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Hill Club
Nuwara Eliya

The Hill Club, built by the British in the late 1880s as an exclusive planters club, remains to this day a private establishment and is the most famous, if not the most salubrious, place to stay in Nuwara Eliya. Little has changed since the 1940s, from the antique billiard table to the men only bar and ladies lounge. The panelled bars, hunting trophies, leather armchairs, glowing fires and ancient bathrooms all add to its antiquated charm and are perfectly suited to the often cool climate. Dining here is an integral part of the experience although the food may leave little to be desired; the menus are about 50 years out of date. Men are required to wear a jacket and tie (available on loan from the club) and ladies must wear a longer dress, skirt or smart trousers for dinner, which is served by uniformed and white-gloved waiters. Being a hill station, the temperatures can be quite low, especially at night. However, guests can ask the room boy to put a hot water bottle in their bed.

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