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The Don CeSar
Ranked #8 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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59 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Can't wait to visit again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Loved every minute of our stay here. The hotel is incredible and I especially loved the historic feel of it. Service is amazing and the beach is great. It's definitely worth renting lounge chairs and an umbrella. Lunch service on the beach is a very nice touch. We ate at the restaurants here and all our meals were delicious. What an elegant hotel! Will definitely return. We also took the historic tour and learned about the history of the hotel. Would recommend doing that, as well.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mann6
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
And we can't wait to welcome you back!

I'm so happy to hear that you found our Pink Palace incredible, from the historic feel to our amazing service and beautiful beach. It is nice to have the luxury of renting lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach - there is a sense of "exclusivity" out there that makes it all worth while!

Thanks for the kind comments about the history tour as well. Every time I take it, I learn something new about the property and It makes me truly feel like I was here back in the Gatsby era!

We hope to see you again soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Lutz, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had a corner room with a great view of the ocean. The drawback was we were right over the spa and, with open windows, privacy was lacking when people were lounging on the spa deck. The room was small but clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LynnCagney
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
It's great to hear that you had a great corner room, but sorry that it did not provide you with the privacy you were looking for as it relates to people chatting on the spa terrace. Once people experience Spa Oceana, it's difficult to get them to stop talking about how great it is!

In any case, we appreciate your sharing your comments with us and are happy you found your room clean and comfortable.

We hope to welcome you back soon! Be sure to check out Spa Oceana if you can!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Dallas, Texas
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

What a beautiful resort! Very impressed with the staff - they were very professional and ready to help out with anything. We were in room 117 and had a great view of the parking lot, but a very roomy area and beautifully decorated. We were off property for dinner each night, but enjoyed the food at the pool every day - huge burgers.
Cons: Charging an outrageous fee for the beach chairs is absurd - should be part of the resort fee! We had a very big hole in our top sheet that was very annoying for 3 nights. We never asked that it be changed, but thought housekeeping would realize it and change.
Would definitely visit again.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Luvtotravellinda
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
There are few places as fun, or as beautiful, than the Pink Palace - especially for a Girl's Getaway! I'm glad to hear that you and your friends were impressed with our staff, and enjoyed our poolside food service. I'm disappointed that you did not find time to visit Spa Oceana, they offer some really fantastic customized services designed just for Girlfriends Getaways.

I'm glad to hear that you'll visit again soon. Next time, take a look at our Park & Beach package - it includes room, valet parking, beach chairs, umbrellas and more! That may be something more attractive for you and your friends.

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback, it's greatly appreciated.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Montclair, New Jersey
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

I'm a fan of the era, so I loved the idea that I was walking the same slice of beach where F. Scott Fitzgerald played. I also have a 1929 home, so I appreciate how well preserved the hotel is and liked the interplay of modern accents with classic decor. My only wish is that they designate one pool for adults and one for kids only. It kind of occurs organically as one goes up to 7 ft. in depth but adults were in the deep end relaxing and/or having a romantic moment and then someone would show up with a toddler in swimmies and the quiet evaporated and splashing/jumping commenced. Also, there was live music most of the day which was great but loud enough that it was hard to tune out and read/sleep. I would say the pool scene is lively but not relaxing. In order to achieve quiet, you had to lounge on the beach and, even though it was Loews property and furnishings, there was an additional charge (NOT included in the Resort Fee added on top of your room rate)! This really turned me off. $12 for a Painkiller at the Beach Bar is not a surprise but petty stuff like that annoys me. Aside from this issue, it was a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LAH55
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
It is pretty awesome to walk the same beach where F. Scott Fitzgerald once played. I'm glad that you were able to make that connection and that you appreciate what we have done to preserve the hotel and combine our classic decor with modern accents!

I do apologize about the loud music on the pool deck. We do our best to alter the sound levels depending on the time of day and our audience at the pool. If you ever find it too loud, please let a server know and we will do what we can to bring it down a notch or two to better accommodate you.

Lastly, regarding the chairs and umbrellas on the beach. We actually have created a great vacation package called "Park & Beach" that includes your room, valet parking, beach chairs and umbrella, and more. Next time you come visit, that might be a good option for you.

We appreciate the feedback and hope to welcome you back soon.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

We stayed for a 3 day conference. Beach and pool are great! Service from poolside to room service also great; quick, friendly and efficient. The room we had was very small and really needs updating. Hallways are too hot and humid. Sitting on the toilet, your knees may hit the tub. View out my window was a 60 foot dead palm tree. Having said that, the place has a unique history and we weren't in the room a lot.

Room Tip: Our friends stayed in a penthouse suite, and their 2 story suite was fabulous!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wendyaaronson
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thanks for taking the time to share your comments about your recent visit to Loews Don CeSar. I'm happy to hear you found our service great, quick, friendly and efficient!

Sorry that the size of your room was not up to your expectations, but I'm glad that you found yourself spending less time in your room and more time enjoying the hotel and its amenities.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

I like this hotel, but probably will try some place different if I ever return to St Pete. The price was ok, but nothing to write home about... However dinner, cocktails and chairs for the beach were extremely expensive. Think $15 margaritas, and then they add tax and gratuity. So a drink is about $20. Dinner would end up aroun $75 per person, and beach loungers weren't all that affordable either, but I don't remember the price.

The front desk was blah! No personality.

Housekeeping was great. Left extra toiletries for our party so no one ha to share, extra bottles of water at night- totally anticipated and requests an deserving of great gratuities!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Daniel R
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thanks for sharing your comments about your stay with us here at Loews Don CeSar. I'm disappointed that we did not completely meet your expectations, and that you were disappointed with our Front Desk staff.

I am pleased to hear that you found our housekeeping staff great! They are a dynamic group of very hard working professionals. I'll be certain to let them know you appreciated them.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews DonCeSat
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Chicago, IL
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37 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

Stayed at the hotel during a meeting and was pleasantly surprised.... very beautiful hotel outside and inside. I arrived early and was able to check in right away which was a plus. I entered the room and it was nicely appointed. My only hesitation was there was no soap, shampoo or conditioner in the room. Housekeeping was down the hall so I walked over and they apologized and handed me soon for the room. Had a view overlooking the parking lot which was just ok and a tad noisy due to a noisy vent. But in the AM's had the most amazing sunrise views. We enjoyed the facilities while attending our meeting. Loved the staff at the lobby bar so gracious and nice. The beach was beautiful with soft white sand. Perfect to sit on the chairs at night with the moon glow and waves in the background. The front desk, concierge and bell stand were all wonderful and so friendly.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hms16
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Thanks for your kind words about our "pretty hotel!"

Sorry to hear about your challenges with not having the appropriate toiletries in your room when you arrived, but I'm happy to hear that issue was resolved immediately!

I loved your comments about the amazing sunrise views in the morning from the east side of the hotel! They are incredible, and those eastern views are just as amazing at night as you see the lights from downtown St. Pete and Tampa.

We hope to welcome you back again soon to enjoy the moon glow and listen to the waves on the beach.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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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 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 Family 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 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:
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