Weekend Getaway: Founders Inn & Spa


Last weekend, Jon and I took a last-minute trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Having attended Hampton University, Jon is pretty familiar with that area–as a resident. When it comes to booking hotel stays down there, (or anywhere else, really) the task is left to me. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I ALWAYS get a good deal on hotels. In a future post, I’ll give a full explanation of my process. For now, I’ll just let you know how I landed such a great deal and my thoughts on the accommodations.

First, (for those of you who don’t have pets) traveling with or without your pet is hard! You have to decide if it’s cheaper to board your dog or just bring her along for the ride. Since we were only staying overnight, we decided to just bring Phoebe with us. Once you make that decision, your choices for affordable lodging becomes more narrow. Such was our case.

As I said before, I go through a long process before selecting accommodations. I ended up booking through Priceline’s Name Your Own Price (NYOP) tool. I put $50 as my max and set a filter for three-star hotels (Hyatt, Four Points, Marriott Courtyard etc.) or better. I also set a filter for pet-friendly hotels. If you’re unfamiliar with NYOP, you cannot see the hotel you’re booking until the transaction is completed. The seconds before you submit your credit card information is always scary. I was relieved to have gotten a room at Founders Inn. My sorority held a retreat there a few years back, so I knew it had to be great–and it was. I just wish we had more opportunity to explore.

What I liked: 

Pet-Friendly atmosphere: They went a little further than just allowing pets to stay. There’s a large pet area that is adjacent to the rooms. They even provide poop bags! That was great

Rooms were separate from check-in: This is something I loved about Las Vegas hotels. It was nice to see the rooms were in another building…away from the check-in/lobby, event rooms. When you’ve been to conferences and trade shows, you know how easily “conference noise” can find its way to your room. This was not a problem at all.

Walking distance to several necessity shops: There was a 7-11, Waffle House, and Chinese restaurant across the intersection (among other things).

Homey feeling: When you enter the room, you feel like you’re at home. There were beautiful quilts on the bed. The bed also embraces you. This is something my husband and I particularly loved. Oh, and the shower. My goodness! I almost didn’t want to leave!

Things that were awesome, but I didn’t get a chance to experience: The spa, hence the name. The two restaurants. The indoor pool. The landscape. We didn’t really plan to do anything but rest at the hotel, so we didn’t plan accordingly. No worries, though. We’ll be back.

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