Work to begin on transforming Turnberry hotel

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The five star Turnberry hotel is set to close on Sunday as work gets underway on transforming the whole iconic building.

Owner Donald Trump is ploughing over £100m on upgrading all the bedrooms at the complex with a relaunch set for June 1 next year.

The Carrick Gazette went to hear about the plans this week and were also given a sneak preview of what the bedrooms will look like once they have been transformed.

Trump Turnberry General Manager Ralph Porciani has also given the Gazette exclusive pictures of what the 500 seater Donald J Trump ballroom will look inside.

Ralph enthused: “I’m so excited about what’s going to happen at the hotel.

“I came here in 2004 and I can quite believe I’m about to transform this place for the second time.

“What’s great though is that during the closure, the clubhouse and the spa will still be open for business as will the lodges for accomodation and golfers can still play the Kintyre.

“We’ll be working extremely hard to make sure everything is cleared out of the hotel ready for the workmen being on site on the Monday and starting work immediately.

“Some staff are being re-deployed elsewhere but we are still going to have around 70 staff on duty; we’re very much open for business.”

Ralph admits there have been some sleepless nights as he helps to ensure the refurbishment will go without a hitch.

“103 bedrooms are all going to be re-designed like the one you are in now and guests will be able to book them for 1 June 2016.

“We are committed to not moving from that date so that has certainly caused a few sleepless nights but I’m very confident we’ll get it all done.”

Ralph added: “The very popular Sunday brunch will be continuing during the hotel’s closure; it will merely relocate to the clubhouse.

“We are also having an auction on October 1 hosted by Wilson’s of Dalry where you will be able to purchase items from the hotel before all the new furniture and other items comes in.

“There is a viewing day on September 30 from 5pm till 9mp before the auction itself is at the hotel on October 1 from 10am-4pm.”

Ralph believes the plans for a 500 seater ballroom are one of the key elements of the refurbishment and will provide a spectacular setting when finished.

“The ballroom should be completed by the end of July and our aim is to have our first big night in there on Saturday 27 August.

“It is going to look absolutely fantastic and provide a wonderful venue for all sorts of events. It is something that has been in the pipeline but it has taken Mr Trump’s ideas to push it through and make it a reality.”