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“Beautiful beach and fabulous hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Loews Don CeSar Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706   |  
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Ranked #9 of 31 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach and fabulous hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I have stayed at the Don Cesar on three separate occasions and have never been disappointed. Staying in a beautiful historic hotel on a beautiful beach is definitely good for the soul. Rooms are calming and comfortable and the food is great, even at the pool café. The staff is friendly and attentive. I will be back.

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Green Features: they have recycling bins through out the public spaces in the hotels but I would have loved to see a recycling basket in my room as well
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
I'm happy to hear that you found your recent visit with us good for your soul! Our passionate staff, fabulous beaches and calming rooms can have that affect on people.

We appreciate your feedback and hope we have the privilege to welcome you back for a fourth visit.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Every single employee was friendly and helpful. We were prepared for the small room, and was pleasantly surprised at how light, bright, and clean it was. Bath very small, but our family of 4 managed just fine. We liked our room on the north side 4th floor better than our friend's room which overlooked the courtyard. Their view was nice, but because we had a little different furniture arrangement, ours felt larger.
This hotel focuses on the little things, like fruit infused water by pools/beach, fruit/nuts/coffee/cool towels in the work out center, etc.
Beautiful hotel and beach. After looking around the area, we would not stay at any other place. The Don clearly stands out.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
I'm happy that your first visit with us was so memorable!

From your clean and bright room, to our friendly and helpful staff, I can understand why your stay will stand out! And, thanks for noticing the "little touches" that are so important, including the fruit-infused waters, complimentary in-room coffee and cool poolside towels. They do make a difference.

Thanks for staying with us and I hope we can welcome you back soon.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My husband & I stayed at the Don Cesar in June. The hotel lived up to its reputation - excellent food & service We had a room that over looked the sea, nice size and luxuriously appointed - however bathroom was very small but we soon got used to it. We loved Uncle Andy's ice cream parlour - delicious ice cream & very friendly staff. Pool staff were very helpful & set up our sun beds each day providing additional towels & iced water throughout the day. A relaxing beach holiday - we were very spoilt.

Room Tip: All the bathrooms are small as a historic building but chose a room with a view - worth the extra co...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
It's great to hear that we lived up to our reputation by providing you the best in food and service while staying with us.

Our pool staff will appreciate your kind comments and we'll be sure to let everyone know at Uncle Andy's how much you enjoyed your experience there!

We hope to welcome you back and spoil you some more in the future.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Orlando, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is really the best place to stay in the St Pete and Clearwater area. You have a beautifully restored historic property, with amazing service. It's really the attention to service I like the most. Lovely people set up your pool and beach chairs and bring you food and drinks. Lovely people valet park your car, serve you dinner at the Maritana restaurant. It's all from another era of service when guests were pampered. The food is super, the beach is perfect. Just wonderful.

Room Tip: Suite 330 was two doubles, separate living room with pull out sofa bed, spacious bathroom. And facin...
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Green Features: Lots of locally sourced food options and recycling efforts
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
I'm happy that you felt nothing but pampered during your recent visit to The Don! Our staff takes genuine pride in providing the best experience possible for our guests, and I'll be sure to share your feedback with them.

I'm also delighted you had the chance to experience Maritana Grille, it is a very special place, and a memorable one at that!

We hope to welcome you back soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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San diego
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It was a great hotel however when they moved us to another room during our stay. Our computer went missing. The hotel did an Investigation and there were 3 people that came into our room maid person that restocked the fridge and the bell man. They told us they don't cameras and the staff said they didn't take it. We hold the hotel liable. However the hotel didn't accommodate us in any way when our computer was taken from one of their staff moving us. Just warning. Don't let them move you have any valuables.
You would think the hotel would accommodate us in some way but has not. We learned we have to Watch your stuff.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
I apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your recent visit with us.

It's my understanding that the matter with your computer has been resolved and we appreciate your patience.

Regards,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Sainte-Marthe, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A top beach resort we visit every year.
A grand entrance and very comfortable rooms decorated in beachy hues.
Great food, lots to do...or not to do!
Try a beach yoga class with Wendy, she is great and you may get to see some dolphins nearby!
By the pool they cater to your every needs and the staff goes out of their way to make your stay unforgettable.
You can walk for hours on the perfect white sandy beach or relax on a day bed and forget all your problems. A must if you are in Florida!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
After a yoga session with Wendy on the beach, I can relate as to why your visits to Loews Don CeSar are amazing every time

Thanks for the kind comments. I'm glad you we're able to discover and fully experience many of our amenities, and even see some dolphins. We see them almost daily and are always amazed. They are beautiful creatures. There is so much Sea Life to experience in St. Pete, we even created a Sea Life walking tour based on our surroundings.

We hope to have the privilege to see you again soon.

Namaste,

Jeff Abbaticchio
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stayed 1 night at this hotel to scope out a place for our wedding next summer, the hotel lobby is very nice and the staff is very friendly. The room and bathroom is very very small. We checked in early and they change our room to one that was ready so we unloaded our car and then went back down the ramp to park it. When we arrived at our room the maid was just starting to clean it so we had to wait 30 minutes. There really was not activities for the kids to do except the pool or the beach. The pool water was very warm, there were not alot of chairs available around the pools and the staff at the pool didn't really pay attention to the empty chairs (removing the old towels and putting new covers on) until the end of the day. The drinks were very expensive especially for the size cups you got and happy hour didn't start until 7:30 when specific drinks were discounted. I did like that they had someone playing guitar poolside for a couple hours but once he was done there was no additional entertainment. The hotel was crowded but it would be an ok place to stay of you aren't looking for a quiet, romantic place...maybe another time of the year would be better.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Thanks for checking us out! Even if it was just for a night!

I apologize for any issues you experienced with your accommodations and our housekeeping services. I'm confident the staff just wanted to be sure your room was looking its best!

It's great that you found our staff friendly and enjoyed our lobby. I am disappointed that you did not feel there was enough for the kids to do! Our Camp CeSar operates daily and provides a variety of activities for kids throughout the day - from Sea Life tours and explorations to pool games, scavenger hunts and even water balloon toss.

I hope you'll come back again and stay a little longer. We have as much to do, or as little - whatever it is you are looking for in your stay.

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Address: 3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
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Location: United States > Florida > St. 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:
#1 Business Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 Green Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Loews Don CeSar Hotel 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:
Don Cesar Beach Hotel
Don Cesar Beach Resort
Don Cesar Hotel Florida
Don Cesar Florida
Hotel Don Cesar Beach
Don Cesar Resort
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