The Don Cesar

St Pete Beach, Clearwater and St Pete

The hotel

The stomping ground of celebrities past and present (think F Scott Fitzgerald in earlier years and Justin Timberlake more recently), The Don CeSar Hotel is regarded as Florida’s legendary Pink Palace. Registered with the Historic Hotels of America, it effortlessly blends the Great Gatsby era of pampering with modern European grandeur. Picture-perfect in every way, the beach is a wonderful place to relax or indulge in a variety of exciting water sports – kite surfing anyone? There are also 2 beautifully furnished beachfront swimming pools to take advantage of, so grab a good book and some sun cream and enjoy! Whilst you’re busy, chilling out or enjoying a pampering session at the spa perhaps, the kids will be having at ball at Camp Cesar. Enjoy the family-friendly touches – there are kid’s menus and even a cupboard full of toys to play with! Even a dedicated retail shop carrying all the essentials to keep kids and teens happy and active. At Camp Cesar, however, they’ll have the time of their lives, participating in beach crafts, seashell hunting, castle contests and pool games. Dine around The Don at one of our many restaurants or lounges. Enjoy dining al fresco for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Sea Porch, experience an exquisite evening at Maritana Grille, or take in the stunning sunset views with coastal cuisine and cool cocktails at Rowe Bar.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Families
  • Kids Club
  • Room Service
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Sailing

Where is it

Facing the Gulf of Mexico and overlooking the white sand dunes of St Pete Beach.

Hotel information

277 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, WiFi, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, hairdryer, radio alarm clock, iron and board. Luxury Rooms have 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

  • Free night offer: Receive every 4th night free, for stays completed between 1 Jun-20 Dec '20 and 1 Jun-20 Dec '21.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

Close by attractions include Busch Gardens®, the Dali Museum and downtown St Petersburg – just 15 minutes away. Self-parking $24 plus tax per day, and valet parking from $29 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Maritana Grill (fresh seafood dishes with an extensive wine list, dinner), Sea Porch Restaurant (Floribbean cuisine, breakfast, lunch and dinner), poolside Beachcomber Bar & Grill, Lobby Bar, Rowe Bar. Uncle Andy’s Ice-cream Parlour.

2 beachfront swimming pools, whirlpool. 24-hour fitness centre with stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, treadmills and free weights. Spa Oceana* with salon and rooftop lounge. Water sports* including kayak and paddleboard rental. Beach yoga, beach track, water yoga, restorative yoga and zumba. Camp Cesar* (4-12 years) complimentary for 3 hours — activities include scavenger hunts and weekly dive-in movies.

Room service*. Concierge service*. Shoppes at the Don (sundries to swim-wear). Complimentary WiFi throughout. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*.

This hotel has a resort fee of $36 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee includes use of the following amenities - Premium Plus WiFi in all guestrooms - Poolside pampering - Non-motorised water sport rentals 8:00am-10:00am - Half-day access to Camp Cesar for kids, aged (4-12 years) - Complimentary tastings - Two bottled waters daily - History tours - In-room coffee - Pool and beach games - Airline boarding pass printing - Unlimited local phone calls - 24-hour access to fitness centre - Complimentary yoga and aerobics classes daily - 24-hour shoe shine service - Complimentary turndown service upon request - Daily newspaper delivery to room upon request. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5 Days in Paradise

Jul 3, 2020 Barbra F

Wow...what an amazing trip at a wonderful resort! Heading to Florida during the pandemic was a bit sketchy , however, once at the Don Cesar, everything was wonderful! Masks were required indoors, people were honoring social distancing and most everything we wanted was open! The staff was extraordinary, (LOVED Paul at the pool) working their tails… Read more
Wow...what an amazing trip at a wonderful resort! Heading to Florida during the pandemic was a bit sketchy , however, once at the Don Cesar, everything was wonderful! Masks were required indoors, people were honoring social distancing and most everything we wanted was open! The staff was extraordinary, (LOVED Paul at the pool) working their tails off, respectful and polite! We were told room cleaning would be minimal and it was...we could always get clean towels and trash emptied upon request. This was a special trip to reconnect with a special person...she and I could not have been more pleased with our experience! A 5 star experience...thank you! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place

Jun 29, 2020 denisebJ8714SF

I have been coming to the Don Cesar for a few years now and I just love to stay at this place! The Pink Palace never ceases to amaze me! Great service, relaxing place for a more mature crowd and most importantly, great ambiance for family vacation.
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Jun 29, 2020 NTravelerP Atlanta, Georgia

We decided to stay at the pink palace for a girls trip, which included my mom and my sisters, to celebrate my baby sister's graduation. The visit was absolutely amazing! We were worried about how hot it was (over 95 degrees), but being in the water, and sipping frozen margaritas and pina colodas did the trick! The food at the pool and in the Rowe… Read more
We decided to stay at the pink palace for a girls trip, which included my mom and my sisters, to celebrate my baby sister's graduation. The visit was absolutely amazing! We were worried about how hot it was (over 95 degrees), but being in the water, and sipping frozen margaritas and pina colodas did the trick! The food at the pool and in the Rowe restaurant was also really good and reasonably priced. With Covid still a factor, we made sure to wear masks in the lobby and shops and appreciated that the staff did as well. It was clear that the hotel made an effort to take precautions and takes safety seriously. We will definitely be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Hotel and Staff!

Jun 29, 2020 nelliemurphy24 Atlanta, Georgia

The Don Cesar is wonderful! We came for a girls weekend in late June 2020 and even with the Covid-19 restrictions we had a great time. The staff worked so hard to keep up with the new standards and provide us with a great experience. The rooms were clean and what a view! We enjoyed food and drinks at the beach, pool, and restaurants thanks to the… Read more
The Don Cesar is wonderful! We came for a girls weekend in late June 2020 and even with the Covid-19 restrictions we had a great time. The staff worked so hard to keep up with the new standards and provide us with a great experience. The rooms were clean and what a view! We enjoyed food and drinks at the beach, pool, and restaurants thanks to the amazing service throughout our stay. The beds were comfortable and we had everything we needed for a relaxing weekend at the beach. I highly recommend and will certainly visit again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating WHAT????? Never again!

Jun 28, 2020 SeniorMD

My sister lives in Parrish, FL. She always wanted to visit and stay at the famous PINK HOTEL, so I made reservations in middle of June 2020, a Wednesday. Upon check-in, there were two employees at the front desk, NO MASKS! After we signed in and gave our information, we were handed the keys to the room. Then she proceeds to tell us that the… Read more
My sister lives in Parrish, FL. She always wanted to visit and stay at the famous PINK HOTEL, so I made reservations in middle of June 2020, a Wednesday. Upon check-in, there were two employees at the front desk, NO MASKS! After we signed in and gave our information, we were handed the keys to the room. Then she proceeds to tell us that the water would be turned OFF between 11:00 pm and 5 am. Also, you would probably find the water discolored when it first comes on and don't worry it is okay. Also, I asked for ocean view, which they did not have, so I settled for city view with water view, either way it is nice. Guess what? I got a view alright, over the roof from the front and side windows. The room had a terrible odor, the carpet was old and worn as well as the beds. It looked like they had touched that room in months (which was probably the case). As a party of four, senior citizens mind you, having no water during the night is unacceptable! Also, even though we were paying for four, we were only allowed to receive chairs for 3 and the 4th one had to pay extra. Needless to say, we immediately demanded our monies returned and left with a great disappointment! Wow I thought this was going to be a beautiful place, not the case at all. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY< NOT WORTH IT! Please not we frequently travel, this by far ranks at the bottom of the list. Read less