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3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-4015
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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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
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Kissmo wrote a review Nov 2021
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania13 contributions1 helpful vote
We have visited the Don Several times over the past 3 years and find the Hotel to be unique. The Staff is attentive and make you feel welcome. This Historic Hotel has the Charm of the age it was build coupled with an awesome pool area, Beach that would appear to be Private along with a staff that caters to your needs while there. The Pool area and staff allow you to relax for hours while and take care of your needs. Family Friendly resort that welcomes young families. Great place to meet with Grandparents and enjoy a holiday. The Beach is just awesome and a few steps from the pool area. Just drop your bags and enjoy yourself.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Kissmo, Thank you for your glowing review of your stay at The Don CeSar; we love welcoming back our returning guests. It is awesome to hear that you once again found our staff to be friendly and helpful and were able to enjoy some of our fantastic amenities. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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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 4 weeks ago
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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rickkelly2021 wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The Don Cesar isn’t what it used to be and is operating with minimal services and not communicating that to guests. We got married there 7.5 years ago and thought we would return with kids. The best thing about the place is the beach. I would not give the place more than 3 stars in its current configuration. Bathrooms smaller than a closet, no business center, no room service, we waited an hour for food after ordering with 2 small kids, had to be moved from bad rooms Twice. The one manager tried to help best he can but the whole operation is not what you would expect for the prices they charge
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for sharing your review and valuable insights. We were honored that you returned to our property with your growing family. However, we're distressed you didn't have the experience we would have expected. Please accept our apologies that you encountered delays when ordering food, as well as the other issues you mentioned. Rest assured, delivering top-notch accommodations and exceptional service are two goals that we will never stop working to achieve. Despite your challenges, we hope your children enjoyed our beautiful beach area. Our team is confident that future visits will uphold the fantastic stay you expected from our resort, and we would be honored to have another chance to deliver the amazing experience we're known for. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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slotboss wrote a review Nov 2021
Destin, Florida271 contributions133 helpful votes
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our room was very nice with plenty of room. The pool deck is very spacious with 2 pools and bar and grill. If you happen to be in St pete's you could do a lot worse than staying at The Don.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you very much for the outstanding review of your recent visit to The Don CeSar. We're so pleased our accommodations exceeded your expectations and you found our staff amazing, the pool area spacious, and the surroundings pleasant. It would be a privilege to host you again when your travels bring you back to beautiful St. Pete Beach! Come back soon. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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JWoff1132 wrote a review Nov 2021
Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution
The Don Cesar will forever be a favorite hotel for me to engage in business and pleasure. Do yourself a favor and spend a week or more in St. Pete at "The Don". All staff members from valet, bellmen, front desk, housekeeping, restaurant, fitness, pool and ground are friendly, professional and willing to help.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
Response from General Manager, General Manager at The Don CeSar
Responded 6 days ago
It was a privilege to welcome you to The Don CeSar. You pay us the greatest compliment by recommending our beautiful property to other travelers. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, we aim to provide an exceptionally comfortable and relaxing stay. Thank you for the wonderful compliments on our hospitality and service, and we look forward to seeing you again! Thomas Fraher – General Manager.
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$280 - $576 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesFloridaSt. Pete Beach
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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.