I have not taken the time to review any of my hotel stays for a while. I hope this review can help someone to not make the same mistake.
The building itself, is very impressive. You walk in and the Crystal Chandeliers, marble details, luxury bar and piano music certainly makes a statement. Staff is friendly, we got checked in quickly. Not given much information about the amenities, but partly because as you stay you get to find out by yourself EVERYTHING has an extra charge.
We reserved the "LUXURY KING with Partial View to the Gulf". Once you take the elevator to your room, everything changes. The hallways are outdated and smell like humidity, the carpet is very old and worn out. The walls can use some painting, the decor as well.
The ROOMS!! Nothing luxurious about it, smaller than the standard room at any 2 star hotel - and the bathroom was extremely small, one person at a time for sure!
The "partial view to the gulf" can only be experienced if you have your head out the window (but they do not open). Anything at all you want to do here, WILL BE CHARGED. So basically you paid for the room to sleep in, which is really below any average room I have stayed before.
We did speak to the staff about our disappointment, and we were told is an old historic building, and therefor rooms will be small. But…. what about the "luxury" advertising of this hotel, which is only seen in the lobby and any other area that you would have to pay to see (such as spa/shops, etc)
This was a very rare and special occasion for us, we certainly wasted the money. We left the hotel to walk by the beaches and have dinner somewhere else. Because we booked with a third party (expedia) they told us we could not cancel the booking. Besides another room, that was exactly the same, we were offered nothing more.
If you plan to sleep, by the way, you will have to wait until the rooms next to you and above go to bed. You will hear everyone using their bathroom and every other little noise.
I have stayed in many places around the world, this was by far…. something out of nothing! Clever advertising. Spend your money somewhere else, there are plenty of beautiful places to stay in St. Pete.
- 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
- Hotel Don Cesar Beach
- Don Cesar Resort
- The Don CeSar St. Pete Beach, Florida