The Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park, Florida is a charming boutique hotel with a rich history and many unique features. The hotel is ideally-located; nestled in the corner of Park Avenue and New England Ave, right in the heart of charming downtown Winter Park, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. In 2011, the Downtown Winter Park Historic District was placed on the national register of historic places. It’s also just a short drive from popular Orlando attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios.
HISTORY: The city of Winter Park was originally developed in the late 1800’s as a winter resort for wealthy Northerners seeking refuge from harsh winters. Built in 1922 by architect Peter C. Samwell, the hotel lobby is still a snapshot of vintage elegance. Originally the Hamilton Hotel, the Park Plaza Hotel became so after being purchased by the Spang family 40 years ago, and undergoing a major renovation in the late 1970’s. This hotel was the first in Winter Park to have a private bathroom with each guest room!
TODAY: Park Plaza Hotel’s design is a perfect example of Mediterranean Revival. Upon entering the hotel you’ll be swift back in time – the elegant tiled lobby features a massive fireplace; ornate stained glass window panes; a hand-carved, dark wood reception desk; multi-spaces to relax in cozy furniture, an original brass door elevator made by the Jackson elevator company. In 2022 the Spank family celebrated their 45th anniversary of owning and operating the Park Plaza Hotel and the hotel celebrated its hundredth year since inception. it is the oldest continuously operating business in Winter Park.
AMENITIES: Complimentary services include… Wi-Fi (available throughout the hotel); Coffee and Tea Service (available in the lobby from 7am-11am daily); Bottled Waters in the lobby; USA Today available in the lobby; Use of Park Plaza Hotel umbrellas if needed; Concierge; 24-hour Front Desk; Valet service; Business Center.
SUITES: The 28 beautifully-appointed guest rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings and feature modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. A selection of suites have balconies or patios with views of the surrounding area. An ideal setting to relax, read, enjoy coffee, and the neighborhood. The balcony rooms have French doors opening to a lushly-adorned space filled with large potted plants and a sitting area.
ENVIRONS: Winter Park is a destination worth visiting with much to do: Within easy walking distance of The Park Plaza: Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art features Tiffany glass. Park Avenue lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries. Winter Park Farmers’ Market every Saturday for fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade crafts. Within a short drive from The Park Plaza: Kraft Azalea Garden, a beautiful park with walking trails, picnic areas, and scenic lake. Mead Botanical Garden offering walking trails and butterfly garden. Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida, founded in 1885. Scenic Boat Tour through the lakes and canals to see the city from a unique perspective.
Visit: The Park Plaza Hotel, 307 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789; 407-647-1072; https://parkplazahotel.com
- By Nancy Radlauer, Editor-in-Chief; Editor.InboundMagazine@gmail.com
Editor’s Note: I absolutely loved the Park Plaza Hotel – an impeccable hotel with an amazing staff. Our room’s private balcony was perfect for relaxing with wine and nibbles in the late afternoon. The hotel’s location is in the heart of everything. This European-style retreat is your #1 destination in Winter Park.