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
Upon arrival our first impression of this property was good, the grounds and public areas appeared very well presented. Our disappointment however came when we got to our room, I have to completely agree with another recent reviewer and say that room cleanliness is not what one would expect of a property of this standard.
I would invite you to personally inspect room 3216 in the James River Lodge as this has visible dust rings around all of the furniture and has not seen a vacum cleaner in a very long time. This is not a mistake as you responded to the other reviewer this is pure laziness and mismanagement, it is not the task of paying guests to beg you to provide a clean room.
It was rather pleasant to spend some time sitting in the hotel grounds but you had to take care as some of the furniture was clearly in a very poor state of repair.
My other disappointment was with the Swan Terrace Restaurant, it looks dated and confused and once again the service is not what one would expect. Sticky, wobbly tables and lack lustre staff .My wife and I only ate breakfast and although food choice and presentation were good we felt that $40 including gratuity for 2 was not at all consistent with the overall level of service provided.
I stayed for 10 days at The Founders for a special event. The grounds are beautiful, my room nice and comfortable, and food very good. The most outstanding thing, however, was the incredible staff and customer service. Each and every staff member that I interacted with was super helpful and nice. I travel quite a bit and this was by far the most amazing staff I have ever encountered. They should be very proud!
Room dirty, shuttle service poor, senior staff unhelpful and rude, this venue has some lovely amenities but was spoilt by the attitude of a senior staff member. plus the lack of cleaning spoilt it for us, we took pictures on arrival and in the eight nights we spent there we only received linen changes no cleaning, would not recommend this hotel as whilst lovely surroundings the hotel needs updateing, all 4 of us where very dissapointed.