My finance and I booked 5 nights, June 27th-July 1st. Hotel was recommended by a friend who lives in the area.
Pros: Every staff member we met was friendly and professional. The hotel itself is beautiful, very clean. Our room was cleaned and restocked each day. Towels fluffy and plush. Bed very comfortable, nice linens. Lots of lounge chairs around the pool area. Two pools, not terribly large, but adequate. Decent outdoor towels provided. Iced water with fruit available in pool area. We had dinner one night at the fine dining Maritana Restaurant, which was fantastic. Other, less formal restaurants and poolside fare were tasty and what you would expect at a hotel like this. I had a facial at the spa one afternoon which I really enjoyed.
Cons: The room was unbearably small. We had a king room, 4th floor, partial gulf view. Two people can not function comfortably in these rooms. Bathroom was tiny, shower/tub slippery and dangerous (even with the rubber mat they provide) and didn't drain properly. No balcony, in fact, very few rooms have any balcony. It's just the way the hotel was built. We tried to change to a suite but the hotel was sold out of all rooms due to weddings going on over the weekend. The beach chair rental situation: $8 for a sand chair, $12 for a lounge chair, $15 per umbrella per day, and the prices go up from there. I have never been to a hotel that bills itself as luxury but makes you buy a chair to sit on the beach (but pool lounges are free). Cabanas and premium beach services I can see charging for, but a chair? There were way less guests on the beach then there should have been, but the pool was packed. I can only assume no one wanted to pay these stupid fees.
The bottom line:
We checked out 2 nights early because the weather turned terrible. If you can't enjoy the outside there's no point in staying here. A sold out hotel during a 2 day downpour just would have been too claustrophobic. Otherwise, if you can handle the cramped rooms, I would recommend this hotel for a short stay.
- 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