We just returned from a long weekend at the Don and the hotel definitely exceeded my expectations. The hotel has somewhat of an old Hollywood feel to it. We arrived early in the morning but were immediately given our room. The room itself was pretty small but comfortable nonetheless. We had been chatting with the gentleman who brought up our luggage about the yankee's spring training and not five minutes after he left our room, he called with the weekend's schedule! The staff at this hotel is what makes it more than it is. Every person you encounter is absolutely wonderful and ready to help.
The beach there is gorgeous, with soft sand and gentle waves -perfect for long walks. The food at the main restaurant, The Maritana Grill, is excellent and the lobby bar is a great place to end the night. But be prepared - it is a wedding factory so it can get crowded. We never had any problems getting chairs at the pool or beach though. The weekend we were there, it was mostly wedding guests and families with young children.
Aside from the hotel, we also ate at Snappers - a recommendation from the concierge. Food was pretty good, must be a local favorite because it was very crowded. Another tip, if you fly into Tampa let the hotel arrange a car to pick you up and bring you back - it's actually cheaper than taking a cab. Overall, the Don is a good place to relax on the beach for a long weekend. Anything over 3 or 4 days though and I think you'd be a little bored.
- 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