The Don Cesar

St Pete Beach, Clearwater and St Pete

Virgin rating

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, recently renovated, 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

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

Where is it

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

Hotel information

277 fully renovated 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 are 250 sq ft and have 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Grand Rooms are 250 sq ft and have views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Junior Suites are 400 sq ft and have city views, with spacious living area with sofa bed and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Luxury Junior Suites are 400 sq ft and have partial views of the Gulf of Mexico, with spacious living area with sofa bed and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

  • Free night offer: Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 (stay for 8, pay for 6) for stays completed between 1 Jun–20 Dec '22. 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 $31 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Maritana (fresh seafood dishes with an extensive wine list, dinner), Society Table (Florida Gulf cuisine), Beacon Pool Bar & Lookout (poolside bites), Rowe Bar, Uncle Andy's Market (ice creams, shakes, pastries and coffee), Lobby Bar.

2 recently renovated, beachfront swimming pools, whirlpool. 24-hour fitness centre. 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. Bicycle rentals*.

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 $38 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee includes use of the following amenities - Premium Plus WiFi Plan - Complimentary bicycle rental - Daily rental of up to 3 beach loungers and one umbrella per day - Fitness Center access - Family and children activities. ** Subject to change, adhering to COVID safety protocols** - Yoga and aerobic classes daily - Non-motorised watersport rentals (between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) - Two bottled waters daily - In-room coffee - Pool & beach games - Airline boarding pass printing - 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. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

*Denotes local charge

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May 18, 2022 mikerP4989HH Fleming Island, Florida

Nice location friendly yet professional staff and a wonderful wedding venue. Room cleaning between days was non existent this was disappointing for a 4 star hotel give the rates per night. Overall it was just ok.
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May 17, 2022 landis w

Julian was so attentive and handy for us at the beds at the beach. He helped us with everything and he checked up on us frequently. He came and took down the bed and talked to us too! He was very sweet and nice to me and my friends! Thanks julian for making our stay better!!
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May 17, 2022 suewelch1 boston, ma

Dirty and no cleaning service. Good news is nobody cares. I recently stayed at the Don Cesar and for about $800 a night got a room overlooking the parking lot that was so small that at first I thought it was a joke. Had to move into the bathroom sideways and I only weigh 135 pounds. Don’t know how a large person could possible fit in the there.… Read more
Dirty and no cleaning service. Good news is nobody cares. I recently stayed at the Don Cesar and for about $800 a night got a room overlooking the parking lot that was so small that at first I thought it was a joke. Had to move into the bathroom sideways and I only weigh 135 pounds. Don’t know how a large person could possible fit in the there. The bigger disappointment is they don’t even offer daily cleaning so after working all day I came back to a messy room with no clean towels and the trash not even emptied. The apology? Andrew apologized because no one told me when I checked in that there would be no cleaning of my room. Believe me, I would not have checked in if I knew that. The hotel is old and tired looking. Probably only good for corporate events because there is not a high bar there. Read less
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May 17, 2022 GrandTour144680

The Don CeSar was a wonderful place to stay beautiful clean excellent 👌 I would recommend it for everyone the sunset 🌇 are beautiful I loved it it was a wonderful trip 🥰 The beach 🏖️ is very clean.
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May 17, 2022 JOHN L SAINT JOHNS

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We found the right place for us to celebrate as a couple: friendly and fantastic service, fantastic beach views and access, as well as walking distance to other beach cafes and shops. Thank you, Don Cesar. We will see you again.