Virginia Beach

Founders Inn and Spa

Simone Fernandes
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Why We Love It

  • Charming 26-acre escape just 20 minutes from Virginia Beach
  • Meticulously landscaped English gardens throughout the grounds
  • Sprawling outdoor pool and deck, fit with a waterslide for the kids
  • Shuttle service to the beach and two casual on-site dining options

"An upper-middle-range property that blends colonial heritage with resort-style features" -- Oyster

90% (30 Member Ratings)

"Breakfast buffet, gatdens, and sitting windows. I pick Founders Inn from a photo of the gardens and was pleasantly surprised that they gardent actually looked like the pictures. "
May 21, 2017
Odenton, MD, United States

Map & Directions

The Founders Inn and Spa is approximately a 15-minute drive from Norfolk International Airport. Taxi fare from the airport to the hotel will cost approximately $25. Guests arriving by car can park for free on-site at the hotel.

Rooms & Rates

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Just 20 minutes outside Virginia Beach, the Founders Inn and Spa offers a serene escape from the bustling beach crowds.

This sprawling 26-acre property on the edge of the Regent College campus oozes Southern charm with old-world décor, rocking chairs dotting communal porches and meticulously manicured English gardens throughout the grounds.

Quaint colonial guest rooms are housed in three Tudor-style lodges, all connected by covered brick walkways overlooking the lush, green landscaping. The York River Lodge offers a special touch for four-legged guests, offering pet-friendly guest rooms within easy proximity to the spacious on-site dog park.

Kids will love the outdoor playground and massive outdoor pool, fit with a long, winding waterslide for a bit of extra fun. Guests preferring sand can skip the drama of beach parking and take the complimentary shuttle, which runs frequently from the inn from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Before hopping on the beach shuttle, spend mornings playing tennis at the on-site courts, break a sweat at the fitness center or opt for a nice stroll around the gardens. Serenity carries straight from the gardens into the spa, where guests can choose from a full-service menu for a little holiday pampering. 

From the press:
  • "If your idea of a getaway involves gardens, spas, and serenity rather than sand and a line at the local ice cream stand, the Founders Inn will suit you just fine” -- Frommer’s



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Fitness classes
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Business center
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service
  • Off-street parking
  • Public car park


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check-in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 18 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Infant's crib  available on request: $15 (subject to tax) for one child under age 5. Extra bed available on request and in Single rooms only: $15 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, and will be charged a one time non-refundable $35.00 (subject to tax) fee. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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90% Positive
(30 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Founders Inn (part of West Paces) over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Breakfast buffet, gatdens, and sitting windows. I pick Founders Inn from a photo of the gardens and was pleasantly surprised that they gardent actually looked like the pictures.
Other Comments
Founders Inn hosts weddings regularly exciting to see, but can be busy depending on the time of year. Rooms were well thought out, there were plenty easy to reach outlets,plenty of storage space, sinks both inside and outside of the bathroom. The pool area is open until 11pm much later than most hotels. Breakfast buffet was great. I had a top floor room in the main building which had two cuteams little inset windows with seats. Great for sitting and reading.
Kimberly May 21, 2017 Odenton, MD, United States
Enjoyed Most
Quiet and wooded setting, fantastic breakfast, friendly staff.
Other Comments
If I ever see Founders advertised on Travelzoo in the future, I will definitely book again. My wife and I had a great time and the price was well worth the visit.
Dean May 18, 2017 Fairfax, VA, United States
Enjoyed Most
THe grounds of the university were beautiful, well groomed, and serene.
Other Comments
Our parlor suite was spacious.
Harry May 17, 2017 Columbia, MD, United States
Enjoyed Most
The room, gardens, fitness center, and pool were inviting. We prefer king to queen beds, but the facility is lovely. We did receive 4 chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine. The omelette bar was wonderful. I had an omelet, english muffin and pineapple. I think the $11.95 price a bit high but many people piled their plates high with food. Our buffet was included but we did tip. Service was better but all they did was pour our water, my husband's coffee, take our plates, and bring us the check.
Other Comments
Don't eat dinner at Swan Terrace. We arrived at 8. It took 45 minutes to get our Caesar salads. Our food arrived much later incorrectly. We'd asked for double carrots and no potatoes. I ordered medium rare. My steak was overdone. I gave my husband my carrots. He had practically finished his meal when they returned with just my same steak, still way overcooked. Both steaks didn't have the sauce listed on the menu. He was finished when they finally brought another steak with carrots. The filet was tough and tasteless even with the sauce. I didn't eat the carrots because they had no flavor even with the sauce. They comped my steak. It took us 2 hours to eat and the meal still cost $80 before tax and tip. We didn't have time to use the fitness center or pool facilities. There were only 4-5 other busy tables and service was poor and inattentive. We got to bed so late, we just went to the breakfast buffet the next morning
Diane May 15, 2017 Charles Town, WV, United States
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast that was included was good. The grounds are beautiful. Staff was quite pleasant.
Other Comments
Room was ok. Not my cup of tea decor wise. The first night was quiet, even though we were on the bottom floor facing the parking lot. However the second night we were awaken at midnight by a weird noise that went on for 10-15 minutes. No idea what it was! Sounded like a roller bag on a hard surface but everything was carpeted. I was not offered the free sparkling wine and strawberries as per my deal. Not a big deal but I was looking forward to the treat after sitting in the car for 6 hours (horrible brain and traffic!). We ordered room service the first night. It took nearly an hour to get a dry chicken sandwich, fries and ok wings. For $30 I would expect better food.
Jessica May 15, 2017 Woodbridge, VA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Rear patio, view and walk around lake, quiet grounds; historic theme to decor and furniture and artwork.
John May 13, 2017 Staunton, VA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The service, grounds and facilities. Had a nice charm
Dawn May 02, 2017 West Simsbury, CT, United States
Enjoyed Most
The grounds where beautiful. Great for walking .
Other Comments
Greet breakfast . The staff where courteous friendly eager to please .
Denise Apr 25, 2017 Ballston Spa, NY, United States
Enjoyed Most
Very nice attendants at the desk when we arrived and they were very helpful. The room was so nice and we really enjoyed the champange and chocolate strawberries. The stay was very enjoyable
Barbara Apr 24, 2017 Holly Springs, NC, United States
Enjoyed Most
Excellent choice. Clean, friendly staff, great food......all around fantastic deal!!!
robert Apr 24, 2017 Oaklyn, NJ, United States

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