After returning from the Don, I felt compelled to add my two cents.
So here goes: The hotel and property are magnificent. From the moment you reach the hotel, you are transported to another era. Very F.Scott Fitzgerald. The lobby is opulent and to our surprise, our room was ready for us, hours ahead of check-in. While it is true that the rooms are small, they are lovely, immaculate and very well appointed. The beach is great and has the softest sand I've ever felt. Like baby powder. The pool area is gorgeous and because there are two pools, it never feels over-crowded. People do seem to grab all the chairs and lounges right after breakfast, so it's best to be on your toes and do the same.
The restaurants were fantastic. We had all our breakfasts and several lunches and dinners at the Sea Porch Cafe. It was so good that my 9 year old son was annoyed when we ate anywhere off the property. The Maritana Grill was fabulous. Pricey but worth it and both restaurants have fantastic children's menus. The staff at the Sea Porch Cafe and at the pool bar/ restaurant were definitely a negative. All but one during our entire stay, seemed annoyed and abrupt. My husband and I have both formerly been restaurant workers, so we know how to behave and how to tip. All of this seemed irrelevant to them. No smiles, slow service and plenty of attitude. What a shame at such a toney place. Another fact (that I read in reviews before our arrival) is that you are nickel and dimed for everything. Even when ordering the $17.00 breakfast buffet, coffee and juice are not included. Wooden lounge chairs for the beach are $25.00 a day. It's a bit much. But not enough to hamper my opinion of this beautiful resort. I will close by saying that if I return to Saint Pete Beach, (and I hope to) The Don CeSar is the only place I would stay.
- 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:
- 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