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916 S Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7449
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Updated 06/12/20

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#1 of 16 hotels in New Smyrna Beach
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
5.0
Service
5.0
Value
4.9
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Silver level
A quaint Old Florida beach town is the setting for this elegant Spanish-Isle boutique inn overlooking the Indian River on Florida's East-central Atlantic Coast. Opened in 2013, the Black Dolphin is a 2013-2020 AAA Four Diamond property, ranked #2 in the US Alternative Accommodations category by Trivago 2017 & 2018, the recipient of the 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award as one of the Top 10 Inns in the US. The 14-room inn gets its name from the plentiful dolphin who gracefully patrol the waters off its dock. Furnishings include original artwork and antiques tastefully integrated with modern sensibilities. Guests share the spacious Great Room which includes a bar, open-air kitchen, sitting area and breakfast room. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily with a full Southern-style breakfast on weekends. Within walking distance of the shops and restaurants in New Smyrna Beach's historic downtown and a short distance from the seaside community's sprawling beaches.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Kids stay free
Highchairs available
Photo copier / fax In business center
Electric vehicle charging station
Secured parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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m v wrote a review Yesterday
sarasota507 contributions122 helpful votes
Can only confirm the compliments from other reviews. i loved the dock, fishing was relaxing. pet area excellent. breakfast outstanding. Very much deserves the AAA four diamond rating. I appreciate extras like microwave, fridge/freezer in room, coffee in common area that help travelers with several legs to the journey such as ours.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Audrey K wrote a review Jul 2020
Jacksonville, Florida56 contributions19 helpful votes
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This Inn does not disappoint! We have always shied away from the bed & breakfast style, thinking it would not have privacy that we prefer. The Black Dolphin Inn is award winning for a reason! We arrived and were welcomed by Miss Patricia, who walked us around the property to show us the property and took our breakfast order. This visit was during the Pandemic, so there were a couple of adjustments which worked out just fine. The staff did a great job with social distancing!!! Our breakfast was delivered to the room instead of eating downstairs and fresh towels were delivered to our doorstep each day. Breakfast was so delicious! The second morning I opted for fruit & yogurt and they even made that look pretty! The room was on the second floor and had a beautiful view of the river. The decor was as functional and comfortable as it was designer worthy! They have a full size keurig coffee maker in the room and a refrigerator to keep a few drinks cold. They are a little limited in selection of beverages so I’d probably pack a couple of cokes and snacks for late night. We also really enjoyed the dock area and walking to Canal Street. We are already planning to return next month for our 25th anniversary!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Brett Smith, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Jul 18, 2020
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We are so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and we appreciated your kind remarks regarding your designer worthy accommodations with a great water view, the level of personalized attention provided to you by Ms Patricia, and the delicious room service delivered breakfast that you were able to enjoy in the privacy of your guest room. As you mentioned, we are adapting to a new normal during this uncertain time and it was so nice of you to identify some of the small nuanced operational changes that we have adapted in response to providing for the care and well-being of our guests.Again, thank you for your amazing review and we can't wait for you to return to celebrate your upcoming 25th anniversary.
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GLD5959 wrote a review Jun 2022
Chesterfield, Missouri10 contributions3 helpful votes
We have stayed at the Black Dolphin a few times. Its an amazing Inn. Very clean and well appointed rooms. They greet you and provide a tour of the property and the rooms. The make sure you are comfortable. Great views of the intercoastal and dolphin feeding in the morning. Breakfast was plentiful and delivered to your room. Its the place to stay in NSB.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for posting such a wonderful TripAdvisor review on our behalf. It always great to hear from our loyal guests who have stayed with us on multiple occasions and I was delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your recent visit to the Black Dolphin Inn. We appreciated having the benefit of your wonderful comments regarding our clean and well-appointed guest rooms, plentiful breakfast, and great waterfront location where our guests can interact with our nautical surroundings. Again, thank you for your great review - we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn.
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James S wrote a review Apr 2022
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The rooms are wonderfully maintained, large rooms, same for the bathroom, the beds very comfortable. Friendly service and even a dock across the street to enjoy coffee in the morning or cocktails at night.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: room and suite options are good. We preferred 2nd or 3rd floor with balcony instead of ground...
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Apr 15, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We very much appreciated your glowing compliments regarding our spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and friendly service. I was pleased to hear that you also enjoyed our private dock and beverage service during your stay with us. Again, thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.
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anitagabriel829 wrote a review Mar 2022
Lake Mary, Florida10 contributions1 helpful vote
Our friends and us were treated with a one night stay at the Black Dolphin Inn! We were in awe at the beautiful decor from the moment we drove up. The service from check in to check out was outstanding. We slept very comfortably, had a room that faced the main road but it was very quiet! The breakfast delivered to our rooms the next morning was amazing & very much enjoyed on the front balcony as we watched dolphins! This B&B is definitely on our list of things to do again!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Mar 22, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guests and we are most grateful for your wonderful TripAdvisor review on our behalf. We appreciated having the benefit of your generous comments regarding our beautiful décor, our outstanding hospitality service, and our amazing room delivered breakfast. Again, thank you for your wonderful review and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn.
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ANTONIETTA P wrote a review Feb 2022
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You can tell a whole lot of loving went into the design of this place. This boutique hotel is located in a tranquil area of a beach town. We were delighted with our treehouse room. Located on the second floor. The appointments in the room where beautiful you can tell each piece was chosen carefully. Comfortable, causal clean, neat , safe and simply beautiful. Thank you for breakfast too. See you all soon.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid to much luggage you may have to trek some stairs.
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Feb 17, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We are so pleased to read that you were able to delight in the many amenities and services that we feature at our family owned inn. We are most grateful for your glowing compliments regarding our tranquil ambiance, beautiful room appointments, and our room - delivered breakfast. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guests and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.
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Gigi P wrote a review Feb 2022
Oviedo, Florida8 contributions
Black Dolphin Inn is always one of our favorite Bed & Breakfast places to go and stay. The owner's Brett and Sheila are friendly and awesome. The place is not only clean but the rooms are stunning. Over the past 5 years, we’ve been there about 7 times. Never have we ever been disappointed. Also, I would like to send out a Big shout and Thank You to all of you that pitched in on the gift certificate to The Black Dolphin for my 60th Birthday and the gift certificate to The Garlic. We enjoyed both our stay and dinner over in NSB. Much ❤️ Love, Hugs, & Kisses to The Best Friends ever!!!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Feb 17, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for entrusting the Black Dolphin Inn to serve as the host property for the recent celebration of your 60th birthday. We are truly humbled by your wonderful comments regarding the operation of our family owned business and we sincerely appreciate your continued loyalty and patronage to the Black Dolphin Inn brand. It was so nice of you to highlight many of the unique features of our inn that make to the Black Dolphin so special and we can't thank you enough for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. May the Black Dolphin be a source of great memories until your next visit to our award-wining inn.
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cheryl w wrote a review Feb 2022
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The Black Dolphin Inn provided a wonderful experience in New Smyrna Beach. The accomodations where lovely and the Inn was very well maintained. Our room had two balconies with outdoor seating. There was a dock on the Indian River that afforded views of dolphins and seabirds. The surrounding area is quiet yet not too far from restaurants and shopping. We even experienced a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. The breakfast which was included was delicious. The staff was very helpful with recommendations for restaurants. The Inn also had a gas fire pit for the guests enjoyment.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Feb 12, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful narrative with respect to your recent stay at our award-winning boutique inn. I was delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay - and we are most grateful for your positive comments regarding our lovely facilities, nicely designed guest room accommodations, and or serene location along the shores of the Indian River Lagoon. We also appreciated your kind words with respect to our delicious breakfast, helpful staff, and well-maintained facilities. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as recent guests and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn. Again, thank you so much for your wonderful review on our behalf.
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Chris S wrote a review Jan 2022
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I stayed here last week with my two boys for the last two days of a week-long guys' trip to Florida. I really loved this place and most of the reason have been mentioned in other reviews but a few things stood out: First, the check-in process. We got a friendly greeting by the owner's son and were shown to our room, where I discovered that the sofabed was already opened up and made up for my two young boys. Any parent who's ever checked into a hotel at night knows just how nice of a touch this is. By comparison, we stayed the previous four nights at a five-star super-luxe resort in Miami and they didn't do this for me. The other touch that I really appreciated was the breakfast. We made our selections at check-in and a nice, homemade breakfast was delivered to our room right on time. For parents, this is a big time-saver and gave us an hour of our day back. Thanks, Brett and family. I can't wait to come back here soon with the rest of my family. - Chris, Evan, and Luke
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Jan 25, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! It was so nice of you to share your recent travel experience at our inn with the TripAdvisor community. We appreciated having the benefit of your wonderful insights - and we thank you for singling out my son, Taylor - for his friendly greeting in getting you acclimated with our property during the check-in process. In addition to this, I was pleased to learn that our housekeeping staff did a good job of anticipating your needs by having the sleep sofa ready for your children prior to your arrival. Moreover, we are most grateful for your positive comments regarding our homemade breakfast - and the fact that we delivered it to your guest room right on time. Again, thank you for your wonderful review and we can't wait for you to come back with the rest of your family on a future visit to the Black Dolphin Inn.
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Carol F wrote a review Jan 2022
Ocala, Florida3 contributions2 helpful votes
The hubby and I have stayed here several times in the past five years and I always say I’m going to write a review. This time I just had to make it happen! Every experience we’ve had has been perfect, from the delicious breakfast to the beautifully appointed relaxing rooms. To be honest, I think the main reason we keep returning is because of the warm friendly and personal service by the family run Place. The owners and the staff make you feel like family whether it’s your first time or you’re a repeat customer. I found this place by chance, and took a leap of faith and I’m recommending you do the same thing. Whether you stay two nights or several n you will come away refreshed with a smile on your face! Thank you Brett and family, words do not do your dedication and service justice!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Jan 25, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! It's always great to hear from our guests and we can't thank you enough for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We sincerely appreciate your continued patronage of our award-winning inn. We are delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and we are most grateful for your generous comments regarding our delicious breakfast, welcoming ambiance, and well-appointed guest rooms. .The best compliment that we could receive is that we made you feel right at home and that you feel like an extended member of our family each time you stay with us. It was indeed a pleasure to have your as our guests and we hope that we will have the privilege of welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.
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PRICE RANGE
$246 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaNew Smyrna Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black Dolphin Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Black Dolphin Inn?
Nearby attractions include New Smyrna Museum of History (0.6 miles), The Hub on Canal (0.6 miles), and The Posh Pineapple (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Black Dolphin Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Black Dolphin Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Black Dolphin Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Black Dolphin Inn?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Black Dolphin Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include McKenna's Place, Panheads Pizzeria, and Riverpark Terrace.
Is Black Dolphin Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of New Smyrna Beach.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Black Dolphin Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Black Dolphin Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Turtle Mound National Historic Site (3.3 miles) and Sugar Mill Ruins (1.8 miles).
Does Black Dolphin Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Black Dolphin Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.