The Don CeSar

3400 Gulf Blvd. | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706  [SEE MAP]St. Pete Beach, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Guests rave about hotel's customer service and iconic exterior
Few amenities sit within walking distance
You should be able to easily spot this large, cotton candy-colored hotel sitting pretty on the soft sands of St. Pete Beach, Florida. The bright property looks like it belongs in a Disney movie, but things take a more muted look on the inside. The Don CeSar has 277 rooms and suites to choose from, all of them dressed in crisp cream and blue tones. Accommodations here overlook Gulf Boulevard and the Gulf of Mexico and feature plantation-style shutters and Wi-Fi access (which the $36 daily resort fee covers). Recent guests said this hotel is a throwback, but they offered plenty of praise for the on-site facilities and great customer service. Past travelers were also fond of the modern Mediterranean cuisine served at Maritana and the ground-floor's charming ice cream parlor. In the surrounding St. Petersburg and Tampa area, you'll find family go-tos like Busch Gardens and Adventure Island and – another architectural marvel – the Henry B. Plant Museum.
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Location
St. Pete Beach, FL
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Hotel, 277 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Ocean
Style
Traditional

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  • 4.0Hotel Class

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

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Today the 'Pink Palace,' as it's called thanks to its paint job, is a storied resort and gulf-coast architectural landmark, with exterior and public areas oozing turn-of-the-20th-century elegance. ... The staff are known for friendly old-world service.

Travel + Leisure

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The magnificent, flamingo-pink Don CeSar Beach Resort with its Moorish bell towers and turrets, has dominated the St. Petersburg skyline since 1928, but is often overlooked by travelers in search of Florida sun. Its history includes stints as a convalescent center and VA headquarters after World War II, but its 'bones,' including Carrara-marble floors and oak beamed ceilings, have remained untouched over the years.

Oyster.com

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The 277-room ... Don CeSar Hotel is a luxury property located on a white-sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico in St. Pete Beach. Its combination of family-friendly amenities (with activity options for kids and teens), opulent Gatsby-era vibe, lushly landscaped grounds, and excellent service set it apart from the majority of hotels in the area.

AFAR

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Situated on the sugary white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, the ... Don CeSar, a.k.a. the Pink Palace, was built in the Great Gatsby era of the 1920s. Today the Mediterranean-style castle by the sea is a luxurious landmark situated on one of Florida's most beautiful stretches of white sand beach.

AAA

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Set on the Gulf of Mexico, the internationally recognized 'pink palace' is a beacon to the beach. It boasts lavishly decorated public areas, specialty boutiques and a gorgeous pool and spa area.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 5033 have reviewed the The Don CeSar, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5033 reviews 4.5 (based on 5033 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Don CeSar's guest rooms and suites are light and airy, with blue and white beach decor and plantation-style shutters. Deluxe and Luxury rooms have either one king-sized bed, one queen-sized bed or two double beds and face Gulf Boulevard. Standard amenities include coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, makeup mirrors and honor bars. Select rooms offer balconies.
  • Upgraded accommodations offer water views
  • Daily resort fee covers premium Wi-Fi access
Nightly resort fee$36

Standard room size250 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, The Don CeSar does not sit within walking distance of shops, restaurants or top attractions like Busch Gardens. However, John's Pass Village & Boardwalk, which features more than 100 shops, several restaurants and many dolphin watching and shelling tour companies, can be found about 5 miles away. History tours of the property, which the daily resort fee covers, are available as well.
  • Beach trolley runs up and down Gulf Boulevard and to downtown St. Petersburg
  • Tampa International Airport sits 28 miles northeast; St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport can be found about 20 miles northeast
  • 24-hour valet parking ($27)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($22)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

The hotel houses five restaurants. Maritana, a AAA Four Diamond-awarded restaurant, serves sustainably sourced Mediterranean-inspired fare, while Sea Porch Café offers casual seafood dishes and comfort classics. The Rowe Bar overlooks the ocean and offers cocktails and small plates in a beach-themed dining room and on a terrace with a contemporary fire pit. For poolside dining, there's The Beachcomber Bar & Grill. And at the Lobby Bar, guests can sip on handcrafted cocktails while savoring small bites.
  • On-site ice cream parlor
  • Room service available 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants5

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

The property features two heated outdoor pools, both with views of the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel's pool concierge pampers guests with extras like chilled towels, sunscreen, smoothies and frozen strawberry kabobs. A variety of water games for children are available daily at the pools. And at the beach, guests can rent cabanas, lounge chairs, umbrellas and Jet Skis.
  • Daily resort fee covers use of nonmotorized water sports equipment and pool concierge services
  • Prizes available during poolside games
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

Spa Oceana at The Don CeSar has 16 treatment rooms, including two deluxe couples suites, and a rooftop cabana for outdoor massages. The 11,000 square-foot spa offers a variety of massages, facials, body treatments and nail services. Relax before and after treatments in the Whisper Lounge or in the rooftop garden.
  • Spa open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m.
  • Men's and women's steam rooms and whirlpools
  • Guests who wish to use spa facilities without booking a spa service will be charged a $30 fee

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The hotel offers Camp CeSar for kids between 4 and 12. The kids camp provides supervised activities, including beach arts and crafts projects, seashell hunting, sandcastle contests and pool games. The kids camp is open daily between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., with evening hours also available on Fridays and Saturdays. The daily resort fee covers one half-day session at Camp CeSar. Full-day sessions and evening programs cost $50 per child and include lunch or dinner in their rates.
  • Loaner portable video games, DVDs and board games available in library
  • Babysitting services can be arranged for a fee
  • Property occasionally hosts dive-in movies and stargazing activities
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

The Don CeSar features a 24-hour fitness center on the garden level with a variety of cardio machines, strength-training equipment and free weights. Free fitness classes like yoga and aerobics are also hosted in the fitness center's yoga and Pilates studio.
  • Daily resort fee covers use of fitness center, loaner bikes and nonmotorized water sports equipment like kayaks and paddleboards
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

The Don CeSar houses 22,000 square feet of indoor function space and several outdoor venues, including two beach pavilions with water views. Indoor venues include the King Charles Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the 5,671-square-foot Grand Ballroom and nine additional meeting rooms for everything from boardroom-style gatherings and receptions to theater-style presentations. A 24-hour business center and audiovisual equipment are also available.
  • Beach team-building activities can be arranged
  • Customized reservation websites available for business functions

Number of meeting rooms12

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

The pet-friendly hotel welcomes four-legged visitors. Special amenities include a welcome letter from the general manager, a list of local pet services, pet toys, bedding, bowls and treats. The property welcomes dogs and cats of all sizes for an additional fee of $75 per night.
  • Up to two pets are permitted in each room
  • Gourmet room service menu for pets
  • Only select rooms can accommodate pets
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking (with fee)
  • Pet-sitting (with fee)

Wedding

The hotel's 12 indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations range from the tropical courtyard (which has a grand stone staircase) to the adjacent beach and several ballrooms. Multiple on-site venues are able to accommodate up to 250 guests.
  • Personalized wedding cocktails
  • On-site decor company can assist with all wedding details
  • Hotel offers list of preferred vendors for flowers, officiants, photography services and live entertainment

Maximum wedding guest capacity250

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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