We stayed at the Don from 12-15-13 to 12-19-13 for our wedding on Pass-A-Grille Beach. From the start the concierge staff (particularly Lisa and Susan) were incredibly helpful in booking transportation for us for our airport transports, a trip to the Clerk of Courts and to the beach for our wedding. They also booked our wedding night dinner reservation at the hotel's Martiana Grille restaurant. All the food we had at the hotel was delicious and never disappointed. Lunch at the poolside grill was always quick and delicious, breakfast at Sea Porch was awesome. The coconut pancakes and plantain hash were great selections. We felt like royalty during our dinner at Maritana Grille. The staff knew we had gotten married earlier in the day and treated us to a glass of champaign and offered sincere congratulations. We were seated next to CeSar the eel who resides in the huge aquarium at the restaurant.
Christy, a bartender at the Lobby Bar was incredibly friendly. She made us feel so welcomed and special. We loved the Southern hospitality from everyone at the Don. No matter who you pass, staff always says hello and asks how you are doing with genuine interest.
Other reviews have complained about the beds. We were very pleased and slept like babies every night. Our bathroom was small as other reviews have mentioned and the air conditioning was a little loud but didn't keep us up or wake us.
The pools are beautiful and the pool service was friendly. Don't hesitate to use the flags on the back of your lounge chair, even in December there were plenty of servers happy to take care of us. The lounge chairs by the pools are super comfortable. A staff member mans a towel desk with complimentary fruit infused water, sunblock, towels and chair covers. One day the gentleman who worked the towel stand was extremely friendly and helpful, setting up our chairs for us. However, the following day the same guy was cold and was wondering around the pool so we waited a few minutes for him to return in order to get our towels. He simply handed the towels over that day and didn't accompany us to our chairs or give us chair covers. Which was fine, it was just very different service than we had received the day before from the same person.
The location of the Don is awesome, too. We took a free taxi (only costs you a tip to the driver) down to Pass-A-Grille where restaurants and shops are located one day and decided to walk back to the Don. And other day we walked down the beach to Pass-A-Grille and took the free taxi back to the Don. One evening we also took a taxi to downtown St. Petersburg ($30 + tip one way) to visit the Dali museum then walked from there to Central Avenue Oyster Bar where we enjoyed yet another amazing meal.
We also learned the Don is a pet friendly hotel and cannot wait to return with our pup someday. The hotel itself is beautiful inside and out, we wandered around inside and out, taking pictures and we never felt like we were doing anything wrong or going to get in trouble even when we accidentally walked into a meeting room when we were checking out the balconies on the 5th floor. I could go on and on but don't hesitate to stay at the Don for any occasion!
- 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
- Loews Don CeSar Hotel Saint Pete Beach, Florida