We travel to the finest hotels in the world- Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Splendido, Ritz Paris, etc. We are not used to nickel and diming. However, that appears to be the Loews way- resort fee, per page charge for use of printer, etc. It is truly annoying. If you are charging for use of the pool, fitness center etc (even if you don't use it) why not have an upcharge for things you do use- a bed charge, a tv charge, an a/c charge, etc! In and of itself, the nickel and diming is a great incentive to never come back. However, the staff were so friendly, the location, amenities and food were so good, that they overcame the corporate miser mentality.
The shell of the hotel is old and beautiful, but the guts are modern. We had a suite with a balcony overlooking the ocean and pool. It had a great view with a nice sea breeze. The rooms were pedestrian but functional. Hyatt level. The living room had a comfortable couch and chairs and a large tv. The bed was comfortable but the pillow left something to be desired. The bathroom was small but had 2 sinks and a bathtub with a shower with decent water pressure and heat. The workout facility was excellent. There are 2 pools with a outdoor restaurant between them. The staff was super friendly and accomodating. There is also another restaurant next to the pool area. The food was very good for a pool. The prices were reasonable. There were musicians playing live music at the pool. The pool area leads out to a beautiful and pristine white sand beach. The sand stays cool even tho the temperature is in the 80's. The Gulf water was warm and clean. The upscale restaurant is mainly fish. The food was fine and the service friendly. There is a bar inside with live music on the weekends. There are a nice set of clothing and sundry stores located in the hotel. Also, there is a ice cream restaurant that has Starbucks coffee and fresh bagels/pastires if you don't want to eat at the restaurant. Another plus is that this is not a mega hotel with thousands of rooms and guests. It is reasonably sized. This is a nice hotel for families if you can get by the corporate nickel and diming.
- 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