The Don CeSar

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

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Guests rave about hotel's customer service and iconic exterior
Few amenities sit within walking distance of property

You should be able to easily spot this large, cotton candy-colored hotel sitting pretty on the soft sands of St. Pete Beach. 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 to choose from, all of them dressed in crisp cream and blue tones. Accommodations here overlook Gulf Boulevard and feature plantation-style shutters. Recent guests describe a stay at this hotel as a throwback, but they have plenty of praise for the on-site facilities and great customer service. Travelers are also fond of the modern twists on American cuisine at the Maritana Grille. 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.

St. Pete Beach, FL
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 277 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Ocean
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018



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.

Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure


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.


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.



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.



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.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 4474 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 4474 reviews 4.5 (based on 4474 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms and suites at The Don CeSar are light and airy with blue and white beach decor and plantation-style shutters. Superior rooms, located on lower floors, have either one king-sized bed or two double beds and face Gulf Boulevard. Standard amenities include coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, makeup mirrors and honor bars. The daily resort fee of $25 includes in-room Wi-Fi access, bottled water and coffee.
  • Upgraded accommodations offer water views, and some have balconies

Standard room size250 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located on the white sands of St. Petersburg 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, sits about 5 miles away. History tours of the property, which are covered by the daily resort fee, are available as well.
  • Beach trolley runs up and down Gulf Boulevard and to downtown St. Petersburg
  • Tampa International Airport is about 28 miles northeast; St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport can be found about 19 miles away
  • 24-hour valet parking ($26)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($20)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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


The Don CeSar houses five restaurants. Maritana Grille, a AAA Four Diamond-awarded restaurant, serves traditional farm- and sea-to-table fare, while Sea Porch Café offers casual seafood dishes and comfort classics. The Rowe Bar, the property's newest eatery, overlooks the ocean and offers everything from clams and ceviche to burgers. For poolside dining, there's The Beachcomber Bar & Grill. And at the Lobby Bar, guests can sip on handcrafted cocktails while savoring small bites.
  • Hotel has an ice cream parlor
  • Room service offered 24 hours a day
  • Additional poolside bar available

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


The Don CeSar offers 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 offered 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 offered during poolside games
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas


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 on 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 available
  • 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


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. Half-day sessions at Camp CeSar are included in the daily resort fee.
  • Loaner portable video games, DVDs and board games available in library
  • Full-day kids camp sessions and night sessions cost $50 per child and include lunch or dinner
  • Kids club ($50)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


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.
  • Use of fitness center and nonmotorized water sports equipment like kayaks and paddleboards covered by daily resort fee
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (free)
  • Motor boats (with fee)


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 on-site.
  • 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


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 available
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The Don CeSar'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 can be provided
  • 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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