Founders Inn and Spa
What We Love
- The family-friendly vibe and amenities, such as the indoor and outdoor pools
- Colonial-era furnishings and throwback-style service
- Full-service spa
- For active types, there’s a jogging path around the lake, and tennis courts
- Swan Terrace, the restaurant, has a reasonably priced prix-fixe menu and available wine pairings
What To Know
- The property is on the campus of Regent University
- Expect large groups and business travelers
- It’s 15 minutes to the beach; a free shuttle runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day (advanced notice required)
- You’ll need a car to get around
- Beer and wine are served in the Hunt Room and at Swan Terrace, but there is no actual bar
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Fifteen minutes from the oceanfront, Founders Inn and Spa sits on 26 acres of Regent University. Known for its Old World vibe and stellar service, a full renovation in 2010 added all the modern conveniences while retaining the original Colonial-era motif and grand Georgian architecture.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms may not be high-style (read: floral quilts galore), but they are comfortable, with pillowtop mattresses, free WiFi and views of the manicured grounds. Founders Junior Suites are an enormous 600 square feet, with separate living rooms and cozy gas fireplaces. All have spacious bathrooms and certified eco-friendly My Earth amenities.
At the heart of the resort is the lounger-dotted outdoor swimming pool, with a 25-foot water slide — your first clue that the resort is kid-friendly. For adults, there are pampering treatments in the world-class the spa and use the state-of-the-art fitness center. There’s a shuttle to the beach during the warm summer months, but during the winter, make the most of Virginia Beach’s impressive historic sites, including Pembroke Manor and Historic Cape Henry Lighthouse. Return in time for dinner at the Swan Terrace where Culinary Institute of America–trained executive chef Scott Simpson dishes up a menu of American favorites, including Chesapeake crab cakes and bacon-wrapped Virginia Hereford beef.
In the Area
Check out the komodo dragons and exotic cobras at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, the state’s largest aquarium, or explore the ocean and inland waterways on a guided kayak tour through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach. For fun daytrips within an hour’s drive, head to Colonial Williamsburg and learn the stories of 18th-century men and women, or get a bird’s-eye view of Busch Gardens on the 240-foot Mäch Tower. Or explore Virginia Beach’s rich naval history aboard the battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest WWII battleships in the U.S. Navy, at Nauticus in Norfolk.
How to Get There
Lovely large room and nice clean bathroom. I attended a national dog show at this hotel and was completely booked out by the club. Grounds were beautiful and well maintained. Breakfast was plentiful and reasonably priced. A littl far away from shops if you don't have a car.
This can't be a Hilton Property - it is so bad! We tried to check in on a Friday night and the first room smelled and the carpeting was wet so we asked for a new room. That room was filthy, smelled and had stains on the furniture. We actually left and went to a nearby Hampton Inn. Enough said. Plenty of nearby places to stay.
I did not know what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised. Charming "Virginia" feel. It is a huge place. Rooms are huge - and simply furnished in keeping with the style of the place. A nice 'shabby-chic' feel to it. Staff is incredibly helpful and nice. Southern hospitality at its finest!