Trump National Doral Miami
What We Love
- Four stellar golf courses — including the PGA favorite Blue Monster — all restored by Gil Hanse
- The resort is fresh from a $250 million renovation
- 28-day dry-aged steaks at BLT Prime
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What To Know
- A $20 daily resort fee covers WiFi, morning newspaper and shuttle service to the beach at Trump International Beach Resort Miami, 23 miles away
- The Spa at Doral has a separate entrance, facilities and suites for guests 16 and over, all shared with the Pritikin Center for Longevity
- Paid parking only; $18 per night to self-park, $27 for valet
- Pets under 25 pounds welcome for a $250 fee
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From this resort’s opening in 1962, the name Doral has been highly esteemed in the golf world. A total overhaul (to the tune of $250 million and counting) by new owner and avid golfer Donald Trump has touched every aspect of the resort. The property spans 800 acres in inland Miami, and the 643 guestrooms and suites are spread out in eight off-white Italianate villas with red tile roofs, each named after a legendary golfer. Gorgeous hand-strung Swarovski crystal chandeliers hang in the marble lobby and the ballrooms, and elsewhere the marble interiors are accented with scrollwork iron banisters with gold handrails and gold chandeliers.
Bed and Bath
The interiors are all new, from the carpets to the hurricane-proof windows, and elegantly done in shades of ivory, taupe and yellow. Trump Collection beds with cushy Serta mattresses come with crisp linens, overstuffed pillows and white leather quilted headboards. The marble bathrooms have gold fixtures and open-frame showers (tubs are in suites only). A wet bar with an espresso machine ups the comfort level, as does a balcony or patio.
In addition to the iconic Blue Monster (which has been part of the PGA Tour for more than 50 years), the other courses (all redone by Gil Hanse) include the hilly, New England–style Red Tiger and the Golden Palm, which has tight bunkers and fast, contoured greens and debuts in January 2015. The central pool area includes a zero-entry lagoon-style pool with a water slide, a separate lap pool and a large sundeck with soft chaises and waiter service. Daytime dining, from burgers to fresh ceviche, is available at the poolside Palm Grill or in the Clubhouse at Champions Bar and Grill, which has a wood and leather interior and outdoor tables overlooking the links. Come evening, the buzz moves upstairs to BLT Prime, which is distinguished by a chic circular bar and serves seafood as well as 28-day dry-aged steaks that come with a choice of nine sauces, from blue cheese to chimichurri. The stand-alone Spa at Doral shares space with the Pritikin Center for Longevity. In addition to two swimming pools and the Pritikin dining room (accessible to Trump guests), there are treatments from LING and Aromatherapy Associates. The Trump Kids Club, designed in partnership with Land of Nod, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the Area
Part of greater Miami, the city of Doral is just seven miles from Miami International Airport, but it feels a world apart from the bustle of downtown. Free shuttle service brings guests to Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, 23 miles away. Farther afield is the Wynwood Arts District, the Art Deco landmarks of South Beach and the designer stores (including Neiman Marcus, Bulgari and Versace) at the open-air Bal Harbor Shops.
How to Get There
Let's start with positives: facility is great, rooms, golf course, restaurants.
Service is terrible! Hotel staff reached out to you in advance regarding details of my reservation, good right? Wrong! First, they inquired regarding details that were already there in my reservation made on their own web site (not Booking.com or Expedia or anything else). Why? Second, all those details they inquired about went straight down the drain. Neither night time receptionist, nor restaurant hostess, nor waiter, nor daytime receptionist had NO CLUE about those details that a) were already in the reservation and b) was discussed again over email prior to our stay. Is it failure of their IT system? Is it HR failure? Do they simply not care? My guess is all of the above. Bottom line: I reserved a package and prepaid 2 breakfasts and 50$ daily credit. In the end was billed for breakfast and 50$ credit was ignored and not deducted.
You might think it's a minor issue that should've been resolved in 1 minute by the staff at a desk, right? Wrong! I talked to their staff/manager twice, wasted at least half an hour of my time, was assured the issue is resolved only to see a final charge from them where nothing was resolved. Don't get me wrong those amounts are not something major, and you do expect to pay up when stay at "5 star" hotel, but it became a principle. The basics of the customers service could not be maintained. If you can't get your system under control, can't keep your promises and make a client waste his time can such a place be called a "5 star" hotel? Regardless of how good the facility is. You might think it's an end of story? Wrong again! I reached out to the hotel using multiple emails, however my attempts to get my final bill or get ANY response failed miserably. It's not only unprofessional, it's plain rude to fail to respond to client's emails. No, definitely not "5 star" place. Avoid at all costs! Don't stay there. Book a tee time, but avoid staying in that place or use their restaurants. Total disaster!
You will find your stay at Trump National Doral to be very relaxing! The villa rooms are beautiful, beds are comfy and the towels are pristine white! I enjoyed my facial and manicure at the spa! They really take care of their guests!
I travel frecuently and stayed in a lot of Hotels in the area, but this one is with not doubt the best. Staff is very friendly and service is 5 star. We didn't use the golf course but ot seems it is very popular. We will definitely return on the future