I have read negative reviews about the Hill Club, but I have to say that I was more than pleased with my recent visit.
The Hill Club doesn't pretend to be a five star hotel, but it has obviously decided to open its doors to tourists, in an effort to generate income. It has rules, such as the wearing of a jacket and tie in the evening. This didn't worry me at all, and I respect that if that is what the members wish, so be it.
The room (4) was fine. The furnishing were not the most modern, but it was a comfortable nights sleep (that is until 0450 when the local Mosque started the call to prayer!). There was a TV receiving sat TV, and a hot water bottle in the bed (at 6,500ft it can be quite cool in the night).
The set dinner was fine, as was the breakfast.
Staff (whom you are encouraged not to tip individually, but to leave a general gratuity) were polite and helpful. The grounds and gardens were beautifully maintained.
Wifi Internet is available at a fee.
If you wish to see how people lived in this area of Sri Lanka, in the days of the expatriate planters, The Hill Club offers a unique opportunity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hill Club is an exclusive members only Club, established in 1876, by the British Planters and continues as a prestigious club in Nuwara Eliya, which is surrounded by Tea Estates. With the British Planters moving out, The Hill Club remained and still remains a Members ONLY club after having opened it doors to Srilankans. To sustain the Club and to maintain same, the Club was opened to temporary members ( Tourist) Traditions are still maintained where Gentleman is required to wear Suit for Dinner and a lady smartly dressed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hill Club Hotel Nuwara Eliya
- Hill Hotel Nuwara Eliya
- The Hill Hotel