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The Hill Club
Ranked #13 of 31 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
Reviewed 17 August 2013

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.

Room Tip: The two suites; North and South are quiet and spacious . Those along the upper floor and accessed f...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Amazing hotel! If not the historical story was told about this hotel and showed then it would have been a strange hotel. The service level was very high but it was really cold there so very Nice with the hot water tank in the bed at night time. Remember to bring a suit and tie if you want to eat in the fine restaurant. The waiters wore gloves when serving the dinner which brought us 50-100 years back in time. Unfortunately the food was not so good there.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

The Hill Club is renowned for its historical value as being a gentlemans club for the colonials built by a English planter in 1876. The moment we stepped in it, we felt like transported to a 18th century England. Its got a spooky feeling to it with vintage electronics, wooden furniture & uniformed staff. The grounds are stunning with beautifully maintained gardens. The bedrooms are large. We loved having a hot water bottle in our bed temperatures in Nuwara Eliya can drop quite drastically. The dining room is hysterical with all the white gloved waiters hovering around you but getting in a complete muddle with the orders. the room service is pathetic and very slow, definitely needs some improvement... Keep in mind that you are staying in a place that was opened in 1860 ! If you want the modern amenities you need to go to a Hilton or Sheraton,but there are none in Nuwara Eliya.In the Hill Club you still have authentic,maybe some might call it pretentious atmosphere of times gone by..

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2013 via mobile

You have to take this hotel with a pinch of salt and some of the reviews have been terrible but just remember how much you've actually paid for your room. The grounds are stunning with beautifully maintained gardens. The bedrooms are large but very dated and faded and really need a cash injection. We loved having a hot water bottle in our bed and the sheets turned down, so old British. The dining room is hysterical with all the white gloved waiters hovering around you but getting in a complete muddle with the orders. The old colonial rule of jacket and tie etc. in the dining room is old fashioned but charming too and these rules go back 150 years so very much part of the hotel.
The whole experience was to be smiled at and could take you back in time to the 1920's if you wanted it to

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

The auto system does not accept my date of visiting Sri Lanka and I have had to enter the earliest date possible. I stayed at the Hill Club in January 2004 and had a great time. I bought a tea cup and saucer with the Hill Club design. The saucer has been broken and I would like to buy a replacement. I now have a photo of the tea cup attached to ensure that I am purchasing a matching saucer. Can anybody who is going to the Hill CLub contact me and I will discuss your purchase of the item and the logistics of getting the funds to you in exchange for mailing the saucer to me.

Room Tip: Since I was there in winter I expected the rooms to be chilly. I found the whole building as beautif...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

The moment we stepped in it, we felt like transported to a 18th century England. Its got a spooky feeling to it with vintage electronics, wooden furniture & uniformed staff. You have to inform in advance if you want to dine-in as they need to prepare food accrodingly then, HOWEVER, you can only dine if you are abiding by their FORMAL dress-code and if you dont have it. They can rent you some 70s clothes! We didnt go for that adventure though.

Overall experience was comfy but someone in a neighbouring room complained to front desk that our TV was loud, however, they were ignorant enough to make loud noises and laughters themselves in the early hours and didnt let us sleep well. Some biased behaviour.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Beautiful gardens and that is all you are going to get. Rooms are boring, rundown decor and uninviting. The service is terrible. Unfriendly & unwilling staff and very male dominated. My wife was treated as second class citizen. If u want to experience Sri Lanka this is not the place. Governor's mansion in dickoya gives you a similar experience to hill club but very friendly attentive staff. Beautiful rooms, and great views. Worth the money. If u are dining in hill club don't bother. Food is terrible.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Additional Information about The Hill Club

Address: 29 Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 31 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range: £81 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Hill Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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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