Needing a well deserved break from the rat-races, my husband and I decided to stay at the Don Cesar for the weekend. This was our first time visiting the hotel and we were amazed by the stately design in the lobby and the exterior of the building. I did see some areas that needed a touch up; there were parts of the carpet that were all worn and faded, and paint on the walls was chipping away.
We had breakfast in the Sea Porch Cafe and Kyle our server was great and energetic; something that is not common with some people early in the morning. The pool was sort of crowded and did not maintain its cleanliness. The pool staff looked like they could not keep up with all the guests and they looked overworked. That night we went to the Maritana restaurant and our dinner was great. The next morning we had breakfast again at the Sea Porch Cafe and had Michelle as our server. She was just as great as Kyle as far as her attitude and performance. After a day lounging at the beach we returned to the Sea Porch Cafe for dinner and had Tom as our server. To no surprise, he was just as curteous and hospitable as the previous two servers. We had dessert at Uncle Andy's and the young man behind the counter Conner was very fun to be around.
The furniture inside the Sea Porch Cafe was sort of worn looking. There are wicker chais with white paint on them and the paint comes off on my clothes. There was a weird smell in the cocktail lounge adjacent from the Sea Porch Cafe that was a combination of bad fruit and spilled beer. Our air conditioner made a "clanging" noise and spit out little balls of dust or whatever is inside the vent. Check in and check out was normal with no issues.
Overall, the staff was nice and accomodating, but the hotel is definitely showing its age of over 80 years. With no upkeep inside, the beauty is only skin deep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Known as Florida's "Pink Palace," the Loews Don CeSar Hotel, facing the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, was built in 1928 to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle. Born in the Great Gatsby era as a playground for the rich and famous, the iconic "Pink Palace" has been revitalized and refreshed within, ensuring a future as rich and storied as its history. Enjoy newly redesigned 277 luxurious rooms including 36 suites, many with spectacular views of the pristine Gulf beaches or Boca Ciega Bay. Relax and indulge at Spa Oceana, featuring over 11,000 square feet of spa facilities, luxurious spa treatments, full service salon, and a stunning rooftop garden overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Don Cesar Beach Hotel
- Don Cesar Beach Resort
- Don Cesar Hotel Florida
- Don Cesar Florida
- Hotel Don Cesar Beach
- Don Cesar Resort
- The Don CeSar St. Pete Beach, Florida