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916 S Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7449
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A note from Black Dolphin Inn
Updated 06/12/20


#1 of 16 hotels in New Smyrna Beach
2021 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
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
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
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Hidden Gem
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Samantha G wrote a review Sep 20
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A lovely place to spend some time in New Smyrna. The hosts are pleasant and accomodating. The food is excellent and the beds are comfy. They have a small boat dock if you travel there by water. I would stay again if I was in the area.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Some rooms have more of a direst river view but may not be as big. The side view rooms seem to...
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Audrey K wrote a review Jul 2020
Jacksonville, Florida56 contributions19 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
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 Sep 12
Chesterfield, Missouri8 contributions3 helpful votes
This was our second stay at the Black Dolphin Inn. It's a beautiful property. Centrally located you can spend time at the beach then come back to relax and enjoy NSB downtown. This is our special place.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! It's always great to hear from our guests and we are most grateful for your wonderful TripAdvisor review on our behalf. Thank you so much for your generous comments regarding our beautiful property, great location, and our other intrinsic attributes that make the Black Dolphin Inn such a special place. We can't wait for you to return for a third visit. Again, thank you so much for your wonderful review.
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julia wrote a review Jul 2021
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida5 contributions
Traveling as a solo female, Black dolphin was very welcoming and respectful. It is well appointed, comfortable with all the details thought of. Plenty of smiles and peace. The landscaping around every corner is very pleasing with old world charm. Looking forward to another visit and will bring my fishing pole next time! Waterside setting brings birdwatching, marine life and cocktails to a beautiful level. Enjoyed the well timed delivery of breakfast to my door. Telling my circle of travelers, family and friends to add Black Dolphin to their list.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Aug 3, 2021
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for posting such a wonderful TripAdvisor review on our behalf. We are most grateful for your glowing complements regarding our welcoming ambiance, manicured landscaping, and well-appointed units. We were so pleased to hear that you were able to enjoy our water-front location - where guests can interact with our nautical surroundings and enjoy seeing dolphins in their natural habitat. Lastly, we appreciated your positive comments regarding our room service delivered breakfast. Again, thank you for your wonderful TripAdvisor review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.
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Floridians772 wrote a review Jul 2021
Palm City, Florida39 contributions15 helpful votes
We had a three-night stay at the Black Dolphin Inn in July 2021 and enjoyed it. There were three outstanding features about the stay: _ The inn has a dock on the Indian River Lagoon and it is a place of magic. Seated on comfortable Adirondack chairs, we had a relaxing view of wildlife, water and boats. On all three days, we saw multiple dolphin. The dolphin are ceaselessly fascinating to watch as they slice through the water, leap and dive. Fish of many sizes regularly jump from the water. The water fowl viewing also is marvelous. _ Breakfast is delivered to the room each morning. You pick from a menu of 2 or 3 items and choose a time. The breakfast is made to order, fresh and delivered right on time. Delicious and plentiful every time. It comes with fresh-squeezed orange juice. A good selection of coffee is avalaible to make in the room. _ The room (we had a one-bedroom suite with partial river view) was clean and the furnishings are first-rate and attractive. Bathrooms are modern and work well. King bed is comfortable. Fancy pillows were too hard for our taste but the inn thoughtfully stocked standard soft pillows in the room's closet. The Black Dolphin Inn is convenient to everything in New Smyrna. Walking distcnace to a lot things, and short drive to others. Also, the staff, most of whom are part of the family owners, are friendly. The only drawback is that you will hear sound from other rooms: voices through walls, heavy footsteps in room above, and noisy plumbing. If this were a luxury hotel, we'd complain, but we considered those minor annoyances in a big, older house. All the big pluses this inn offers outweigh the few drawbacks.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: We would try for a room on third floor to avoid hearing footsteps from above
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Jul 22, 2021
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for such a detailed and comprehensive overview of your recent travel experience at our award-winning inn . We appreciated your highlighting several of the key elements of your stay - including our dock on the Indian River, our room service delivered breakfast, and our first rate guest accommodations that made your visit so special. We are truly humbled by your wonderful narrative on our behalf. And lastly, we appreciated the constructive manner in which you commented on some noise intrusion that you experienced during your visit with us.. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that you were caused by this situation. In closing, we can't thank you enough for your 5 star TripAdvisor review and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn.
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$201 - $336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesFloridaNew Smyrna Beach
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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 Panheads Pizzeria, McKenna's Place, 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.