The Alfond: A Non-Disney Focused Hotel, Comes To Orlando Area
For many Winter Park Florida doesn't ring a bell on the Google map meter. In the publishing industry, it's home to the well-known Bonnier Company and as of a week ago, the new Alfond Inn, a 112-room property part of the Preferred Boutique Hotel portfolio.
In all honesty, the Alfond Inn is aware it may be a bit of a hard-sell for those who are Orlando bound, especially those who have plans on hitting the theme parks. But they are counting on attracting a primarily adult market content with their location 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport. Anyone who has driven in this area knows it's a hop-skip to anywhere you want to go.
This isn't some towering, overwhelming kiddified resort, so keep that in mind. Instead, you'll find that this Spanish Mediterranean revival style inn built with a $12.5 million grant procured by the owners of the co-ed liberal arts Rollins College, fosters an environment of rest and relaxation--welcome after a day at SeaWorld, perhaps? It's a 20th-Century throwback to the Old South with arches, columns, wrought iron and flowering trellises.
The rooms are equally classic with an Arts & Crafts design, with the requisite armoires and dramatic headboards, but no worries, the modern touches are still at your disposal--to the tune of free WiFi, docking stations, flat screens and the like. Oh, and the hotel is pet-friendly as well, with special rooms and suites dedicated to four-legged animals.
The on-site restaurant, Hamilton's Kitchen is helmed by Chef J. Christopher Windus, who recently comes from Todd English's bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. We aren't expecting to see chicken nuggets of any kind on the menu.
Opening rates at The Alfond Inn begin at $99 per night through September 30 and will raise to $159 afterwards.
[Photos: The Alfond Inn]