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American-style hotel diners have recently become extremely popular with London's fashionable set, springing up in trendy areas such as Shoreditch and Camden and wooing visitors with their kitschy neon decor and calorific meals. The 7 Hotel Diner offers guests the best of America in the slightly dissonant surroundings of Kent. Run by a classic car enthusiast, the hotel features pristine Cadillacs and plenty of Teddy boy paraphernalia inside. The hotel also caters for classic car conventions.
The hotel is attached to an American diner restaurant and offers a range of rooms, which have been inspired by the motel rooms of the 60s and 70s, with a glorious mix of patterns and colours and vintage-style furnishings, for a truly unique experience. Rooms are available at very reasonable rates and include all the amenities you will need during your stay, such as towels, a free Wi-Fi connection and tea and coffee making facilities. Staff at the hotel are friendly and are happy to help you plan private or corporate events on the premises and the restaurant offers American classics, such as pancakes and beef burgers, with some traditional British favourites for those who want comfort food. The restaurant is reportedly good and a fun place to enjoy a cocktail, but food there can be expensive, and it is to the hotel's advantage that there aren't many other dining options nearby.
The hotel has plenty of surrounding countryside to explore such as Pilot's Wood, making it a calm place to stay despite the proximity of the main M25 road nearby. Broke Hill golf club is a 10-minute drive from the hotel and Sevenoaks is close by where you will find a wildlife sanctuary, Knole Park golf course and historic Knole House. Suffice to say, the hotel is better placed for business guests, with business parks in Orpington close by and Croydon within driving distance (about 25 minutes away), where you will find some lively clubs and bars and larger shopping centres to peruse. For those who want to see the sights of central London this hotel may be a little too remote.
The hotel's location is convenient for those driving in to London, which can be reached in about 40 minutes via the M25, A20 or A2 roads. However, the nearest station is Knockholt, about 5-minutes drive away, which travels in to Charing Cross in about 30 minutes. From Charing Cross you can easily walk to most of central London's sights and attractions, so it is possible, if awkward to travel in to the city.
The 7 Hotel Diner will divide opinion due to its slightly gimmicky theme, which doesn't sit easily in amongst Britain's garden district, and it's location at the very edges of the city won't suit some; however, it is a fun and unique place to stay if you need to be close to Orpington, or need to visit Kent and any Elvis fans or rockabilly enthusiasts will feel right at home.