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Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Dixon, Illinois
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“Great suite, perfect for honeymoon or family vacation”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We booked the 750 sq. feet suite with a view of the pool area and gulf. From the 2nd floor (actually the 3rd floor as the ground level isn't counted), we had a great view of both. The pool/game area was not very loud and did not bother us, however, the music from the bar next door was very loud at times and blocked out the noise of the Gulf that we were hoping to hear. However, we were told that management is working on resolving this issue.
Our suite was spacious with a private bedroom and two bathrooms. The bathrooms and kitchen were fully stocked (although I found it funny that frozen pizzas and ice cream are both sold in the front lobby but neither a pizza slicer or ice cream scoop were in the kitchen). Yes, as others have said, the room was outdated, however, the furnishings were still nice, nothing was dirty, and everything functioned perfectly well. We were also told that the entire hotel was being renovated next year.
We had some problems with poor housekeeping, however, a quick trip to the manager solved the issue. The manager was extremely accommodating and understanding and went out of his way after that to ensure that we were happy. We could not be happier with the way he handled this.
This hotel is not anything like the Don CeSar, however, it offers much bigger rooms, more privacy, and you are very close to the Don and can park there for free. We were able to charge our food and other items purchased at the Don to our room which was very convenient.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We booked a 5 night stay for our 10 year anniversary. The room was nice but old. We booked the King suite with an ocean view. The view was not what I expected, could hardly see the ocean. Noise, noise, noise and more noise. Screaming kids all hours from early morining until late night. Loud upstairs neighbors stomping all through the night also. I would not recommend staying if relaxing and romance is your agenda. The rooms were not cleaned very well, never vaccumed, and one day they skipped us completely. Coffee pot is very old and messy. For the cost, I would recommend going somewhere else. I will never stay again.

Room Tip: Don't stay here if you want relaxation and romance.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

I booked a night here to finish an evening planned around my engagement. I wanted the Don but they were booked up so reservations moved me over here. I was told I was going to receive a room directly on the water side which was an upgrade from a pool view. When we arrived at the hotel and checked in I was surprised to find my room directly looking over the pool and many screaming children. I called down to the front desk to complain, they responded by calling reservations and listened to the recording from my booking. They claimed I was correct and was promised more than I was given but would not move us to the upgraded room (although one was available). Instead they knocked $80 of the bill. I explained to them money is not what I want, I wanted what I was promised. Apparently they do not care. Terrible experience at a hotel that should never be substituted for the Don Cesar.

Room Tip: Never book here!!!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We've stayed many times at the Loews hotels at Universal Studios and greatly enjoyed the experiences! As such I decided to book a a Grand King suite at the Don Cesar Suites for a Spring break trip in March 2014. This place is NO WHERE near as nice as any of the Loews Hotels we've stayed in, which is incredibly frustrating since we are paying over $400 per night when all the 12% tax and $25 per day Resort Fee is added! The location and ocean views are great but the room is 30 years old and sorely needs to be reconfigured as it feels MUCH smaller than the 600 sq ft it is supposed to be. I think this is a black eye to the Loews brand and it will definitely make me investigate further before I book another Loews hotel other than those at Universal!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

I usually only review positive trips, but a recent stay at Beach House Suites by the Don Cesar at St. Pete Beach, FL was such a disaster I have to comment.

I booked a suite for a 3 night stay at this hotel through an agency, and added an additional night directly through the hotel. At check-in I was informed the additional night was not considered part of my existing reservation and I would have reregister for the final day. So be it.

Since pet pampering is a reported specialty of the Suites, I brought my dog along. The hotel website indicates "guests will receive a detailed brochure with information on pet services, dog walking routes, services and pet-friendly restaurants at check-in"; but the receptionist barely looked at my canine companion. And there was nary a sign of the welcome gifts which included a name tag, bowl, special treats, and “Pet in room” sign for housekeeping staff. (I was hard pressed to even find a Do Not Disturb sign in either of my suites).

My suite was located on the third floor with a wonderful view of the ocean. My stay was short-lived however. I'd barely unpacked and settled in before the AC unit malfunctioned and I was relocated to the first floor. I now had a stunning view of treetops and the roof of a snack bar.

It should be noted that the hotel suite balconies do not offer any privacy. It should also be noted that courtyard activities tend to be loud and balcony conversations are greatly amplified. It's noisy, plain and simple.

While my new suite was furnished nicely, it didn't offer much in the way of extras. The "fully equipped kitchen" described on the website leaves a lot to the imagination. (Stick with cold cuts and you'll do fine). The bedroom was roomy but the bed was in desperate need of a new mattress; the middle sag was so apparent the hotel had to be aware. The carpeting was in good condition but could have used a cleaning. And apparently air-conditioning maintenance is not high on the hotel's priority list because the AC malfunctioned in THIS suite as well. So you have the added convenience of waiting for a visit from maintenance on a regular basis.

The biggest surprise, which absolutely stunned me, was the outdoor pet exercise area. It was a narrow strip of grass located directly under beach suite balconies. The strategically placed signs requesting guests pick up after their dogs was interesting - and a daring feat at sundown since lighting is not provided (unless the moon counts). And there is literally nowhere else to walk a dog in the hotel area unless you use a vacant lot across the street. But be warned - it's full of brambles and stickers. All this for just $45.00 per pet/per night!

I attempted to reregister as requested on the third day. I was informed by a receptionist the hotel had handled the details so I needn't worry. Imagine my surprise when I received a call from the reservation manager that very afternoon advising my belongings had to be removed from my room because I hadn't checked out! Yes indeedy, I was just so impressed with this level of service and luxury.

Was I surprised my dog did not eventually receive his gifts? Not a bit. I would have been shocked otherwise. And to add insult to injury, the poor thing came home with fleas!

My mistake was booking a "name" hotel when I could have booked equal/better accommodations nearby at a lower price.

Lesson learned.

Room Tip: Choose a different hotel. There are plenty of excellent choices on St. Pete Beach.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

My husband and almost 2 year old & I stayed here based on TA reviews. We both loved the gym at the Don CeSar. The fact that we could use both locations was great. Food-especially breakfast, was amazing. Clean enough rooms (pretty sure toenails are under the bed though--not ours---ick!!). Bar and outside area very accommodating. Close walk to all things fun. Bars next store are noisy, but nothing you can't block out. Recommend visiting pass-a-grill. Nice walk, great views!

  • Stayed March 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014

We were at the Beach House for family gatherings twice this winter. We love the staff, the rooms are large, and the setting is great. Every room has a lovely view of the beach. The living rooms have a sofa bed, plus a private bedroom. There is a nice dining area for eating or board games on rainy days. The baths are roomy and, at least some units have a washer/dryer.(I don't know if all do). The staff goes out of their way to help out, find things to do, arrange restaurants, etc. The kitchens widely vary in dishes, glasses, etc. But, if you ask for more wine glasses, they will find them for you. My only complaint is that towels are old and dingy. Some of mine even had dark gray streaks on them. Everything is getting older, but-good news! I hear that up-dating of the rooms is coming soon. For space, parking, nice big pool, beach view-this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar
Address: 3860 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3933
Region: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#12 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#14 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar are located directly on St. Pete Beach and feature seventy all-suite accommodations. Ideal for extended stays group blocks and families. Each suite is equipped with a separate living room with sofa bed, washer and dryer, and a kitchenette with mini-refrigerator, dishwasher, Keurig coffee-maker, microwave, and induction stove top. Pet-friendly accommodations are available. Guest rooms have spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. There is one heated outdoor pool. The property has a lounge and dining outlet, Sand Dollar Bar, adjacent to its pool area. Guests are able to use the world-class services and amenities at the nearby Don CeSar, which is about a half mile walk down the beach. These amenities include access to the two large heated outdoor pools, fitness center, yoga and aerobics classes, non-motorized watersport rentals, history tours, complimentary tastings, Kids Club, business center, PressReader access, and pool and beach games. Guests are able to make charges at the Spa Oceana, six drinking and dining outlets, and beach and watersport rentals. Access is included in the resort fee. Also included in the resort fee is premium Wi-Fi and two bottled waters, daily turndown service, upon request, and unlimited local calls. ... more   less 
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