Conde Nast Traveler once again ranks The Alfond Inn as one of the best hotels in Florida.
Photo by Scott Cook
The Alfond Inn at Rollins has been recognized as one of Florida’s Top 5 hotels in the 32nd annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The honor comes as the Winter Park boutique hotel prepares to break ground on an expansion.
This marks the sixth consecutive year that the inn has appeared among the top 5 in Florida on the magazine’s annual list, where it recently held the No. 1 spot in the state for three years.
The 112-room, Spanish-Mediterranean exterior of The Alfond Inn reflects the nearby campus of its owner, Rollins College, while the hotel’s light-filled common spaces display a provocative rotating collection of modern art from the school’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM).
Amenities include a heated rooftop saltwater pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and the award-winning restaurant Hamilton’s Kitchen, named for the eighth president of Rollins, Hamilton Holt. Les Clefs d’Or pins on the lapels of concierges indicate a commitment to superlative service, and the inn even offers canine guests a pup welcome basket.
Beneath these expressions of art and hospitality lies the inn’s founding mission as a social enterprise. Hotel profits directly fund the Alfond Scholars Program, which awards full tuition, room, and board each year to outstanding incoming first-year students in Rollins’ College of Liberal Arts. These superlative scholars also pursue additional prestigious awards during their time at Rollins, such as Rhodes, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships.
Art history professor MacKenzie Moon Ryan and her students discuss the Women and Abstraction exhibition at The Alfond Inn. Photo by Scott Cook.
The Alfond Inn stands out as the only hotel in the United States established to operate in tandem with an art museum, built in part with a $12.5 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Hundreds of works from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum are curated to represent the values of a liberal arts education, such as literacy and multicultural fluency.
Construction to expand The Alfond Inn is set to begin in early 2020 and complete in early 2021. The inn will grow by 73 guest rooms to a total of 185, adding a high-end spa and wellness center as well as a second outdoor pool. The current 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and public space are set to grow by another 2,000 square feet, showcasing more works from CFAM’s permanent collection.
The Conde Nast Traveler ranking is the latest in a growing collection of accolades for The Alfond Inn, which appeared on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report list of Best U.S. Hotels. Within its first year after opening in 2013, the hotel won the coveted AAA Four Diamond Rating for “refined, stylish” properties and went on to garner the No. 2 spot in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 list of the 100 best city hotels in the United States.