The Don Cesar

St Pete Beach, Clearwater & 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 '19-20 Dec '19. Free offer will be applied at the time of booking. Offer may not be combinable. 

  • Free Night Offer: Receive every 4th night free for stays completed between 1 Jun-20 Dec '20. Free offer will be applied at the time of booking. Offer may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. 

Close by attractions include Busch Gardens®, the Dali Museum and downtown St Petersburg – just 15 minutes away. Self-parking from $22 per day and valet parking from $27 per day (both excluding tax, 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 Wonderful hotel in the beach.

Jul 15, 2019 546scottc Seminole, Florida

My wife and I decided to stay at the Don CeSar for our anniversary. When we arrived we were greeted by the valets and they assisted us with our bags even though we were self parking the car. I appreciated it because the drive up to the entrance is steep and the stairs would have been difficult to negotiate with our luggage. The front desk staff… Read more
My wife and I decided to stay at the Don CeSar for our anniversary. When we arrived we were greeted by the valets and they assisted us with our bags even though we were self parking the car. I appreciated it because the drive up to the entrance is steep and the stairs would have been difficult to negotiate with our luggage. The front desk staff was courteous and offered us a glass of champagne as we got checked in. The room had a nice view of the beach and the bed was comfy and with a nice tv. There were some snacks next to the bed but the are not complimentary so if you have little ones who might run to eat them, you may be paying for them. The bathroom was nice but my only complaint was that my knees were into the side of the tub when I sat on the toilet. Not much room for tall people. The hotel grounds were clean and well manicured. The pools were great and at night they had a movie by the pool which was fun and a nice way to spend the hot evenings staying cool without being in the room. We used the cabanas both days on the beach. They were nice but we were never able to get a waiter to come and take our order. It seemed they were more involved with larger groups instead of the rest of us. I would definitely like to stay again at this hotel. I think the $22 a day parking fee for self parking was high and unnecessary along with resort fees but I can forget about that because the overall stay was great for us. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not worth the money.

Jul 14, 2019 N5829XRmattt St. Pete Beach, Florida

We were not impressed. Don’t get me wrong, but anyone who spends 350 a night for a room on vacation should have high expectations. You would expect a larger room than a motel six with beds big enough for a family of four. Nope. You would expect that customer service would be incredible. Nope. We were told to be patient after 45 minutes of waiting… Read more
We were not impressed. Don’t get me wrong, but anyone who spends 350 a night for a room on vacation should have high expectations. You would expect a larger room than a motel six with beds big enough for a family of four. Nope. You would expect that customer service would be incredible. Nope. We were told to be patient after 45 minutes of waiting for someone to bring us plates and napkins. Front desk told us it wouldn’t be possible to have our room ready 45 before checking. Not cool. Dinner was super slow in their restaurant. Pools are smaller than we imagined. It’s old and not modern. You can get a way better experience for the same price anywhere else. Just take it from us. Save your money and go to another place for way less and have the same experience. Step it up guys. Hope you can make peoples experience better than they imagine especially if they’re spending so much. Dissatisfied. I regret spending most of our trip in this place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beach Service was OUTSTANDING!!!😎💯🔥👍

Jul 14, 2019 Dale B

My stay was amazing. Darviel, Mac, and Tru where AMAZING. They were very hospitable and the vibe they provided me with was second to none. I will definitely recommend this hotel to everyone I get the chance to!! The work these gentlemen do is so underrated but it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. I will definitely be coming back as long as the… Read more
My stay was amazing. Darviel, Mac, and Tru where AMAZING. They were very hospitable and the vibe they provided me with was second to none. I will definitely recommend this hotel to everyone I get the chance to!! The work these gentlemen do is so underrated but it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. I will definitely be coming back as long as the experience is the same. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Guys!

Jul 13, 2019 erin c

As someone that frequents beach resorts in Florida, I can honestly say that this is the best weekend we have ever had thanks in great part to the impeccable service. Gibson, Kurt, and Alex made our stay. Gibson was incredibly kind, and made sure we had anything we needed. Kurt took special care of us, and made sure that we knew the area as well… Read more
As someone that frequents beach resorts in Florida, I can honestly say that this is the best weekend we have ever had thanks in great part to the impeccable service. Gibson, Kurt, and Alex made our stay. Gibson was incredibly kind, and made sure we had anything we needed. Kurt took special care of us, and made sure that we knew the area as well as we could from a local point of view. Alex was incredibly attentive, and remembered our names! We will be back if this is the kind of staff that the Don has. Read less
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Jul 11, 2019 Tylercou

Jukobi, the beach attendant guy was awesome. Did a great job. The beach house suites wasn’t that great. They remodeled the rooms awhile back and now you don’t have a full fridge or an oven. That really sucks. But the beach was great as always.