Black Dolphin Inn

916 South Riverside Drive , New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 USA (Show map)

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About

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.

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Overall
5.0

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

Our little peace of heaven

5 on May 18, 2016

This was our second visit to this amazing b&b and our experience was every bit as wonderful as the first. Brett, Shela & the team are just so genuinely friendly and considerate of your every need. Love these people and their beautiful establishment & will definitely be traveling back from UK soon as possible.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for posting such a wonderful review on TripAdvisor. Its always great to hear from our guests - especially when they return for a second visit. We are most grateful for your kind words and for taking the time to recognize our team of hospitality professionals for their friendly and considerate service. We truly enjoyed having you as our guests and we look forward to your return next year.


Stunning B&B

5 on October 25, 2015

Stayed here for 2 nights in late November 2014 so apologies for the belated review. Put simply the was possibly the most enjoyable and rewarding accommodation experience we have encountered in all our years of travel. Beautiful house and rooms, wonderful location and hosts. Enough said, discover it for yourself. Can't wait to go back next year. Ps - Breakfasts to die for.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful on-line "belated" travel review. We are always happy to hear from our guests and we very much appreciated your most humbling comments regarding the Black Dolphin Inn being the most enjoyable and rewarding accommodation experience in all of your years of travel.. This is indeed high praise and we are most grateful for your kind remarks on our behalf. We look forward to welcoming you back to our award-winning boutique inn the next time you plan to visit the East Central coast of Florida.


First class and unique.

5 on October 18, 2015

First class and unique. I have stayed two years in a row. Oak Tree across balcony. Bikes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Clean, Clean, and Clean. Staff is the friendliest youll ever meet. Would recommend to anyone.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! It always great to hear from our guests - especially when they visit us for a second time. We are delighted that you found our facilities to be first class and that you enjoyed your stay in our Bay View Suite with the enormous oak tree that runs through the balcony. We are also appreciative of your generous comments regarding the cleanliness of our inn and the friendliness of our staff. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and we hope that you will return for a third visit to the Black Dolphin Inn.


Memorable trip and stay

5 on October 06, 2015

September 21 through 25, 2015 We were greeted warmly upon arrival and escorted to our room after an explanation of the site. We chose the Premium Bay Front King room and it was exceptional. We watched life on the Indian River lagoon from our private balcony. The shared deck is a great vantage point as well. All furnishings were chosen with great care. The entire inn, inside and out, is beautiful and meticulously kept. The service provided by everyone at the inn was prompt and personable. Breakfast daily was made to order, delicious, and served gladly with a smile and conversation. Thank you Brett, Sheila, Mackenzie and Taylor. You made our stay at your inn quite memorable.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for your delightfully descriptive account of your recent visit to our award-winning boutique inn. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our Premium Bay Front unit and we appreciated your glowing compliments regarding our great water-front views, exquisite furnishings, and our meticulous care of the property. It was also nice of you to mention our friendly and personable service - along with the delicious cooked-to-order breakfast that was served with a smile. It was certainly a pleasure to have you as our guests and we hope that we can build even greater memories on your next visit to the Black Dolphin Inn.


A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OF US

5 on September 14, 2015

My family, both two and four legged, recently stayed at the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, and I can't begin to tell you what a terrific experience we had. Reservations were expertly handled on short notice by Deanna, who was kind enough to meet us out front upon our arrival, answering our questions and offering helpful touring suggestions and a free local map, as well. Taylor, the manager, couldn't have been more accommodating, answering yet more questions we had, as well as ensuring we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Brett, the co-owner, his wife Sheila and daughter Kenzie gave us the most unique and healthy breakfasts I personally have ever tasted, and they also looked into obtaining desired information for us and educating us on navigating unfamiliar areas. And last, but far from least, we also wish to express our sincere gratitude to Janson, who was good enough to take time out from his usual occupation in maintenance to give us a guided tour of the other gorgeous rooms and themes at the inn, plus going above and beyond in helping to see that our "pups," 12 and 17, respectively, were able to rest in comfortable beds and have yummy dog treats, too, Just hoOoOoOw nice was that? Pricing was as expected for an upscale B&B, especially on the waterfront with dolphins frolicking in the tide for our entertainment day and night, and parking was more than adequate for our midweek stay. My command of the English language simply fails me when rating the care and special attention we received from the entire family and staff at Black Dolphin Inn, and I encourage you to make a reservation right away for your OWN stay of a lifetime. You won't regret it for a single moment and will be thrilled with this beautiful property, lovely city and exquisite B&B. We WILL be back, and all of us thank each of you for allowing us such delightful memories while staying at your wonderful inn: romantic, historic and unique!! Kind regards, The Rutgers Family

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful BedandBreakfast.com review from your recent stay with us. We firmly believe that our amazing staff members are our most important asset and your genuine praise of them only serves to solidify this belief. We are so grateful that you singled-out virtually every member of our staff who contributed to your outstanding stay at our award-winning boutique inn. We are most appreciative of your kind remarks regarding our exquisite inn, water front views, comfortable beds, unique breakfasts, and the great value that we offer at a price point that is comfortable to the wallet. It was truly a pleasure to have you as our guest and we are humbled by your great review which makes the hospitality industry so rewarding to those of us who take great pride in creating indelible memories for our guests. Brett P. Smith, CHA


Exquisite stay

5 on September 06, 2015

Enjoyed my stay at the beautiful Black Dolphin Inn. We stayed in the honeymoon suite and it was absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful views of the intracoastal. The staff, facilities and amenities are first class-worthy of a five star rating. The breakfast was amazing and I enjoyed the family atmosphere. Can't wait to return!!

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for your on-line review and for taking the time to share your travel experience with us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that the Black Dolphin Inn was worthy of a 5 star rating. We appreciated your generous comments regarding our facilities and services and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future. Brett P. Smith, CHA Owner/General Manager


YES! You want to stay here....

5 on August 06, 2015

My husband and I were looking for a dog friendly place in New Smyrna Beach, one of our favorite laid back spots in Florida. We were resigned to something dreary when we stumbled across the BLACK DOLPHIN INN. In a word it is FANTASTIC! The architecture, the decor, the food, the service, the location, the ambiance.....we could really go on and on. My favorite spot was the Pier, just steps from the front porch, breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful. If your idea of a B&B is creaking floors, musty curtains and granny serving up a few cornflakes, then you owe it to yourself to experience this first rate INN. We will be back for sure. Les and Kimberly Standiford, Miami, Florida

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for your fantastic on-line review. We are so pleased that you chose to stay at our "pet-friendly" boutique inn and that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. We are most appreciative of your glowing compliments regarding our architecture, interior design, ambiance, food, and guest service. Needless to say, we are very grateful for your enthusiastic endorsement of the Black Dolphin Inn and we hope that you will return soon and often. Brett P. Smith, CHA Owner/General Manager


Simply perfect

5 on April 28, 2015

Great place to stay. The rooms are so nice, comfortable and stylistic. And the breakfast was so tasty.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking your valued time to share your recent travel experience at our award-winning boutique inn.We were delighted to hear that your enjoyed your stay and we appreciated your generous comments regarding our comfortable and stylistic units - not to mention the tasty breakfast that you were served each morning. It was our pleasure to be of service to you and we hope to see you again at the Black Dolphin in the very near future. Brett P. Smith, CHA Owner/General Manager


Short Stay

5 on December 18, 2014

We were just passing thru New Smyrna during a family and friends tour in Florida and were so lucky to have found the Black Dolphin Inn. Rooms are gorgeous, the place is beautiful and Brett and Sheila are the perfect hosts. We highly recommend staying here and will definitely plan on a longer stay next time we are in the area. Anne and Rob R. Port Jervis, NY

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for posting such a wonderful review. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guests and we appreciated your generous comments regarding our gorgeous rooms, beautiful property, and our own unique brand of hospitality. We thank you for your enthusiastic endorsement of our award-winning boutique and we look forward to having you return for a longer stay at the Black Dolphin Inn.


1st Year Wedding Anniversary

5 on November 25, 2014

A beautiful surprise! Perfect getaway for any occasion. Elegant , comfortable and cozy all in one! Excellent service, food and local appeal. The entire staff was amazing! Thanks for making a great memory of our 1 year wedding anniversary! We'll be back!

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for your wonderful 5 star review and for choosing our award-winning boutique inn as the host property for your 1 year wedding anniversary. We were delighted to read that our staff was amazing and that you found our property to be elegant, comfortable, and cozy. It is great to know that you left with many fond memories of your recent visit with us and we can't wait for you to return again in the near future. Brett P. Smith, CHA Owner/General Manager


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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: $189 - $239

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 with a walk-in shower. rate is for single or double occupancy. Additional guest is $25.00 per night (12 years of age or younger stay free- maximum of 2) which includes a complimentary breakfast.

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

Nightly Rate: $169 - $219

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 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. Rate is for single/double occupancy. Additional guest is $25.00 per night

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

Nightly Rate: $249 - $299

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: $209 - $259

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: $149 - $199

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

Nightly Rate: $229 - $279

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

Nightly Rate: $229 - $299

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

Nightly Rate: $229 - $279

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Location

Location Type

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

Airport

Orlando, FL (MCO) 65 miles

Directions to property:

The Black Dolphin Inn, which is located within the Canal Street Historic District - is easily accessible by car, as Interstate 95 passes less than 4 miles west of the Black Dolphin Inn and US Highway 1 passes through the heart of the city.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, 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, Sports venue, Tours, University

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Parking, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , 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, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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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Policies

  • Check In:: 3pm-12am
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Non-Smoking Establishment - Outdoor Only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children 12 and under stay free - maximum of 2 per unit
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During Certain Seasonal Weekends and Special Event Holdiays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Brett Smith

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Brett is a 40 year veteran in the hospitality industry with specific interests in Major Travel, Fishing and sports in general.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • 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
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.


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