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Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Princeton, New Jersey
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85 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“awesome spa visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My friend treated me to a spa day at the Don. We had done this 3 years ago and LOVED it. The same experience this time. The spa is very nice but what makes it great is the rooftop spa relax sun area. It's stricktly reserved for spa guests and you can relax as long as you want in your robe/bathingsuit and enjoy some very tasty healthy food and a good glass of wine....and an amazing view of the ocean. We will return....

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Hershey, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I just returned from my second stay at the Don Cesar while visiting friends in the Tampa Bay area. When the cold winter winds and snowflakes swirl around me, this is defintely one of the places I dream about...walking along the soft white sand, listening to the gentle gulf waves lap against the shore, looking up and seeing the gorgeous pink hotel sitting majestically at the southern end of St. Pete Beach.

OK - enough poeticism....here's what you need to know: the interior and exterior public spaces are beautifully appointed and spotlessly maintained. Casual elegance with a modern, tasteful sea blue theme abounds. The staff members were all so friendly, even the employees working in the shops on the ground floor - make sure to visit Andy's Ice Cream parlor - the locally-made ice cream is yummy - we could not resist having it each night of our stay! Our friends (locals) even frequent the parlor once a week! Our breakfast was excellent - great coffee and unique egg dishes at fairly reasonable prices. Although we were there during a cold spell and did not venture into the pools, they were very clean and inviting.

The rooms: what you first need to know is this: The Don was built in the 1920's and Loews has done a wonderful job restoring this beauty...but realize that the room size way-back-when was not what we see today in our "biggy size" world. Be prepared for small rooms and especially small bathrooms. To Loew's credit, they have done the most with what they have to work with, maximizing space with really lovely furniture and interior design. The rooms were also spotlessly clean - and I am stickler for that!

In my opionion, there is no other place to stay on St. Pete's Beach. Having the quaint community of Pass-A-Grille within almost walking distance is also a perk. Loews is also generous enough to offer very reasonable room rates for military and government employees. As my husband knows, there are few places that I enjoy visiting in the continental US as much as The Don...as always, I look forward to and patiently wait until my next visit!

Room Tip: If you need or desire mor space, you may want to consider a suite.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank kidzeyedoc
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Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Having seen the Don Cesar during day visits to St. Pete beach, staying there soon made our bucket list. Thus, my wife and I were guests over the Thanksgiving (2012) holiday. We found the hotel delightful and the staff likely the most guest friendly of any in our experience. Our room was adequate and very clean. Thanksgiving dinner at the Maritana restaurant proved well worthwhile even as I chose turkey over the venison. Service flagged somewhat as the dinner progressed but this could have been a management failure to provide sufficient staff. Still, it was an overall pleasant experience that is worth repeating.

Room Tip: Our second floor room on the north side was adequate and comfortable. It is likely that higher room...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Wayne L
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I have to say that I was surprised whenI read the Don CeSar said it was dog friendly -- I actually called to verify. We traveled to see family over Thanksgiving and wanted to stay at the beach, so it was a natural choice. My husband, our dog and I were warmly welcomed at check in. Our room was on the first floor -- easy access to the outside. We were give a list of dog friendly restaurants, sitters, services and play areas. We were also given a pet welcome bag with a placemat, bowls and poop bags.
Our room was very comfortable. The shower could use an upgrade, but otherwise, very comfortable.
The small town of Pass-a-Grill is a mile walk from the hotel -- it's loaded with dog-friendly restaurants. Ft DeSoto Park, about a 10 minute drive has a dog beach and 2 huge dog parks with showers. Downtown St Pete has rows of dog friendly restaurants -- some with doggie menus!
We were very pleased with the selection of the hotel and the activities.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado
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139 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Our recent stay at the Don Cesar was enjoyable. We were very impressed with the attention and efficiency of the staff from the doormen to the engineering staff. There is not doubt that the customer's needs are met first. We also found the restaurant personnel to be very helpful and accommodating. The hotel is in good condition and a very pleasant place to stay. The Don's proximity to the beach is unsurpassed and the views and sunsets fabulous. The room we were in was small but a minor issue compared to the outstanding service and amenities offered in the hotel. Don't miss an opportunity to visit this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

The staff at Don CeSar is very friendly and attentive. The major issue I have with the property is the room size. I booked what they call a "Grand Room," and frankely it was anything but "Grand." I would describe the room as small and inadequate. I even had a corner room, which is usually larger. Additionally, the beautiful view from the room was obscured by very dirty windows. Aside from that, the hotel is quite nice for a 3 star property. Back to the Saff... Every staff member I encountered was incredibly friendly and helpful. Wish I could remember all of their names because they all contributed to the pleasure of my stay.

Room Tip: The "Grand Room" was very disappointing, so becareful when booking, so you don't exect...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Markham, Ontario, Canada
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42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

History, glamour, very Florida, we always go for short stays in the winter at the Don Cesar Hotel Thir staff performance and personal service is great, a wonderful hotel on one of the best beaches in the world. A wonderful hotel "5 Star" with a unbelievable view of the Gulf of Mexico, The Sun for over 300 days of the year, I highly recommended this Hotel, the Room had a small balcony with a view of the entire beach front and the Gulf of Mexico. approximately 500 sq ft....A beautiful pink historic landmark, large hotel beautiful hotel room, with very comfortable bedding in kingsize bed, large bathroom, spectacular view of beach and pool! We would highly recommend your stay @ Don Cesar A beautiful hotel with a great restaurants, great food from poolside to exquisite dining inside, great pool and great beach for sunbathing, on the Beach. Close to Tampa, Clearwater 40 minutes from Airport. The Concierge Desk arranged Taxis and they will shuttle locally in Cadillac Escalade, Great Service for us. We had a lovely room, we have stayed here multiple times at the Don Cesar. Although we were only staying for a few days the entire staff were exceptional, everything was wonderful, and their concierge desk was excellent, an exceptional view and everything was perfect. Weddings Special events, our daughter was also married at the Don Cesar, last spring in April. The service was impeccable and staff were highly trained professionals, everyone was wonderful, at very experienced at Weddings they were first class, The Don Cesar was truly a great venue for a wedding. Great sun and beach, Great Hotel and it was perfect in every way and very competitively priced for rooms and weddings events, at a great five star hotel. Don Bremner of Ontario, Canada

Room Tip: Book a head, reservations needed in winter busy seasons West beach rooms facing gulf are obviously a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Address: 3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-4015
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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
#6 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 Romantic 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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