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The Founders Inn and Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464   |  
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Ranked #18 of 114 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Gem in Virginia Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

1st time guest this week - - All expectations were blown away by this property...Founders Inn staff were terrific. Little touches like they remembered my name at checkout to the cookies and milk in lobby during evening. Nice location for business travel in the VA Beach area and tons of value for the price and appreciated the free wifi also. Food on site excellent as well and will definitely be back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear Guest,

I am very excited that you discovered The Founders Inn. I am pleased that our staff met your expectations and that you enjoyed the hotels little extra touches . We look forward to being your home away from home when you are in Virginia Beach.

Best Regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Charleston, WV
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is a very nice hotel. I liked the extra sink outside the bathroom with a makeup mirror and hair dryer, just wish it had had someplace to hang a hand towel. There are extra outlets on the base of the night stand lamps which was nice for charging our cell phones.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room was not made up one day, we left late that day. I called down stairs and our room was made up within the hour.
The rooms and common areas while very clean need to be updated and much of the furniture is showing wear.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear Guests,

Thank you for your comments on your most recent visit to The Founders Inn. I am pleased that found our staff friendly and helpful. We take pride in our customer service, and do our best to exceed our guest’s expectations. We look forward to your next visit to Virginia Beach.

Best Regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Murfreesboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We held our daughter's wedding & reception for 150 guests at the Founder's Inn. We live 70-miles away, so we just booked rooms and spent the entire 3-days there. It was phenomenal! Kudos to the staff & the events coordinators! The wedding took place in the beautiful Colonial garden with the serene lake as the backdrop and went off without a hitch. The wedding was followed by cocktail hour on the Swan Terrace and a delicious sit-down dinner & dancing in the ballroom. Every talked about how lovely it was, how delicious the food was and how much they enjoyed their stay! One of my friends forget to pack the dress that she had bought to wear to the wedding, but was able to find a great 'little black dress' in the hotel dress shop to wear! Talk about meeting all of our needs! The Founder's Inn went about and beyond! I would definitely recommend the Inn for weddings or just a romantic spa week-end!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the honor of hosting your daughter’s wedding. We adore weddings and ensuring that every bride’s visions are dreams that do come true. We do our best to go out of our way for all of our guests and I am pleased that we met all of your guest’s expectations. We look forward to your next visit and please let us know if we can assist with any future family celebrations.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manger
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Peoria, Illinois
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Comfy hotel with the most excellent staff that goes out of their way to treat you like royalty! The beds are just a little soft but the grounds are beautiful. This not the hotel for the business traveler. Not enough outlets close to the bed in the room to lug cell phone and computer..just fyi. The restaurant always has a buffet and salads can be made to order (chopped). Wait staff is also amazing and friendly.....and at your service.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
Dear guest,

I am delighted that you enjoyed the hospitality you received while you were with us at The Founders Inn. All of our staff takes great pride in their service and do their very best to ensure each and every guest feels genuinely welcomed and special. Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to your next visit to Virginia Beach.

Best regards,
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Springfield, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We were visiting Regent University for parents weekend. The staff is extremely friendly, the room was spacious and very comfortable. Wi-Fi was easy to use and fast. We booked the room with breakfast. The Swan Terrace was very nice and the wait staff was excellent. We will stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Suzanne J,
I am delighted you enjoyed your time with us at The Founders Inn. We look forward to hosting you again for future parent’s weekends and graduation for your student attending Regent University. Thank you for the kind words about our staff, we all do our best to make our guests feel welcome. I will certainly pass on your kind words.

I look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Stayed here for 1 night with the wife in October, 2012. First impressions were great. The place has colonial charm, front desk staff was very friendly, and being the off-season (and rather off the beaten path) it was very quiet.

The rooms are split into different buildings on the property with covered walkways between them and the main building. The hotel allows pets which worked for us and our small dog. Our standard room, while certainly dated, was charming. There was a college rugby team staying on our floor and even though they were up late (~2am), they kept the partying to a respectable volume.

We ordered room service in the evening which was quickly delivered with a smile. In fact, all the staff we interacted with were EXCEPTIONALLY polite! We utilized the indoor pool and hot-tub the following morning which was small but nice.

Pros: Private, has a "Uppercrust" feel, colonial charm, friendly staff, great value in the off-season, allows pets.

Cons: Rooms felt old and just this side of dirty, location - not much around to do.

All in all, a great experience and good value.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments are welcome, as it allows us to know which areas our guests enjoy and where we have areas of opportunity. We are glad to know that your stay was comfortable and that you took pleasure in our quaint facilities. Our wonderful staff works hard to make each guest feel at home. For your future travels in the Virginia Beach area, we hope that you are able to stay with us again!

Best Regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Richmond, Virginia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The customer service was exceptional. Beds were comfy and rooms are nicely appointed. Food is good.

The grounds are lovely. While the location says Virginia Beach you are actually about 20 miles from the ocean.

There are numerous restaurants nearby and the courtesy shuttle will drop you off and pick you up.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your kind comments and I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at The Founders Inn and Spa. I do apologize for any confusion regarding our hotel location. We are located in the city of Virginia Beach. Sadly, we are not ocean front. However, we do run a complimentary beach shuttle from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend for our guests that would like to enjoy a day at the beach.

We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Best Regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Address: 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Location: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
#7 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#28 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Founders Inn and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 240
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