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The renovations make the beautiful historical hotel feel fresh and relevant

I liked the beauty of the Hotel itself and I loved the beach. I liked the spa and especially, the massage amenity. I liked the remodeled ambience of the Hotel, especially the quality of my room. The Don Cesar has the "class" that I was willing to spend thousands of dollars to experience. However, this Hotel ,needs to address a missing PR element or poor attitude towards it;s guests, in my case, from some of their luggage staff and from the staff running the swimming pool bar. Julian, who checked me in at reception had the right attitude. Model the two areas that I have mentioned after him. Arriving guests expect personal service and attention. Some of the staff in these two areas are overextended and "burned out" and lacking in PR or they would never ignore arriving guests or guests that are trying to order a drink at the bar!!! Finally, it is a disaster that such a fine Hotel as The Don does not have ROOM SERVICE. I will not return and probably would not have purchased a room in the first place, had I known. To spend thousands to stay at The Don is fine, except the guests need to feel personally important everywhere on the property, which was almost the case, with my experience. No offense, Don Cesar Hotel, strictly personal business, to me.

Great time and felt clean!

Property is beautiful of course. For check in, if you don’t use the valet service you have to park in the lot and carry your bags up stairs or up a very very long ramp. Once we got inside two bell boys offered to help with luggage to the reservation desk which was 10 feet away. The key card system was not explained, different than I’d ever used before. Elevators had CTR screens which were not explained and were confusing also. Staff were polite but not super welcoming. In their defense they had 5 weddings that day .. but this was a bucket list stay for me and I was not overly pleased in the end

Beautiful and unique construction of the property and the service is good I was expecting excellent but I have a bad experience only on the check in

This property was great and our room was great. The service was very slow at each restaurant or bar in the hotel we visited. We will definitely be back, but hope the service improves.

Carpets throughout filthy. Threadbare towels Scratchy sheets. Uncooked Mahi sandwich. Floors in spa filthy.

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At check in around11pm we were informed five restaurants were closed. The kids club never reopened after the pandemic. No tips or map was offered. The elevators were under maintenance. This is a disappointment and inconvenience .Our daughter was asleep in our stroller. Had to carry her in order to bring stroller down the steps in the foyer. We arrived to our room. We were tired from commute. We noticed the entrance into the was soaked. We were told the front desk.Informed no other rooms were available to switch. Feel customer service was poor. Day 2 We asked for a room change. The hall in front was soaked. It was dangerous for our children to breathe. At front desk Autumn associate informed maintenance would go to check the room .Changing the room would be the last resort. That wasn’t good customer service. Maintenance didn’t fix the issue. I had to ask a third time to switch our room. During the weekend all outdoor and indoor garbages were overflowing with garbage. When our room was cleaned. They stripped the sheets. House keeper accidentally obtained our daughters baby doll when stripped sheets. I asked to house keepers to help contact laundry room. Maybe it would show up. Refused to help or refer me to laundry room. During check out I asked the front desk again. Which they couldn’t locate the baby doll. Informed to call security next day. The pro of hotel was the beach staff and beach. The Andy gift shop - most heemployee during our sta

Beautiful location

Great mattress in a small, cramped noisy room with annoying noise from both adjacent rooms and very noisy HVAC.

As a family of four with two boys ages 10 & 13, the Don Cesar was a perfect vacation stay. The hotel is very Covid safe. Our boys enjoyed the complimentary paddle boarding in the mornings. The staff is fitting of a top resort.

Property was a bit run down, it is nearly a hundred years old but due for a renovation. They did have a few of the restaurants closed for renovations and were tearing the pool out the day we left to re-do. Great beach without many locals, St Pete in general could use a bit better dining.

Gulf Boulevard St. Pete Beach FL

Hotel highlights

  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Fitness center

The Don CeSar places you within a 15-minute drive of popular attractions such as Eckerd College and Salvador Dali Museum. This 277-room, 4-star hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers with 2 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and 2 restaurants.


Dining

Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: The Rowe Bar offers relaxing ocean views; Beachcomber Bar & Grill specializes in seafood. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/cafe. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find WiFi and 36-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and pay movies. Pillowtop beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include iPod docks, minibars, and coffee makers.


Property features

A local mainstay since 1928, The Don CeSar offers a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a gym. Valet parking is offered for USD 33.17 per night. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with luggage storage, securing valuables, and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this beach hotel include WiFi in public areas, conference space, and a business center.

Room options

Penthouse, 3 Bedrooms

1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed and 2 Double Beds | Sleeps 8

Penthouse, 2 Bedrooms

1 King Bed and 2 Double Beds | Sleeps 6

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, View (Newly Renovated, Gulf View)

2 Double Beds | Sleeps 6

Superior Room, 2 Double Beds

2 Double Beds | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for The Don CeSar

Everyone (21) Couples (10) Family (9)
5
Family

The renovations make the beautiful historical hotel feel fresh and relevant

By on Jun 21, 2022

Review comment responded on Jun 23, 2022

Dear Maria-Isabel, We're so happy to know that you enjoyed your time with us and that our wonderful renovations impressed you! We hope that the next time you find yourself in the area, you'll consider joining us again at The Don CeSar! Thomas Fraher – General Manager.

1
Partner Couples

By on Feb 16, 2022

3
Everyone

I liked the beauty of the Hotel itself and I loved the beach. I liked the spa and especially, the massage amenity. I liked the remodeled ambience of the Hotel, especially the quality of my room. The Don Cesar has the "class" that I was willing to spend thousands of dollars to experience. However, this Hotel ,needs to address a missing PR element or poor attitude towards it;s guests, in my case, from some of their luggage staff and from the staff running the swimming pool bar. Julian, who checked me in at reception had the right attitude. Model the two areas that I have mentioned after him. Arriving guests expect personal service and attention. Some of the staff in these two areas are overextended and "burned out" and lacking in PR or they would never ignore arriving guests or guests that are trying to order a drink at the bar!!! Finally, it is a disaster that such a fine Hotel as The Don does not have ROOM SERVICE. I will not return and probably would not have purchased a room in the first place, had I known. To spend thousands to stay at The Don is fine, except the guests need to feel personally important everywhere on the property, which was almost the case, with my experience. No offense, Don Cesar Hotel, strictly personal business, to me.

By on Jan 10, 2022

Review comment responded on Jan 11, 2022

Dear Joel, We're delighted to hear that Julian's attitude set the standard for the weekend, though it is unfortunate that some of our other team members did not meet that same expectation. Regarding the room service, please know that this is a limited amenity, as we are doing what we can to ensure a safe environment for our guests and personnel during this current pandemic. For this reason, housekeeping services have been allocated to every third day, and our dining service has been modified to pick-up only via Uncle Andy's. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated, and we hope your wonderful first impression draws you back to our property the next time your travels point you in our direction. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.

5
Everyone

By on Dec 20, 2021

5
Family

Great time and felt clean!

By on Oct 15, 2021

Review comment responded on Oct 18, 2021

Dear John, Wow! We love to hear that you had a fantastic time at The Don CeSar. Thank you so much for the perfect rating. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.

3
Partner Couples

Property is beautiful of course. For check in, if you don’t use the valet service you have to park in the lot and carry your bags up stairs or up a very very long ramp. Once we got inside two bell boys offered to help with luggage to the reservation desk which was 10 feet away. The key card system was not explained, different than I’d ever used before. Elevators had CTR screens which were not explained and were confusing also. Staff were polite but not super welcoming. In their defense they had 5 weddings that day .. but this was a bucket list stay for me and I was not overly pleased in the end

By on Oct 4, 2021

Review comment responded on Oct 6, 2021

Dear Kimberly, It was a pleasure welcoming you to St. Pete Beach. While you found our property to be beautiful and staff to be friendly, we apologize for the remaining aspects that fell short of your expectations. We will use your feedback as a way to identify how we can improve for future stays. We hope you will allow us another opportunity to leave you with a better impression of our property. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.

4
Family

Beautiful and unique construction of the property and the service is good I was expecting excellent but I have a bad experience only on the check in

By , from Houston on Sep 3, 2021

Review comment responded on Sep 3, 2021

Dear Raquel, It's always a pleasure hearing from our guests. We're glad our beautiful property impressed you and that your overall stay was pleasant. However, we apologize for any issues during check-in, and we'll look into this further. If you have a moment, please message us directly and tell us what went wrong so we can make improvements and ensure that you have a better experience on your next visit. We hope to see you again soon!

4
Partner Couples

This property was great and our room was great. The service was very slow at each restaurant or bar in the hotel we visited. We will definitely be back, but hope the service improves.

By on Aug 31, 2021

Review comment responded on Sep 2, 2021

Dear Brian, Thank you for choosing The Don CeSar to host your stay. It is wonderful to see you liked our clean, comfortable accommodations and we appreciate your feedback on the areas that need improvement. Our team will discuss these issues to make sure they are addressed for your future visits! Thomas Fraher – General Manager.

2
Partner Couples

Carpets throughout filthy. Threadbare towels Scratchy sheets. Uncooked Mahi sandwich. Floors in spa filthy.

By on Jul 26, 2021

Review comment responded on Jul 27, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It's unfortunate to read that you encountered various issues during your stay, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Your comments regarding cleanliness have been shared with our housekeeping team, and your dining experience has been discussed with our Executive Chef to ensure issues like these do not repeat themselves. We appreciate you choosing us for your lodging needs, and we hope you'll give us another chance in the future, as we are confident that we can provide you with the high-quality accommodations that we're known for. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.

5
Family Friends

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By on Jun 8, 2021

Review comment responded on Jun 10, 2021

Thank you for the perfect rating. We trust you had a comfortable and relaxing stay. It was an honor to call you our guest, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thomas Fraher – General Manager.

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