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“The Don is Great”
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The Don CeSar
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Reviewed July 28, 2004

This hotel is wonderful. It is the best hotel in St. Pete. The staff was friendly. The beach was raked every morning. The lobby was beautiful, there was a piano player every night. Every hotel should be this nice!

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Reviewed July 19, 2004

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful weekend at the Don. Our room was immaculate. The room service was VERY good. It rained most of the weekend and we still had a great time. Dinner the upscale resturaunt is FABULOUS!!!! Some of the best quality food we have ever tasted along with very attentive service. The bartenders were very personable and made our trip fun. All of the staff were great. We are normally Ritz Carlton people and were a little hesitant to stay anywhere else. They exceeded our expectations. Star service was VERY GOOD! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!

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Reviewed July 18, 2004

After reading the few negative comments posted here, I had to write my review. I have lived in the area nearly 20 years and have had the pleasure to stay at the Don several times, including 4 days last Fall when my wife and I were married there.

The staff is fabulous. They know your name after the first day. The pool and pool bar are wonderful. The food is delicious. We have had food in the restaurants, pool bar, sunday buffet brunch, and banquet (rehearsal dinner and wedding reception). It's always great. Our wedding guests RAVED about the food at both functions, and we love the food in the restaurants. My wife and I love to stop by Sundays for the brunch.

The rooms are standard size. They are appointed very nicely. During my wedding weekend I was in several rooms, from our suite to a gulfview room to one with a parking lot view. All were consistently clean and comfortable.

Complaining about a stay when there was red tide? Give me a break. No in-room coffee maker? Be serious. Also, there is no way the pool staff hassled anyone randomly. We have stopped in for lunch and a (world's best) pina colada on the weekend several times and have never been hassled, even though we weren't guests.

The bottom line is this - if you aren't happy when you stay at the Don, maybe YOU'RE THE PROBLEM.

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Reviewed July 14, 2004

This hotel is wonderful! We brought our 3 kids with us for a long weekend and everyone had a great time. We live only 1 hour away, but it felt like we traveled to theCaribbean. The beach has beautiful sand and plenty of lounge chairs. The children really enjoyed the pools (and going back & forth between the Gulf and the pool). Adults also appeared to be enjoying themselves reading under large umbrellas poolside while a server brings them a pina colada. Our room was very spacious (junior suite), the kids had their own room and large TV. The room was very clean and tastefully decorated. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Don't miss the ice cream palor on the ground level....delicious! I would highly recommend this resort. PS. There was a coffee maker in the room.

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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
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 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 Family 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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