My review of the Trump Turnberry hotel and resort in Scotland

This is my review of the Trump Turnberry golf hotel and resort in Scotland.

A few weeks ago I received an email from Trump Turnberry – A Luxury Collection Resort, the luxury golf resort in Scotland which is part of the Starwood ‘Luxury Collection’, asking if I wanted to come up and review it.

I am not a golf player myself so I was definitely the wrong person to review the Ailsa course, but I was persuaded that Trump Turnberry offers much more than ‘just golf’.

We also realised that Trump Turnberry resort is exceptionally good value when using Starwood Preferred Guest points.  One night including breakfast at the end of September costs 16,000 points, equivalent to 48,000 Marriott Rewards points.  The cash price is £431 (more if you want a refundable rate) which means you are getting 2.7p for every Starwood point.  This is almost twice as much as we normally value SPG points.

Off I went to Scotland to find out whether SPG or Marriott Rewards members should put Trump Turnberry on their redemptions list.  HFP paid for its own flights to Glasgow and we also paid for certain items in the hotel, including most of our drinks.  Here is my review.

The history of Trump Turnberry

The golf course at Turnberry first opened in 1882 with the Turnberry Golf Club & Hotel following in 1906.  Jump forward 91 years and in 1997 the property became part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts group.  In 2011 the branding was changed from Westin to Luxury Collection.  In 2014 the Trump Organisation purchased Turnberry and the golf course investing £200 million in upgrading the 103 guest rooms, including four suites, and the links.

The hotel remains under Starwood management and you can earn and spend Starwood Preferred Guest points (or Marriott Rewards points if you transfer them to Starwood) for a stay here.  Your status benefits will also be honoured.

The 18-holes Ailsa golf course has hosted the Open Championship in 1977, 1986, 1994 and 2009.

Trump Turnberry Starwood Luxury Collection Resort

Location

Trump Turnberry is on the Ayrshire coast in western Scotland, about an hour west of Glasgow.  We (I travelled with my boyfriend) flew into Glasgow airport and were picked up by the hotel. The car ride to the hotel took about an hour.  A return airport transfer starts at £180 depending on the size of the car.

Check in

There were two reception desks in a separate room next to the concierge desk. We sat down and were offered water and home baked shortbread – which was really good.

Trump Turnberry reception

Room

At check in we were told that we had been upgraded to one of the four suites overlooking the Ailsa golf course and the sea.

Trump Turnberry SPG Suite Nick Price View Golf course

The hotel has only four suites each named after one of the four winners of the Open Championships hosted at Turnberry. We got the Nick Price suite – with, to my eyes, an awful painting on the wall (click to enlarge).  Sorry Nick.

The room had air conditioning which was slightly too cold for my liking but was easy to adjust and within a short time the room had the desired temperature.

Trump Turnberry Nick Price Suite

The bedroom had a king size bed:

Trump Turnberry Scotland Bed

The desk turned out to be a hidden dressing table with hair dryer and mirror as well as a drawer full of sockets.

Wifi is free for all guests and was a good speed for Netflix etc.

Trump Turnberry Starwood Luxury Collection Resort

The bathroom was a very good size with free standing bathtub, two sinks and shower and toilet with individual doors.

The toiletries were by Arran Aromatics with a separate selection for her and him. I found them a little too scent intensive, but they were very nourishing and my hair looked great.

Trump Turnberry Starwood Bathroom

Trump Turberry has no shortage of hangers and lots of space in the wardrobe. The safe had a socket inside so you can charge your laptop or phone when storing it. It also had a jewellery tray with little compartments so your necklaces won’t get tangled up.

Trump Turnberry Starwood Luxury Collection Resort

Living Room

The living room really did look more like someones living room (not mine, admittedly) than a hotel room with two white bookshelves, a fire place, artwork and two of the most comfortable sofas I’ve ever sat on. There was also a second desk.

Trump Turnberry Starwood SPG Suite

Inside the TV bank was the Nespresso machine and tea making facilities. The suites have a great selection of loose tea.

Instead of a mini bar, various wine bottles were on the shelves.  The books, as you can see below, were matching sets of reprinted classics.  I personally don’t have a problem with this if I just want to read a book but a more curated – but non-matching – selection would have been more interesting.

Trump Turnberry review

Twin room

I got a tour of the whole of Trump Turnberry including the hotel, spa, golf courses and the Turnberry Lighthouse.

I wanted to take a look at a mainstream room.  Here is a picture of one of the standard twin rooms where each bed is a queen size. The design, size and layout of all the rooms including the suites and the lighthouse suite is the same with only a couple of smaller rooms having just a shower instead of a shower and a bathtub. (‘Normal’ rooms are like the suites minus the living room)

Trump Turnberry Starwood Luxury Collection Resort

Turnberry Lighthouse

The Turnberry Lighthouse is located by the 9th hole of the Ailsa course and has a two bedroom suite inside as well as a halfway house where golfers can pick up a sandwich.

Coming from the hotel’s main building you can either walk for 30 minutes along the golf course or get one of the hotel’s drivers to pick you up and drop you off.

A night in this suite costs £3,500 per night.

Trump Turnberry Starwood Luxury Collection Resort

From the two balconies (one off each room) you have a great view over the sea.

Trump Turnberry review

The two bedrooms look the same as those in the main building, but the living room area has a slightly different design to the other suites.

Trump Turnberry Lighthouse Suite

To give you a better impression of what you can expect, here is a short YouTube video of Trump Turnberry. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel via this page – this is the same link to visit if the video does not automatically appear below.


 
This was part one of my review of Starwood’s Trump Turnberry Resort with a focus on the bedrooms.  Part two (click here) looks at the food and activities available as well as the spa.  We also look at the extra benefits available if you book via our hotel booking partner.

If you received this article by email, you won’t have received Part 2.  Please click here to read it directly on the Head for Points website.

The Trump Turnberry Resort home page is here if you want to find out more.

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Comments

  1. Dennis says:

    Too many snowflakes on this thread.

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks Rob :) Excellent article.

    Sure, I won’t stay there but that’s because my current stash of SPG points are being deployed on the Sheraton at Iguazu Falls :) (and maybe a little because of Trump!)

  3. barnaby100 says:

    This really hacks me off. I stopped following another travel site for the same reason, when it started he had the same status in loads of hotels as me and so his experience mirrored mine, then suddenly he was ‘famous’ and getting unrealistic upgrades everywhere. I stopped following. Head for Points is at risk of going the same way. They invited you to the hotel, you were upgraded to a suite. That isn’t the experience that most visitors would get at this resort.

    • the real harry1 says:

      it was Anika :)

      • I went to Southend instead :-)

        I don’t do this for free stuff. At 46 I have all the stuff I need, frankly, and when I’m offered free stuff I turn it down due to my wife and kids anyway which is partly why I hired Anika. Death is looming and I’m not going to spend my remaining time going to places I don’t want to go purely because I don’t need to pay. Should I want to go to a luxury resort for a weekend I can and do happily pay for it (see my Four Seasons Hampshire piece from the other week for example. Or Southend tomorrow.)

        We only do stuff which we think is interesting and relevant for the readers. If Starwood was not involved, it would not have been relevant and we probably would have passed.

        The review would not have been substantially different had she turned down the suite and taken a standard room, given they were hardly in it. We have a lot of SPG elite members who read the site who may well get upgraded into suites here anyway.

        • the real harry1 says:

          With any luck, death won’t loom too soon :)

          So I’m nearly 55. With decent health, I’ve got another 25 years, judging by my parents.

          I have already used up 69% of my life lol & the clock is ticking.

          The good news is: many oldsters sort of seem happy about it all ending.

          • I can’t get my youngest off my legs until I’m at least 58 though, assuming he goes to uni at 18!

        • barnaby100 says:

          I am starwood elite. Don’t get many suite upgrades in the UK!

  4. I love this site, for as much as I learn from others as much as I learn from Rob, and the site. I have never been brave enough to comment before but this has prompted me.
    I ask myself; to what extent is the site motivated or influenced by the politics of ownership. I have not seen that, ever.
    Its just another hotel, in another place that we all can choose ( if we have the SPG points) , or not.
    The article is about informed choice. If your values don’t allow you to make the choice, just don’t do it. If they do, feel free to enjoy without being judged. I for one, am not judging your values.

    This is a great UK based site, support it and share it.

    • Genghis says:

      Hope to see you posting more often, Ed :)

    • Swad Wolf says:

      +1. Absolutely agree with all your points. I love this website and read it every morning.

      I’ve collected Avios and hotel loyalty points for years but still pick up useful tips and, like many others, enjoy reading articles even if I would never personally choose the trips being written about.

      Please let’s not start getting political on this website, there are plenty of other outlets for that. Also, I don’t need any ‘ethical guardians’ thanks. I’m quite capable of making up my own mind.

      Rob – don’t let them get to you. Keep up the good work

  5. Nice review, thanks.

  6. thanks, I’ll give it a go

  7. What gets me here is the arrogance shown by those who deride a person’s democratic legitimacy and professional position metely because they disagree with his views.

    Feel free to voice opinion against his policies, but to suggest a travel website should pander to that socialist propaganda and boycott a legal hotel owner is restricting freedom of the press.