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“Went to have a look around and were treated like visiting Royalty”
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The Don CeSar
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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230 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Went to have a look around and were treated like visiting Royalty”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We have been to Don Cesar's before to meet friends for a drink but this time, it having become a Loews hotel, we thought we go and have a look. We could not have been welcomed more hospitably anywhere. We wandered around looking at the décor (amazing) and then the shops (very good and very welcoming) and then onto the ground floor area for a coffee. We were shown to the outside bar area and enjoyed a wonderful cup of coffee each. When we tried to pay, the young lady said "No, have this one on me". So unusual. Went to the desk to get a business card (so that I could write this up) and the Front Office Manager Justin Stern was so pleasant. "Come back soon and stay with us" he said. We shall go back and we will stay there one day. Couldn't do enough for two strangers.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Well of course you were treated like royalty! First of all, you were at the legendary Loews Don Cesar, and secondly, you're from England!

Seriously, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your "look around" at The Pink Palace and were impressed with our version of the royal palace! We love to show off what beautiful surroundings we get to come to every day and we love sharing our home with others.

Come back and visit soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Although it has gone trough quite a few hands as of lately, it is still the grand Pink Lady of the Tampa/St. Pete's area! What a classic turn of the century hotel it is! You can feel the history as you wander the grounds, and maybe the ghost of the bygone patron! So If you want to feel what it would have been like to visit Florida before all the hustle, hype and traffic, it's well worth the stop.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
I'm so happy that you were able to come by and see a little (or a lot) of pink during your recent visit to Tampa Bay! Many individuals put countless of hours into being certain that our "Pink Lady" remains an iconic piece of Florida history, and we appreciate your comments.

Come back and see us again!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar
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Lubbock, Texas
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed here 2/13/2014 for three nights for a business convention. Our room was upgraded by the company and was wonderful. The facilities are nice. The beach is great and so are the pools. Not sure you can sit on the beach free unless you bring your own chair. This facility is OLD. They have done a great job keeping it up. All of our meeting were good. The food was only so so. We also ate by the pool and some drinks by the pools and they weren't so good. We used the spa and it was wonderful. Not as wonderful accommodations in the spa as they make out to but still nice. Staff was friendly.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Thanks for sharing your comments about your recent stay here during your business trip.

The Loews Don Cesar is OLD, legendary in fact. I'm glad to read that you noticed how well we keep it up and I hope you were able to take the time to see how much we have upgraded the hotel amenities to accommodate today's busy business traveler. We are legendary, iconic in fact, and do what we can to still offer all the conveniences of a modern-day hotel experience.

We hope to welcome you back! Next time for more sun and fun!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

I just recently completed a stay at the Don Cesar resort and found it lived up to its reputation as a great hotel. Check in was easy and efficient. The room was spacious and well maintained. The facilities have everything I wanted. Beautiful beach, two large pools, pool bars, several restaurants and a helpful staff. Loved the ice cream store as well.

Room Tip: One bedroom suite with an ocean view provided plenty of space.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Thanks for sharing feedback about your recent visit!

Here on St. Pete Beach, many hotels have pools and beach access, but I'm glad that you experienced what really sets us apart, our helpful staff! They are incredible, and truly genuine!

Glad to read that you found your way to Uncle Andy's as well! I love it there!

We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back soon!

Regards,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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Plainfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

We are three senior ladies who enjoy travel. We stopped at the Don CeSar to take a look at it to see if we would care to visit there. There was really no hotel parking that we could find except a parking lot directly across from the hotel. It said there would be a charge but we assumed( wrongly) that the hotel would validate it. We went in and had a cocktail at the beachside bar ( kind of pricey at $30 for 2 beers and a bloody mary) but then waitress said that they do not validate for parking. Our "outing " was now up to $45 .
We felt somewhat overcharged for our short visit.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Thanks for taking time out of your day to come and explore the Loews Don Cesar.

I do apologize about the parking situation. As you can imagine, parking is a valuable commodity around here. In addition to the self-parking we have, there is metered parking on the street.

I do hope that parking won't deter you from coming to visit us again! If self-parking is not an option for you, try the metered parking. It's convenient and also offers easy access to the hotel.

We appreciate the feedback!

Regards,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2014

We stayed at Loews Don Cesar for a weekend in one of their King Superior Suites, it was incredible. The room, staff and the hotel property in all were exceptional!
My only complaint was the weather which is obviously out of Loews hands so we enjoyed the room a little bit more than we would have!
Thank you Loews!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Thanks for the fabulous compliment!

Yes, the weather was not our best friend the past couple weeks, but it sure was better than a lot of other places, and no SNOW! Fantastic!

I hope you had the opportunity to take advantage of our FREE transportation service from the hotel to downtown St. Pete. It gives guests an alternative to the beach and opens people's eyes to the great cultural vibe and arts scene just minutes away. If not, glad you found to room to be just as appealing!

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back!

Regards,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2014

The service made the stay at this elite hotel in St Pete Beach. Every bartender, poolside attendant, and waitress we encountered made us feel special. I will got back for that reason alone. The rooms were small and the prices high, but worth it due to the attention given to the guests. I will return to the Pink Palace!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
"Feeling Special."

It's great to hear those words! We genuinely strive to make all our guests have a memorable experience here at The Pink Palace, and I'm so glad you had one!

Our "Team Members" throughout the hotel truly want our guests to have fun, relax and just enjoy themselves. I'm happy that our poolside attendants and bartenders made you feel special and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar
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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:
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Don Cesar Beach Resort
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