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Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Reviewed November 27, 2006

My partner and I stayed at the beach house suites for a week in November ‘06. Overall, our stay was great. The property is well kept, clean, in a great location and the staff is very accommodating. We loved having the full kitchen so we could cook our own meals, and eat on our private balcony overlooking the Gulf.

The pool area at the Beach House is not nearly as busy and crowded as it is at the main hotel. Most days, there were less than 10 people in total at the pool. We enjoyed the sun deck located behind the pool - very secluded and quiet. There is a bar tender and a pool attendant in the pool area, so there's always a staff person around if you're in need of something. Clevious, the pool attendant, was great. Each day, he remembered where we preferred to sit and set up our seats with chair pads before we asked.

The suites are quite nice. I've posted some pictures of the interior. Others have commented that the decor is a bit dated. True, there are no down duvets, plush armchairs or marble bathrooms as there are at the main hotel. The rooms are decorated with a tropical theme - mostly wicker furniture and tropical pictures, but we felt that it made for a casual, laid back environment - after all, it is a beach house, not the (perhaps stuffy) main hotel. Our suite had two bathrooms which were clean, although slightly dated with baby-blue tile. The bedroom was comfortable, although small - our room only had a queen bed, which took up most of the room, but there were two closets and a dresser, which allowed us to unpack, instead of living out of a suitcase. There is a TV in the bedroom, and another in the living room, which would be great for families, or for couples where one goes to bed earlier than the other.

It's always a bit of a guessing game to determine what to bring when you're going to a hotel with housekeeping/kitchen facilities. This is what you should bring: Salt and pepper - there are none provided. The hotel does provide dish soap and detergent for the dishwasher (although they don't always replenish it, but if you ask at the front desk, they'll deliver more to your room). We really appreciated the washer and dryer (you have to bring or buy your own laundry soap). There are a few pots and a frying pan, but no mixing bowls. There also is no Tupperware in the unit. There were only four place settings, which didn't bother us as we were just 2, but larger groups may find themselves washing dishes frequently to have an adequate supply.

Our only minor issue was with the housekeeping standards. We expressed our concerns (the unit hadn't been vacuumed in 3 days, and the previous guest's garbage was left under the sink) to Shawn at the front desk who dealt with the issue quickly, professionally, and to our satisfaction. The other staff was very friendly, and always spoke when we passed then in the hall or at the pool.

If you're there over a weekend, be sure to try the King Charles Brunch at the main hotel - it's a nice once-in-a-while treat at $90 for two (go after 11am when the champagne is flowing very freely!)

There is a beach-bar located next to the hotel, which seemed to get a bit busy on the weekend nights, so I’d suspect if you were making use of one of the two sofa-beds in the living room, you may have heard some of the noise next door (I realize there’s nothing the hotel can do about that as it’s not their property, but I think it’s something to be aware of especially if you’ll be using the living room as an additional sleeping area.) At the time we were there, there was construction going on next door (on the bedroom side of the building), so we were awakened each morning at 7:30am by the trucks and cranes operating about 20 feet from the bedroom window (again, there’s nothing the hotel can do about that, but it is definitely something to be aware of – go to bed early as sleeping in and daytime napping will not be an option until the construction is completed!)

Overall, I had a wonderful time there, and would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2006

Fantastic stay. I am in the hotel industry, and am very very critical. I could find nothing at all to criticize! The staff is super friendly and goes above and beyond to accommodate and assist. The facility is sparkling clean and well maintained, and the location can't be beat.

I'd go again. I want to go again. I'd send my friends and family, and recommend this hotel without reservation to all.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2006

This place is absolutely awesome. We had a 1 bdrm 2 bath suite overlooking the pool and the ocean. Intruly loved the place and did not want to leave. Very roomy, very clean, great location to restaurants. Have a beach bar next door that is a definite party place, lots of volleyball tournys going on. Would reccomend this to everyone and the kicker, its pet friendly, they even give a gift to your pet as you come in. TRY IT OUT!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2006

My husband and I visit Clearwater, St. Petes twice a year. We often pass the Don CeSar but have never actually stayed at the hotel until June 2006. We often stay at the Sheraton on Sand Key in Clearwater which is a top class hotel or the Hilton now known as the 'Doubletree' in St. Petes or the Tradewinds. We only stayed a night at the Don CeSar but wished it had been longer. The atmosphere was fantastic, the quality of the hotel room was superb and clean (not small at all as other reviews have stated). This hotel offered fantastic views, the beach was amazing with tip toe stepping distance from the outdoor pool area. Very spacious hotel with plenty of space. We would certainly come back again but for a lot longer perhaps 5 - 7 day's and maybe take up one of the packages that the Don CeSar offer as everything is just 1st class. A perfect hotel for a total tranquility and relaxation holiday.

Thank you to the Don CeSar staff and all that help run and maintain it in its upkeep.

This is a picture of my husband next to a beautiful plant from Africa, which was taken while waiting a short while for the lift. The hotel has gorgeous surroundings/pictures. The plant was one of mine as it was heart shaped with red leaves and very very unusual. Now I have a picture of the man that I love next to a beautiful 'Heart Shaped Plant' to remind me of the wonderful stay I spend at the Don CeSar.

Best Wishes
Gabrielle & Dale Rantanen (Cardiff) Wales, United Kingdom.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2006

We have been staying at the Beach House Suites for the last 8 consecutive years. During some of those years we have visited this property more than once. Our visits average between 9 and 13 days in length. We have found this property to be a real jewel for our family(2 Adults/1 teenage daughter)and friends. The number one reason we return each year is the friendly and attentive management and staff that caters to your every wish.

While a guest at the Beach House you have the option of enjoying all the ammenities of the Don Cesar Resort and Spa. We use the Spa (Great massages Robert!), the London Hair Salon (great Pedicure Gena), the dining facilities, gift shops, Uncle Andy's Ice Cream Parlor and workout facilities. It's perfect! A shuttle is avaiable to and from the main Resort - 24/7. Bill, Ryan and Adam and the entire bell staff are great! We used the shuttle several times everyday. Actually there is no need for a car. The Beach House is within walking distance to every type of retail business you could possibly need.

For what you pay for one night at the Resort, you can have a Deluxe - One Bedroom condominium at the Beach House with ocean view, balcony. kitchen, living room w/DVD player, and washer and dryer. Having two bathrooms is another added bonus when travling with 3 ladies.

The Beach House has its own pool and outdoor spa. Not nearly as crowded as the main Resort pools. The Sand Dollar Bar at the Beach House pool is awesome! The kids love Cari the bartender and all of her kid friendly drink recipes. The adults love them as well! Food is available. Look for Antoinette - she'll take care of getting you a chair and towels for your visit at the pool.

Jose and the housekeeping staff keep your room in emaculate order.(Thanks Violet!) Everything from special requested down pillows to special soaps and shampoos. They will see your room feels just like home. And if you have a special way you like your sheets to be tucked - they'll take care of that!

We are always ready to return. The Beach House Suites by Don CeSar is a real "Suite" deal! From the time Shawn and the front desk crew checks you in until the time you leave with a few goodbye tears in your eyes.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed April 2, 2006

Our family of 4 (2 kids, 2 adults) just returned from 7 days at the Beach House Suites - we had a fantastic time!

The Beach House Suites is a great place for families -the deluxe rooms have a full kitchen and two full bathrooms. If you have kids, you know eating out at restaurants 2 or 3 meals a day can get old and with the crowds during spring break very frustrating. We made breakfast and lunch everyday in our room and went out to dinner every night.

We took the shuttle over to the main resort a few times for dinner and ice cream. The main resort has two pools but they were very crowded - we preferred the pool at the Beach House Suites. The bar there was good but I wish it stayed open later- it closed when the sun set. It would have been nice to sit on our balcony at night and have a few pina coladas after dinner while the kids watched TV or slept.

The staff was very accomadating and friendly and always greeted us by name. Housekeeping did a great job. Sometimes when you stay for several days housekeeping will just do a once over but here the rooms were cleaned to perfection everyday.

We have stayed at the Don Cesar's main resort before. It's a beautiful place but for us the rooms were too small (the majority of rooms do not have balconies-none with kitchens). If you expect nothing but luxury and to be pampered 24/7 then the main resort would be a better suit.

Guests at the Beach House Suites have full access to the main resorts facilities yet can stay in spacious condo like accomadations that are far more family freindly - you get the best of both worlds.

We can't wait to return to the Beach House Suites.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed March 11, 2006

OK, here are the facts: the Beach House Suites are spacious and are set on a beautiful stretch of beach. But they are NOTHING like the Don Cesar Hotel, meaning they lack classiness and amenities. The suites are somewhat tacky (chintzy furniture and things like the bedroom doors not opening all the way because they are blocked by the beds). Also, there is a cheesy and extremely popular beach bar next door where locals party loudly into the wee hours of the night. And since chances are your bedroom will be facing the highway as well, you're definitely going to hear a lot of noise.

The good points of the suites is the size, which accommodates 3-4 people comfortably, the families (everyone seems very happy and nice), and the staff. Shawn in the office is the nicest, most accomodating person ever. So it's not a bad place to stay, but if you're looking for any kind of elegance, don't go here.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Address: 3860 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3933
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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) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#11 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#14 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range: $227 - $523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 by the Don CeSar 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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