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“Winter fun at the Founders” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #19 of 114 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Seaford, Delaware
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118 reviews 118 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Winter fun at the Founders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

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!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, February 7, 2013
Dear Guest,
We are honored at your faithfulness to the Founders Inn and are always delighted at your return. I am pleased that the staff took it upon the selves to insure you had a peaceful visit and changed your room location at check-in. Our staff makes a great effort to anticipate all of our guests needs to maximize our guests comfort. We look forward to your next visit.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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  • 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
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

It was a dreary January weekend but the spa facilities made it a fabulous stay. We were 4 girls and stayed in 2 rooms. Booked multiple massages at the spa, spent time at the gym (it was a great facility) and spent lunch at the hotel. Overall really good package.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am delighted that you were able to enjoy the Flowering Almond Spa and enjoy our facilities with your girlfriends. I hope you are able to make this an annual visit with your friends and indulge in the luxury of a spa getaway. We look forward to your next visit.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Asheville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I have stayed at Founders Inn and Spa four times now because of the convenience to Regent University. It does have elegant furnishings and atmosphere, after that it is only average and maybe not worth the expense. The staff is friendly and a large number of them are Regent University students. The Swan Terrace can be good if the service could match the price of the food. I had Thanksgiving dinner there and the service and food was below average. I did rate them as requested and received an email stating that the manager would be made aware of the details I experienced. The pool and hot tub are not well maintained and they advertise themselves as a spa. No better than a Holiday Inn but more expensive. I may stay there when convenient but will always look for other options.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

I apologize, that we did not exceed your expectations on your most recent visit. Our goal at The Founders Inn is to anticipate and accommodate our guest’s needs. I am disappointed that we did not exceed our own goals on your November visit.

I appreciate you taking the time to comment on the difficulties you experienced during your stay with us. We look forward to changing your perception of our property on your next visit.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Pilesgrove, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

What a wonderful long weekend at the Founders Inn and Spa. Our room was spacious, clean and warm with a gas lite fireplace burning as we walked in the door. A very cozy, welcoming feel to an Inn that will transfer you back to a time of eleglance, class and refinement but still warm, friendly and inviting. The atmosphere is relaxing and beautiful. A wonderful retreat.
Had a fantastic pedicure at the spa where you relax in surroundings that will make you forget all your worries or cares. The staff was exceptionally friendly and caring. Had a great dinner in the Swan Restaurant where they had a special of a three course dinner for $20.00. Food was wonderful and very plentiful. Definitely will be back!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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, February 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for being a wonderful ambassador for the Founders Inn. We always look forward to welcoming you back upon your arrival. I am pleased you were able to visit for a short retreat and indulge in a treatment at The Flowering Almond Spa and take advantage of the special three course dinner menu at the Swan Terrace. Thank you again for your wonderful review. I am delighted that you found us just as welcoming on your most recent visit as on your first. We look forward to your next visit.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Florida
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

My family and I had the pleasure of staying at The Founders Inn and Spa 25-27 Jan. After traveling from Northern Virginia in the horrible weather, it was so comforting to receive a warm welcome when we arrived late that evening. The rooms are welcoming and warm, elegantly furnished and the beds were so comfortable. My son said it was like laying on a bed made of clouds lol. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet which was good, but I wish they a different meat options like turkey sausage, chicken sausage or turkey bacon since everyone does not eat pork. I look forward to staying at the Founders Inn once again on my next trip to the Hampton Roads area. It really felt like home. :)

  • Stayed January 2013, 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, February 1, 2013
Dear Guests,

I am pleased that we could be of comfort to you upon your arrival at The Founders Inn after a long trip in difficult weather conditions. We greatly appreciate your son’s high praises of our cloud like beds. We look forward to hosting you on your next visit to Virginia Beach and will once again welcome you home.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Staten Island, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I had a lovely stay at The Founders Inn & Spa this past weekend. I just needed to get a way for a couple of days and my room was just what the doctor ordered! The room was beautiful, cozy, beautifully furnished and the grounds were very lovely. I had to ask the Concierge a couple of questions and he was very helpful and pleasant.
The area was very convenient close to the highway and very easy to get to. I would recommend The Founders Inn & Spa in a heartbeat! Looking forward to my next trip to Virginia Beach, I will definintely stay at The Founders Inn again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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, January 24, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us at The Founders Inn. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future for your next visit to Virginia Beach.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Spent a girls weekend at the hotel and have to say that the hotel has the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. We all treated ourselves to massages at the Spa and Tonia is the most amazing masseuse - felt like a new person! Overall would recommend this hotel, great bang for your buck and beautiful grounds.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, January 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am thrilled that you found our hotel beds comfortable and that you continued your relaxation with a visit at The Flowering Almond Spa. I will be certain to pass on your praises to Tonia. I know all our massage therapists do their utmost to ensure that guest unwind and depart pampered and relaxed. We look forward to hosting you on your next girl’s spa weekend.

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
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#8 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
#9 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#29 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Founders Inn and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 240
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