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The Founders Inn and Spa

5641 Indian River Road near the campus of Regent University | Virginia Beach, VA 23464-5247  [SEE MAP]Virginia Beach, VA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Romantic property with top-notch staff and dog-friendly rooms
Several recent guests thought the decor was a bit dated
The Founders Inn and Spa is a great option for couples seeking an idyllic getaway. The property features a romantic amenities like fireplaces (in some accommodations), Colonial-style gardens, a spa and views of the nearby lake. Plus, there are two on-site dining options: the upscale Swan Terrace Grill and the casual Hunt Room. Both serve American cuisine with regional ingredients like Chesapeake blue crab and locally sourced produce. Additional amenities include indoor and outdoor pools and the 30,000-square-foot Bark Park for pets to play. The hotel boasts 240 guest rooms and suites, which are spread throughout three buildings – The Main Building, James River Lodge and York River Lodge – and come with separate perks: The Main Building's guests receive priority seating at the Swan Terrace Grill and priority reservations at the spa; James River Lodge sits near the spa, fitness center and pools; and York River Lodge houses the property's dog-friendly rooms. All accommodations include traditional decor and perks like free Wi-Fi and queen- or king-sized beds. Recent lodgers applauded the "incredible" staff and "amazing" breakfast buffet, though some said their room decor seemed a bit tired. The Founders Inn and Spa is located in Virginia Beach, about 97 miles southeast of Richmond, Virginia.
Virginia Beach, VA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 240 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Lake



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Swans ply the waters of ponds around this grand Colonial-style hotel. The large zero-depth entry pool has interactive fountains and a 25-foot spiral water slide.


Situated next to the Regent University campus, the 240-room Founders Inn and Spa is an upper-middle-range property that blends colonial heritage with resort-style features. The perfectly manicured grounds are a highlight here, complete with a fenced in dog park, an outdoor pool, and spa.



A 26-acre resort adjacent to Regent College and the Christian Broadcasting Network campus it's 20 minutes from the oceanfront but Founders offers a shuttle to take guests there and to the airport. This Georgian-style campus features four different room types, all with colonial flair, divided between the James and York Lodges: standard queen, standard double, parlor suites with a king bed, small living room space, and fireplace king rooms with pullout sofa and lots of extra floor space.

Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1602 have reviewed the The Founders Inn and Spa, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1602 reviews 4.0 (based on 1602 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Founders Inn and Spa's 240 guest rooms and suites are housed in three buildings – the main Virginia Inn building, the James River Lodge and the York River Lodge – that offer individual perks. The main building's accommodations come with priority reservations at the spa and the Swan Terrace Grill; rooms in the James River Lodge are conveniently situated near the spa, fitness center and pools; and the York River Lodge is where travelers with pets can stay. Room decor varies by accommodation, but all boast traditional details like wooden furnishings and floral comforters and curtains. Standard room amenities include showers or bathtubs, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers.
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Some suites have balconies or gas fireplaces

Standard room size261 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

This property is a bit removed from downtown Virginia Beach, Virginia, which is approximately 15 miles away, but it is near the Regent University campus and the Christian Broadcasting Network's headquarters. The hotel also puts guests within walking distance of a few shops and restaurants, plus a local YMCA sports facility.
  • Norfolk International Airport sits 8 miles north
  • Free shuttle service to and from central Virginia Beach available between Memorial Day and Labor Day
  • Transportation to and from local airport, Greyhound station and Amtrak station available by request (additional charges apply)
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Two dining options are available at The Founders Inn and Spa. The Swan Terrace Grill serves American dishes made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in an elegant dining room and on a terrace that overlooks the property's English gardens. The Hunt Room gives guests the chance to play billiards or watch televised sporting events while eating American comfort classics and sipping beer or wine.
  • Reservations accepted at Swan Terrace Grill
  • Room service available when Hunt Room is open
  • Grill hosts all-you-can-eat pasta buffet every Tuesday night

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesBuffet, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


Guests will find two swimming pools on-site. The indoor saltwater pool sits next to a hot tub in the spa's wet room, while the outdoor pool boasts a zero-entry access point and a waterslide. Pool towels are available by the indoor pool.
  • Spa pool open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; outdoor pool open seasonally between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Limited seating on both pool decks
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


More than 50 treatments are on the menu at the hotel's spa, including massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs, waxing services and manicures and pedicures. Spa services can take place in one of six standard treatment suites, two couples suites or the manicure and pedicure suite. Available facilities include a conservatory, a wet room with a pool and hot tub, a gift shop and men's and women's locker rooms.
  • Spa open daily from 9 or 10 a.m. until 5, 7 or 8 p.m.
  • In-spa meals and wine service available upon request

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Cribs are available upon request, but guests do not have access to any additional kids amenities at this hotel. However, children will likely enjoy playing in the seasonal outdoor swimming pool, which features a waterslide.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    Guests of The Founders Inn and Spa have access to a fitness center with cardio equipment, weight-training machines and exercise balls. Aqua Zumba classes are also available in the spa on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays by appointment.
    • Fitness center open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    Meeting rooms at this property can accommodate both large and small events. The most spacious option is the Virginia Ballroom, which can host up to 1,400 attendees. An amphitheater with classroom-style seating and a pull-down projector screen is also available. The hotel's 12 other spaces are ideal for more intimate meetings with up to 80 people.
    • Meeting packages
    • Business center open 24 hours a day

    Number of meeting rooms18

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    Dogs are welcome inside the hotel's York River Lodge accommodations for a one-time fee of $35 per pet. These rooms sit closest to the on-site dog park, a fenced-in area with 30,000 square feet of running room and dog waste stations.
    • No breed, quantity or weight restrictions apply
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting


    Four wedding venues are available at The Founders Inn and Spa. Couples can choose from the indoor atrium (which features marble floors and sky lights), the English Gardens (the hotel's only outdoor option), the Virginia Ballroom (where larger affairs with up to 1,000 guests are hosted) and the Fireplace Lobby (an indoor space that overlooks the property's gardens). Receptions can be held in the Swan Terrace Grill's dining room.
    • Wedding packages
    • Property sits near Regent University Divinity Chapel

    Maximum wedding guest capacity1000

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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