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Don CeSar Hotel
Anyone who has visited Florida’s Saint Petersburg or Saint Pete Beach will be familiar with the famous Don CeSar Hotel known to locals as “The Don”. This elegant six-story structure with its 277 guest rooms stands out as a shining beacon as you take the south toll bridge from St. Petersburg to St. Pete Beach. The initial owner Thomas Rowe opened his “Pink Castle” in 1928 and attracted the rich and famous of America’s elite. After Mr. Rowe’s death the hotel fell into disrepair and was vacant until the U.S. government purchased it for use as a military hospital during World War II, and later for Veterans Administrations. In 1972 it was sold to private interests and restored to its former glory.