Ratings based on 793 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.3 out of 5
91% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
4.4 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

beautiful hotel and the food was excellent,

Posted Jan 13, 2015
Pros: the food and the employees were very helpful and went out of their way all the time
Location: excellent location, beautiful beach, lots to do
food was excellent and priced fairly, better than most nearby restaurants. Will definitely go back again.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
I'm happy to see that you enjoyed our beautiful and were happy with our excellent food! We look forward to welcoming you back.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Wisconsin/FL

Old Florida at its best!

Posted Jan 9, 2015
Pros: We loved the history of the hotel and so delighted that years ago a very wonderful lady helped preserve it! It is in amazing shape!
Location: Very lovely and special location. You are totally surrounded by water. There are shops, grocery, and a lot of restaurants of all types.
I wanted a nice getaway for my husband's birthday. I picked Lowe's Don CeSar hotel since we had never stayed in that part of Florida and it wasn't too far from home. When we crossed the bridge and we saw this huge pink hotel sticking up in view, I just laughed out loud! I had no idea it would be so easy to spot and my husband didn't have a clue where we were going! From the time we pulled up in front of the hotel until we left, the staff were absolutely fantastic! Warm, friendly, helpful for our entire stay. We only ate breakfast in the hotel, but the food was excellent and so nice to sit outside to enjoy our meal. The beach is drop dead gorgeous! We did have a junior suite. It was very nice, just smaller than I thought it might be? It really looked more like a normal size room. Obviously, it is an old historical hotel, so the rooms are probably just smaller than some of the newer hotels. We would definitely stay again.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
I'm smiling ear to ear! That drive over the bridge is amazing, and I'm happy that you had the opportunity to enjoy it. I loved reading the story about your arrival with your husband. I wish I could have seen his face - the look alone would have been a great birthday gift! Thanks for the great feedback and I'm happy your stay was so memorable. Best,
3 out of 5
by A verified travelerfrom New York

Posted Jan 8, 2015
Room was dirty upon check-in. Wait staff was friendly and helpful.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
I apologize that your room was not clean upon your arrival but I trust that we were able to prepare it quickly and to your liking. Thank you for your comments about the staff. They are a fantastic group of professionals. Best,
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Toronto

Excellent Hotel on the Beach

Posted Jan 5, 2015
Pros: The staff, and the beauty of the hotel.
Cons: The beds are double beds. Queens size beds would have been preferable.
Location: The location is excellent; the hotel is located on the beach, and walking distance to shops, and restaurants.
The hotel and staff are excellent. Our family of four stayed in the hotel for four days, and at all times, we found the staff incredibly helpful and friendly. Special mention goes out to Lisa in the restaurant, and Andrew on the beach.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
I'll be sure to let Andrew and Lisa know how much you appreciated them. Thanks for your comments and we hope to welcome you back. Best,
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Maryland

Welcoming hotel

Posted Jan 4, 2015
We love this hotel, even though it's pretty expensive. Love location, love the piano cocktail area ! Only complaint is that we have a $25 a day resort fee, but still have to rent beach chairs? Seems a bit much.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
I appreciate your comments. Thanks for "loving" our hotel and piano area. We're happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. Best,
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Jan 2, 2015
Pros: Beach Access, Maritana Restaurant, Staff
Cons: Better descriptors, with an upgrade/luxury room I did not expect the small size or that my view would be of the rooftop chillers and a/c units.
The stay was overall pleasant, I expected to pay a premium for NYE but with that premium and considering it stated Luxury which was an upgrade I expected to be able to have room in the bathroom which we did not. The view and overall size of the room were lacking as well. When we first entered our room it was humid and stuffy, the engineer quickly came up and fixed it for us, he was very nice and apologetic.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
Thank you for your feedback. I do apologize about your room being humid and stuffy, but I'm glad to hear it was fixed to your satisfaction. Regards,
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Expensive but outdated hotel

Posted Jan 2, 2015
Pros: Beach is nice
Cons: Service and renovations in the hotel are desperately needed
Location: Complete isolation
Expensive outdated hotel in the middle of nowhere... A latte to go at the only caffe costs almost $7!!!!. Rooms are outdated and old......we booked two connecting rooms cos of young kids and ended up in not connecting rooms ....
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
I appreciate your feedback and apologize that your stay was not up to your expectations. Regards,
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Austin

Fabulous location - simply can't beat the view!

Posted Jan 1, 2015
Pros: Location, Staff
Cons: Make Internet and Parking FREE
In addition to superb location, the staff is very friendly and helpful. On the negative side, everything (but the room) costs extra money!
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 19, 2015 by Jeff, Hotel Management
Thanks for the shout out to our staff - they are a great group of professionals. Glad you enjoyed the view! Best,
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great hotel with pools and beach front

Posted Dec 23, 2014
Pros: Loved the beach the pools the food.
Cons: Nothing really I loved the hotel.
Location: It was close to everything.
We had a great time. Loved the food and the proximity to Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 27, 2014 by Jeff, Hotel Management
I'm glad to see that you had a great time! Our pools and beach are fantastic! I'm happy to hear that you found your way over to St. Pete and Tampa too. There is always something going on in and around The Don! We appreciate you being our guest!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Friendly, pleasant staff in beach side hotel.

Posted Dec 17, 2014
Pros: I liked the friendliness of the staff along with the location, right on the beach.
Cons: Definitely the entrance needs improving. After main door there are about 10 steps, quite steep, into the hotel, difficult with children & elderly.
Location: Beach, spa, restaurants, shopping.
We checked in after 2.am with two under 3year olds. The desk clerk was exceptionally friendly and upgraded us to a large suite with a sitting room. He actually gave us a choice of rooms! We found the hotel to be very busy during our stay yet all the staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms were on the small side but the suite was wonderful and provided us with ample space with coffee maker and ice available.
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 26, 2014 by Jeff, Hotel Management
Thanks for your kind comments! I'm happy that we were able to take care of you and your family - traveling with young children can be very overwhelming! We appreciate you being our guest!