Loews Don CeSar Hotel

3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, Florida, 33706, United States

Today the "Pink Palace," as it's called thanks to its paint job, is a storied resort and gulf-coast architectural landmark, with exterior and public areas oozing turn-of-the-20th-century elegance. Ditto for the rooms. The staff are known for friendly old-world service. The Don once was a favorite of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Babe Ruth, and Clarence Darrow. Maritana Grille is the hotel's deservedly popular restaurant, which specializes in Florida seafood and is lined with huge fish tanks. Ghost hunters may be interested in knowing that Tomas Rowe, who built this Roaring Twenties–era hotel, is said to have come back after death to meet his beloved; some guests and staff swear they see the couple occasionally having a rendezvous in the garden (more romantic than spooky); others say Rowe appears in corridors and rooms.

PROS

  • romantic destination
  • great beach
  • tasty dining options

CONS

  • small rooms, can be quite pricey

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 727-367–6952 | 800-282–1116

HOTEL DETAILS

277 rooms, 40 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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