Having been a member of the Hill Club when it was a MEMBERS ONLY CLUB ( in 1967-72) and having thereafter been an occasional visitor as the guest of members, I have noticed a progressive change in the composition of the visitors/ guests who flock to the Club. The present position is that the Club is frequented mostly by 'tourists' both local and foreign . This has deprived the Club of it exclusivity and Colonial character . Visitors are seen strolling around in casual attire and young children are admitted . Apart from the de riguer dress code for Dining Room ( at Dinner/ Supper) , the old formality has been dismantled : probably to attract more custom..
Accommodation is well above par for the charge that is levied, and the menu is varied to suit all palates. It may be noted that most of the older Staff are no longer to be seen ; which is a pity as there were many who had been in service during the two decades after the dilution of the 'British' culture.
Overall, probably the most charming resort in the Area.
- 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