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3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-4015
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#22 of 35 hotels in St. Pete Beach
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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.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Paid private parking on-site
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Room service
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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StratfordTaylor wrote a review Yesterday
Westbury, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
The most impressive thing is the beach location and a wide range of available amenities and services. We live in a 250 sq ft room which I have no complaint about except that the bathroom, although modern, is too cramped. When I reach above the close bureau (about 8 ft tall) I noted that it was very dusty.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Sleep Quality
KristynR wrote a review Nov 2021
Keller, Texas22 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favorite
My mom and I just returned home from our first mother-daughter stay at The Don Cesar, the “Pink Palace”, and it could not have been more perfect! The history of the place almost transports you back in time from the moment you walk in. The amenities are amazing, and the beach, pool, and hotel are absolutely beautiful! And THE STAFF puts this hotel over the top!! We enjoyed every minute of our stay! I have never stayed at a resort, in the states, with this level of service. The staff is genuinely joyful, kind, helpful, and happy to be there! I have never come home from a trip with this many names to share, starting with Michael, Denis, Spencer and sweet Courtney at the bell station welcoming us and taking care of our bags. We got to know them a bit as we waited for ubers each night to various restaurants, always so kind and pleasant to chat with. Heather helped us check in, answered all of our questions, and suggested some wonderful restaurants. Bradley at The Society Table restaurant was very friendly and very knowledgeable of all the dishes and fun drinks. Larry and Taylor greeted my mom each morning at Uncle Buck’s for her delicious breakfast pastry, they really made her day. Elijah, Collin and Uriah were the most helpful, kindest gentleman with our beach chairs each day, and Katie, Jackie, Zach and Tevin were some of the best pool servers we have ever had at any resort. I can not say enough about their kindness, sweet smiles and exceptional service! Katie truly is an absolute joy, and we were blessed to get to know her during our stay. Whoever does the hiring for this hotel does an absolutely amazing job! I have to also mention a quick note about Madfish, the seafood restaurant about 5 minutes down the road, absolutely amazing, atmosphere, service, food, all 10’s. The hostess Natalie and our server Robbie were fantastic!! I just can’t say one bad thing about our experience at The Don Cesar, we can not wait to return!!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded Nov 5, 2021
What a pleasure to read your outstanding review of your recent experience at The Don CeSar. We're so pleased to know our accommodations exceeded your expectations and we could be part of a very special occasion for you and your mom. Beautiful property, excellent location with close proximity to the beach and wonderful dining choices, and truly amazing staff are all aspects our guests can expect to find when they stay with us. Your compliments will be shared with all the individuals you have mentioned, and we so appreciate you taking the time to include so many names. It's wonderful to know you'll be returning to visit with us again in lovely St. Pete Beach. Come back soon. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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Wendylr wrote a review Jan 26
94 contributions16 helpful votes
I wasn’t happy about a $75.00 pet fee per day but they charged me an additional $9.75 a day in taxes! They didn’t even clean my room any day! I usually stay in historic hotels of America and never paid per day $84.75. I was aware of the $75 but to add on to that outrageous amount is an insult!!!! Most hotel that I have stayed at manage to work with me somewhere to help out the policies! This is the first one that stuck it to me! My dog is better behaved than most children.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t bring a dog!!!! Obviously that is what they want!!!
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded yesterday
Dear Wendy, Thank you for your feedback; we're sorry to hear you felt the price was not clear during your booking. Please know that taxes and fees may not be included in any advertised price, as is typical in our industry. It is unfortunate that our policies were not to your preference, though we hope you and your furry friend were comfortable during your visit. Should you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact us offline. We wish you safe travels and hope to see you again in the future. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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beenellis wrote a review Jan 26
Hamilton, Ohio21 contributions7 helpful votes
The Don Cesar was lovely. The hotel itself is gorgeous, inside and out. The front desk staff was exceptionally patient and helpful, I wish I could remember his name to give him credit. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. Our shower was also out of this world! Beautiful with great smelling soaps, almost spa like. Breakfast at the society table was fantastic. Fast and delicious. We had a day at the spa for my sisters birthday and it was just phenomenal. Every single service was the best we’ve ever had and the staff was just incredible - attentive and friendly and very talented. A lovely experience overall! Highly recommend.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: January 2022
Sleep Quality
Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded yesterday
Dear Beenellis, Our team endeavors to provide our guests with a quality stay and a full-fledged experience, so we're thrilled to hear that we exceeded expectations at every turn. We'll be sure to pass along your comments to our team, and we greatly appreciate your recommendation. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back to The Don CeSar in the future, so don't be a stranger! Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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Venture85 wrote a review Jan 25
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We have a baby and a dog and thus had much luggage. We pulled our car up to the valet area and were helped quite well by the valets, but there's a long staircase down to reception, and then a small staircase up to our room. No ramp. I was told that on the side of the building there is a ramp, but that's inconvenient. You need to have handicapped/baby access (for stroller, luggage carts, etc.) right at the main entrance (valet area.) Also, we booked the Don Cesar (vs. the Vinoy...which was highly recommended by a friend) because the Vinoy was undergoing renovations and because the Vinoy was not located near the beach. However, for 3 nights stay I could've gotten us the Vinoy for "free" (using AMEX points). My wife wanted direct beach access for our child so we chose the Don Cesar. Don Cesar was -not- an option using AMEX Travel. Thus I cashed in -all- of my Chase Sapphire points but that only got us about 1/2 of the overall cost of 3 nights covered. And then once we checked-in we were surprised by fees and/or stipulations that were not obvious or even presented at all on the Chase Sapphire rewards site and/or the Don Cesar web-site: - $31/night valet fee - $49 (?)/night resort/amenities fee - $75/night pet fee... - ...and because we had a pet we had to stay on the 1st floor, in a room with an ugly view and no view of the ocean; and the room was cramped to say the least! So the price of the hotel - per night - was actually quite expensive, leading to unforeseen expenses and us going over our budget for the trip...and quite frankly was not worth it. But because we loved the area, we decided to cash-in some of my AMEX points and stay a 4th night at the Vinoy. And I must say the Vinoy (despite not having beach access) is heads and shoulders above the Don Cesar in almost every way. We might stay at the Don Cesar again but only for beach access; otherwise, we're going to stay at and recommend the Vinoy.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: January 2022
Sleep Quality
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Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded 2 days ago
We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback, and it's unfortunate to hear that not everything about your visit lived up to expectations. While we apologize for any inconvenience, please know that all of our fees are listed on our website for our guest's convenience before booking, under the "amenities" section. Thank you for your comments, and we do hope you'll give us another chance to impress you later down the line. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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$280 - $576 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Don CeSar
Which popular attractions are close to The Don CeSar?
Nearby attractions include 360 Rooftop (0.3 miles), The Undertow (0.5 miles), and Coffee Pot Park (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Don CeSar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Don CeSar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Don CeSar?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Don CeSar?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Don CeSar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sandbar Bill's, Maritana at The Don CeSar, and Uncle Andy's Market.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Don CeSar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Don CeSar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Don CeSar?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Don CeSar offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Don CeSar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.