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The Founders Inn and Spa
Ranked #10 of 109 Hotels in Virginia Beach
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
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“Attractive property; full range of amenities”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

The Founders Inn is an attractive property conveniently located off I-64 in Va. Beach. Rooms are small, but attractive. There's a full-service restaurant with satisfactory, if somewhat overpriced, food and drink. The well-trained staff were professional and hospitable. Great outdoor pool.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Dear Lawrence B.,

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us! We seek to delight each of our guests through our professional and friendly staff, our lovely grounds, and colonial-decorated guest rooms. The outdoor pool is a great amenity that guests can enjoy during their summer visits! We hope to see you again soon!

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the Founders Inn and Spa. The front desk staff was polite and helpful and the grounds were very attractive. We especially enjoyed the pool and hot tub. While we did not use the spa, the facility is shared with the pool, and the whole feel is very ritzy and upscale. The room was great, as well - soft beds and an enormous flatscreen TV. I especially liked the matching drapes and comforters and felt like I was staying in a nice guest room, rather than a conventional hotel. Would stay here again if I'm back in the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Dear Louise349,

Thank you for your recent comments on our hotel! Our staff strives to make each stay comfortable and relaxing. We hope that you are able to join us in the future to enjoy the Flowering Almond Spa and Swan Terrace restaurant. We look forward to seeing you in the area soon!

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Let me set the scene. The buildings, interior and exterior, are designed to look as if they were from Colonial times. The grounds were nice, with beautiful gardens with a small pond complete with swan. But the room was in need of a lot of touch up, for example, the door paint was peeling badly, the bathtub was in need of repair. The air conditioner was way too loud and raddled. We could hear doors slamming into the night. The staff was friendly, if not overly friendly... trying just a bit too hard, just not polished. The restaurant, the Swan Terrace, has a great green salad. I highly recommend it. But just stop there and go somewhere else for the rest of your meal. The service is slooow.
The bottom line - if you choose to stay here, have low expectations.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Dear DesnaDC,

Thank you for your comments; they assist us in focusing on areas of opportunity within the hotel. We are glad that you enjoyed your green salad at the Swan Terrace and hope that you join us in the future for another meal and night’s stay.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Very nice ground. My wife fell in love with the garden with sculptured trees and lawn. The ground is impressive to say the least. Our room is on building three. Parking is a bit far from our room. We have one small window, which I guess is because of the hotel colonial theme. Everything could have been perfect if not for the broken ice machine in the 3rd floor and absent of the microwave in our room. One more thing I can complement is the free bottled water in our room. The bed and pillows were very nice. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pogisitony
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Dear Pogisitony,

We are glad that you had the opportunity to stay with us! While each guest room does not have individual microwaves, there are microwaves for guest use on the first floor of each guest building in the ice machine area. We are excited to see you on your next visit to our hotel!

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Croghan, New York
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Founders Inn & Spa April 15th 16th 2013. It was our first time there and definitely not our last. To say it was the finest and most relaxing place we have ever stayed is an understatement. We stopped there on our way back from Myrtle Beach. Our room was excellent, clean, and the beds were sooo comfortable. There were bottles of water in the room for us. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. The Inn is beautiful! The food was excellent The grounds were very well kept. The price was sooo reasonable. We paid only $70.00 plus tx(AARP rate). We have paid much more for much less at other places. This place is just steps from Regents University and the CBN Studio located behind the Inn. Both of these are also a treat to visit and tour. The Inn is only minutes from the beach. We only had two nights left on our vacation or we would have definitely stayed more. We did not want to leave. We highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank agnes60
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Dear Agnes60,

Thank you for your kind words about our hotel! We are glad that the various amenities served you well during your stay. Please join us again soon and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Founders Inn & Spa.

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

The Founders Inn is a beautiful property, conveniently located near Interstate 64 and just a short drive to anywhere in Hampton Roads. I've stayed at this hotel, enjoyed the seasonal events, and celebrated in Swan Terrace birthday's to other special events. Absolutely love this place and highly recommend it!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Dear Luvtolivelife,

We are so happy to hear that you join us for so many joyous occasions! The Founders Inn & Spa sits in a great central location of Virginia Beach. Our goal is to provide excellent service at our events and through our amenities to all those in Hampton Roads and beyond. We look forward to seeing you soon for your next celebration!

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is a pretty one, you can tell that it's a liitle bit old but the building architecture and the interior is very beautiful and classic! Love the free breakfast too with their spring special promo. Breakfast was so good, there's even a made to order omelette...the bathroom fixtures need to be updated though but that didn't bother us at all! Our room was close to the outdoor pool but it was closed during our stay. The indoor pool was a little bit small which is just across the spa(we didn't try it so I can't comment on that). Love to stay here again, pretty nice location and place without that very high price tag!!!:-))

  • Stayed April 2013
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Thank Sunnyshine76
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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Dear Sunnyshine76,

Thank you for your recent visit at The Founders Inn & Spa! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed the breakfast buffet! We hope to see you soon so that you may enjoy the pool, Flowering Almond Spa, and many more meals at the Swan Terrace and Hunt Room!

Best regards,
Sascha Hemmann
General Manager
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Property: The Founders Inn and Spa
Address: 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-5247
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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:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Virginia Beach
#5 Best Value Hotel in Virginia Beach
#18 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#23 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
#23 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Founders Inn and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 240
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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