3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: South Pinellas beaches
The Mediterrean-style "pink palace" sitting on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico epitomizes luxury and has hosted the rich, powerful and famous since 1928. Guests in some of its 277 guest rooms and suites enjoy private terraces and panoramic ocean views. There are two pools (one with an underwater sound system), a full-service spa and 24-hour fitness center, two ballrooms for events, concierge service and 24-hour in-room dining. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the renovated Don was the background for Robert Altman's 1980 movie H.E.A.L.T.H. and hosted President Bill Clinton. While famous for its bell towers, turrets, balconies and columns, the Don is also known locally for dining, on its seaside terraces or in the acclaimed Maritana Grille. A favorite is the King Charles Room Sunday brunch, with more than 100 items.