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Founders Inn and Spa

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I had a wonderful experience at the Founders Inn. I loved the room they put me in and the dining was superior. Can't say enough good things about it.

The Wi-Fi did not work well and cell phone reception was not good at all while in certain areas of the room. I was also was disappointed that there was no microwave in our room, an amenity which I thought was standard these days.

You could not ask for a better hotel. The price, food, atmosphere, cleanliness, I have never stayed at a better place.

I stayed here for three nights while visiting Virginia. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and all the members of the hotel staff that I came into contact with were very professional and very nice to talk with. The check in was fast and easy as well as check out. I ate in the hotel restaurant the swan terrace for my dinners while saying there and the staff was great as well as the food. My first dinner there my waitress was great she was very nice to talk with and did a great job making me feel at home as I was dining alone. My room was top notch it was large, clean and very cozy, I especially enjoyed the complimentary bottled water every day. It was also an added bonus that there was a safe in the room so I could store my valuables. The shower was very spacious and easy to walk into as it had large glass doors. I really enjoyed my stay here and will definitely be choosing Founders Inn again for my future stays to Virginia. Thank you Founders Inn for a great experience.

we had a great time at this hotel and the setting is beautiful!

Great location and lots of amenities including two dogs park areas nice place for walking dogs too and pools were great both indoor and outdoor to accommodate lots of guest

We always stay here if we bring our dog to visit family in the area. Great pet facility! The hotel is also very convenient to getting around Norfolk/Virginia Beach to see friends and family. Rooms are clean. Furniture and an TV is adequate, but not great. Pillows are excellent, tho!

Very neat and clean. I wish their was a tub I'm not a shower person. Great place for a get away. I was their to work. My room was to far away from parking lot. I know not everyone can park close to entrance. I had a carry bag everyday toget to my room. I would stay again if I was on vacation, but not to work

Clean rooms. Very nice. Big bathrooms. Staff were very friendly and professional. Close to the interstate. Grounds were kept up with incredibly well. It felt like a significantly higher priced hotel. If I'm in VA Beach again, I'm staying here.

On the go to a variety of spots in the Norfolk & Virginia Beach area. In and out early and late; Founders was perfect for our trip. Didn't use the spa, but it looked nice.

Food is outstanding, excellent. We loved everything.

The pathetic experience began in the hotel restaurant, where kitchen had such tasteless substandard food preparation. I ordered an appetizer which had over fried and burnt pita chips with a tasteless shrimp dipping sauce. I've no clue that they can keep such terrible cooks to manage kitchen in this hotel. The pizza was horrible and for an extra topping, they tossed some raw onions on top of my pizza. The meatloaf was so bad that even my dog will refuse to eat it. Rooms had filthy carpets. I wish I had taken pictures. The drapes were dragging on the floor that could make guests trip. Pillows were uncomfortable to use.

Founders Inn needs updating! The rooms are weary and my particular room had an odor of 'must.' There was no coffee pot in the room and I tried to call the front desk several times and never received a pick...sure am happy I disk' have an emergency!

The hotel's restaurant was closed upon my arrival, although it should have been open. The staff informed me it had closed early because it was slow. Unfortunately, most other restaurants in the area were also closed. When I was back in my room, the hotel security stopped by to drop off a batch of chicken wings and fries. The staff had went to the kitchen to have something specially prepared for me. What a great, unexpected, and welcome surprise! However, the room I was given was clearly worn. The edges of the room were very dusty, the plumbing had several drips, and the shower curtain was torn and mildewy. I was given a complimentary breakfast for my trouble. The breakfast was very good. I do not think I will stay here again.

The hotel and grounds were decorated for the Christmas Holidays and was just absolutely beautiful. The room was quiet and very nice. All staff members were very professional and friendly.

The hotel was alright. The rooms felt really outdated and dirty. You could see stains on the carpet and dust everywhere. The bed caused my to break out in hives, probably due to the dust and feather pillows. When I notified the front desk, it took about 20 minutes to get a new pillow. I was there with a huge wedding party. I paid extra to get the breakfast. When I went to get breakfast while getting hair and makeup done, no one was working the host stand. I walked in and looked around then proceeded to get my breakfast, I was then followed up to the hair and makeup room and was accused of stealing food without being first asked if I paid for breakfast. It was overall a pretty awful visit.

I have five kids and we stayed in a double bed room with a roll out bed comfortably. The staff was super nice and the grounds were beautiful. They had weddings everyday we were there and was nice to watch. It was cold outside but my kids were able to swim in an indoor pool and they had nice restaurants in the hotel. My daughter left a stuffed animal and we called that night we got home and they shipped it first thing to us. Ive been in the military for 11 years and travel like crazy, this hotel had the most professional and nicest staff hands down.

We booked a 3 night stay at Founder's Inn 2 hours before we checked in. The rate was great and we were able to add a 4th night. The front desk personnel went above and beyond providing us with assistance in upgrading our room when we realized we needed an extra bed. Everyone we encountered at the Founder's Inn were pleasant and willing to help. The indoor and outdoor pools were great (definitely needed since the stay was during a trying time). The grounds were beautiful and very peaceful to stroll around. The food at both the Hunt Room and the Swan Grill was great. I would certainly recommend the Founder's Inn to anyone that needs to stay in the Viriginia Beach area,

The hotel was top notch. Indoor and outdoor pool with an inside jacuzzi. That felt great by the way! Very convivial . The only thing I have to say but the hotel had no control over were the wedding guests were using a very vulgar conversation due to being under the influence of alcohol around kids. The hotel charges an extra $25 for incidence security! Just for FYI but they are suppose to have reimbursed that after leaving the premises.

Pools were so much fun. My kids had a great time and we would definitely stay here again.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed, Fireplace

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Colonial Single- Main Building

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Colonial Double Main Building

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Founders Inn and Spa

Everyone (11) Business (23) Couples (50) Family (41) Other (6) Friends (3)
5

this is a beautiful hotel - i love feeling safe.

Everyone

I had a wonderful experience at the Founders Inn. I loved the room they put me in and the dining was superior. Can't say enough good things about it.

By on Oct 24, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 31, 2017

Hello, Thank you a writing a review for the hotel! We are happy to see you had a good time at our property and that you thought the hotel was beautiful. Have a great day Stephen Milham Revenue Management

3
Everyone

The Wi-Fi did not work well and cell phone reception was not good at all while in certain areas of the room. I was also was disappointed that there was no microwave in our room, an amenity which I thought was standard these days.

By on Sep 26, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 2, 2017

Hello, Thank you for writing a review for the hotel! We are sorry to see that the Wi-Fi wasnt working well for you. I will let Engineering know about your comments. Stephen Milham Revenue Management

5

great place!!!!!

Everyone

You could not ask for a better hotel. The price, food, atmosphere, cleanliness, I have never stayed at a better place.

By , from Batavia N.Y. on Sep 4, 2017

Review comment responded on Sep 8, 2017

Hello John, Thank you for writing a review for the hotel! Thank you for your kind words about the property, you are very kind. See you in the future. Stephen Milham Revenue Management

5

outstanding

Everyone

I stayed here for three nights while visiting Virginia. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and all the members of the hotel staff that I came into contact with were very professional and very nice to talk with. The check in was fast and easy as well as check out. I ate in the hotel restaurant the swan terrace for my dinners while saying there and the staff was great as well as the food. My first dinner there my waitress was great she was very nice to talk with and did a great job making me feel at home as I was dining alone. My room was top notch it was large, clean and very cozy, I especially enjoyed the complimentary bottled water every day. It was also an added bonus that there was a safe in the room so I could store my valuables. The shower was very spacious and easy to walk into as it had large glass doors. I really enjoyed my stay here and will definitely be choosing Founders Inn again for my future stays to Virginia. Thank you Founders Inn for a great experience.

By , from RI on Sep 1, 2017

Review comment responded on Sep 8, 2017

Hello David, Thank you for writing a review for the hotel! We appreciate the time it took to write this review and for showcasing your experience. We will see you next time. Stephen Milham Revenue Management

4

a wonderful hotel with beautiful grounds

Everyone

we had a great time at this hotel and the setting is beautiful!

By , from NJ on Aug 30, 2017

Review comment responded on Sep 8, 2017

Hello Linda, Thank you for writing a review for the hotel! We are glad to see that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you thought our grounds were beautiful. See you next time. Stephen Milham Revenue Management

5

great dog friendly hotel

Everyone

Great location and lots of amenities including two dogs park areas nice place for walking dogs too and pools were great both indoor and outdoor to accommodate lots of guest

By , from Burke, VA on Jul 31, 2017

Review comment responded on Aug 10, 2017

Hello Jen, Thank you for writing a review for our hotel! We are happy to see that you were able to see and use our facilities. We always like to see these kinds of reviews. See you next time Stephen Milham Revenue Manager

4

nice hotel, convenient location pets okay!

Families

We always stay here if we bring our dog to visit family in the area. Great pet facility! The hotel is also very convenient to getting around Norfolk/Virginia Beach to see friends and family. Rooms are clean. Furniture and an TV is adequate, but not great. Pillows are excellent, tho!

By , from Wilmington NC on Apr 4, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 11, 2017

Hello Jack, Thank you for writing a review for the hotel! thank you for all your kind words! We love to see that! We hope to see you when you are back in the area. Stephen Milham Revenue Manager

4

nice

BusinessTravelers

Very neat and clean. I wish their was a tub I'm not a shower person. Great place for a get away. I was their to work. My room was to far away from parking lot. I know not everyone can park close to entrance. I had a carry bag everyday toget to my room. I would stay again if I was on vacation, but not to work

By , from Georgia on Apr 2, 2017

Review comment responded on Apr 11, 2017

Hello Patsy, Thank you for writing a review for the hotel! We really appreciate your honest feedback. We hope you had a great time while you were in the area. Stephen Milham Revenue Manager

5

very nice

Everyone

Clean rooms. Very nice. Big bathrooms. Staff were very friendly and professional. Close to the interstate. Grounds were kept up with incredibly well. It felt like a significantly higher priced hotel. If I'm in VA Beach again, I'm staying here.

By on Dec 27, 2016

Review comment responded on Dec 30, 2016

Hello Austin, Thank you for writing a review for our hotel! We are delighted to see that you gave us perfect scores during your stay. That means a lot to us. Our staff here are great and they really do a good job, so thank you for the feedback. I will share this with the team. We hope to see you again in the future. Stephen Milham Revenue Manger

4

nice hotel with great access to expressway

Everyone

On the go to a variety of spots in the Norfolk & Virginia Beach area. In and out early and late; Founders was perfect for our trip. Didn't use the spa, but it looked nice.

By , from Chicago, IL on Nov 19, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 22, 2016

Hello Don, Thank you for writing a review for our hotel! We are glad you had a great stay with us. Thank you for your honest feedback about the hotel. We hope to see you again in the future. Stephen Milham Revenue Manger