My family and I just returned from a week vacation at the Don, my husband, daughter 9, and son 5. I booked directly from the Loews website and used my AAA card to receive a good rate and booked a Deluxe Junior King room. I had a hard time finding the location, pictures, & reviews for this room type. However, the pictures look the same as the Junior suite online. This room is perfect for a family, very spacious and the sofa turns into a queen bed. However, I debated back & forth with the room, I like to have a balcony and I also want an ocean view room, although, I didn't want to spend $500+ a night for a suite and balcony. I decided I would forgo an oceanview room to have a balcony. Be aware that the majority of the rooms have no balcony, unless you want to spend $$$ for an ocean view and balcony. We ended up on the 4th floor with a view of the city, which is mainly the parking lot of the Don, the surrounding neighborhood and waterways. The view wouldn't have been bad if we didn't have the parking lot as our main view. I liked that Loews emails you a few days prior to your trip to upgrade your room. We decided to upgrade to an upper floor for the same room type for an additional $23 night. I'm glad I did, because I wouldn't have wanted to be on any lower floor, since you would be above street level.
The Don is a beautiful hotel, on a great beach with beautiful white sand. The water is calm, with quite a bit of seaweed and green water instead of the beautiful blue water on the east coast that I prefer. However, we played in the ocean everyday going back and forth between pool and beach throughout the day. The pools have plenty of chairs and service. We had excellent service everyday at the pool. We ate lunch at the pool almost everyday, by the end of the week we were tired of the food. One day we rented a beach bed which was a splurge at $125 but worth it for at least one day, there is also beach service for food and drinks.
I was disappointed in the amount of restaurants, there are only 2 restaurants 3 if you count the pool. One morning we ate at the Sea Porch restaurant and there was a 45 minute wait to receive a table, I don't know if they were short handed or that's normal. We did not have breakfast again at the Sea Porch for this reason. They have Uncle Andy's Ice Cream shop which was great, however, I wish they had more breakfast choices and other snacks. We did not try Maritana Grill since we felt it wasn't kid friendly.
Overall we had a great trip, would we come here again? Yes, to the hotel I'm not sure about the area of St. Pete. I was kind of disappointed with the area, I was expecting much better restaurants and maybe better shopping. Loews is by far the best hotel in the area and you won't be disappointed if you stay here.
I gave the Don 4 stars because of the lack of restaurants and choices for food at the hotel, other than that everything else was fine. If it was possible to give 4 1/2 stars I would.
- 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