Donald Trump to visit the UK to open £200m Scottish hotel

By Sophie Witts contact

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Guests can stay in the Turnberry Lighthouse for £3,500 a night
Guests can stay in the Turnberry Lighthouse for £3,500 a night

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A Scottish hotel and golf resort owned by Donald Trump has re-opened following a £200m restoration.

A statement released to the press said eight months of work has transformed the 110-year-old Trump Turnberry Resort in to an ‘opulent masterpiece’.

Trump – who is currently the frontrunner to receive the Republican nomination in the US Presidential race – purchased the property in 2014.

“Very exciting that one of the great resorts of the world, Turnberry, will be opening today after a massive £200m investment. I own it and I am very proud of it,” Trump said in a statement. 

The hotelier also confirmed that he will attend the official opening of the resort on 24 June.

Guests will be able to stay in the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse, which has been converted in to a £3,500 a night two bedroom ‘presidential’ suite.

Typical overnight rates for the hotel’s 103 rooms and suites start from £389, including breakfast.

Trump has also introduced a new Italian eatery, Il Tramonto, within the hotel’s existing 1906 restaurant and is set to launch the ‘luxurious’ 500-capacity Donald J Trump Ballroom in August 2016.

Luxury of the 'highest calibre'

Hospitality veteran Ralph Porciani, previously of the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane and the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, will manage the hotel.

Porciani said: “We have always known that the newly renovated Trump Turnberry would be among the finest hotels anywhere in the world. The Trump Organisation has spared no expense – it is a genuine masterpiece."


The development made headlines in September after plans to install a 25.ft high Roman chariot statue outside the hotel were approved, despite concerns from West Ayrshire Council​ that the structure was ‘excessive in height’ and not in keeping with the design of the hotel – which is a listed building.

Porciani said: “During the refurbishment, every detail has been scrutinised to ensure that we deliver an experience of the highest calibre, which will attract guests from every corner of the globe.”

The Turnberry’s Ailsa golf course, which has hosted the Open Championship four times, has also been restored.

It is Trump’s second golfing venture in Scotland, after he opened the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire in 2012.

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