Within walking distance of Rollins’ campus, The Alfond Inn features welcoming guest experiences at every turn.
A section of the main lobby at The Alfond Inn. (Photo by Scott Cook)
The Alfond Inn, the new 112-room boutique hotel property in Winter park, Florida, has just been awarded the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating. It is a rare honor for any hotel and especially meaningful for a property that was founded on a philanthropic mission and just opened its doors seven months ago.
The Alfond Inn is owned by Rollins College and managed by The Olympia Companies. It was built with a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Net operating income from the Inn is directed to The Alfond Scholars program fund, the College's premier scholarship fund.
The exterior of The Alfond Inn. (Photo by Scott Cook) "This prestigious AAA Four Diamond award so early in our trajectory is such an honor," said Deanne Gabel, General Manager of The Alfond Inn. "Full credit and heartfelt thanks goes to our dedicated team for the extraordinary service and sincere care they take in providing an exceptional, personal experience for each and every one of our guests. For a unique property such as ours, the recognition from an industry leader such as AAA inspires us to continue to surprise and delight our guests and the deserving young beneficiaries of The Alfond Scholars fund."
The Alfond Inn is also known for The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art for Rollins College, a museum-quality collection of more than 100 pieces of contemporary art, much of it on display in the hotel's public spaces, that was assembled and donated to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College by alumni Barbara and Ted Alfond. The Alfonds are avid and knowledgeable art collectors, and Barbara Alfond serves on the board of trustees at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Works by contemporary artists and photographers such as Tracey Emin, Joseph Kosuth, Steve McCurry and Maya Lin are part of The Alfond Collection, which includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and alternative visual forms. A number of pieces in the collection are text-based, paying homage to the importance of language, literacy and global diversity. The Alfond Collection is part of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollin College, which has one of the oldest and most distinguished fine arts collections in Florida. The Conservatory at The Alfond Inn. (Photo by Scott Cook)
Less than four percent of AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated establishments earn the Four Diamond distinction, which is given to properties that are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service.
"AAA is delighted to recognize The Alfond Inn as a Four Diamond Hotel," said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Tourism Information Development. "To maintain the exceptional standards required for this rating on a daily basis is an outstanding achievement."
The Alfond Inn
The 112-room boutique hotel includes the popular Hamilton's Kitchen restaurant, a pool and fitness center, and 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. It is 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport. The Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. 407-998-8090.