The Alfond Inn at Rollins was named the No. 9 Best City Hotel in the Continental U.S. by Travel+Leisure.
A view of The Alfond Inn's atrium and outdoor seating area. (Photo courtesy of The Alfond Inn)
This month, Travel+Leisure named The Alfond Inn at Rollins College the No. 9 Best City Hotel in the Continental U.S. and praised the Rollins-owned boutique hotel for its “primo” accommodations.
The exclusive T+L list named 14 additional luxury hotels in the U.S., including New York City’s Knickerbocker and Greenwich Hotels, New Orleans’ Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery, and Charleston’s Spectator Hotel. The rankings were based on T+L’s World’s Best hotel survey, which allowed travel enthusiasts to score their hotel experiences based on room facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value.
The T+L ranking is the latest in a fast-growing collection of superlatives. Just last year, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted The Alfond Inn the top hotel in Florida, the No. 7 hotel in the U.S., and the No. 63 hotel or resort in the world. The hotel has also earned the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating as well as a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
Here are five reasons we think travel enthusiasts are leveling such high praise on our inn.
It doubles as an art gallery.
The Alfond Inn serves as an extension of Rollins’ Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM). At any time, the 112-room hotel displays between 130 and 150 pieces from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, a growing collection of nearly 300 works donated to CFAM by alumni Barbara ’68 and Ted ’68 Alfond. The evolving collection includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media works by established and emerging artists from around the world.
Artwork from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art on display at the inn. (Photo by Scott Cook)
Your stay funds scholarships.
Profits from The Alfond Inn are directed to the Alfond Scholars Program, the College’s premier scholarship fund. On top of receiving full scholarships to attend Rollins, Alfond Scholars are mentored as candidates for additional prestigious academic recognition as Rhodes, Goldwater, and Truman scholars. As a result, every time you stay at the inn, more deserving students are able to attend one of the country’s top liberal arts institutions.
Physics professor Anne Murdaugh and a student work together on a Student Faculty Collaborative Scholarship project in Rollins College's Bush Science Center. (Photo by Scott Cook)
Food fit for a president
A meal at Hamilton’s Kitchen is truly a historic experience. Named in honor of iconic Rollins president Hamilton Holt, the restaurant fuses locally sourced ingredients with the rustic, open-table charm of a bygone era. Holt’s unique brand of hospitality is even on display in the dining room, where different styles of chairs are a nod to the president’s habit of inviting too many people to his home for dinner gatherings. “If you can find a chair,” he would say, “you’re welcome in my kitchen.”
A view of the interior of Hamilton's Kitchen, the inn's restaurant. (Photo courtesy of The Alfond Inn)
A legendary location
A budding landmark in its own right, The Alfond Inn was built on the location of the historic Langford Resort Hotel, which once played host to the likes of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Hugh Hefner, and Walt Disney. Located in the heart of Winter Park, the inn is just steps away from the Rollins’ campus as well as Park Avenue’s shops, bistros, and museums.
The Alfond inn's main entrance. (Photo courtesy of The Alfond Inn)
In addition to its idyllic setting, the inn boasts a slew of top-shelf amenities, including an expansive fitness center, elevated outdoor pool, and 24-hour in-room dining. The inn also features 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 1,000-square-foot boardroom and an elegant 5,000-square-foot ballroom.
Conference room at The Alfond Inn. (Photo courtesy of The Alfond Inn)