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Direct access to beach

Known as Florida's "Pink Palace," Don CeSar Hotel, facing the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, was built in 1928 to resemble a Mediterranean-style castle; located on St. Pete Beach.

Beach club and spa

Don CeSar Hotel features a day spa, fitness center, 2 swimming pools, and beach volleyball. Yoga on the beach with personal trainers and cabana rentals are possible for an extra cost.

Custom beds, free WiFi

Guestrooms have crown molding, custom wrought-iron beds with triple sheeting, sky-blue ceilings, and bathrooms with granite vanities. All rooms include free WiFi access and flat-screen TVs.

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4.4 out of 5
89% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
4.4 Hotel condition
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Relaxing weekend

5 out of 5
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Posted Feb 21, 2017
Came for a long weekend, enjoyed it immensely especially with regards to the beach and pool activities. Very friendly and courteous staff, rooms and beds were restful.
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Broken room A/C. Staff denial in spite of pics.

2 out of 5
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Posted Jan 30, 2017
Pros: Impressive grounds, pool and beach.
Cons: Staff Response.
We stayed one night, for a 10 year anniversary celebration. Dined in the hotel restaurant, which we enjoyed. The hotel property was very nice overall, but our stay was completely overshadowed due to a failing A/C in our Gulf facing corner room King. Our room thermostat read 81 deg F upon our 1st of 3 complaints. The "staff engineer" insisted the system was fine, in spite of our thermostat reading. A ridiculous position. The desk manager promised to visit the room herself and call us with a response which never happened. Never happened! Unbelievable. Completely disappointed in the staff response. Upon our checking out the following morning, the temp in the room was still a miserable 78 Deg F. An unbelievable experience in an otherwise impressive property. We were compted for our breakfast the following morning, which we felt was a paltry offset given the inarguable condition of our room. Thermostat pics available.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 14, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am sorry to hear that your special anniversary stay with us was not up to your expectations and I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Amazing hotel. Beach is gorgeous. good food!

5 out of 5
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Posted Jan 17, 2017
Coming back soon! Best Florida trip ever! Free paddle boating from 8-10 am was an extra bonus. Staff lovely, everyone helpful.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 30, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am elated to hear what an amazing stay you had with us! I'm even happier to hear how much you enjoyed all that we have to offer, making it your best trip to Florida ever! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Pink Christmas

5 out of 5
by from Sacramento
Posted Dec 31, 2016
Pros: We had a well appointed mini suite which was very good size, well maintained with a great little balcony.
Cons: Our daughter slept on the pull out couch which really could use a new mattress.
First time visit to the Pink Palace was for Christmas. Beautiful, historic property, decked out for Christmas. Friendly and efficient staff in all areas. Appreciated water being brought by to our beach chairs as well as the Christmas Eve cookie delivery! Everything is well maintained and felt special.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 25, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am delighted to hear what a wonderful pink Christmas you had with us! I'm glad that you enjoyed the festive spirit and decor as well as all that we had to offer! Thank you for kind words about our friendly team members, I will be sure to share your kind words with them! I hope that we are able to welcome you back again soon! Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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5 out of 5
by from Chicago
Posted Dec 30, 2016
Don't like extra $25.00 per day charge added on just to use the pool. The price already is high because it is a luxury hotel. It's not like it is an option. Along with all the other perks you feel like you are being nickel and dimed. Why not just add it into original price of hotel? For example the extra $ 25 included 2 bottles of 50 cent bottled water each day in your room and half the time the staff forgot to leave it. Also each day different towels were left . Some days they forgot to leave bath towels, other days they forgot to leave wash Cloths . Adding the extra $25 per day for these things added an extra $300 onto my bill and I found it to be tacky and irritating. I used the semi private beach but never used the pool where the kids used the pool as a toilet and you were harassed to buy drinks every 10 minutes. Room too small. Bathrooms tiny. Otherwise, love the grandness of a historical hotel. Visually pleasing. Loved the "sugar sand",water, sunny days,perfect weather, great mattresses for restful sleep.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 14, 2017 by Courtney L.
What beautiful photos! I am happy to learn of your admiration for our iconic Pink Palace and beautiful beach! I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Excellent Hotel

5 out of 5
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Posted Dec 27, 2016
Pros: The beach is gorgeous. Stunning sunsets.
Location: Downtown is about 10-15 min drive. Plenty of choices for food, drinks. Nice movie theater too.
We loved our stay here. Relax, clean, calm, and excellent service.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 12, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am happy to hear what an excellent stay you had with us! Thank you for your kind words about our wonderful team members, I will be sure to share your compliments with them! I hope that we are able to welcome you back again soon! Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Hotel Doesn't Care

1 out of 5
by from New York
Posted Dec 27, 2016
Great until final morning. No hot water at 7:10am called front desk said" someone else just called I'll sent maintenance up." Waited until 9:00am or so no follow up no maintenance no nothing. So we left. Sent a complaint email and got a stupid generic response "it was less than an hour" never apologizing for the terrible follow up or inconvenience. Staying in their most expensive room you would think they would at least try to pretend to care. When we were leaving others were complaining about room service, maid service, etc. Think the chain just doesn't care.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 14, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am sorry to hear that your stay with us was not up to your expectations and I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Beautiful hotel!

5 out of 5
by from Arvada, CO
Posted Dec 27, 2016
I stayed here 12/19 to 12/22/16. Great food, great service. Right on the beach. Two very nice pools.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 12, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am delighted to hear what a wonderful stay you had with us! Thank you for your kind words about our team members, I will be sure to share your compliments with them! I hope that we are able to welcome you back again soon! Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Nice Hotel Terrible Management

1 out of 5
by from Jupiter, FL
Posted Dec 26, 2016
Nice stay until final morning. No hot water called front desk at 7:20a. Desk tells us "you are second person to call we will check with building maintenance." We finally decide to leave at 9a with no word. Send an email to their customer service who sent bill and get a generic response claiming they had a water problem for less an hour but fixed it. Other than that everything was okay according to Loews. Not communicating with us what was going on (plus it was way over an hour) and not acknowledging fall down of front desk in following through shows they really don't care. We stay at a hotel for two primary reasons: a good bed and bathing facilities. They definitely don't show much concern about guest problems.
Comment from Hotel Management
Feb 14, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am sorry to hear that your stay with us was not up to your expectations and I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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The hotel staff is not good service

2 out of 5
by from orlando fl
Posted Dec 23, 2016
Pros: I like the view and the pool
Cons: The service,especially the clearning staff
Location: The location is more quite than other beach,not much thing to do around there.
The hotel nice and private place to enjoy the view and relax,but the staff there service is not good. they are not friendly and welcome.Also when we check in they give us the room with no view,while we did pay extra money for the partial view,we have to request them to change. The clearning staff is not doing a good job,before we went out for lunch we put up the sign made up room,when we came back it not clean yet,so we have to call the front desk request them for the cleaning,so we have to leave the room go to the beach and to the pool,but when we came back the room is not finish cleaning,we have to wait out side the room at list 10 to 15 minute. I am not happy with their service,so how can I recommend to my friend.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 12, 2017 by Courtney L.
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed relaxing in our quiet beachfront atmosphere. I'm sorry to hear that your experience with our team members was not up to your standards and I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Best, Courtney L. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Experience St. Pete Beach's newest sanctuary of relaxation within Don CeSar Hotel. Spa Oceana welcomes guests with 11,000 square feet (1,021 square meters) of tranquil space and exceptional spa services including 16 treatment rooms.

From the hydrotherapy spa tub to the secret rooftop garden with an outdoor fire pit, guests will bask in the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico and find countless ways to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Private suites for special getaways are also available.

Have a meal on seaside terraces, around the pool, or in the acclaimed Maritana Grille.

Also on site are 12 meeting/conference rooms covering an area of 22,000 square feet (2044 square meters), babysitting/child care (surcharge), a children's club, a shopping arcade, and complimentary hotel-wide wireless Internet access. This hotel features outdoor parking for a surcharge.

Please be aware that fines apply for smoking outside of designated areas. This property is wheelchair-accessible, and offers airport shuttle service on request for a surcharge.

  • Luggage storage 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply) 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 12 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Terrace 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Children's club (surcharge) 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Number of floors - 8 
  • Year Built 1928 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Business center 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Conference space 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Express check-out 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Hair salon 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Grocery/convenience store 
  • Children's club 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Meeting rooms 12 
  • Total number of rooms - 277 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 22000 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 2044 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Sauna 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Spa tub 
  • Steam room 
  • Supervised childcare/activities 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Grocery/convenience store  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • Refrigerator (on request)  
  • Microwave (on request)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave (on request) 
  • Refrigerator (on request) 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Desk 
  • Free local calls 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • MP3 docking station 
  • Minibar 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

The Maritana Grille - Fine dining, located off the lobby. Nautical-themed décor. Saltwater aquariums with over 1,500 gallons of water, home to indigenous fish. Florida-Caribbean cuisine. Selection of items grilled over pecan and cherry woods includes seafood, shellfish, and steaks. Selection of 140 wines. Chef's Table, held nightly in the kitchen for up to eight guests. Nightly dinner served. Reservations recommended; jackets not required.

Sea Porch Restaurant - Walls of windows open to the surrounding beach, trees, and Gulf in a garden setting of white wicker furniture and brightly painted greenhouse scenes. Indoor and terrace dining. Light meals with Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Beachcomber Bar and Grill - Located on the pool deck. Light fare, specialty drinks. Open from early morning to sunset.

The Rowe Bar - Living-room atmosphere. Occasional live entertainment. Open from early evening to late evening.

Nearby Things to Do

Guests at this Florida beachfront resort have complimentary use of the fitness center, sauna, and steam rooms in the health-and-beauty spa. Personal trainers and lessons, including yoga on the beach, can also be arranged (surcharges).

Another attraction is a game room with arcade-style video games (surcharges).

Water-sports rentals are available on the beach adjacent to Don CeSar Hotel and include personal watercraft and parasailing equipment.

Frank Hurley Park is located 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) south of the resort, on 16th Avenue in Pass a Grille. It has a pavilion, barbecue grills, baseball diamond, tennis court, basketball court, and restrooms with showers on the beach side. It can be reached by car or by walking down the beach.

Twin Brooks Golf Course, a public par-3, 18-hole course, is located 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the hotel. It offers a pro shop, PGA instruction, snack area, and club rental.

Fort De Soto Park, 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from this Florida beach resort, has 1,136 acres (460 hectares) on 5 interconnected islands. Among its many facilities are a historic fort, canoe trail, boat launching facility, beach areas, fishing piers with food and bait concessions, and the Quartermaster Museum.

The recreational activities listed below are available onsite or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Segway rental/tour nearby 
  • Fitness classes on site 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 
  • Beach volleyball on site 
  • Beach yoga on site 
  • Boat tours nearby 

Spa Services

  • Swedish massage 
  • Number of treatment rooms 16 
  • Outdoor treatment areas 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hydrotherapy treatments 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Spa tub in spa 
  • Massages 
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 28.25 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 45 per accommodation, per night
  • 2 per room
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Noise-free rooms not guaranteed

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 28.25 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Children's club/arcade access
  • Shuttle service
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
  • Additional inclusions
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 14.00 and USD 17.00 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 60 per person (roundtrip)
  • Self parking fee: USD 11.30 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 25.99 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 45 per accommodation, per night
  • A late check-out fee will be charged
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 33.90 per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 28.25 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.