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Florida’s Pink Palace, Historic and colorful pink “sand castle” amid modern condo developments on a beautiful stretch of St. Pete’s beach.
The Don’s colorful history began in 1928, when real estate developer Thomas Rowe, inspired by the Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki Beach, built the property.
At its heyday, it was a favorite of notables such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clarence Darrow and Al Capone. Since then, the hotel property has served as a convalescent center for World War II airmen, housed offices for the Veterans Administration and stood abandoned and neglected for years. In 1973, it was reclaimed as a hotel, and in 1994 it underwent a full renovation, restoring it to its former glory.

The only property on the St. Pete Beach designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Don is also the only resort in the state of Florida to receive the AAA Four Diamond Rating for 22 consecutive years.

The resort itself is flamingo pink and resembles a fairy-tale sand castle, earning its nickname “The Pink Palace.”

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  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture, nice POV

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 5 years ago

    Great angle. I love the pink color against the dark blue sky…Lynn

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture, this is a great hotel, I use to go down to passe grille all the time when I lived in the area, did you go inside ?

  • Passe Grille, lol is that the cafe inside Don Cesar’s? If so yes, I have had the champagne breakfast there twice….silly me that I can’t remember the name of the restaurant inside!! Attended a conference here a few years ago, and its very ritzy, and just astounding all through it!! Have you been inside, Kathy? Its an experience one will not forget!!

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  • barnsis
    barnsisover 5 years ago

    Great image of the old pink lady. I have been here many times but never stayed in her.

  • Yep!!! Those rooms are a BIT pricey! LOL!

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  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 5 years ago

    Sounds great, Carolyn. I would like to hear more about it. I will talkatxha after I return on the 15th…Lynn XOXO

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    lol Passe grille is he next town down the last town at the end of the island, the hurricane club is there, great food there

  • if I ever make it back that way again..I will have to check that out!! Thanks Kathy! xoxo

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured in Florida the Sunshine State

  • Thanks a million Kathy!!! I am so excited!! woohoo! Hugs!

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Congratulations for being in the top ten of the Floridas Attractions challenge Florida the sunshine State . Very well deserved!

  • Rebecca Morrison
    Rebecca Morrisonover 3 years ago

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