The Alfond Inn, the stylish boutique hotel that opened in Winter Park just over a year ago, has already welcomed dozens of meetings, conferences and board retreats to the greater Orlando market.
The hotel, which is owned by Rollins College and earned a prestigious AAA Four Diamond status just eight months after opening, has become a hub for top-tier C-level meetings from the financial, insurance, medical and pharmaceutical industries. It has also become the go-to space for special events and weddings, a specialized niche in Winter Park's very social community.
"We are delighted to have found our place in the greater Orlando meetings market," says Debbie Potter, Director of Sales and Marketing. "Since opening, the meetings and corporate business has been incredibly robust and continues to grow. There is clearly a pent-up need for a warm and welcoming boutique environment with an intimate setting like ours for business gatherings."
Meeting planners appreciate that while The Alfond Inn is an intimate boutique property, it has an impressive 10,000 square feet of meeting space and a dedicated AV company on site, making it a breed apart from the typical large-scale convention-style hotels in the greater Orlando area. Planners also value the location, a leafy neighborhood hotel in pedestrian-friendly Winter Park. A short stroll along a quiet tree-lined sidewalk brings meeting attendees to the heart of Park Avenue, with its shops and cafes. Attendees at meetings and retreats have access to The Alfond Inn's pool & fitness center, as well as the full service bar and Hamilton's Kitchen restaurant, which has quickly become a bright light in the dynamic restaurant scene of Winter Park. Event catering for meetings and special events is overseen by the restaurant's Executive Chef Marc Kusche, a veteran of several Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.
A Meeting Venue That Embraces Philanthropy & Art
The 112-room Alfond Inn 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, Rollins College's premier scholarship fund. The Alfond Inn features rotating displays from the $5 million Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, an extension of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Meeting planners and more importantly, their attendees, appreciate the pay-it-forward feeling that comes with doing business with a purpose-driven hotel. They understand that they are part of a greater purpose and are helping to contribute to the education of deserving students.
The Alfond Inn's Extraordinary Meeting Facilities
The Ballroom: 5,000 square feet of flexible and hi-tech space makes it the perfect location for hosting a large meeting or corporate event. The Ballroom is divisible into five spaces and can accommodate a number of customized break-out and conference requirements. All spaces feature pull down screens and projectors. The Conservatory: Considered the heart of The Alfond Inn, the Conservatory features a soaring glass domed ceiling, creating a light- filled space overlooking the Courtyard that is ideal for receptions and dinner. Beyond the Conservatory is 10,000 square feet of lushly landscaped green space in the garden Courtyard with built-in fire pits and an area designed for team building and al fresco events. Pool Veranda: The Alfond Inn's Pool Veranda can accommodate up to 125 guests for a reception or special event. Meeting Rooms: With just over 2,000 square feet of fully-equipped space, the New England Room is divisible in half for smaller conferences. The room's proximity to the Ballroom makes it ideal for use as a break-out space, featuring glass doors that open and create a seamless flow from indoors to the south lawn outside. The Boardroom: Florida sunshine also pours into The Boardroom, a 1,000 square foot corporate meeting space adjacent to the library lounge and lobby reception areas. The Boardroom is wired with the latest in A/V technology and designed with comfortable board-style seating and amenities. The elegant room is flexible enough to additionally serve as private dining space for small groups. Private Dining Room: Hamilton's Kitchen restaurant offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 25 guests.
More Amenities: A library lounge located between the front desk and the bar offers comfortable soft seating for informal meetings or quiet relaxation. Two workstations provide flexible business services for traveling guests and a hi-tech virtual concierge allows visitors to connect with Winter Park attractions and up to date flight information.
For more information on meetings at The Alfond Inn, contact:
Debbie Potter, Director of Sales and Marketing
Direct telephone: 407-645-6650