THE Marine Hotel in North Berwick is now open following a major refurbishment. 

It boasts 84 rooms as well as a restaurant, bar, spa, pool, fitness centre and 6,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, all overlooking the 16th hole of North Berwick’s West Links and the Firth of Forth.

Called Marine North Berwick, it is part of AJ Capital’s Marine & Lawn Hotels and Resorts, which also includes Rusacks in St Andrews and Marine Troon in Troon on the Ayrshire coast.

East Lothian Courier: How the hotel's new bar, called The Bass Rock, looks now following extensive refurbishment workHow the hotel's new bar, called The Bass Rock, looks now following extensive refurbishment work

Nashville-based AJ Capital bought the hotel from Macdonald Hotels last year.

The Marine closed in January to allow the work to be carried out. All of its rooms, public spaces and food and drink venues have been revamped.

Led by AJ Capital’s in-house interior design studio, the design is said to take inspiration from the coastal setting and its golf history.

East Lothian Courier: One of the rooms in the new-look Marine North Berwick hotelOne of the rooms in the new-look Marine North Berwick hotel

The hotel had a recent 'soft launch' but rooms can, from Sunday, be booked by guests - with rates starting at £189 per room per night, including full Scottish breakfast.

The new rooms pay homage to iconic golf holes and feature nightstands designed as golf tee boxes, while golf ball and golf club motifs arewoven into the carpets and locally sourced artwork used.

The Marine’s new restaurant The Lawn, and its laid-back bar and lounge The Bass Rock, will officially open on September 23.

East Lothian Courier: The hotel's new restaurant called The LawnThe hotel's new restaurant called The Lawn

MasterChef: The Professionals’ and National Chef of the Year finalist Chris Niven will head up The Lawn restaurant, with the focus on "the very best ingredients from East Lothian". He will also oversee the menu for the hotel’s bar and lounge, The Bass Rock.

Ben Weprin, AJ Capital Partners founder and CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to be opening the first Marine & Lawn properties and to provide travellers with unforgettable journeys to the most prolific leisure destinations in Scotland.

“Our team is extremely passionate about creating memorable gathering spaces, and it has been an honour to bring a new hospitality experience to some of the most coveted and historic destinations in the world.

“We can’t wait to host guests as they embark upon unmatched golfing experiences in these incredible locations.”