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Smart Deals: The Alfond Inn

The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida
The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida

What’s the Deal:  The Alfond Inn, a new boutique hotel in Winter Park, Florida, opened its doors for guests on August 18. Winter Park, which was Florida’s first planned community when it was built in the late 19th century, is located about 30 minutes north of Orlando. It’s known for its lakes, Spanish-Mediterranean style architecture, and brick streets edged with with live oaks and Spanish moss. It’s home to the Morse Museum, which has arguably the finest collection of Tiffany artworks in the world, as well as the esteemed liberal arts institution, Rollins College.

Backstory: The Alfond Inn’s unusual philanthropic and sustainable business model sets it apart.  Owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Winter Park, The Alfond Inn was built with a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Net operating income from the Inn will endow The Alfond Scholars program.  Income will be directed to the fund over the next 25 years or until the endowment principal reaches $50 million, whichever comes later.

Details: The Alfond Inn is a Preferred Boutique Hotel with 112-guest rooms, equipped with complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet Access, iPod docking stations and flat screen televisions. The Inn’s restaurant, Hamilton’s Kitchen, is overseen by Chef J. Christopher Windus, who came from Todd English’s bluezoo. The Alfond Inn is also pet friendly, welcoming dogs in designated pet-friendly rooms and suites. Pets can expect water bowls, a doggy gift basket and signature treats at turndown.

Fine print: Introductory “Welcome Rates” start at $99 per night, based on double occupancy, and are good through September 30, 2013.

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