shuttle to a beach club. If enjoying the beach is a main focus of your trip, then I would definitely suggest the Don. It is so nice to be able to head back to your own room at will without jumping on a shuttle.
And it's nice to be able to catch a sunset over the Gulf without having to plan ahead!
If, however, your plans are more about shopping, touring, etc., then the Ritz would be a wonderful choice.
I hope this helps a little. Good luck deciding :-)
That is an EXCELLENT point to take into consideration. Thank You! DH is voting for the Ritz as it is his favorite hotel and he loves staying club level. I am voting for the Don, I have always wanted to stay there and the pool and the beach just look so wonderful.
I don't see how you can go wrong! Have a wonderful trip whichever you choose. Do let us know how it goes :)
We booked Don 3 years ago, I was super excited about staying there. Was really disappointed in the size of the room, and the insects!!!!! Hotel was fully booked, so they moved us along the road to their condo complex. Whilst it was ok, but it was stuck in the 1980's. So in reply to your post personally I would choose the Ritz.
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