The Founders Inn and Spa

5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Founders Inn and Spa

The Founders Inn and Spa is a hotel with a ballroom for couples’ weddings in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area. This classic venue, with elegant and vintage touches, features an outdoor garden area as well as a magnificent ballroom. Features includes the stunning brick building of the hotel itself, a massive pond with a fountain in the center, and the gardens at night — illuminated by twinkling lights. This venue is located almost halfway between Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia, just off of Interstate 64.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can host up to 1,000 guests for their wedding at this stunning venue. Outdoor ceremonies can be set up in the garden with the dynamic fountain and pond in the background. For couples who want a more traditional appearance, the ceremony can be arranged with the brick facade of the mansion in the background. The brick patio of the gardens make for sure footing during the wedding ceremony, and for guests in their folded white chairs. Couples in the garden will find themselves surrounded by flowering plants and carefully sculpted topiaries. Inside, the colonial elegance of the venue makes an excellent setting for cocktail hours and receptions. Couples will find opulent carpeting, white columns, and rooms with ceilings two stories high. During colder months, or when facing inclement weather, couples can use the interior of the hotel for their wedding ceremony as well as their reception. In addition to ceremonies and receptions, couples can host other wedding-related events at this venue year-round. This includes bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners.

Services Offered
Couples will find everything they need for their wedding at The Founders Inn and Spa. The versatile staff at the venue takes care of everything from event planning to in-house bar and catering services to setup and cleanup. Couples can relax in their bridal suite as the wedding comes together before their eyes. Couples can also choose to stay the weekend at this hotel with the overnight accommodations provided. For the same reason, it is a convenient location for out-of-town guests. All guests will find onsite and valet parking, as well as shuttle service to this venue. Other services offered by this venue include:

  • Cake
  • Event rentals
  • Lighting/sound
  • Pet friendly
  • Wireless Internet


Cuisine
Full bar service awaits couples at this hotel. The Founders Inn and Spa employees professional and well-mannered bartenders for a couple’s wedding. These bartenders can serve any type of alcohol at an open, limited, or cash bar. Catering can be served in the following styles for a couple’s cocktail hour and reception:

  • Buffet
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Outside cake
  • Plated
  • Servers
  • Stations
  • Tastings


Accommodation
The colonial style of this hotel can be felt in every one of the 240 guest rooms in the building. These rooms feature stylish amenities such as comfortable beds, wireless Internet, and flat-screen televisions. Couples and guests who choose to upgrade to suites will find rooms with fireplaces, parlors, and more. The guestrooms and suites at this hotel are spread across three locations on the property: The Main Building, the James River Lodge, and the York River Lodge.

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84 Reviews for The Founders Inn and Spa

Recommended by 89% of couples


4.4 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.4
  • Professionalism 4.5
  • Flexibility 4.4
  • Value 4.4
  • Average response time 4.5

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  • Hannah

    Hannah · Married on 10/24/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Amazing Venue

    Absolutely, love the venue and the service. So much so that we booked our wedding here!

    Sent on 06/05/2019

    The Founders Inn and Spa's reply:

    Hi Hannah,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope you and your family have an amazing holiday season. We hope to see you around again soon!

    Best wishes,

    Rachel McEntire|Catering Sales Manager
    The Founders Inn and Spa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
    5641 Indian River Road | Virginia Beach, VA 23464
    o: 757.366.5814 | e: Rachel.McEntire@foundersinn.com
    www.foundersinn.com

  • Ashley

    Ashley H. · Married on 06/06/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Excellent and Beautiful

    The Founder's Inn and Spa was the dream location for our intimate wedding. Before we agreed to book the Founder's Inn we were blown away by the grounds and the beauty of the ceremony location and Fireplace Lobby. From start to finish the staff at the Founder's Inn. Even during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, they were flexible, gracious and responsive. When we started planning the wedding under normal circumstances, every detail was taken care of and anticipated. Their all-inclusive made our wedding planning so much easier than we had imagined. We highly recommend them.

    Sent on 11/22/2020

    The Founders Inn and Spa's reply:

    Hi Ashley,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy that we still had the opportunity to host you all given the craziness in the world right now. You and your family were a joy to host. I wish you all many years of love and happiness moving forward with your journey. If there is anything we can assist you with in the future please feel free to reach out to me.

    Thank you,
    Rachel McEntire
    Catering Sales Manager

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The Founders Inn and Spa Pricing

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The Founders Inn and Spa FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    15
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Garden
    Hotel
    Inn/B&B
    Resort
    Restaurant
    Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
    Tents
    Tent Accessories
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Chocolate Fountain
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March

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Team of The Founders Inn and Spa

Rachel McEntire

Rachel McEntire

Wedding Sales Manager

Rachel loves weddings! With years of experience under her belt, she enjoys working with her couples from start to finish to make sure their event is perfect.

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10 Endorsements

  • Rev. Cory Newell and Associates Wedding Officiants

    The Founders Inn and Spa has a brilliant team and so many beautiful opportunities to capture the most scenic weddings ever! All of the events I've participated in here has been very well organized. I also love that if there is rain, the beautiful interior creates an alternative that is desirable! It's a one of a kind space.

  • Reverend Ken Lane Wedding Officiants

    The Founders Inn is one of the most beautiful venues in Hampton Roads. It's staff is always very professional and accommodating and the courtyard is setup extremely well so that even the most amateur photographers can take beautiful pictures.

  • Music Makes You Happy Entertainment Wedding DJs

    There are very few venues that offer everything that The Founders Inn and Spa offers. The venue is beautiful, inside and out, the staff is amazing and very focused on the needs of their clients and the layout is perfect for a wedding. If you are looking at hotels for your wedding and you want somewhere your guests can stay and actually enjoy themselves throughout the weekend, this is the place. Want to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony and an awesome reception in a well decorated, climate controlled ballroom, this is the place. Finally, the food...it's amazing. We always enjoy doing events there but when we get to eat there, holy cow, it's awesome! Book a tour today, you will fall in love!

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  • 5641 Indian River Road Virginia Beach, VA, 23464 See on map
    844-311-3246 (Phone number)
    757-424-5511 (Other Phone Number)
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