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“You come here for the history/beach/pool” 4 of 5 stars
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Loews Don CeSar Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3400 Gulf Boulevard, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706   |  
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Ranked #14 of 32 hotels in Saint Pete Beach
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New York City, New York
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
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“You come here for the history/beach/pool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

There are pro's and con's, but here are the reasons to go:

1. History
2. Beach
3. Pool

You WON'T find:

1. Large rooms/bathrooms
2. Shinny new construction
3. Deals on food/drink

Verdict: GO ONCE!

Side note: St. Pete Beach is one of the best beaches in the world.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DanielWalsh, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear rad79,

Thank you for your response!

It was great to hear that there were so many areas of our property you enjoyed during your trip. We do have a number of reservation packages available that include food & beverage credits, along with happy hours throughout the week. Please feel free to call the hotel directly and we will be happy to build a perfect package for you. Hopefully the next time you are in St. Pete Beach you will come and enjoy a happy hour with us!

Thank you again for your response, hopefully we will see you soon!

- Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Check-in was very efficient. Hotel was full but I felt like we were the only ones there.
Outstanding conference and meeitng room facitilties. Breakfast omlette station - outstanding!
Very nice spot for buffet lunch out by the pool. Nioce locations for cocktail receptions and dinners - outside ot inside but away from the other guests. Very comfortable guest rooms. Fully equipped business center. Very nice location on the beach. Would recommend this hotel for a business meeting.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DanielWalsh, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear John4444444,

Thank you for the kind words!

I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourself thoroughly during your business trip. Also, I agree that the omelette action station is second to none! Next time you will have to come back for a leisure vacation!

Thank you again for your review, hopefully we will see you again soon!

-Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Arriving for late lunch out on the terrace at 2.45 it is disappointing for a quite cynical waitress to be clearly unhappy to serve us, certainly takes the pleasure away from a relaxing experience. Other diners were complaining to her of receiving coffee warm, not hot etc etc. Also the ambiance very spoilt by Corporate bonding very noisy games on the beach.
Have been a visitor here for many years and sorry to have our first bad experience. Suggest a check re corporate event before you visit at least.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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DanielWalsh, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Quin L,

Thank you providing us with feedback regarding your recent stay.

I am truly sorry for the inconvenience you experienced during your recent visit. This is certainly not a typical experience for our guests at our property, and I would love the opportunity to discuss your stay in more detail. Please feel free to contact the hotel and I would be happy to assist you.

Thank you again for your feedback, we hope to be able to assist you in the near future.

- Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

On this trip I just visited the spa (we usually stay too, but couldn't on this trip). The facial was great -- the lead facialist is awesome. I'd go for the custom facial. She really does customize the treatment just for you.

If you aren't staying there I'd recommend getting there early and taking a long walk on the beach before your appointment. The beach is just fantastic.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DanielWalsh, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Christine R,

Thank you for your response!

I'm glad you had a great time when you came to visit our Spa recently! We have some great 85th Anniversary Specials currently going on, give us a call and we can tell you all about them.

Thank you again for your review, hopefully next time you will stay over as well!

-Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager
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Virginia Beach
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Our son was married here in late December. The staff was excellent and the hotel event planner did a wonderful job. The front desk service was a little slow but otherwise we had a great experience. The pool and beach area and views were incredible. This is an historical hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DanielWalsh, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear vbtourist2004,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay!

When it comes to celebrating special occasions there are few places as picturesque as St. Pete Beach and we are proud to stand out in such a beautiful backdrop. I'm glad your son had a great event, and we are delighted to have been a part of it.

Thank you again for your response, we hope to see you again soon!

-Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager
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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I live a few hours south of St. Pete's Beach, but it seemed a world away. We had a wonderful, restful three day weekend, and we would go back in a heartbeat. The Don CeSar apparently had a face lift a while ago; at least that's what we heard. The place is immaculate, the service is friendly and prompt, and the beach is really spectacular. We took an hour long walk every morning, and we could have walked farther. The beach is stunning. The pool area is nice, but was particularly crowded on this holiday weekend. We opted for chairs on the beach instead. Far less crowded. Plenty of restaurants to choose from ion the area, but we chose to stay close to home, dining either in-room or at the hotel. Excellent.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DanielWalsh, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Daniel1805,

Thank you for the kind words!

It's always a pleasure and a delight to welcome our local guests to St. Pete Beach and provide them a sense that they are "a world away" on their staycation! I'm glad you were able to enjoy the renovations to the property and that your long walks on the beach were just what you need to rest while here.

If you are ever planning a trip back to the area please give us a call and let us know so we can assist in making your next trip just as restful as this last one. Thank you again for your response!

- Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I attended a work-related seminar at the Don CeSar last week. The hotel is so interesting architecturally and the staff really took a personal interest in me. I requested a fridge and it was in my room when I arrived. I needed some dining receipts after my trip and they supplied them promptly. The only issue I had was a missed . Eat lunch at the bar. The food was good and more affordable than the Sea Porch. I did think all the restaurants in the area were over priced, but that is to be expected in a tourist area. The rooms are a bit small, but it was fine for me traveling alone. The only issue I had was that housekeeping forgot to come clean my room one day. They handled the situation very well and provided complimentary turn-down service when they came cleaned the room while I was at dinner.

Room Tip: 705 had a beautiful view of the beach and was quiet! Its the top floor and a corner room. I believ...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DanielWalsh, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear DEC0326,

Thank you for your response!

I was glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here for your business trip recently. It sounds as though the staff and food & beverage outlets were able to provide you with a truly exceptional experience. Hopefully your next trip to the area will be for a leisure vacation, let us know if we can be of any assistance in the future!

Thank you again for taking the time to tell us about your experience!

-Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager
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Address: 3400 Gulf Boulevard, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
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Location: United States > Florida > Saint Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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:
#2 Business Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#3 Green Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#11 Romantic Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#12 Family Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Loews Don CeSar Hotel 4*
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
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Hotel Don Cesar Beach
Don Cesar Resort
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