Winter Park, Florida May 2, 2013 — The Alfond Inn, currently under construction in Winter Park, Florida, will open its doors for guests in August 2013. The new boutique hotel is designed specifically for the affluent Winter Park community and aimed at leisure travelers, weddings and meetings.
The New York Times recently called Winter Park “a sophisticated alternative to Disney.” With its design-centric shops and pedestrian-friendly tree-lined streets, Winter Park exudes the feeling of an intimate European-style village. Developed in the 19th century, Winter Park is known for its bountiful Saturday Farmers market and for the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which has the world’s largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
The hallmark of The Alfond Inn is the property’s spacious and welcoming environment, with expansive indoor and outdoor gathering spaces designed to make it the new social hub of Winter Park. The Inn will have a lushly planted courtyard as well as intimate nooks and private garden seating where informal and impromptu meetings can take place.
The Alfond Inn will offer 112-guest rooms in a variety of layouts to suit the needs of all guests, from comfortable Classic Kings to a majestic Presidential Suite. All guest rooms come equipped with complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet Access, iPod Docking Stations and Flat Screen Televisions, as well as oversized workstations. Guests of the Alfond Inn will have access to the hotel’s fitness center and pool. The Alfond Inn is also pet friendly, welcoming dogs in designated pet-friendly rooms and suites. Pets can expect water bowls, a doggy gift basket, and signature treats at turndown.
The Alfond Inn’s restaurant and lounge, Hamilton’s Kitchen, is named in honor of Hamilton Holt, the innovative 8th President of Rollins College. The restaurant will feature exposed beams, a farmer’s table, and Dutch oak floors as the backdrop for traditional Southern cooking at breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. From Seafood & Conch Chowder to Pan Roasted Dorado and a Grilled Natural Beef Burger, Hamilton’s Kitchen will embrace locally sourced ingredients, celebrating the rich history of local agriculture, including citrus, strawberries, corn, tomatoes, beef and gulf seafood. A private dining room, accommodating from 12 to 36 guests, will also be available.
The Alfond Inn has created one of the most beautiful and welcoming backdrops for weddings and social affairs in Central Florida, starting with the glass-domed Conservatory, the heart of the Inn and the ideal location for ceremonies, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Outside is 10,000 square feet of lushly landscaped space in the garden, perfect for alfresco weddings and events. Inside The Alfond inn, the elegant 5,000 square foot Ballroom will be able to accommodate up to 350 guests for a plated dinner. Because the spaces are divisible, intimate weddings and smaller social events can be easily handled.
There is an additional 10,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space in The Alfond Inn that can be divided as needed for break-out rooms and to accommodate smaller conferences and meetings. That includes a 1,000 square foot Board Room with state-of-the-art AV equipment and board-style seating, a room that can also function as a private dining room for intimate dinners.
Owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Winter Park, The Alfond Inn is being built with a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The Alfond Inn also has an unusual philanthropic and sustainable business model: net operating income from the Inn will endow The Alfond Scholars program. This is Rollins College’s premier scholarship fund, and it offers full scholarships and provides additional financial aid to deserving students. Income will be directed to the fund over the next 25 years or until the endowment principal reaches $50 million, whichever comes later.
Opening in August 2013, The Alfond Inn is poised to become the new hub of dynamic Winter Park. The Alfond Inn is 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport.
About The Alfond Inn
The Alfond Inn is located in Winter Park, Florida. Owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Winter Park, The Alfond Inn is being built with a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation and will open in August 2013.
Net operating income from the Inn will be directed to The Alfond Scholars program fund, the College’s premier scholarship fund, over the next 25 years or until the endowment principal reaches $50 million, whichever comes later. The 112-room boutique hotel will have a pool and fitness center and will offer 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. 407-998-8090 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 407-998-8090 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting www.thealfondinn.com