by Jacki Mick
Winter Park's Alfond Inn was named one of Florida's best hotels in Condé Nast Traveler's 27th annual Reader's Choice awards. Over 77,000 readers cast more than 1 million votes to come up with the best in travel from around the globe.
With a user rating of 88.626, readers voted the Alfond Inn the No. 2 hotel in the entire state of Florida, right behind Rosemary Beach's the Pearl (90.476). It's quite the honor for this relatively new Rollins College lodging option, but we can totally understand the readers' reasoning.
The Alfond Inn is home to an amazing collection of art, featuring more than 100 works by artists both well known (Mel Bochner) and edgy (Lalla Essaydi). In fact, in this year's Best of Orlando Writer's Picks, we named the hotel the Best Crash Course in Contemporary Art.
In addition to the art adorning the halls of the hotel, it's also home to a top-notch restaurant, Hamilton's Kitchen. Bacon butter rolls, jalapeño-honey-glazed sweet potatoes, and scotch-infused butterscotch pudding are just a few of the treats that await diners.
Another fantastic thing about the No. 2 hotel in the state of Florida? All net income from the Alfond's operations fund a Rollins College scholarship fund.
This Winter Park gem wasn't the only Orlando hotel to feel the Condé Nast Traveler's love. The Waldorf Astoria near Disney snuck in the top five hotels in Florida with a user rating of 88.049, taking the No. 4 spot.