I don't understand the bad reviews about this hotel. I recently went with my family--including my 11 year old nephew--and we had a terrific time. We arrived early (well before check in) and we all got our rooms immediately. My sister, husband and son stayed in one room that was quite large. My boyfriend and I had a smaller room, but it was lovely.
Our rooms were clean, airy and bright. The service was terrific. We called with a problem (our coffee maker didn't work) and we had another within 15 minutes.
The beach was gorgeous. And there was service at every turn. We had a hotel employee put in our umbrella for us (in the sand); when we sat around the pool we had waitstaff bring us drinks. My spa massage was no more expensive than one I'd get back home in NYC and the spa itself was lovely.
My only complaint is they should keep little kids out of the hottub, but this is partially the fault of the parents.
For us, staying in a resort is all about the total experience, not just about the size of a bathroom (if we just wanted a big room we couldn't stayed at the chain hotel down the road).
We didn't want to leave, and plan to return.
- 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