First let me start by saying...this is going to be long, but very detailed...i am a HOTEL LOVER!! I am active duty in the military but also work in a hotel part time while I pursue my Masters degree in Hospitality Mgmt...so needless to say once again I am a HOTEL LOVER!! I love luxury and picked this hotel for a one night stay on July 17 because despite the reviews here (which I will admit I got a little worried about after booking my reservation) I knew that the luxury Don Cesar would provide me would be worth EVERY penny. Me and my boyfriend are both in the military and we are both deploying for 6 months to Iraq, it was also his birthday so I wanted to plan something EXTRA special and romantic and the Don Cesar staff went ABOVE and BEYOND EVERYTIME!! I'll start off by telling you my plan for events...I booked us originally a standard room but after reading the NUMEROUS reviews about how small the rooms are, I upgraded to a bayside Junior Suite ( well worth it!), I also scheduled us for a couples instructional massage ( yes they teach you how to massage each other it was phenomenal) at the spa. I planned for us to have a private dinner with a table set for two at a secluded location and a birthday cake I had made at cakesbycarolynn delivered to our room after dinner. So I will start off with what made this HOTEL and this STAFF the most romantic day of my life HANDS DOWN! Reminder everything was a surprise for my boyfriend.
Pulling in to the Don Cesar visually is overwhelming beautiful, we got there at 11:45 for a 12:00 Spa appt and valet greeted us with a big smile and options for parking. He said we could either valet for $20 or self park which is included in our rate ( we selfed parked) but I thought it was great he gave us the option.
I walked to the most smilest ( is that a word..lol) front desk of ANY hotel I have ever visited. Laketa and Jon ( i think he was the front desk supervisor) were so nice and we had small talk for a bit while that checked me in. I had coordinated my stay and private dinner with the Guest Services Coordinater Ron and they called him and he greeted me and my boyfriend at the front desk. Ron is the GREATEST, very busy man and I was grateful that he took time out to personally greet me and my man. Our room wasnt ready that early of course, but I knew it wouldnt be thats why I made the spa appt for the time I did. Ron walked us down to the Spa where we were greeted by Yet ANOTHER welcoming staff member who told us, he has a "better room ready for us, while they get everything ready upstairs". Me and my love changed into our spa robes and were introduced to the lady with the MAGIC hands MARY! She was wonderful, and took her sweet time showing us how to massage each other, I got aromatherapy with lavender and my man got massaged with sports heating oil. The best massage I have EVER received, imagine getting rubbed down by two people for 30 mintues!! Cant get no better than that! After sitting in the Sauna we finally left the Spa at 3pm...and guess who was waiting for us to show us to our room RON! Ron escorted us to our suite and first impression HEAVENLY!!! I actually thought they upgraded us after reading all the reviews here I was expecting some tiny cramped room, but no...the music was playing, the ceilings were blue, the bathroom had TWO...yes TWO sinks and the bed looked, felt heavenly...he gave us a quick run down of the room and told us that he had two chairs reserved for us at the swimming pool if we wanted them...Ron sure does know how to think of the little things!! He gave us two coupons for the ice cream parlor and we decided to grab something light to eat at the Sea Porch Cafe. Which of course was great!! I had a Margerita Pizza and my boyfriend also had some type of meat lovers Pizza, it was delicious...we then went to the Ice cream parlor and spoke to another great staff member who let us pick ANYTHING we wanted from the menu...I know this might seem like a great contrast from others reviews, but people Im telling you I got nothing but great SERVICE...and there is EVEN more. We went down to the pool and Heather our waitress was very attentive, my goal was to sit at the pool, soaking up the sun and drink some "fufu" drinks and that is what she did for us. All you had to do was stick up a white flag and she came with a smile waiting to take our order.
I had the private dinner scheduled for 8pm on a terrace overlooking the beach so that we could view the sunset, and Ron had a coincerge Jeremy greet us at our our room and escort us to our dinner. I think my man almost cried it was sooo beautiful...imagine stepping on a terrace, sun setting, a personal waiter, music playing, dinner set for two, with rose petals EVERYWHERE, candles and champagne! GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!! We went down to the lounge with the piano bar afterwards and had drinks, then went up to the room, where his birthday cake awaited us!! Not only that, but I had a romance package so we had wine, chocolate, cookies, milk and they even threw in some white chocolate covered strawberries!!! All this was waiting for us when we got into our room!! The romance package came with Breakfast in Bed in the morning, I ordered it around 8am and we got it about 20 minutes later...so the point of this wonderful story is the staff at Don Cesar make it wonderful. Every staff member that passed us greeted us and asked us how our stay was going and this hotel is VERY military friendly as you can see. This is officially our spot and I wouldnt be surprised if my man didnt try to pull a slick one and ask me to marry him here next year..The Don and its Staff will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart and I wil think of that day for the next 6 months while I am away in the middle east fighting for my country...thanks Ron, Mary, Laketa, Jeremy, Heather, and every member of the staff..
- 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