With the 138th Open Golf Championship beginning in Turnberry, Scotland on July 16, we take a look at 10 of the best hotels in the area.
This year's Open Golf Tournament will be held at the Turnberry Resort, offering guests immediate access to the course. In existence for more than 100 years, Turnberry's guest suites have been recently renovated. From the hotel guests have views of a lighthouse, The Isle of Arran and Aisla Craig, a dome of granite rising from the sea.
The resort itself offers a variety of outdoor activities such as archery, mountain-biking and clay pigeon shooting as well as a spa with a plethora of massages, wraps and other body treatments. For guests not wishing to stray too far, the resort also offers a bar and restaurant with a tea room soon to be opened. Local attractions include Calzean Castle, Dean Castle Country Park and the Rozelle House Galleries.
Guests can even save up to 20 percent when booking a 3-night stay or 30 percent when booking for 5 nights. Alternatively receive a complementary additional nights stay when booking for two nights, or two additional nights when booking for 4 nights.from the Open's action. Situated on the coastline, the apartments are conveniently located close to a number of golf courses including Ailsa, Kintyre and Royal Troon in addition to outdoor activities such as salmon fishing and riding trails.
The apartments themselves come fully equipped, expertly finished and come with private balconies offering coastal views. Guests also have to option to purchase day passes for the pool and spa at the nearby Turnberry Hotel. A number of historical sites are in the immediate vicinity including Culzean Castle and the Robert Burns National Heritage Park. Alternatively guests can shop in the nearby villages or take the 45-minute drive to Glasgow.
The rooms themselves are of the highest specification and offer satellite television, tea/coffee and decor designed by some of Scotland's top interior designers. Despite being close to Prestwick Airport, the hotel has a feel of tranquillity and comfort, and has won a number of awards including Hotel of the Year and Customer Care Hotel of the Year.
Guests can dine at the hotel's Fairway Restaurant which overlooks the golf course, or to relax at the Arran Lounge. Guests seeking a relaxing break can take advantage of the full-service spa, beauty salon or sauna. Other facilities include a gym, squash courts and indoor pool. 5. The Old Racecourse Hotel2 Victoria Park, Ayr, KA7 2TR Phone: (44) 1292 262 873 12.09 mi / 19.46 km from Turnberry 3-stars
Located five minutes from Ayr town centre, the Old Racecourse Hotel is near Ayr Beach, Ayr Pavilion, and Wellington Square. The hotel boasts warm and comfortable rooms as well as a busy bar that entices both guests and locals alike. Guests have access to complementary wireless Internet and private gardens. The town of Ayr also offers a variety of bars and restaurants in addition to having a market and shopping area.The Ivy Rooms 11 Miller Rd, Ayr, KA7 2AX Phone: (44) 1292 262474 Fax: (44) 1292 260 863 12.62 mi / 20.31 km from Turnberry 3-stars Having just received a £500,000 makeover, the Ivy Rooms offer luxury at affordable prices. Situated near to Wellington Square, Auld Kirk, and Ayr Pavilion, the hotel boasts comfortable guest rooms, a bar/lounge and conference rooms. The guest rooms have satellite television, complimentary newspapers and tea/coffee. The hotel itself is just a two-minute walk from Ayr town center and close to the Turnberry, site of this year's Open tournament.
8. Ramada AyrDalblair Road, Ayr, KA7 1UG Phone: (44) 844 815 9005 Fax: (44) 150 644 5721 12.74 mi / 20.50 km from Turnberry 3-stars
Close to over 20 golf courses, the Ramada Ayr is perfectly located close to Welington Square. The hotel offers its guests modern rooms complete with cable television and sea views.
Guests have access to the hotel's fitness facility, indoor pool and Sebastian Coe Health Club with sauna and full-service health spa. The on-site restaurant, the Arts Grill, serves an array of international dishes in beautiful surroundings. The hotel has also installed a golf simulator allowing guests to play at over 52 courses from five continents.
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The Swallow Station Hotel is the oldest hotel in Ayr and overlooks the historical railway station. Its guestrooms offer comfort and simple luxury providing satellite television, high-speed internet access and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also plays host to the Arran Restaurant which has views of Burns Statue Square as well the Gallery Lounge Bar and newly opened Trax Bar. Not far from over 200 golf courses, the hotel is also close to the beach, Rabbie Burns' Cottage and Ayr Race Course.
10. Savoy Park Hotel16 Racecourses Road, Ayr, KA7 2UT Phone: (44) 1292 266112 16.2 mi / 26.07 km from Turnberry 3-stars
The Savoy Park Hotel's building dates back to the 19th century and offers its guests a luxurious hotel experience with complementary Internet and digital television in all the rooms. Guests can enjoy dining in the Oak Room Restaurant with meals from an impressive menu offering the latest Scottish fare and wines from around the world. The hotel also has a gym, sauna, swimming pool and steam room.