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The Don CeSar
Ranked #6 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

What a great hotel!! Reservations staff helpful and accommodating, beautiful property, friendly staff, fantastic beach and amenities. I live in Florida and have my own jet skis but even jet ski rental was reasonably priced, much cheaper than many other resorts.
The BEST part, if you like fine gourmet dining is the Maritana Grill. Don't waste your time running out to all the mediocre beach restaurants...STAY IN THE HOTEL. Maritana was one of the best dining experiences in years. A friend of mine with a home in St Pete rec. it to me and I was amazed with the food, the service and the ambience.
Overall not one complaint only praise for the Don!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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DanielWalsh, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear steve34515,

It's so great to hear that you enjoyed yourself thoroughly during your stay. In particular, your experience at the Maritana Grille seemed to really exceed your expectations. It is a wonderful restaurant, and they consistently rank among the best in the country for seafood.

Thank you again for all your kind words, we hope to welcome you back in the very near future.


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Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We live about 30 miles from the Don Cesar and it has become a family tradition to celebrate birthday's or sneak a quick get-a-way to the Don. We have never been disappointed! The Don is a true window back to Florida's grand beach resorts of the past. Built nearly a century ago, it has been been thoroughly updated and modernized with every creature comfort but still exudes the feel of "old Florida." This is our second stay since a recent renovation and everything still seems fresh and inviting. One of the strongest features of the property is the staff. The concierge, Ron, knows Tampa Bay better than anyone I've ever met. The front desk staff treat guests as if they are welcome family. Of course the most important feature of the hotel is it's location along one of the nicest beaches in North America. It's less than two hours to Disney and maybe half an hour to Busch Gardens so combine a theme park visit with a relaxing sunset or early morning beach stroll and you won't want to leave . . . we never do! Like many beach resorts the Don has great casual and upscale dining options but it also features a unique option, an old fashioned ice cream parlor! Nothing says Florida like a sundae or shake after the beach and pool.

Room Tip: Don't worry about gulf view rooms. The gulf is dark at night! Choose a room that fits your famil...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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DanielWalsh, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

Dear ourfinan,

Thank you for your kind words!

We appreciate your loyalty and are glad to have been a part of so many special occasions for you and your family. Despite all of the updates and renovations it's great to hear we have managed to capture the "old Florida" feel, especially for a local who has spent so much of their life here in the area. Thank you also for mentioning Ron and the front desk, I will be sure to personally thank them for taking such great care of you during your stay.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your recent experiences, if you ever need any assistance with a future reservation or trip to the beach please let us know how we can help.


Warmest Regards,

Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

I just got back from my friends wedding here, and it was an amazing time. The hotel is pretty much all inclusive as we didn't have to leave at all. The staff was wonderful, especially Laura at the pool and the spa. I had a late flight, and was allowed to use the spa to get ready and shower. The only complaint I have was the hostess at the Brunch on Fathers day wasn't friendly or helpful when we were trying to make reservations to eat. The brunch itself was amazing!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank sasieber
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DanielWalsh, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear sasieber,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences during your recent stay!

I'm truly sorry for the inconsistency in service you experienced during your brunch, however, I am so glad to hear the rest of your stay was amazing. We strive to create that "all in one" feel for our guests and provide them with amazing amenities here on property. I will be sure to let Laura know how much she impacted your stay!

Thank you again for your kind comments, we hope to welcome you back in the near future!


Warmest Regards,

Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

What a lovely hotel.
The decor is so appealing and comforting-- the hotel has so much charm from years gone by, but has kept up with modern conveniences. Nicely appointed, great staff and the most beautiful beach. I can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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DanielWalsh, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear BeckyCakes,

Thank you for your review!

I'm glad you were able to enjoy the beautiful history and surroundings the Don and St. Pete Beach have to offer. We take great pride in showcasing our historic property while providing our guests with the very best in modern amenities. It's great to read about how much you enjoyed both.

Thank you again for your review, we look forward to your next visit!


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Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Some people can break it down, I just ramble a bit. We arrived this past Friday, quick check-in and offered some champagne and helped ourselves to a few naval oranges on the counter. It is about the only thing free at the resort. We valet parked the car, $23 per day vs. $10 to self park per day, but if you come and go a few times, you pay each time when you self-park. The valet is friendly and really hussle to get your car. We have been here before. We checked into a partial bay and city view room, room 602. The room was small and the bathroom even smaller! So small that the toilet bowl was so close to the bathtub that when you sit on the bowl, your knees are almost touching the tub. I am 5'10", if you are over 6' tall, do not take this room or else while using the toilet bowl your feet will be in the tub, I am not kidding about this!
We had the "Don" breakfast buffet for 2 mornings, $22 per person, includes everything, can even order a dish from the main menu. Eggs well prepared, great bacon, waffles, whole wheat pancakes, grapefruit juice, lox and bagels, a real good breakfast. You can order ala cart if you want. The water temperature of the Gulf was beautiful, almost too warm, thanks Global Warming! Unusual to be this warm in early June. They have plenty of beach lunges and umbrellas, they get $25 per day for them. No charge for chairs, umbrellas or towels at the pool. They will move umbrella's and chairs for you. They do have a $25 per day resort fee, so you are paying for it. They will get you drinks and food, you pay of course. Lots of children at the pool, but not a problem or in your way. Pools were crowded with people bringing drinks in pool. Lots of weddings going on also. We did not eat dinner at the hotel. At one night in St Pete Beach at Snappers on Gulf Blvd, not bad. The second night at Passe Grille right across from the beach, sorry don't remember the restaurant, it was on the corner and many flights of steps to get to outdoor seating. The beach is clean and beautiful, the water as I mentioned above was very warm, can get right in, and very clean.

Room Tip: Avoid room 602 if you are tall, the toilet bowl and tub are an experience.
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Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank William A
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DanielWalsh, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear William A,

Thank you for taking the time to share all of your recent experiences from your trip to the Don!

It sounds as though you enjoyed many of the areas and amenities throughout the hotel, including the pool and beach areas, as well as our Sea Porch restaurant for your breakfast. Although I wish you had enjoyed a dinner at one of our two great restaurants, I also understand getting out and exploring is all part of a vacation and it sounds as though you found a couple of good local options.

Thank you again for all of the details and comments from your recent stay. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back to the Don in the near future!


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Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

That is all I can say about this place... The service was incredible, got upgrade upon arrival to a full ocean view which was spectacular waking up to every morning. The room was spotless and very functional. The staff was fantastic and made our stay feel very special, we even got a little behind the scenes tour from an employee that was great, glad he/she went the extra mile for us. To top it off, I proposed to my girlfriend on the beautiful sunset beach. This was truly an unforgettable experience for us. We can't wait to come back, we are even hoping we can get married here which would be a dream... Thanks again to all the staff at the Don!

Room Tip: See if you can grab a corner room, it has spectacular views of the ocean and pool area
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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DanielWalsh, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear dmbclstj2,

Congratulations on your recent engagement!

I'm glad you had such a wonderful time during your recent visit, capped off by such a memorable occasion. We do hope you will come back when it comes time for your wedding and/or honeymoon. You will be hard pressed to find a better team when it comes to weddings and St. Pete Beach does a great job setting the mood with the unforgettable sunsets!

Please let us know if we can be of any assistance with future plans or events, and thank you again for all your kind words.


Warmest Wishes & Congratulations!

Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

This hotel is beautiful, historic, and supposed to be the best hotel in St. Pete, and probably the most expensive. We stayed for a family reunion, and they had a wiffelball (sp?) tournament and it was so loud, even in the room for the entire Saturday that we could not hear ourselves think. We complained to the hotel, and it was obvious that they did not care. The volume was like you were at a live music concert by the pool, with the bass turned all the way up. We had a fun, good vacation anyway, but I was truly disappointed in the lack of consideration for guests at the hotel, who had paid upwards of $550 per night just for a room, which was also very small for that price. The food was pricey, but good, and the people in the restaurant were fabulous. However, if you are planning on going for a nice, romantic getaway, you will hate it here. They did have a wonderful breakfast, though, and you can visit the hotel and have breakfast and stay somewhere else on the beach, which is what we will likely do next time.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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DanielWalsh, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

Dear Wendi B,

Thank you for taking the time to share your stay on Trip Advisor. I thought maybe I had missed the Wiffle Ball tournament this year but then I realized you had actually stayed with us about a year ago! There were other comments regarding this event that we have since addressed and, should the group decide to return to St. Pete Beach again this year, we are going to have a very different approach to how we roll it out. Our goal is for all of our guests to thoroughly enjoy themselves, and the tournament has a nice crowd that attends and many of our guests enjoy it however, those seeking peace and quiet should have their goals realized as well and we are committed to making sure it happens.

Thank you again for your feedback and I am so happy you enjoyed the other areas of the hotel. We hope to welcome you back in the near future, and please let me know if you have any concerns and I would be happy to address them personally.


Warmest Regards,

Daniel Walsh, VIP Manager

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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
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#1 Business Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 Green Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#5 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range: $258 - $551 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Don CeSar 4*
Number of rooms: 277
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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