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Black Dolphin Inn

916 South Riverside Drive , New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 USA (Show map)
13 Reviews
$129 - $229
per night

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A quaint Old Florida beach town is the setting for this elegant Spanish-Isle boutique inn overlooking the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach on Florida's east-central Atlantic Coast. Opened in 2013, the Black Dolphin Inn is the recipient of the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award as one of the Top 10 Inns in the US, AAA Four Diamond Award, BedandBreakfast Top 10 Beach B&B's worldwide, ILoveInns Top 10 Romantic Inn's in the US Fodor's Choice Award, and the Guardian's Top 10 B&B's and Guest House's in Florida.The 14-room inn gets its name from the plentiful dolphin who gracefully patrol the waters off its dock. Accommodations include beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with balconies and outdoor terraces, elegant Euro-style bedding, and spa-inspired bathrooms with jetted tubs. Furnishings vary in each room with original artwork and antiques tastefully integrated with modern sensibilities and décor. Eight of the suites and guest rooms are equipped with wet bars.Guests share the modern and expansive Great Room on the first floor level which includes a Lobby Lounge Bar, open air exhibition kitchen, sitting area and breakfast room. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily with a full Southern-style breakfast on weekends. You are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in New Smyrna Beach’s historic downtown and a short distance from the seaside community's sprawling beaches, surf shops, and Flagler Avenue's beach-side galleries and eateries. Overnight dockage is available for guests with boats, and fishing opportunities are abundant in the backwaters and bays of the Indian River Lagoon and nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park. Or just sit on the dock, sip a glass of wine, and watch the dolphins swim by.


Rooms & Rates

Deluxe Bay View King

Offer first rate amenities and a generous floor plan measuring 350 sq ft with angled bay views of the Indian River and feature wet bars with granite counter tops and private outdoor furnished balconies - where you can curl up with a glass of wine and savor bay breezes. Each of our guest accommodations feature all of the services and amenities expected by savvy travelers. These include in-room digital safes, 42 - 47 inch LG LED Smart TV''s, DVD/CD players, I-Pod docking stations, and remote controlled ceiling fans and individual temperature control systems.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $129-$229

Courtyard View

These spacious and beautifully appointed first floor level units feature two king beds and an open air patio -with views overlooking a lush subtropical interior courtyard surrounded by a stuccoed clad wall for your privacy and comfort. One of these Courtyard View rooms is handicap accessible.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 King

Nightly Rate: $129-$199

Bay View Suite

This one bedroom suite features a spacious bedroom with a King size bed and adjoining living room with a queen size sleep sofa. Soak up the sun on your private balcony while enjoying a panoramic view of the the Indian River and the neighboring island beach community. Enjoy the twinkling lights of the Intracoastal Waterway – with sailboats silhouetted against the skyline. The separate living and sleeping room areas allow you to entertain family and friends or conduct small business meetings within the privacy of your suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $209-$279

Premium Bay Front

These corner units, with a King size bed and private balcony feature multiple windows that fill the room with natural light and feature inspiring unobstructed “direct” views of the Indian River where you can feel breezes blowing and watch dolphins dancing on the water.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $169-$239

Superior Coastal

Attractively decorated and furnished with a queen bed, this unit type evokes a calm and comfortable ambiance offering our best value – with limited views featuring an enticing peak of the Indian River.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $109-$179

Luxury Bay Front

One of our most popular rooms, the Luxury Bay Front features a King bed with a “free-floating” soaking tub centered under a sky-lit cupola, an exquisite glass mosaic shower, and expansive second floor deck overlooking the Indian River.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Honeymoon Suite

With almost 500 sq. ft. of interior space, this spectacular penthouse level suite offers a spacious bedroom with a king size bed and in-room "free-floating jetted spa tub, 47 inch flatscreen HDTV and multiple windows. Double pocket doors which can be opened to create one large space, lead to the adjacent living room featuring a sofa sitting area, entertainment size wet bar, second flatscreen HDTV and a furnished balcony with dazzling views of the Indian River and Intracoastal waterway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Bay Front Suite

With dramatic views at every turn, this second floor one bedroom suite features a King bed with an adjoining living room, multiple sets of windows offering generous light, private balcony with awe-inspiring direct views of the Indian River and South Causeway Bridge and offers an incomparable and restful respite from the stresses of everyday life.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5

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Excellent get away!

4.8 on August 11, 2014

My husband and I vacationed here for our anniversary, having never been to the area. What a wonderful find! The inn is fabulously decorated with a mix of modern, eclectic and historical features mixed in - I couldn't stop staring. The staff was beyond helpful and had so many great tips for restaurants and things to do. The morning breakfasts were the best part - hardy Southern fare with friendly, family banter to enjoy. The private dock was a great retreat for our early morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. This is a great place to stay for a night or a weekend.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking your valued time to write such a wonderful review on I am most grateful for your generous comments regarding our eclectic interior design elements, helpful staff, and great breakfasts that you enjoyed each morning. We are so pleased that your enjoyed the privacy of our dock - where enjoying a glass of wine can be such a wonderful experience. Again, thank you for sharing your positive comments with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin Inn on a future visit.

A must stay!!!!

5 on August 09, 2014

Super unique property, absolutely gorgeous, extremely nice owners.....can't wait to stay again! Our room was huge with double king beds that were so comfortable we didn't want to get up. But we are so glad we did.....only because the breakfast was phenomenal! They have a chef come in, is made to order, and the creative breakfast selections were delicious. Nice location on the water with lots to do. We are driving distance so we will definitely be back!

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! It was so nice to have you as our guests at our award-winning boutique inn. I was so pleased to read your very favorable comments regarding our absolutely gorgeous facilities, our spacious accommodations with the incredibly comfortable beds, and the creative breakfast selections each morning. We are so appreciative of your generous feedback and we will continue to work hard to make the Black Dolphin Inn a "must stay" place to visit so that we can be well-positioned to earn your business on a future visit.

Historic Elegance

5 on May 25, 2014

Wow!!! What a find. The Black Dolphin Inn is an impeccably designed and managed unique boutique B&B.The converted mini-mansion has been completely and beautifully restored beyond belief! The 14 rooms, each with it's own designer decor, are spacious,comfortable and relaxing. The daily breakfast is an experience in it's self with scrumptious offerings from fresh squeezed orange juice to riccotta blueberry pancakes and much more! Great location for sightseeing New Smryna Beach, this Inn delivers on every level.If you want to escape for a stress free weekend that pampers your soul ,I would highly reccomend the Black Dolphin Inn. The courteous and knowledgable family and staff that run the Inn are helpful and attentive to your every need.Watch the sunrise while in bed from your room or fish from the private dock on the intra-coastal waterway across the street this will be an experience you will not soon forget. If you are looking for upscale wow factor with the cozy feel of a by gone era this is for you. Nick and Norma Treasure Island ,Fl.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for such a delightfully descriptive account of your visit to our award-winning boutique inn. I was so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and very much appreciated all of your kind remarks regarding our "signature" interior design, attentive levels of service, and the unique attributes of our destination that contributed to your very positive impression of the Black Dolphin Inn. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are looking for a stress free vacation where you can relax and get away from it all.

Wonderful romantic weekend

5 on March 24, 2014

We were celebrating a late birthday for my wife, I selected the Luxury Bay front room. After booking, I received a nice response from the owners. A little more research on their well designed website and I found they offer room enhancement to celebrate special events. I immediately email and inquired about the Romantic Evening package. The owner added this to the package. Upon arriving at the Inn (a little earlier than expected) we were immediately impressed withe the look and feel. We were greeted by Brett who was awesome. We had initially thought we would leave our bags in the car while we went to the shop area near the beach. We were pleasantly surprised to find our room was all set up. Brett showed us to our room and we were both truly impressed. To top it off the romantic evening package was all set up including rose petals on the bed in a heart shape and place near the tub. We reluctantly left to get a late lunch and explore down near the beach. Upon our return from dinner we explored the Inn and our room. Let me just say, this place is beautiful. The room was well decorated. The deck offers a wonderful view of the river. The large tub "floating" in the center of the room was a treat. The bed was perfect. The following morning brought out another 5 star element - the breakfast. We sat at the bar area to watch them cook, but options included indoor family style seating and outdoor tables. The food was awesome. Following breakfast we fished the private dock. A drive into town for lunch and a short nap later, we received a wonderful dinner recommendation from Brett. We awoke Sunday and were greeted by another wonderful breakfast. We were saddened to leave, having thoroughly enjoyed a wonder romantic stay. I cannot say enough about the wonderful owners and staff. We would definitely stay again and will be recommending to friends and family. Oscar and Wendy

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn. We were so pleased to learn that you decided to celebrate a "late" birthday at our award-winning boutique inn. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your very detailed and descriptive account of your guest experience with us and cannot thank you enough for all your generous and glowing comments regarding the many different facets of our operation. Our passion for the hospitality business is part of our DNA and when we receive such outstanding reviews such as yours - it provides such a wonderful perspective as to how fortunate that we are to be in a business where we can build memories that will be long lasting for our guests. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guests and we look forward to making your next visit even better.

An elegant historical Inn.Tastfully decorated in an eclectic style that puts you at easy from the start. We felt as if we were staying with family. A romantic and restfull stay. We highly recommend this B&B and plan to return.

5 on December 17, 2013

One of the best..

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking your valued time to share your recent guest experience with us. My staff and I take a great deal of pleasure and personal pride in delivering exceptional guest service and we are so pleased that you felt like your were staying with family and that you had a romantic and restful stay. We are very thankful to have the benefit of your wonderful comments regarding the Black Dolphin Inn and we look forward to your return in the very near future.

A memorable experience!

5 on September 20, 2013

We stayed there for our sons wedding! It was so beautiful, cleanand the chef out did himself. They made it very personal for us and took the time to help us in any way they could. Could not have asked for anything better!

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! We feel honored to have been selected as the host property for such a momentous occasion. We appreciated your positive comments regarding our attentive levels of guest service, the cleanliness of our facility, and the quality of our breakfast service. I am so glad that you "could not have asked for anything better" and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Highly recommend!

5 on September 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights on our baby moon/anniversary. The B&B is both modern and personal. Everything is up-to-date, clean, and gorgeous! We highly recommend for anyone!

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking your valued time to share your recent experience with us at our award-winning boutique inn. We were delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves and we are most appreciative of your kind remarks regarding our gorgeous and modern facilities - not to mention our personalized levels of service. We hope that you will return often to the Black Dolphin Inn.

Pristine - Excellent

4.8 on September 09, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying at the Black Dolphin Inn recently. The Inn is noticeably well placed along the Halifax River, with a dock and lounge chairs on the water. The building and property are pristine. Upon arrival the friendly owners greet you and show you your room, which is likely the highlight of your stay. Each room is unique in shape, decor, and amenities. Some rooms include multiple balconies overlooking the river/bay, or gorgeous large tubs placed in the center of your room beneath skylights. What's consistency is the comfort, sophistication, and warmth of each room at Black Dolphin Inn. Dining is also excellent. Our group brought back fish from a charter fishing cruise and the Inn's chef prepared an excellent dinner. The perfect stay for a business group, wedding, or a weekend trip.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn. It was indeed a pleasure to have served as the host property for the Shared Vision conference. We very much appreciated your generous comments regarding our facilities, services and amenities. Our chef really enjoyed the opportunity to cook that fresh caught fish the last night of your stay and it was great to hear that everyone had such a great time. We hope that you will consider a repeat visit to the Black Dolphin Inn the next time you return to the central-east coast of Florida

This is a boutique hotel and puts to shame any of the chain hotels in NSB

5 on July 16, 2013

This should be listed as a fine hotel, not as a B+B. We found it to be first class in every category. Hope to return in 3 weeks or so.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind review. The Black Dolphin Inn provides a cozy sanctuary between the intimacy of a B&B - and the indulgent comforts of a boutique inn. We are so pleased to hear that we embody the attributes of a fine hotel and that you found everything to be first class in all phases of our operation. Thank you again for your positive review and we look forward to your return in the very near future.

Weekend Getaway

5 on June 15, 2013

Stayed at this delightful B&B during a Sat-Mon visit in June 2013. Hosts were wonderful; Sunday breakfast was first class! Our room was located on the back side of the property with two balconies (one overlooked the garden area and the other had a view of the waterway). NEXT visit -- we will book earlier to ensure we get a room on the front with full waterway view.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! I was delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit at our boutique inn and that the Full Southern Breakfast, which is served on Saturday and Sunday mornings - was first class. I will certainly pass along your positive comments to Chef Joe who will be as pleased as I was to receive them. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are looking for a relaxing getaway weekend and to providing for your care and comfort in one of our direct waterfront accommodations.

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Location Type

Northern Indian River Lagoon, Halifax River, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, City, Island, Small town, Tropical


Orlando, FL (MCO) 65 miles

Directions to property:

Take Beach Line East (SR 528) for approximately 25 miles to I-95. Go North for approximately 40 miles to New Smyrna Beach exit # 249 (SR 44). Head east toward the beaches of New Smyrna Beach for approximately 4 miles – turn right at Live Oak St (at the traffic light just before the South Causeway Bridge). Heading south, take the 3rd left onto Smith Street and then turn right onto S Riverside Drive. The Black Dolphin Inn is located at 916 S Riverside Dr on the right side of the street.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Daytona International Speedway, Disney World, Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Sea World, Cape Canaveral National Seashore Park, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Private Fishing Pier, Lobby Bar - Serving Beer and Wine, Kohler Rain Shower Heads, Aveda Spa Collection Amenities, 42"- 47" LG LED Smart TV's, IPod Docking Station

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, In-room internet, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Surfing - Best in Florida, Surfing - Best in Florida, Surfing - Best in Florida, Surfing - Best in Florida, Surfing - Best in Florida, Surfing - Best in Florida, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3pm-12am
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited Non-Smoking Establishment - Outdoor Only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited (3) Pet Friendly Units on Ground Level - (2) Dogs Max

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During Certain Seasonal Weekends and Special Event Holdiays
  • Deposit Amount Required: A one night deposit equivalent to the first nights room and tax is required at the time of booking to confirm reservation.
  • Cancellations: Guests are responsible for all room nights reserved - regardless of the guests' confirmed arrival and departure date. Cancellations must be initiated at least 5 days before 3:00 pm of the day of arrival for a full refund - less a $25 processing and handling fee. Guests who do not cancel within this time frame, will forfeit their entire deposit - unless the room can be re-rented for all nights reserved.



Brett Smith, Sheila Smith, and Taylor Smith

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Identical twins, Scott and Brett Smith have reunited after 40 years to share their management philosophy and vision since last working as Co-General Managers of the Lakeview Hotel in Spring Lake, New Jersey in 1969. Their "double" vision for Black Dolphin Inn remains the same: It's always about taking care of our guests.

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Full Southern - Weekends, Continental - Weekdays

  • Time Served: 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Serving Location: Courtyard / Front Porch, Private Fishing Pier, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan, Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Shrimp-n-Grits, which has created a lot of "buzz" in the local culinary scene - Is served as one of four breakfast entree choices each Sunday.



Special Package

Endless Summer Mid-Week Package

Take advantage of our value-driven Endless Summer Mid-Week Getaway.Arrive on a Sunday or Monday and stay 4 consecutive nights to receive the 4th night free. This package features an array of complimentary amenities and services including our signature continental breakfast each morning, daily housekeeping service, free on-site parking ,Wi-Fi through-out the premises, Lobby Refreshment Bar - with snacks, in-room digital safe, complimentary local and long distance phone calls (Continental US) and private fishing pier with free dockage.

Florida Residents Package

Southern charm and hospitality awaits the Florida Resident where you can enjoy 15% off our published rack rates - when staying a minimum of 2 nights Sunday through Thursday. Must present a Florida Driver's license at check - in. Other complimentary amenities and services include our signature continental breakfast, property wide Wi-FI, free on-site parking, Lobby Beverage Refreshment Bar - with snacks, free local and long distance phone calls (Continental US), in -room digital safe, and free boat dockage on our private fishing pier.

Suite Escape Special

Our Suite Escape Special features a discount of $40.00 off of our published rates for each night of your stay in our One Bedroom Bay View Suite unit type. Must stay a minimum of 2 consecutive nights - Sunday through Thursday. This package features an array of complimentary amenities and services including our signature continental breakfast, Wi-Fi property wide, free on-site parking, in room digital safe - suitable for a lap-top, Lobby Refreshment Bar - with snacks, Premium cable (51) HDTV channels and 4 HBO channels, and complimentary local and long distance phone calls (Continental US).

Aaa Four Diamond Special

The Black Dolphin Inn is pleased to offer a 10% off of our published rack rates for any AAA member - based on a minimum 2 night stay Sunday through Thursday. Must present AAA card at check-in. This package includes spacious room accommodations, Spa-inspired bathrooms with glass mosaic tile, signature continental breakfast each morning of your stay, daily housekeeping service and an array of other complimentary amenities including Wi-Fi through-out the property, Lobby Refreshment Beverage Bar - with snacks, free on-site parking, in-room digital safes and telephones, and a private fishing pier along with complimentary dockage for our guests.

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Details Diamond Collection

916 South Riverside Drive , New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $100 gift card with a $350+ purchase