Rusacks St Andrews – Iconic hotel has impressive upgrade – Scotland on Sunday Travel
The first things you notice upon entering this upscale hotel are the affluent luxury, all the dark wood paneling and richly colored furniture, and three large paintings above the fireplace. One is by Mr Rusacks, the property’s namesake, another is by St Andrews golfing legend Old Tom Morris, with a rendering of the property in between. Therefore, from the outset, the dual appeal of the hotel’s offering is immediately apparent – there is an abundance of ‘forward’ golf enthusiasts, with world-class views over the 1st and 18th holes of the Old Course and the famous Swilcan Bridge, but also top notch luxury for guests like me and my mum.
Rusacks St Andrews has undergone a major upgrade by its US owner AJ Capital Partners, including the addition of a massive extension, now housing 120 rooms in total plus 18 food and drink venues, The Bridge and One Under Bar – with Scottish chef Derek Johnstone, inaugural winner of MasterChef: The Professionals, running the kitchens as executive chef. He teams up with Richard Turner, chef and co-founder of London butcher Turner & George, and former chef group executive of steak restaurant brand Hawksmoor, for a Burns Night Supper at the restaurant on the 18th this Tuesday (January 25).
Budget or boutique Most definitely boutique — touches include a traditional St Andrews coat of arms badge on the reception desk, while chandeliers in rooms apparently feature the barge known to graze along the St Andrews coast.
Room serviceWe are staying in a suite, whose substantial living space (including the sofa that can be transformed into a bed) offers a breathtaking panoramic view. In the foreground it overlooks the Old Course and the R&A – the hotel is sure to offer some of the “best seats in the house” when the Open comes to its doorstep later this year. Further in the distance is the vast and calming presence of the West Sands – the setting of the famous racing scene in the movie Chariots of Fire. shower, bath, gold fixtures and fittings and luxury toiletries by Royal Warrant Holder Floris. dark green velvet lampshades, for example. However, the sequel doesn’t end there – there’s even a nook around a corner, with a green sofa, chair and table, where you could curl up with a book with the waves lapping against the shore. far away. DiningWe go up to the top floor of the extension for a drink at the bar, which has a rooftop terrace, followed by a truly sensational dinner at 6. Both spaces resemble a prestigious and historic American country club where a former president might dine, all dark wood and darker green furnishings (reminiscent of the hallowed turf on the outdoor course), but steeped in local character. The restaurant emphasizes open fire cooking so we try the steak, opting for the one serving two is blushing and ultra-tender, the aging of the meat is very evident in its texture and color, and that we consider one of the best steaks we have ever had. Casual yet refined all-day dining option, with a blue and white color scheme, matching the nearby beachfront and with a strong Cape Cod vibe, as well as portraits of famous golfers. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit the hotel’s One Under Bar, which serves ‘world class’ fare, and pub food. It’s worth getting out of bed for. from West Sands beach, before heading into central St Andrews and stopping at a few of the many cafes in between shopping in the shops.Little extras
Street parking is free and the hotel also has a tennis court.
Guestbook Comments Whether you’re a fan of Seafood, Porterhouse or Seve Ballesteros, Rusacks definitely delivers. Rooms start at £219 per night including full Scottish breakfast and VAT.