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“A sparkling pink sand castle on pristine white sand beaches”
Review of The Don CeSar

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The Don CeSar
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

This hotel is the definition of luxury. Originally built as a hotel, in later years it served as a hospital, administrative offices, and eventually a derelict ruin. Then, interest was sparked in remodeling and restoring this priceless gem. Reminiscent of Valencia or Madrid, this hotel has beautiful rooms, exquisite views, a marvelous staff, and fine dining. All rooms have lovely views of the lagoons and Gulf of Mexico.

Room Tip: all of the rooms have views of the water
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

I really appreciate your comments! You really captured the Loews Don Cesar experience quite well! Glad to see that you appreciated what has been done with the hotel over the years and I hope we can have you back with us soon!

Thanks!

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Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don Cesar

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Second time I have stayed here at the Don and this time was amazing. Weather was absolutely gorgeous! Concierge was extremely helpful, made dinner reservations for us as well as got us a car, Cadillac to the airport. Cheaper than a taxi! Would definitely recommend this hotel, food was awesome, family friendly. Don't forget to have the pool guys/gals get you chairs, they really treat you well.

Room Tip: Get an Oceanview..ask for an area where its not crowded.. only because of doors shutting an talking...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Hi there....we're so glad you came back for a second visit.....I'm hoping you've already booked your third!

Thanks for the kind words. Our Team Members are responsible for the awesome service you experienced, and they are so proud of what they do! I'm glad to hear they arranged for you to experience great weather as well!

We hope to welcome you back soon! Third time is a charm!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

We had drinks in the lovely lobby bar here last year and thought it seemed a special place to stay for our annual visit to Florida this year. What a disappointment! The upgraded room we had was small with no comfortable chair. The rate seemed reasonable but everything was extra-daily parking fees, lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach. We ordered room service breakfast which never came. The concierge recommended a restaurant where we had a 45 minute wait for a table. We will be staying elsewhere next year.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2014

Thank you for sharing your feedback!

We certainly do apologize for any inconvenience you encountered while you were here. Disappointing is the last word we want to hear from any of our guests.

I hope you'll give us another opportunity to show you what a great and memorable experience staying at Loews Don Cesar can be!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is our home away from home! It's where everybody knows our name! We've been going here for 10 year! It's not been perfect every time. We've had a power outage once, a pulled fire alarm another time. We still come back every year. Things have changed, the Loews has bought the beautiful pink palace. They have instated different protocol. We now have to pay for beach chairs while those at the pool are free. They have changed the decor some for the worse. However, our family still love the Don and the staff there still loves us! Yes, they know us now and welcome us back each and every year as we pull up to the main door. We will be back again this spring!

Room Tip: Larger families are better off with a suite than 2 rooms.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2014

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience at the Loews Don Cesar here on Tripadvisor.

I'm sorry that some of the changes we have made to the hotel are not to your liking, but delighted to hear that you still feel at home when you pull up to the front door. I'm sure our Team Members are as happy to see you as you are them.

We look forward to your return this spring!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

The Don Cesar is a lovely "old school" hotel, stylish and graceful in appearance. The beach is "near perfection" white soft sand. My husband and I had booked a Queen Suite well in advance for our recent stay there but upon arrival we were told that they had no rooms available at the hotel for the duration of our stay. They took the liberty of putting us in another of their locations several blocks from the hotel called Beach Suites by Don Cesar. We were told that we were welcome to use the facilities at the hotel as if we were staying at the hotel and that there was 24 hour room service available to us. As it turned out there was not only no 24 hour room service there was NO room service. It was not convenient to use their facilities (restaurants, lounges, pools, beaches) because we were not on their property. Although the Beach Suites had their own pool, beach bar and access to the beach it was a far cry from the level of accommodations of the actual hotel. I say in conclusion, by all means, I recommend the hotel Don Cesar but just make darn sure before arriving that they actually have you booked in a room or suite at the hotel property and not one of their "off property" locations.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2014

Thank you for sharing your unfortunate experience with us. I deeply apologize for the miscommunications and we are looking into the matter so we can be certain this does not happen again.

Again, our apologies.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

The chef is true to his mission for utilizing local seafood in a creative and flavorful way, well prepared dishes, outstanding presentations from what we observed on the tables of our fellow diners. The staff is well trained and attentive without being obtrusive, thanks. One day, we would like to come back to try the "Prix Fixe," 5 course meal. The staff made the experience outstanding, the small samplings from the menu that we ate were excellent. Good wine list and we had a glass of the house red blend that was very good.

We have been coming to the "Don" for over 25 years. The previous restaurants in this classic hotel were a cut above the Maritana Grille in "poshness" and sadly the Maritanna is only one at present but the staff and chef make it a memorable time.

If you drive to dine, use the valet parking, the parking lot could sour your excellent experience.

The placement of the ticket machine is so far back, you have to get out of your car to get the ticket spit out of the machine, same for exiting and the pass issued by the restaurant didn't work either, and we were not the only ones. We noticed when we came in the was line of 5 or more cars waiting to exit because of the machine problem.

It's sad, really when what was a wonderful time and a restaurant review is overshadowed by the parking lot snafu.

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Jeff A, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2016

I am elated to hear what a wonderful evening you had in Maritana Grille! I'm glad that you truly enjoyed your dining experience and found your meal to be outstanding! Thank you for your many compliments about our fabulous team members and the incredible service they deliver, I will be sure to share your kind words with the rest of the team! I apologize for the parking snafu you experienced and I appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

I hope that we are able to welcome you back again soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Beautiful location and hotel . Was greeted at door with a smile and welcome but soon turned to disappointment when they said we would have to stay in one room one night and another the next, another lady was having same problem as us and was ripping them a new one , lol.she had everyones attention on the first floor. They did upgrade it to a suite. While it wasn't that big a deal to me it was for the wife,lol. The suite is nice with a tiny view of the ocean but it didn't make up for her griping about having to unpack and pack stuff back up so we could move the next day.Our nine year old liked it because it did have an extra tv..Well the next morning I get a call that our other room is ready.so we load everything up and go to other side of hotel. The new room was a third the size of the suite but did have a better view. Evidently none of the rooms have refrigerators or microwaves. So a little heads up. Nothing is free here , so bring money,lots of it if you want anything on property. The service and help are very good from the time you step in the door but you will pay for it..The beach is great but there again two chairs and umbrella are 45.00 a day. The food is very good but a typical dinner for three will be over 120.00 .there is a service charge on everything plus the tip. We did have a good time except for the changing of the room which came off like they were doing us a favor. A good tip if laying on beach is to have a kid to chase off the birds,

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Thanks for your honest feedback!

We appreciate your patience in the room move and glad you ended up with a room with a great view (even though the room was a little smaller). I also appreciate the shout out to our staff for being very helpful during your stay.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.....be sure to bring the kids to keep those birds away!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Address: 3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-4015
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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 Green Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 Spa 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: £196 - £366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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