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“Nice Hotel but expensive”
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The Don CeSar
Ranked #8 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Nice Hotel but expensive”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

Nice Hotel is a good location. Everything you would expect from a Loews hotel. The rooms can be a bit small. We had two rooms for the same price and one was noticeable smaller than the other.

I realize this is a luxury hotel but I still felt it was a bit expensive for what it offers. As an example, the breakfast buffet as $28 per person for a basic buffet, that's expensive by anyone's measurements for eggs and bacon. Valet parking was $23 per day.

The staff is great, very helpful for anything you may need. The hotel also has a lot of things to do.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about your visit to Loews Don Cesar on Tripadvisor.

We welcome feedback from our guests on what's right, and what can use some improvement. Thanks for helping us to continuously get better by making us aware of your experience.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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Reviewed 5 January 2014 via mobile

We found the hotel to have very helpful staff, our room was well-appointed and with all the facilities you could need. The pool is of a very decent size and the bar is very well-stocked. Would stay again.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Thanks for the comments! I can't agree with you more about our awesome pool and pool bar, great place to hang out and always a fun place for people watching!

We hope to see you back soon!

Regards,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Tampa
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

My family and I have stayed at this hotel and at the beach house suites in different ocassions. We love the service and the always friendly and attentive staff. The Spa and the beaches are the crown jewels of the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
I really appreciate you taking the time to share about how friendly and attentive our staff is here at Loews Don Cesar, as well as the Beach House Suites! We do our best to hire individuals who are passionate, engaging and "in the know," and it's appears that we're doing the right thing. Thanks for acknowledging that.

I also agree that the beach and spa are our crown jewels, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredible culinary team we have here. Outstanding!

Again, I appreciate your feedback and we all look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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Brandon, Florida
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Simply put, one of the best Hotels around. It's 5 star in every way from the staff to the food and the wonderful beach. If you're in the area, even if you don't stay there you should try the eating there.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Jim,

Thanks so much for the kind words and I'm very happy you enjoyed your five star experience!
Come back and visit soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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DeLand, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

The staff is always over the top pleasant and friendly!! This the the second Christmas indulgence vacation. I can not recommend the resort enough. I love the shops, lounge, outside bar/beach, and Porch reclining area. We have a large dog and WOW did they make her & us feel at home. A slight oops in the room was quickly corrected and did not take away from the experience.The beds are comfortable and love the linen. The wall are typical old construction and a tad thin - just had the AC running and that fixed the problem. Guests who use the resorts facilities will enjoy their stay. I will recommend vegetarians dine outside the hotel. That is the only reason for the 4 stars - for me it is a real shame.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Jennifer,

Thanks so much for spending your second Christmas with us, and I'm delighted to read that you, and your dog, had such an incredible experience!

We all hope you'll come back for as third time....they say three times is a charm!!!

All the best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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Hoffman Estates, IL
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Beautiful beach, wonderful pool area, excellent service with a personable and accommodating staff. My only complaint, the standard rooms are TINY. If you have more than 2 people you will be very cramped. (Especially with teenagers as we had). We upgraded to a suite after one night....well worth it. The history of this place is worth a stay by itself. We never bumped into Mr. Rowe, but were told some interesting stories of his continued occupancy. Loved it!!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Parrish, Florida
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is an old overpriced hotel. Only thing it really has is location. Rooms are tiny and the bathroom is so small one can hardly turn around. No toilet room, all in one small area. There is abolutely no ventilation in the bathrooms so it steams up the bath and room when someone takes a shower. I mean like no exhaust fan whatso ever. Rug was dirty and room not super clean. Only stay here if you can afford a suite. At the pool they only have one jacuzzi. The sign says no kids under 12. But no one enforces this and the jacuzzi was full of kids as young as 3. Most nice hotels have a kid jacuzzi and adult. Bathtubs have nothing to keep you from slipping and are slick. I could go on but a way overpriced hotel with high food and beverage prices. Sandpearl resort for about the same price puts this hotel to shame.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Don CeSar
Address: 3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-4015
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) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 Green Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Don CeSar 4*
Number of rooms: 277
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known as Florida's "Pink Palace," The Don CeSar, 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
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