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Reviewed 27 July 2015

It's simply old and smelly. The room was so humid we felt even the carpet was wet. We didn't want to spend any minute in our room other than sleeping at night. Only good things about this hotel were the pool outside and nice staff. I rather stay in other hotels.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 27 July 2015

This hotel is ok. The check in staff on the evening of 7/19 were not very friendly which kind of put my radar on. The main building where the lobby and dining areas smell like mold or mildew. Room was ok. Beds really sag, the bedding and curtains were seriously outdated. Apparently they never clean under the beds, I had...

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Reviewed 26 July 2015

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to this beautiful hotel!!! The staff was very friendly and the property was so beautiful! Great place for pictures!! Our room was very spacious and so clean! I loved the colonial style decor! The beds were very soft and comfortable butt not everyone in my family likes soft beds. I also enjoyed their...

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear tiaceci, Thank you for your review. It sounds as though you and your family had a great visit. I hope that you are able to return. Sincerely, Ellen Ruane General Manager

Durham, North Carolina
Reviewed 23 July 2015

I stumbled over this place online looking for a one night in VA Beach...not at the beach/boardwalk area. It looked great online but it was even nicer in person. Simply lovely grounds, hotel visitor areas, gardens, walkways, etc. Staff was exceptionally friendly and welcoming. Looks very historic but in actuality it is a modern hotel/conference center in the flavor of...

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear lasheha, Thank you for your lovely review. I am so happy you were able to enjoy the breakfast buffet. I hope that you will be in the area again and will stay with us. Sincerely, Ellen Ruane General Manager

Roseburg, Oregon
Reviewed 22 July 2015

I called the hotel the day before arrival, just to check about a late check-in. Because I wouldn't be there from the airport until after 2:00 am, I wanted to be sure I wouldn't inadvertently forfeit my room (it's a busy time of year there). The front desk transferred me FOUR times during that call--twice to the wrong department--acting as...

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear Amy F, Thank you for you for taking the time to write a review. I deeply apologize for being transferred around from one person to another. I am so happy that you enjoyed your trip overall. Sincerely, Ellen Ruane General Manager

Chesapeake, VA
Reviewed 19 July 2015

Location, location, location! Clean, great amenities, friendly and courteous staff. Spa, indoor and outdoor pool. The hotel was 100% booked on Father's Day weekend, and the staff was still friendly and did their jobs well.

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear UltraClassic, Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I love hearing that we are your go to place in Hampton Roads! Sincerely, Ellen Ruane General Manager

South Hill, Virginia
Reviewed 16 July 2015

As a loyal Founder's Inn guest, I can say that their standards have lowered since taken over by new management- Prices are HIGH and service and quality are LOW. Employees are not properly informed and give guests the wrong information- Front desk/management is not willing to honor the misinformation given. Housekeeping took the pillow case off of my personal pillow...

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear Beth F, Thank you so much for being a loyal guest. We appreciate your business and value your feedback. We have training and based on your comments we will make sure that we have even more training during our new employee orientation to ensure that they are able to service the guests properly. I apologize that you were given...

Lexington Park, United States
Reviewed 14 July 2015

I spent the past weekend at the lovely Founders Inn and Spa. It was a beautiful colonial hotel with a well tended formal garden. All the staff that I had interactions with were a delight and very helpful. The room was very clean with a small fridge, flat screen TV, and fireplace. It was so comfortable and very quiet -...

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear Felicia I, I am so happy to hear that you had a relaxing stay with us. i hope that you are able to return in teh fall. Sincerely, Ellen Ruane General Manager

Reviewed 12 July 2015

This was our first trip to the Founders Inn and Spa and we will be returning again. The staff was helpful and pleasant. Our room was comfortable and the view we had of the gardens and pond was nice. We also visited the Flowering Almond Spa on the grounds for massages that were wonderful.

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear Meghan L, I am so happy to hear that you had a fantastic stay and were able able to take advantage of our spa. I do hope thatyou will return. Sincerely, Ellen Ruane General Manager

Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

Second time at Founders Inn, first time with kids. This place is a winner all around. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and each with a mini-fridge. You really feel like you are in a spacious guest suit instead of a hotel room. The staff are quite friendly and helpful. We spent many hours at the outdoor pool and waterside, perfect...

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FoundersInn, General Manager at The Founders Inn and Spa, responded to this review

Dear Matthew V, I am so happy to hear that you had a delightful stay with us. The slide is a lot of fun! I do hope that you will return to the Founders Inn and Spa. Sincerely, Ellen Ruane General Manager

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Spa
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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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 

Additional Information about The Founders Inn and Spa

Address: 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Region: United States > Virginia > Virginia Beach
Price Range: $130 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Founders Inn and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 240
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Also Known As:
The Founders Hotel Virginia Beach
Founders Hotel Virginia Beach
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Virginia Beach
#18 Business Hotel in Virginia Beach
#23 Romantic Hotel in Virginia Beach
#23 Family Hotel in Virginia Beach
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“Upstairs rooms facing the gardens would be nice.”
 of 5 bubbles EdieB708, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room overlooking the garden if possible. The others look out on the parking lot.”
 of 5 bubbles , 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The suites are very nice!!”
 of 5 bubbles Journalin, 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Even though there is not a microwave in the room, one is available by the vending machine.”
 of 5 bubbles 25carola, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Choose the James River Building and a room at the rear of the building and offer the quietest setting.”
 of 5 bubbles Dmonday, 21 Sep 2016 | Read review
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