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“Beautiful Beach Views and Quite Spacious, But in Serious Need of Renovation.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar

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Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar
Ranked #4 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Clearwater, FL
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202 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach Views and Quite Spacious, But in Serious Need of Renovation.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

If you book here, don't expect it to be anything like the Don Cesar! It may be painted in a similar fashion, but this is no Pink Palace! The rooms are like mini condos with a full kitchen, nice sized living room and a furnished balcony with a fantastic view if the beach and the sunset. However, these places have not been renovated since they were built in the early 1990's, so if you are expecting luxurious appointments like those you would find at the Don, you will want to run screaming from the place as soon as you open the door. No fine linens or granite countertops here! From the old tile, antiquated bathrooms to the worn carpet in the living room, this place needs a facelift! Service? No such thing here! Not even a cart or someone to assist with luggage. In the photos, it looks like they have king sized beds in the suites, but ours was a double or queen with a scratchy old fashioned bed spread one would expect to find in a cheap motel. This is a really great location and it needs some serious TLC from the ownership or they should consider dropping the Don from it's name. If your traveling with a family and need to cook meals in to save money on your trip, I can see booking this place ... as long as you know what you are in for!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

I've stayed at the Don several times (even got married there) and the Beach House Suites previously. The rooms are definitely dated, though clean and spacious. They were painting the exterior during our trip so here's hoping room renovations are also on the agenda. I enjoy having a kitchen on vacation to keep food and make smaller meals/snacks so that's a huge plus for me.

The biggest change I noticed was now regular beach chairs have to be rented both here and at the Don. Considering they already charge a $22/day + tax resort fee, I find it to be a bit ridiculous and excessive a beach chair is no longer included in the rate. While down at the Don, we heard others complaining about the new rental rates as well. It made the pool uncomfortable since more people sit there now so the chairs are squeezed in tightly one on top of the other.

When going to St Pete, it was never a question - we'd always stay here or at the Don to revisit where we were married. Now that it seems like the properties are going in a different direction, we'll definitely be exploring other options for the next trip.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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pittsburgh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I had to stay here due to another hotel in St. Pete's messing up my reservation and them being overbooked. It was a Saturday in Ocober and a lot of places were sold out. I stumbled on this condo style gem. It was very spacious with a great ocean view. Clean- quiet- full kitchen- very comfortable bed. A great place to travel with as a family or group. Suites were very spacious. Two bathrooms! A lot for one person. The only bummer is that they charge you for beach chairs/cabanas. This should be complimentary as it is at most other resorts. You are traveling and in most cases flying. You can't haul these necessities with you. Good location- lots of restaurants and shops in walking distance. A good place to get away.

Room Tip: Go for the ocean front if you are on vacation!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

I stayed here for a wedding with my husband and two other couples. When I booked, I told the employee how many people were planning to stay in our room, and she said she would book us a two bedroom room suite - two bedrooms and a pull out couch. Turns out, the entire hoel only has one bedroom rooms, no two bedrooms at all. We were given a room with one bedroom and two pull out couches. The suite was EXTREMELY dusy; we could see a cloud of dust rise when we put a suitcase on the mattress, and when we used the toster, a burning smell filled the room for the remainder of the stay because of the amount of dust built up inside. All three mattresses had numerous broken springs and were uncomfortable to sleep on. The balcony had no privacy - we could see right into our neighbors' rooms, and they could see into ours. One of the two showers was not working (no water came out at all), and when I told the employees at the front desk, they seemed unconcerned, and the shower was not fixed during our stay. This hotel was definitly not worth the money at all. I expect much more both from the amount we paid, and the Don Cesar name.

Room Tip: Book at another hotel!!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Chuluota, Florida
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

Stayed there for my Birthday Weekend. Staff friendly and was upgraded twice, pleasant surprise. Beautiful view of Gulf. Nice sized suite with full kitchen. Large Balcony to sit on and view the sunset.

Room Tip: Rooms that are labeled XX01-XX03 are front facing the Gulf. Thsi is the section I stayed in.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PatrickI65
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BeachHouseMgmt, Front Office Supervisor at Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Dear Patrickl65,

Thank you for your kind words. I am very glad our team was able to make your Birthday more memorable. We look forward to seeing you for your birthday celebration this year!!

-Karalyn Frady, Front Office Supervisor
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We are currently staying at the Beach House. It is our second trip to this property. We chose it because it takes pets (we have 7-lb dog), has fantastic beach access and views, has kitchen and "2" baths per room (more like a condo), and close proximity to pool from our room. VERY clean. We booked 2 rooms for 1-week plus.

Two persons in our party are in wheelchairs/scooters. The staff was very accommodating to actually build a mini-ramp at the door to make it easier for the power-scooter to get over the threshold. Susan and staff (esp bartender Cari and pool steward Patrick) were responsive and quick to any question or request we had. they will bring you ice or extra cooking pans, blender, etc (you just have to ask) and have a mini-grocer on site.

Such a great location! We only had to look out of our gulf-front view to see the sunset each night. so lovely!

Kitchen worked great - oven heated accurate, dishwasher and fridge w icemaker, even washer/dryer in unit. All worked great.

With so many pluses - why oh! why! doesnt someone take pride in the terribly worn furniture? It is beyond outdated! The cushions sag on the sofas (2 per room) - we could not sit on the sofa with any degree of comfort - even after doubling the cushions for more comfort. Mattress also needs to be replaced (sags). come on folks! Make this property live up to its name!

Room Tip: view of sunset from gulf-front room - worth the extra
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

Overall my stay at the beach house suites was excellent. The only negative thing about the rooms were that the doors were really hard to open. You have to really put some muscle into opening the door. The elevators felt like a sauna. Other than that, the place was great, the staff was really friendly and we had easy access to the beach.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linnie718
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Additional Information about Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar

Property: Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar
Address: 3860 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3933
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) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#1 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#12 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#14 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beach House Suites are located directly on St. Pete Beach and feature seventy all-suite accommodations. Ideal for extended stays group blocks and families. Each suite is equipped with a separate living room with sofa bed, washer and dryer, and a kitchenette with mini-refrigerator, dishwasher, Keurig coffee-maker, microwave, and induction stove top. Pet-friendly accommodations are available. Guest rooms have spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. There is one heated outdoor pool. The property has a lounge and dining outlet, Sand Dollar Bar, adjacent to its pool area. Guests are able to use the world-class services and amenities at the nearby Don CeSar, which is about a half mile walk down the beach. These amenities include access to the two large heated outdoor pools, fitness center, yoga and aerobics classes, non-motorized watersport rentals, history tours, complimentary tastings, Kids Club, business center, PressReader access, and pool and beach games. Guests are able to make charges at the Spa Oceana, six drinking and dining outlets, and beach and watersport rentals. Access is included in the resort fee. Also included in the resort fee is premium Wi-Fi and two bottled waters, daily turndown service, upon request, and unlimited local calls. ... more   less 
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