Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar
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... our air conditioning is not working and we're now waiting for the repairman to arrive. Our "bug guy" just left, leaving behind some small bait traps to get rid us of the phantom ants that like our bathroom sinks.
We've replaced the DSL router last week and Lars is now ready to install our new Sonos system.
The Christmas tree is gulping up water in the stand in the living room but looks a little forlorn without lights and decorations. We ...
... a Costco membership! When we discovered they sell our favorite table wine it was a good investment!
We also quickly reconnected with friends, dining or meeting for drinks with many of them during the week. It been a lovely warm return for us.
And while I still look for the flush button on the top of the toilet and try to bag my own groceries in the store, European ways ...
... and go to take the shots. I plan to come back alone and walk its length before I leave town. On a completely unrelated note, I have improved my quality of life a little. I am one of those who enjoy singing along with the radio while driving. Unfortunately, I can't sing, I drown out the song I ...
Had a great day just pottering around. First day in a long while that I didn't have to set an alarm! Had a lazy day looking around some Of the local beach shops. This place is full of snow birds. (my patient had to explain this to me)! It's a person (usually retired) who moves down to Florida in the winter, to escape the snow of the north. What surprised me is that most of the shop staff are senior citizens too. We were talking about this the other night- ...
Today's my 26th birthday...in order to commiserate the fact that I'm now that much closer to 30, I've taken a few days off and have headed to Anna-Maria island. It's a beautiful place on the gulf of Mexico. My host has a condo (holiday home) here and has very kindly let me stay in it :) I've got my own wheels again now too! Drove from Sarasota to the island-without getting lost or using the gps (they don't call it a sat nav)! Stopped at arrmands circle on the way, had a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar Saint Pete Beach
Great Stay in the Don CeSar Beach House Suites
Having read the existing reviews on this site we were a bit apprehensive about our forthcoming stay. We contacted a Mr Hoffman at the Suites who went out of his way to dispel our fears and he was right we are just back from a wonderful 9 day stay at the Beach House Suites. The apartments had obviously just been renovated which is possibly why the other reviews on this site are so poor. Apartments were great. Service and cleanliness of whole property was excellent, Pefect location and wonderful Gulf views. Will certainly revisit.
Had a nice stay
We had a nice stay here Easter week, 2004. Our condo was nicely decorated and clean. The pool area was clean and clean towels were always available. We never had a problem finding a parking spot. I would give this resort a 4 instead of a 3 if the price was lower. I believe the name "Don Cesar" cost us about $75/night. We did use the Don Cesar consierge daily and took our kids to a kid's club activity at the Don since it was included. All things considered we could have a bigger 2 bedroom condo elsewhere for the same price. Having 2 bathrooms was a bonus however.
Kind of a Joke
This hotel should not be affiliated with THE DON at all. The Hotel needs to be renovated in a BAD way. Furnishings were not updated and there is not enough parking at the resort.
If you are looking for a peaceful vacation, forget it... there is a LOUD bar right next door that seems to close down each night at 2:00 am. Not worth the price it cost to stay there and the resort fee that no one seems to tell you about until you get there for using their pool and local calls is a joke. Forget about asking for a late check out.... it was like pulling teeth to get an extra half hour and the maids were pacing in front of our door waiting for us to leave. Not a pleasant stay... I do not reccomend the Beach House Suites.
Definitely not a 4 star resort
I did alot of research and the Don Suites was rated as a 4 star resort. Definitely not...I would say a 2 star. The resort is tired, dirty and you feel like a second class citizen once you see the real Don. The positive is that the staff was excellent. The front desk gentleman made sure to refund our money so that we could go elsewhere.
Only the Don Cesar in Name
We just stayed at the Don Cesar Beach House Suites. Nothing great and definitely not worth the price. It can't compare with the Don Cesar.
The place was dated, the furniture was old and stained and the beds were uncomfortable. The only thing that was remotely "Don Cesar" was the name!
Great Beech Weak Accomodations
We stayed here in spring, 2003. This resort calls itself the "sister resort" of the first class Don Cesar. It may be the sister resort - but in ownership only.
The facility is old and, although we heard the rooms had been renovated recently, this was not apparent. The furnishings were old the floor coverings stained and bedding uncomfortable. If you're seeking a first class, newer resort property look elsewhere.
The only thing this property has going for it is the beautiful beach and the gulf views from almost every unit.
For the money, you can do better.
Great October experience at the Beach House Suites
Having just spent 4 days at the Beach House as part of a wonderful October Wedding/Reunion party, I can say I was very impressed. While the room decorations were a bit dated and the ice maker didn't work, the pool, hot spa, and patio areas were great. The outdoor bar was fabulous. The path to the beach and swimming in the Gulf are some of the best I've seen in Florida.The staff were courteous and the registration desk/office area provided all I needed. The Resort fee is a bit different, as is additional charge for the beach cabanas (which I didn't use).I'd go back again and recommend it to friends but you have to understand it is not a big glitzy hotel. It is converted condos and has very much of that feel plus some very nice ammenities
Won't be back
My family (me, my husband, our daughter and grandson) stayed at the Beach House Suites in mid-July for a week. Though we bought a package that guaranteed a non-smoking, 1-bedroom ocean view condo. In confirming our reservations, I asked again about non-smoking and were told the only condos that were smoking were on the first floor. When we arrived, we were told the only condos left were a 1-bedroom with double bed, overlooking the parking lot and shuffleboard court on the first floor, which is smoking. The front desk told us they were full and could not change our accomodations to what we were promised and had already paid for in advance. We were finally moved Monday night. The picture of this "resort" online is not representative of the way it actually looks, nor does it appear well-kept-up. The laminate furniture in our condo had the laminate peeling off, the pool was small. When the Don CeSar was owned by Registry Resorts, it had a great reputation, but neither it nor the Beach House Suites are worth recommending now.
We (husband + 2 kids) just recently returned from spending 7 nights at the Don CeSar Beach House Suites. We couldn't have asked for better accomodations. The front desk people were very helpful, and even let me print out our boarding passes on their office computer the day before we came back home. The accomodations were always cleaned (by very nice cleaning staff-- as a matter of fact everyone who works there is quite friendly) and all the amenities were in working order. I would highly recommend staying here if you have kids but would like a private bedroom of your own. St. Pete Beach is a great area and I hope to return without too much time passing by!
We stayed at the Beach House Suites in May of 2003 and found the resort to be average, but we will not be returning because we think we could find a higher quality resort for the price. The property overall was well kept and nice. The pool was clean and big enough for many families. There was a whirlpool and a bar for drinks and snacks only. The room we stayed in was a standard with a view of the courtyard/shuffleboard area. The room was clean and nicely decorated, but the appliances did not work. The oven took nearly 2 and a half hours to heat to 300 degrees and the refridgerator did not stay cold. The washer and dryer were pretty good, but very loud. The balcony was nice and big, with chairs and a lounge. The biggest problem we had with the resort was the resort fee that amounted to a total of over 100 dollars at the end of five days. We would of paid it happily if we could have used the cabanas. However, the fee does not include the cabanas. The cabanas are an extra 14.00 a day and the other recreational rentals are also not included. They charge upwards of 30.00 per half hour for those. We could not figure out what the resort fee is for. They claim local phone calls, but aren't those free normally??? We were very disappointed that we could not sit on the beach in a cabana for free. Considering the amount we paid for the room plus the bogus resort fee, we felt that it was not nearly worth it to stay at the Beach House Suites. It is nothing like the Don Cesar and we expected that, but we thought it would carry some of the general expectations of the name. So, if you are looking for an all around great hotel/condo, look somewhere else. Although it has the potential to be great, the Beach House Suites haven't quite figured it out.