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The Hill Club

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  • About this holiday

    The Hill Club near Nuwara Eliya is a good choice of hotel for those seeking a short stop as part of one of Expressions Holidays touring itineraries of Sri Lanka. The English style mansion has traditional colonial features and the distinctive charm of a bygone era as well as plenty of curious memorabilia. It is within easy walking distance of Nuwara Eliya and its shops, market and golf course. Tea estates and national parks are also within reach by car.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £1,380 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH1082

    Our opinion

    The Hill Club is a nostalgic step back in time, good for golf and touring holidays, as long as you are not looking for luxury.

    Hotel description

    The Hill Club of Nuwara Eliya was founded in 1876 by a group of British coffee planters as a ‘home away from home’ and is now a privately operated club for Sri Lankans and non-residents. After journeying through Sri Lankan villages and lush tropical landscapes, the sight of this stone cum mock-tudor mansion in a colourful English rose garden is curious, to say the least. Inside, you are greeted with an unhurried atmosphere and an endless array of intriguing memorabilia. Stags heads and antique maps adorn the walls whilst the original telephone exchange (apparently still in working order) sits on an antique table in the hall. The Hill Club offers plenty of space for indoor leisure, reading tea planters’ tales in the Reading room, regaling the day’s adventures by a log fire in the lounge, playing darts and sipping gin & tonic at the bar. The Billiard Rooms, with their full-sized billiard tables and original raised wooden seats and scoreboards, are still used for competitive tournaments. The Dining Hall serves set menus and a la carte in very formal, colonial style; gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie and ladies to look smart. The 39 bedrooms are furnished with colonial period furniture on polished wooden floorboards and many still have fireplaces. They are reminiscent of British hotel rooms in the 1950s with beds that dip in the middle and old-fashioned utilities, though some of the bathrooms have been updated. The Hill Club is only a short walk from the Club House of Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, so ideal for those who want to play a few rounds of golf, and within easy walking distance of the town’s other attractions.

    ‘Non-member guests’ can ‘apply’ to stay in one of the bedrooms at the Hill Club or else just book a table for dinner in the Dining Hall, when staying elsewhere.

    NOTE: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie and ladies to dress smartly when dining in the formal Dining Room for dinner. Positively no jeans or casual wear. Alternatively, dinner may be taken in a casual dining room, which does not offer the full character and service of the Dining Room.

    Location

    Nuwara Eliya

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 5 hours by car

    Closest airport

    Colombo

    Room types

    Number of rooms - 39 bedrooms including 2 suites and three family chalet rooms

    Standard room. Telephone, heater, room service.
    Superior room. Private en-suite bathroom with shower and/or bath, mini-bar and TV, more spacious than the standard rooms.
    Suite. Larger bedrooms, en suite bathroom, writing desks, sitting area and TV.
    Family Chalet room.The family Chalet rooms are situated in chalets in the garden. The children eat their meals in the chalet.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at The Hill Club include: Restaurant in the dining hall (formal, a la carte and set menu), Casual dining room, Reading room, Lounge, The men’s bar, Casual bar, TV lounge, Billiard Rooms with 2 full-sized tables, 
    Darts, Laundry service, IDD telephone/email/internet at reception.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Games Room, 4 clay tennis courts with covered viewing platform, Can arrange tee-off times at the Golf Club.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to The Hill Club are: Nuwara Eliya with its market, shops, lake, Victoria Park, historic racecourse and Turf Club, the Hill Club; Sita Amman Kovil, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park (1.5 hours drive), tea estates and tea factories; mountain scenery, waterfalls, Hindu temples and mosques.
    Special Events: Nuwara Eliya Horse Racing (April), Nuwara Eliya Golf Tournament (June).

    Sports nearby

    Golf at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course; pony rides; trekking, fishing, mountain climing, hiking, birdwatching.

    Children

    Children under 5 years old will be accommodated only in the Chalets and are not permitted in the club.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    NOTE: The accommodation is not available to non-member guests between Christmas and New Year (20 December to 2 January) and during April, as it is reserved for members during these periods.

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