Black Dolphin Inn

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

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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.




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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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!!

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

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.

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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

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

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

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Location Type

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


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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  • 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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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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  • 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.


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