We absolutely loved our stay at the Founder's Inn, and if you are considering a vacation at the beach in Virginia Beach, here are some reasons why you should stay there. The hotel provides a very upscale experience for less than the price of the hotels on the beach. If you go with the high rise beach hotels, you will pay $50-$100 more a night for a smaller room, more crowded pool, and the noise of traffic. The Founder's Inn is a 15-20 minute drive to the beach and all day parking is $7 a day on 19th and Pacific. ($10 other lots). Or take the free hotel shuttle!
Our room was really lovely, with nice furnishings, comfortable beds, plenty of quality linens, extra pillows in the closet, a second sink outside the bathroom, and a 46" flat screen high def TV. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with English style gardens. There's a nice man-made lake and walking paths and you are on the grounds of Regent University set back from any road noise. It was quiet! Free chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven and milk served at 7 p.m. in the spacious lobby furnished with upscale colonial chairs and paintings the Founding Fathers on the wall.
I've saved the best for last. This place is a day spa, so you can treat yourself to massages and other spa treatments (for an extra fee). However, of course the upscale spa changing rooms and showers are available for free use of the hotel guests, along with an indoor pool, whirlpool, and the best outdoor pool I have ever seen other than one I stayed at on the Red Sea in Jordan a couple of years ago. The pools were amazingly uncrowded. The water was crystal clear in the outdoor pool which is large. The indoor pool is smaller, but the water was also clean. Only downside is that the whirlpool is smallish, but it was hot and the bubbles worked. Oh, and the hotel has added a cool waterslide. It is of a compact corkscrew design, and by the time I reached the bottom of the slide, I was really flying.
We loved the relaxed spa vibe and pools so much that my kids and I spent one day at the hotel instead of going to the beach on our three-day trip, and after the beach it was great to relax poolside, chill some wine in our room, and settle down to watch high def TV at night, then brew coffee in our room in the morning. We had a buffet breakfast once at the hotel--made to order omlettes. And if you don't want to spend $12 on the buffet (kids half price), there's a great muffin shop in the hotel as an alternative.
Finally, our housekeeper was very friendly who greeted us with a smile and good morning when we saw her working in the hall. I stay at Marriotts and Hiltons on the road all the time, and the Founder's Inn is business-class, family friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The timeless Founders Inn and Spa is a Virginia Beach resort that pampers guests with the comforts of home, concierge attention and hi-tech conveniences. Select guest rooms with fireplaces and views of the serene lake and lovely Colonial garden are especially unforgettable. The Founders Inn and Spa features a wealth of excellent amenities and guest services including comfortable rooms and suite accommodations, in-house restaurants, a spa and fitness center, a shuttle service, pet-friendly rooms, complimentary wi-fi, a business center, special event spaces and meeting venues, to name a few. Whether it is a business stay, a family vacation, or a life event, we are looking forward to a chance to serve you at The Founders Inn and Spa near Norfolk, Virgnia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Founders Hotel Virginia Beach
- Founders Hotel Virginia Beach