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“Good Hotel, Great Staff”
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The Don CeSar
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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“Good Hotel, Great Staff”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I stayed here for a business meeting with a rowdy group and the service here was outstanding. It is a very sweet hotel. The rooms are decorated perfectly for the surroundings and although the carpeting is a little damp at all times (part of the issue with being next to water I guess) the service and outside environment was awesome. The pool service was great, the staff comes off as being super helpful without being fake, which, being a regular business traveler, is a hard combination to find. They had live music outside by the pool fairly regularly and the guy playing the guitar was very good playing a diverse set of songs without being cheesy. We also had a group activity that they planned for us, but unlike some group activities that can be painful to participate in this was a lot of fun. Again great staff. Keep up the good work.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

What an iconic hotel!!
My partner and I stayed here with our French Bulldog after
being very disappointed in the tacky environment we found
in a large part of St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille being a
notable exception.
After having left another property down the street, we felt we
had arrived in Paradise..the staff was incredibly friendly and
efficient, the room was on the small side but nonetheless
charming and very comfortable, the public areas in the hotel
were beautiful and the pool area splendid! The hotel also
is set on a very beautiful, white-sand beach.
This is a hotel stay we will cherish and remember for a long time!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Relaxing with a beverage, listening to a guy playing the guitar who is very good. Agita and Pam are taking excellent care of us. I'm living the dream until Monday and I have to leave and go back to work. :-(

  • Stayed September 2013
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south carolina
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed here 3 nites and it was good, rooms are small but done well and outside areas are great, did not eat here so don't know about the food, they do have happy hour in the outside bar which was great, $4.00 drinks which we liked, lots of resturants close by. staff was very friendly

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hastings, Minnesota
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed for a long weekend from Saturday-Tuesday. It was fantastic! We arrived early around 11 o'clock and our room was already ready! We were in a virtual suite, that had a parlor area and 2 bedrooms. This was great for our family of 4! On Saturday the hotel was busy, but once it got around to Sunday and Monday, it was pretty quiet. Down at the beach, like most hotels, you have to pay for the chairs. If you decide to do paddle boarding or canoeing, they are free from 10-Noon each day. Some of us got our nails done and it was superb. The only reason I rated this hotel 4 our of 5 stars was the extra service charge, which is around 20% for everything, and I do mean everything. Other than that the staff was excellent! I would definitely recommend staying at the Pink Palace.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
It's great to hear that you had such a wonderful stay! I'm especially glad that you we're able to take advantage of some of our free non-motorized water sports - mornings are sometimes the best time to take advantage of the Gulf waters, so sounds like you did it right!

I'm also delighted that you enjoyed your spa visit, the professionals in Spa Oceana are fantastic! Next time you should try to find time to experience a massage or facial - they are also incredible!

We hope to see you back soon and thanks for your feedback about the service charge.

Regards,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews DonCeSar Hotel
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband brought me down for a birthday-weekend getaway. What a great pick! The hotel itself is beautiful and well maintained, the beach was gorgeous and not too crowded. Our room had a gulf-side view with a balcony. Comfortable, clean and nicely decorated.

That said, the gem of the hotel was the staff. They were responsive, enthusiastic and spontaneously proactive in making sure our stay was great. From valet, bellmen, housekeeping, pool staff, spa, and retail associates, we just got the impression they were really sincere and concerned with our comfort and enjoyment. Not only were they responsive to us, but on more than one occasion we observed staff addressing each other in a positive, supportive manner. Talk about putting your guests at ease! We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Hi Melanie!

WOW! We're glowing after reading your post about your experience during your recent birthday weekend celebration! Glad you had a great time.

I'm also delighted that you recognized our staff, they are true gems. Without them, we know we would not be successful - in our culture, our staff treats each other just as we treat our guests, with genuine respect. Glad we were able to make you feel at ease while you were here.

See you back soon!

Best,

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I'm a local St Pete resident and I stopped with a friend at The Don Cesar for a drink and a bite to eat in the hotel lobby bar.

Who in the world pick those horrible tables and chairs sitting in the lobby area? They just don't fit and look ridiculous for this historic landmark. Whom ever gave that look their stamp of approval needs to be dropped down a few rungs on the suit ladder.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Henry L
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LoewsDonCeSar_1928, Manager at The Don CeSar, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thanks for your feedback on an our new furniture in a section the Lobby area. When we look at making improvements to our property, we do our best to work with the most knowledgeable designers on what style of furniture would work best in the area we are placing it in.

Unfortunately, we can't always please everyone and we're sorry you don't like the look. We do hope that won't prohibit you from coming back to visit "The Don," where we welcome everyone from the local community and still have the best service and some of the best cocktails on St. Pete Beach! No furniture can ever change that!

Hope to see you soon.

Jeff Abbaticchio
Loews Don CeSar
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Property: The Don CeSar
Address: 3400 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-4015
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 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#3 Green Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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Also Known As:
Don Cesar Beach Hotel
Don Cesar Beach Resort
Don Cesar Hotel Florida
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