The Don Cesar

St Pete Beach, Tampa and Clearwater/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. 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
  • 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. Distance from Tampa International Airport: 28 miles. 

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.

  • Special offer - Stay between 1st May 2024 to 31st Dec 2025 and receive the 4th and 8th night free. Black out dates apply. Discount included in price displayed. Offer subject to change. 

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. 

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 26, 2024 gmJET Charlotte, North Carolina

If you can’t stay overnight, not to worry, you can enjoy the resort amenities and bars and restaurants by booking a day pass on resortpass dot com. I’ve done this a couple times and enjoy the same great service and access to amenities as an overnight guest . Totally worth it for me! Bar and pool staff are the best on the beach and they have… Read more
If you can’t stay overnight, not to worry, you can enjoy the resort amenities and bars and restaurants by booking a day pass on resortpass dot com. I’ve done this a couple times and enjoy the same great service and access to amenities as an overnight guest . Totally worth it for me! Bar and pool staff are the best on the beach and they have their own namesake hazy IPA which is amazing! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing property and Amazing staff!

May 26, 2024 Shanelle T Riverview, Florida

OMG!!!! What an amazing time that my family and I had. The hotel property itself is amazing. The staff treats you like royalty, from the moment we got there at check in I was greeted with a glass of champagne and the amazing service continued throughout our entire stay. The entire food and beverage department exceeded all of our expectations.… Read more
OMG!!!! What an amazing time that my family and I had. The hotel property itself is amazing. The staff treats you like royalty, from the moment we got there at check in I was greeted with a glass of champagne and the amazing service continued throughout our entire stay. The entire food and beverage department exceeded all of our expectations. Everything that we ordered was delicious. As a result, we had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel, which we never do. Read less
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May 20, 2024 Reed B

The staff was very polite and helpful. Always a smile and if I were to name someone that I thought went above and beyond I’d tell you how impressed I was with Zee. She served us our drinks at the events and was amazing. She seemed to remember what everyone drank and had a contagious smile :)
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May 20, 2024 Raegan C

We enjoyed our stay and the service was great all over. However, the hotel is not properly maintained or cleaned. I was asked by the clerk with short blonde hair how my stay was at check out and I told her the hotel was not as clean as it should be. She actually agreed with me and was fully aware. She gave me a small credit. It seems they know… Read more
We enjoyed our stay and the service was great all over. However, the hotel is not properly maintained or cleaned. I was asked by the clerk with short blonde hair how my stay was at check out and I told her the hotel was not as clean as it should be. She actually agreed with me and was fully aware. She gave me a small credit. It seems they know this and management does not do anything about it. Read less
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May 18, 2024 Mario F Lake Mary, Florida

We have been staying here for many years. It always has been and still is an amazing experience. A magnificent resort with friendly staff, exceptional food and drink and views that are priceless. Highly recommended. We can't wait until our next stay!