With the opportunity to utilize a special priced winter deal the wife and I headed to Founders Inn. Since the stop prior to our first scheduled night at Founders was less than appetizing we made the addition of a Friday night stay at Founders. The modified cell phone reservation was handled quickly, efficiently, and we were assured of a room that would be ready to go for our four night visit.
The staff was an absolute pleasure as they were on our last trip here a year ago. Nothing but pleasant staff all around and they want your stay to be pleasant. The management firm, Capella does good work! A thorough look around showed that the room was in very good condition with top notch cleanliness. Since we were planning to spend less time in the room this year we took their smaller room which was still more than sufficient and had a nice seating area to the side. I do not believe we would have used the fireplace that is in the larger room anyway. The only improvement I would like to see would be a second upholstered chair in the seating area (two chairs were in our room, one for the desk). The TV appeared new and worked perfectly with the cable channels. The make up area was top notch as was the bathroom and tub. Higher end fixtures with good looks abound. We stayed in the James River building which was just a few steps from the main building and the spa. Rather than the first floor like on our first stay the staff noted that they moved us away from a group of young people who might have been noisy. I note that the fine group was actually FFA and were delightfully mannered when seen in the main building or when walking through the building to the elevator. I will leave a separate review on the excellent Swan Terrace restaurant and the Flowering Almond Spa but will note that neither disappointed. The indoor pool was nicely heated and you could head right in due to a nice warm temperature. The hot tub was equally nice and properly heated but the pool chemicals appear to be darkening the paint since last year. Some remedial work is definitely in the works. Plenty of clean fresh pool towels were available, even at the end of the day. The location was a good central point to see "Hampton" attractions and was quite convenient to the expressway or good local roads. Will hopefully be back here again, soon!