February 25, 2024


sights and trips

At Don CeSar on St. Pete Seashore, the 1920s meet up with 2020s

ST. PETE Seashore — The landmark Don CeSar Hotel has extra a two-tale pool bar and rooftop lookout to its sprawling beachfront residence, completing a 3-12 months renovation job aimed at connecting the Roaring ’20s to the 2020s. At the Beacon Pool Bar and Lookout, visitors can sample a menu of bites and beach-motivated cocktails although savoring the expansive and unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico.

The perspective “is what draws every person listed here,” stated Todd Gehrke, director of income and internet marketing for the resort. He stated the renovations have been developed to fork out homage to the hotel’s motivation to well being and wellness — from the tranquility of the solar, sand and surf to the record of the resort as a 1-time army hospital and WWII convalescent center. “It has form of come full circle,” Gehrke said.

The multimillion-greenback renovations at the 93-yr-outdated resort incorporate a finish makeover of lobbies, lounges, rooms and dining establishments, developed to attract site visitors again to the 1920s vibe that impressed the first resort.

The foyer bar was moved to the centre of the resort and seating went from 8 bar stools to 30. The previous big banana leaves and inexperienced and pink decor have been muted to softer tones of taupe and brass. Gehrke explained the decor is a nod to Havana Nights or the Fantastic Gatsby era of 1928.

The updated Lobby Bar at the Don CeSar was expanded to add seating and to reflect the history of the 93-year-old hotel.
The up-to-date Foyer Bar at the Don CeSar was expanded to incorporate seating and to reflect the record of the 93-yr-aged hotel. [ Courtesy of the Don CeSar ]

Along with the scenic pool bar, the closing stage of the makeover integrated refreshing the hotel’s 277 rooms, which include 36 luxury suites. Designers additional wicker furnishings, white-washed headboards and drapery and wallpaper with flamingo prints in grey and blush tones.

“We needed to develop a whimsical beach concept,” stated Kayla Gordon, associate director of internet marketing. The measurement and configuration of most of the resort rooms was needed to remain the same because the lodge was positioned on the National Sign-up of Historic Destinations in 1974. But a number of of the rooms hook up to enlarge the bedroom room for family members.

“To me, this just feels actually snug and I really like the seaside theme and the Old Florida common sense,” Gordon explained.

The hotel, managed by Davison Motels of Atlanta, also renovated its retail place, shifting the 1950s-themed ice product store from Gulf Boulevard to the initially-ground beachfront wing. The ice product counters are now inside of Uncle Andy’s Market, a entire-company sundries store that is new to the hotel. The boutiques even now consist of clothes and swimwear stores.

The 1950s-themed ice cream parlor has been moved into the new Uncle Andy's Market on the ground floor of the hotel.
The 1950s-themed ice product parlor has been moved into the new Uncle Andy’s Industry on the floor floor of the lodge. [ Courtesy of the Don CeSar ]

On the similar amount are the transformed Modern society Table restaurant, formerly the Sea Porch, open up for all-day “Florida Gulf” fare, and the out of doors Rowe Bar, a nod to the hotel’s unique developer, Thomas Rowe.

Maritana, the hotel’s signature fantastic-dining restaurant, was remodeled to replicate a a lot more “classic and modern” motif, Gehrke explained. Some of the booths were being eliminated to enlarge the eating room, and a personal space was added for smaller gatherings. CeSar, the well-known moray eel that applied to stay in a large fish tank alongside the Maritana’s lobby wall, was relocated to an aquarium in Kentucky.

Maritana, the hotel's fine-dining, signature restaurant was completely remodeled during the multi-million dollar renovation project.
Maritana, the hotel’s fine-dining, signature cafe was entirely reworked all through the multi-million greenback renovation task. [ Courtesy of the Don CeSar ]

Emily Ferrari continues to be as govt chef at the Maritana, furnishing a fluctuating menu that contains all the things from clean, community fish to steaks and Mediterranean fare. “We phone it coastal cuisine,” Gehrke claimed.

The majestic Pink Palace has welcomed presidents, like Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jimmy Carter and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Motion picture stars Robert DeNiro, Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson have stayed there. So have Cher, Coretta Scott King, Elton John, Billy Joel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Britney Spears and Babe Ruth. It has served as the backdrop for many movies and productions.

In 1942, the hotel was obtained by the U.S. Military as a navy hospital for veterans returning from the war and afterwards became a Veterans Administration headquarters. It was about to be razed in 1971 when a team of preservationists lobbied for its rebirth. Lodge developer William Bowman Jr. bought the dilapidated assets for $460,000 and used $3.5 million to refurbish the lodge. It reopened in 1973.

The lodge was a founding member of Historic Accommodations of America in 1989 and later on opened 30,000 square feet of event place and, in 2008, Spa Oceania. Gehrke stated the spa probable will get some further refurbishing in the following 12 months.

The final restoration period also included repainting and replanting along the palm tree-lined entrance travel to the hotel entrance.

The hotel is presenting discounted visitor offers to rejoice the completion of the renovations. For info, contact 844-338-1501 or go to doncesar.com.