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

Definitely a must see

5 on June 04, 2018

I was extremely impressed with the Black Dolphin Inn from the minute I pulled into the drive until I checked out and drove home. I received a warm welcome and a tour of the facility upon arrival. The Inn Keepers were so friendly and hospitable. They were easy to talk to and had many recommendations regarding local restaurants and activities. The Inn and the grounds are impeccably kept, it was nicely decorated, very clean and was also warm and inviting. The room I stayed in had an angled view of the bay, the private balcony had ample seating. The room was spotless, nicely decorated and had an ah-mazing garden tub. The ambiance of the room was perfect, exactly what I needed for an escape from normal life! It was quiet, comfortable and private. Breakfast was included with the stay. All I can say is WOW! Talk about a delicious way to start the day! The highlight of the visit was the covered private dock with an incredible view of the bay. There were dolphins swimming in the bay and tons of seabirds to watch. I am very much looking forward to returning to the Black Dolphin Inn in the future, I wish I didn't have to leave to come back home to reality!

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful narrative regarding your recent travel experience at our award-winning bed and breakfast inn. We so very much appreciated your glowing compliments - which are not only humbling but inspirational as well as we continue on our quest to provide exceptional value for our guests. Thank you so much for highlighting so many of the special touches and exquisite details that make the Black Dolphin Inn so special. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guests- and we hope you will return soon & often to your new home-away-from home.

- Brett (innkeeper)


Amazing b&b

5 on December 19, 2017

Amazing five star b&b in every way. Our third visit inside four years from the UK says it all really.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star review of our award-winning bed and breakfast inn. It's really great to hear from our guests and we deeply appreciate your continued patronage of the Black Dolphin Inn. We can't wait for you to return for a 4th visit! Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous holiday season.

- Brett B (innkeeper)


Get away weekend

5 on November 12, 2017

We had a wonderful couple days at the Black Dolphin. The accommodations were wonderful. Really enjoyed sitting on the dock watching the watch. Breakfasts were delicious and recommendations for dinner were fantastic. We definitely look forward to going back.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! We can't thank you enough for your 5 star rating and for your accompanying remarks regarding our room accommodations, delicious breakfast, and waterfront location - where dolphins are on our daily guest list. It was a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin Inn on a future visit. Again, thank you for your wonderful review on our behalf.

- Brett B (innkeeper)


A very enjoyable visit!

5 on August 02, 2017

We had a great three-day stay at the Black Dolphin. Our room was beautifully furnished and very clean and comfortable. The staff was very helpful. Chef Mackenzie's breakfasts were delicious. She was so knowledgeable about the area and gave us some great tips where to tour. We'd love to return again some day!

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your 3 night stay at our award- winning boutique inn. We are most grateful for your generous comments regarding our clean and comfortable inn. Thank you for mentioning Chef MacKenzie for her deliciously prepared food and engaging dialogue with respect to detailing all there is to do in our very diversified destination of New Smyrna Beach. It was a pleasure to have you as our recent guests and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn.

- Brett P. Smith (innkeeper)


Outstanding B & B

5 on March 29, 2017

As a couple that frequents B & B's and Boutique Hotels, we found our visit to be one of the very best we have experienced. The setting is beautiful, the rooms and common areas inviting and interesting and the welcoming service as if you are a family member was second to none.

Innkeeper Response
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for your wonderful review. I just realized that I had not responded earlier - for which I apologize. We appreciated your kind remarks regarding our beautiful rooms, inviting common areas, and welcoming service. It was great to hear that the BDI was one of the best B&B's and or boutique inns that you have stayed at and we hope that we will have the pleasure of your company on a future visit. Again, thank you for your review and corresponding 5 star rating.

- Brett P. Smith (innkeeper)


We Fell In Love

5 on February 07, 2017

My husband and I have stayed at the Black Dolphin quite a few times in the past 3 years! It is by far our favorite getaway!! We even decided to get married in New Smyrna Beach and spend our honeymoon there because of the Black Dolphin. Each room we have stayed has its own unique design and feels separate from the other rooms so that you have privacy. The family that runs this adorable B&B is amazing! They are always making sure we are well accommodated and enjoying our stay. Breakfast is 5 stars and conversations at breakfast time with other guest and the family brings social charm. We highly recommend this little gem to anyone who wants a relaxing getaway and feel like your a part of the family.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for posting such a wonderful review on behalf of the Black Dolphin Inn. We are so pleased that you continue to be frequent guests of ours and we can't thank you enough for your kind words regarding our guest accommodations, our wonderful hospitality, and our amazing breakfast. You have stayed with us so many times that we now consider you to be an extension of our own family. Again, thank you for your wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you back to your home-away-from home on your next visit to New Smyrna Beach. Sincerely, Brett P. Smith CHA Owner/General Manager

- Brett P. Smith (innkeeper)


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.

- Brett Smith (innkeeper)


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.

- Brett P. Smith (innkeeper)


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.

- Brett Smith (innkeeper)


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.

- Bret P. Smith (innkeeper)


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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: $209 - $279

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: $189 - $259

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: $269 - $339

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: $249 - $319

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: $289 - $359

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: $249 - $319

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: $229 - $299

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: $169 - $239

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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

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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 $35 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.
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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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