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Black Dolphin Inn

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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 2013-2018 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 High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Non-Smoking Hotel
Public Wifi
Wheelchair access
Room features
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Harbor View
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48Car recommended
Grade: 48 out of 100
23Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
24Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
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The Black Dophin Inn is a very special place. It is right on the Indian River with spectacular views. Super comfortable suites each one unique. Brett and his staff are so accommodating. They do it right. Breakfast always a delight. You can't go wrong with this Inn. We have been
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Hotel's Favorite
We had never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast before this one. My sister came back from her stay and raved about it so much that we canceled a hotel reservation and booked a suite at Black Dolphin. So gad we did! As others have stated, everything is top notch, from the sheets to
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Response from Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded Sep 13, 2018
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for selecting our award-winning bed and breakfast inn as your vacation lodging of choice- based on a referral from your sister who was a past guest at the Black Dolphin Inn. We are so pleased that you were able to delight in the many special features and attributes of our inn and we sincerely appreciated your glowing complements regarding our gourmet breakfast, water-front location, and exquisite in -room amenities and decor. Thank you so much for your 5 star review and we hope that the Black Dolphin Inn will be a source of many fond memories until your next visit to our family-owned inn.
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Great intimate B&B to host a team meeting. Every person attending personally thanked me for selecting Black Dolphin Inn and let me know they would be coming back to stay personally. Can’t beat that feedback! From the attentive guidance while planning to the constant top notch
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Response from Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star review and for selecting our award-winning boutique inn as the host property for your team meeting. We were truly delighted to read that the meeting was "simply" perfect and we sincerely appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with you in on the execution of all the details attendant to your group stay. It was great to hear that many of your attendees plan to return as social guests and we are truly humbled by the positive feedback that you received from each and every one of them. And lastly, thank you for mentioning our great decor, sense of place, and amazing breakfast that was prepared by Chef MacKenzie. We are so grateful for your enthusiastic endorsement of the Black Dolphin Inn and we look forward to serving as the host property for next year's team meeting.
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We spent an unexpectedly rainy weekend at the Black Dolphin....and it was awesome. This inn deserves all of the 5 star ratings it consistently receives. The rooms and staff are top notch as are the 24 hour availability of water, juice, snacks, coffee, etc and onsite management.
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Response from Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for taking your valued time to share your recent travel experience with us on TripAdvisor. I was delighted to hear that you had an awesome stay - despite the inclement weather. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed all of the value added amenities that we offer - and that the Black Dolphin Inn was deserving of its 5 star rating for which we are most grateful. Thank you for mentioning our outstanding breakfast and our close proximity to many of the local restaurants and retail shopping venues that make New Smyrna Beach such a popular destination. Again, thank you for your awesome review and we look forward to making your next visit even better than your last one.
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We had the pleasure of staying in the Inn for our 50th wedding anniversary. It was outstanding. Beautiful room, excellent breakfast and service, helpful staff that pointed us in the right direction for sightseeing, restaurants and shopping. Loved sitting on the dock and
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Response from Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for entrusting us to serve as the host property to celebrate the occasion of your 50th wedding anniversary. We are so pleased that you enjoyed an outstanding travel experience at our award-winning boutique inn, We are most grateful for your glowing complements regarding our beautiful rooms, excellent breakfast, and attentive service. It was good to know that the staff was helpful in providing you with some insightful information that enabled you to thoroughly enjoy the glorious diversity of our coastal destination. Thank you so much for your fabulous review and we hope that we will have the pleasure of having you return for your 51st anniversary at the Black Dolphin Inn.
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View from the dock.
a gift from the Black Dolphin
Early morning fishing departure from the Black Dolphins own dock.
Not real close - sits on Intercoastal waterway.
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Not certain but they may offer a brunch that is open to public. I would call the Black Dolphin.
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Outriggers is a good place for cocktails and food on the river and to watch the beautiful boats go by. The Garlic is one of the most unique restaurants you will ever dine in. For yoga there are several morning yoga groups that meet on the beach (yes, yoga at oceanside) early on Saturday.
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The first floor rooms are dog friendly. They open up to a grassy fenced in courtyard that makes walking your dog easy. The Inn has even provided a dog waste station with plastic bags and a trash can.
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Can I avoid steps?
There are rooms on the first floor with a garden view that would work. A friend that came with our group has difficulty with steps and that is where he and his wife stayed. You can let them know that you need a room to avoid steps.
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"Inn has a ground floor accessible room with two king beds."
"All rooms have views of the Intercostal Waterway via a camera that is live on the TV in the rooms."
"There isn't a bad room in the place!"
"A water view can't be beat"
"Rooms up stairs have a better view than down stairs"
$225 - $381 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesFloridaNew Smyrna Beach
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