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Black Dolphin Inn

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#1 of 16 hotels in New Smyrna Beach
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
5.0
Service
4.9
Value
4.8
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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
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Kids stay free
Highchairs available
Photo copier / fax In business center
Electric vehicle charging station
Secured parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
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
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Debbi C wrote a review Mar 2024
Boca Raton, Florida25 contributions12 helpful votes
A charming bed and breakfast on the river in new Smyrna beach where each room has a private balcony offering views of the waterfront or a tranquil garden. The rooms are large and very nicely decorated with well appointed bathrooms. The comfortable bed greeted us after a long day at Daytona and ormond beach. The owners personally serve a wonderful breakfast delivered to your room or the outdoor area of choice and Jennifer, the innkeeper ensures your stay is perfect and memorable. We will be back!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: Wonderful staff!! Very helpful in all arrangements.
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Susan L wrote a review Aug 2022
10 contributions8 helpful votes
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Spent the night at Black Dolphin Inn Arrived by boat and docked in front of this beautiful bed and breakfast, Was greeted by Patricia who helped us bring in our bags and service dog from the dock. She showed us to our room, it was wonderful and very big with 2 king size beds , big living area And bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower, it had coffee & tea bar , very comfortable room ; the next morning breakfast was delivered to our room We had a choice of healthy breakfast bowl with berries or French toast with glazed apple & ham. The service was excellent , will return for sure.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 8, 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We are so pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit and we are most grateful for your insightful comments. We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional guest experience and it was great to hear that Ms. Patricia served in a exemplary manner in attending to your needs. We also appreciated your glowing remarks regarding our wonderful rooms, our room delivered breakfast, and our excellent level of service. It was indeed a pleasure to serve you and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn.
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Christine C wrote a review Mar 2024
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My husband and I stayed in suite 303 at the Black Dolphin Inn the week of March 5, 2024. Having stayed in Select Registry inns before, we chose this property with confidence, knowing we would be pampered and have excellent amenities. We spent Wednesday at Disney (1.5 hour drive) and Friday at the Kennedy Space Center (less than an hour drive). Thursday, we rested, then walked down to Canal street and enjoyed the shopping. Every restaurant and shop recommended to us was a treat. The breakfasts were delicious, whether served in the main area or delivered to the room. Each day, we enjoyed our jetted tub, as well as our private balcony (and the squirrel that kept us company). The pocket doors between the bedroom and sitting room gave us more freedom in our divergent sleep schedules. Hubby says next time he would prefer a ground level room. There were plenty of stairs, but the view was worth it, in my opinion!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking your valued time to share with us your recent travel experience at the Black Dolphin Inn. We appreciated having the benefit of your wonderful comments regarding our facilities, services, and amenities. We were delighted to hear that the breakfast was delicious, that the Honeymoon suite was a good fit for you, and that you had the opportunity to enjoy all of the diversified features of our New Smyrna Beach destination that makes it so special. Again, thank you for your wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin Inn the next time your travel plans bring you back to the Central East coast of Florida.
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stephen f wrote a review Mar 2024
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Very comfortable rooms. Love the open kitchen in the lobby. Great breakfasts. I enjoyed having breakfast at the counter at the kitchen. If you prefer, they will deliver breakfast to your room. Hosts are very pleasant. They know the business of hospitality.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded Mar 8, 2024
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We are so pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and we appreciated your glowing remarks regarding our comfortable rooms, great breakfast, and our strong guest service orientation. It was certainly a pleasure to have you as recent guests and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn. Sincerely, Brett P. Smith (Owner/General Manager)
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David T wrote a review Dec 2023
Rockledge, Florida158 contributions57 helpful votes
This was our second time visiting! The Black Dolphin has become our "Go-To" getaway. Staff is incredibly polite and accommodating! Already planning another visit. Check out the rooms on the website. We now know our favorite room!!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Jan 2, 2024
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star TripAdvisor review. It was indeed a pleasure to welcome you back to the Black Dolphin Inn for a second visit. We appreciated your glowing remarks regarding our incredibly polite staff. We are so pleased that you plan to return and we will have your favorite room waiting for you. Again, thank you for your wonderful review.
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Lisa R wrote a review Nov 2023
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I’m a business traveler and discovered the Black Dolphin Inn in NSB by accident. I like to explore and travel off the beaten path and I’ve stayed at a lot of inns and B&Bs. The Black Dolphin is truly next-level. The design of the rooms is individualized to each room, the work they did to turn this lovely property into an inn is top-notch and I’m never staying anywhere else in this area ever again!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Nov 17, 2023
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. It was indeed a pleasure to serve as the host property during your recent stay in New Smyrna Beach. We are most grateful for your glowing compliments regarding our stylized rooms and we are so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us. Again, thank you for your outstanding review - we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the near future.
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Laralibay wrote a review Oct 2023
20 contributions24 helpful votes
Well we have been to New Smyrna Beach before but this time stayed on the outside of the main town centre in this B&B/Inn/Hotel. Owners was there helping with breakfast each day and all the staff were so nice. Room had a great view and the best bed ever. The air con was perfect keeping the room good and cool without any noise. If I had to fault anything it would be nice to have had all the guests eating breakfast together rather than in their rooms so we could have a chance to meet other people. Guests do have the choice to eat in their room or in the dining room and it seemed to be that everyone except us wanted to eat in their bedrooms.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Oct 28, 2023
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking your valued time to share with us your recent travel experience at the Black Dolphin Inn. We were delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and we appreciated your glowing remarks regarding our hospitable staff, our diversified breakfast menu, and our comfortable guest room accommodations. In addition to this, thank you for sharing your constructive insights with respect to our our breakfast delivery options. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as recent guests and we are most grateful for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We hope that we will have the opportunity to serve you again on a future visit.
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Gator58 wrote a review Oct 2023
New Port Richey, Florida609 contributions323 helpful votes
We stayed one night & wished it was more. Room 202, spotless with a wonderful balcony on the river. We watched dolphins from our room and had a great breakfast delivered to our room right at the time we requested. Excellent location close to everything we will definitely visit again!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 10, 2023
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We are delighted to read that your water-front room was spotless, that you enjoyed your room delivered breakfast, and that our location was excellent. We can't wait for you to return and we are most grateful for your wonderful 5 star review.
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Roland wrote a review Oct 2023
Plant City, Florida100 contributions13 helpful votes
Everything about this place was outstanding!!!! It all started with the help we got over the phone before our trip began. We had to call a couple of times for different things and every time the people we talked with were very helpful. The customer service continued to be outstanding once we arrived. Every staff member that we had contact with were all very nice and helpful. We stayed in room 207 which is a king suite. The room was very clean and it had a good view of the river. The bed was very comfortable. We stayed for two nights and you would order what you wanted for breakfast the next morning and pick a time you wanted it. Each morning the breakfast was brought to the room on time and both days the meals were OUTSTANDING!!!! We did not have any problems during our stay and are already making plans to come back!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Oct 10, 2023
Greetings from the Black Dolphin inn! It's always great to hear from our guests - especially when they eschew all of the unique attributes and features that make the Black Dolphin Inn so special. .We pride ourselves in delivering an excellence of service to our guests and we were delighted to hear that every member of our team that you came in contact with was very nice and helpful. We also appreciated your glowing complements regarding our clean rooms, our comfortable beds, and our outstanding breakfast that you enjoyed each morning during your stay. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guests and we look forward to your return in the very near future.
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Eliot60805 wrote a review Aug 2023
Green Cove Springs, Florida94 contributions40 helpful votes
First time at the Inn and the previous 5.0 reviews lived up to our expectations. Beautiful room with scenic view of the Indian River. Clean and comfortable with an efficient and personable staff who aim to please. Various breakfast choices included as an amenity. The folks running this Inn know what they're doing. Most strongly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 4, 2023
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star TripAdvisor review. We were delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and we sincerely appreciated your kind remarks regarding our clean rooms, personable staff, and scenic location along the shores of the Indian River Lagoon. Again, thank you for your great review - we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.
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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 blackout curtains.
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 Seafood, Sports, Spirits, Panheads Pizzeria, and Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen & Bar.
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.