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Loews Don CeSar Hotel

  • 3400 Gulf Blvd. Map It
  • St. Pete Beach
  • Fodor's Choice
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  • Romantic destination
  • Great beach
  • Tasty dining options


  • Small rooms, can be quite pricey

Published 09/17/2015

Fodor's Review

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.

Hotel Information


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

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727-367–6952; 800-282–1116


Hotel Details:

  • 277 rooms, 40 suites
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 09/17/2015

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