Planning for the future of The Alfond Inn at Rollins
We are thrilled to announce that the long anticipated hotel expansion and guestroom refresh has begun and will continue through the summer of 2023. From the heart, our goal has always been to exceed the expectations of our loyal guests, friends, and neighbors. Our goal is to share updates and information on the progress of our exciting new features and updated guestrooms.
The design for the new wing is in harmony with the original hotel structure, using natural light, a 4 story atrium, and striking artwork to provide continuity and a seamless transition from the existing space to the new areas. The Alfond Inn’s original architect, Orlando-based Baker Barrios Architects, has designed the addition and the interior design is by a joint venture between Baskervill Architects of Richmond, VA and Sheedy / DeLaRosa Interiors of Chicago IL. The general contractor is Balfour Beatty and the project is led by Olympia Development, who also oversaw the design and construction of the original Alfond Inn.
New Communal Café
The beautiful and imaginative extension of the hotel will include an additional 71 luxury guestrooms and suites. Like the art collection, the design is bold, bright and colorful, with tropical motif rugs over hardwood floors, yellow and blue accent walls, and carved white headboards with decorative hanging lights over the sideboards. The guest room windows are intentionally large to let the Florida sunshine in. The expansion will include a new light-filled lobby Café serving coffee, crepes and light bites, transitioning to beer and wine in the evenings. The Café is designed to be a welcoming open space, with long sightlines, warm wood and mid-century modern furnishings, with high top communal tables, as well as inviting private seating areas perfect for impromptu business meetings or quiet reflection of the Inn’s growing art collection.
Wellness Spa and Second Swimming Pool
Wellness is at the forefront of the expanded hotel, with a new Spa that will feature seven treatment rooms, steam and sauna, a new fitness area, and luxury locker rooms. The design is clean and minimalist tempered by a palette of warm, soothing understated tones. On the second floor of the new wing, the spa opens onto a new amenity deck that features a second swimming pool, private cabanas, a neo-classical fountain and a shaded canopy that covers an extensive outside living room. The amenity deck will also be available for private events.
Added Meeting and Function Space, More Art
The Alfond Inn at Rollins already has a generous amount of existing and customizable meeting and event space that has made it the social hub of the Winter Park community and the first choice for weddings and C-level meetings. The expansion will include even more square footage, with a new meeting room and a new boardroom, adding 2,400 square feet and increasing the hotel’s total meeting and event space. Many additional artworks from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art will be displayed in the new public spaces of the hotel addition.
The project will also include the renovation of the existing 112 rooms and suites in the hotel. A renovation of the lobby, the library and bar, and the private dining room has just been completed. Construction is expected to commence in summer 2021 with a project completion date anticipated for summer of 2023. The Alfond Inn at Rollins is located in Winter Park, one of Florida’s most charming and walkable cities that’s just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando. Since opening in 2013, the hotel has earned numerous awards including top rankings and recognition from Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. The hotel’s restaurant, Hamilton’s Kitchen, is known for its contemporary menu by Chef Stephen Doyle, featuring Florida seasonal specialties and popular favorites and a wine selection that holds the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
In addition to sharing the exciting things to come at The Alfond Inn, we are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments recently completed. New furniture in our Private Dining Room, Hamilton's Kitchen bar and lounge area, and the library, as well as throughout our public space areas has already been brought to fruition.