This place deserves an "A-" letter grade overall. Family of 4 stayed in room 114, a gulf-view suite, from 3/9/2013 through 3/11/2013. This room is right over the restaurant so I would recommend a higher floor for a better view. There were not any noise issues. The service, from check-in to check-out, was very good. The employees were encountered (valet, pool attendants, room service, lounge, gift shop, ice cream shop) were helpful, courteous, and efficient. We were able to get into the Maritana Grille restaurant for breakfast and dinner, with no reservations, without waiting, however, the restaurant service was a little slow.
The beach was well maintained--clean with soft, powdery, white sand.
Our girls, ages 6 and 8, wanted to attend Camp CeSar Kids Camp during the evening to try some crafts and meet other kids, but it was only offered during the day. If something had been offered where kids could have had some early evening festivities in a structured setting, that would have been preferred. Most hotels of this caliber offer some sort of supervision in the evening that the kids can enjoy.
The only other gripe was that the pool was not warm. The weather was in the 70s during our stay. There was a cold breeze blowing in from the Gulf. If the air temperature had been in the upper 80s, the pool would have been refreshing. But, with cool weather, you need a warmer pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Don Cesar Beach Hotel
- Don Cesar Beach Resort
- Don Cesar Hotel Florida
- Don Cesar Florida
- Hotel Don Cesar Beach
- Don Cesar Resort
- The Don CeSar St. Pete Beach, Florida