This weekend is a game-changer for downtown Winter Park. Just one block east of Park Avenue, The Alfond Inn at Rollins College will open its doors and greet guests for the first time. The new 112-room boutique hotel offers visitors to Winter Park an exceptional experience and features posh amenities, including a fitness center, second-floor pool and lounge deck, library, bar area, a variety of meeting spaces and a locally-sourced restaurant, Hamilton’s Kitchen.
The Alfond Inn was built with a $12.5 million grant from the Harold-Alfond Foundation and net operating income from the inn will benefit The Alfond Scholarship fund (Rollins College’s premier scholarship fund) over the next 25 years, or until the endowment principal reaches $50 million, whichever comes later. This added bonus allows guests, meeting planners and locals to connect with the Rollins College community in a unique way.
Throughout the inn, guests can enjoy a unique collection of contemporary art. The 100-piece collection represents established and emerging artists from around the world, including several from Florida. The pieces were exclusively chosen for the property, have never been exhibited before and are displayed throughout the public areas of the hotel.
Hamilton’s Kitchen, sure to become a favorite of locals and visitors alike, seats 90 in the dining room and has 60 additional seats on the outside terrace. A private dining room is also available. The fare is Florida-inspired and much of it grown, raised or caught within 150 miles of the hotel.