The Alfond Inn, the boutique hotel in Winter Park, was named one of the Best Hotels in Florida with an impressive debut at #2 on the short list of winning Florida hotels. Built on leadership values in hospitality, education, philanthropy and the arts, The Alfond Inn opened just over a year ago and is owned by Rollins College, one of the country's most lauded liberal arts colleges. Managed by The Olympia Companies, The Alfond Inn was funded in part by a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. All of the net operating income from The Alfond Inn is directed to The Alfond Scholars program fund, the Rollins College premier scholarship fund, for the next 25 years or until the endowment principal reaches $50 million, whichever comes later. This fall, the first group of Alfond Scholars fund recipients was welcomed.
The Alfond Inn has also established itself as a prestigious cultural venue for The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art for Rollins College, an extension of the Cornell Fine Art Museum’s collection on display in the hotel’s public areas. The hotel earned a prestigious AAA Four Diamond status just eight months after opening and has become the hub for top-level CEO association meetings in the greater Orlando area.