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“Newest Paradise”
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Black Dolphin Inn
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“Newest Paradise”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Just returned from staying at The Black Dolphin Inn. I cannot put into words how comprehensively amazing this place is. From the owners, Brett and Scott, to the impeccable attention to detail in the design, the outstanding food, extreme cleanliness and pure beauty- This place is outstanding. I will recommend it to everyone. If you get the chance, GO! You will be very pleased. Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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6 Thank Arielle E
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn!

Thank you for making the Black Dolphin Inn your bed and breakfast of choice in New Smyrna Beach.

Our service goal is to make certain that our passion for delivering a quality product with remarkable service is evident is every phase of our operation. We are so grateful for your amazing review and acknowledgement of your intention to return - which is the ultimate compliment in measuring how we are performing against our competition each and every day.

As a hotelier, one of the great things about working in this profession is the opportunity to enrich the quality of our guest's lives and to create great guest memories that are long lasting - for all the right reasons. We are deeply touched by your incredible review and look forward to
your return in the not too distant future.

Brett P Smith, CHA
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, FL is the newest jewel in Crown! Brett Smith and company have spared no effort in making this a 5 star B&B! The amenities are well thought out with each of the 14 rooms developing its own personality. From the moment you open to the door to the interior view of the room until you place your head on the European bedding..it is close to heaven. Don't miss this renovation of a 1947 beach house into one of the more Luxurious delights in Florida. Be sure to take a tour...the third floor rooms are terrific with views of the dolphins (real ones) swimming in the Indian River.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn!

Thank you for your glowing compliments regarding the quality of our facilities and service levels at the Black Dolphin Inn. We take great pride in our tranquil yet elegant surroundings and we were pleased to hear you say that it was "close to heaven". We are humbled by your comments and will continue to work hard at our craft in response to earning your business during a future visit to New Smyrna Beach.

Brett P Smith, CHA
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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I recently stayed at the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, FL, a brand new just opened B&B. It was truly a wonderful experience. I reserved a suite from their website, but we were given a tour of several other rooms when we arrived. I am glad we took the tour, as we got to experience the variety of suite choices. My wife and I finally settled on a wonderful third floor suite complete with a juccuzi tub right in our suite,our own private sitting room and balcony overlooking the river, unbelievable views of the quaint area, the river, and just a very serene setting. We thoroughly enjoyed the suite, the hospitality, the friendliness of the entire staff, the ambience, and the homey atmosphere. We were able to relax and just enjoy ourselves and the surroundings without being in the hustle and bustle of a "hotel" setting. We plan on returning to the Inn again any time we visit the area. My wife wants to experience the other suites, so I guess we will plan on several more visits to New Smyrna Beach. By the way, the beach, surfing, local restuarants, parks, and everything else about the area completed our vacation experince. We highly recommend the BLACK DOLPHIN INN for anyone who wants the total quiet and enjoyment experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn!

It was a pleasure having you and your wife as our guests at the Black Dolphin Inn. We were so pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your suite overlooking the Indian River, as well as the jacuzzi style bathtub, the beautiful decor and the range of activities and dining options available to you in New Smyrna Beach.

The amalgamation of all of these factors is vitally important at every level - as they contribute to the overall experience of our guests. Your validation of this is most appreciated and we thank you so much for singing the praises of our staff and the special luxuries you were afforded while a guest at the Black Dolphin Inn.

Do come back soon and often!

Brett P Smith, CHA
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Treasure Island, Florida
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

3/7/2013
Wow!!! What a find. The Black Dolphin Inn is an impeccably designed and managed unique boutique B&B.The converted mini-mansion has been completely and beautifully restored beyond belief! The 14 rooms, each with it's own designer decor, are spacious,comfortable and relaxing. The daily breakfast is an experience in it's self with scrumptious offerings from fresh squeezed orange juice to riccotta blueberry pancakes and much more! Great location for sightseeing New Smryna Beach, this Inn delivers on every level.If you want to escape for a stress free weekend that pampers your soul ,I would highly reccomend the Black Dolphin Inn. The courteous and knowledgable family and staff that run the Inn are helpful and attentive to your every need.Watch the sunrise while in bed from your room or fish from the private dock on the intra-coastal waterway across the street this will be an experience you will not soon forget. If you are looking for upscale wow factor with the cozy feel of a by gone era this is for you.
Nick and Norma
Treasure Island ,Fl.

Room Tip: They are all so nice it is hard to decide. We loved the front of the Inn as we could watch the dolph...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn!

Thank you so much for a delightfully descriptive account of your recent visit to the Black Dolphin Inn. I was so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and we appreciated all of your kind remarks regarding our "signature" interior design, attentive levels of service, and the other unique features of our local area that contributed to your very positive impression of the Black Dolphin Inn.

We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are looking for a stress free vacation where you can relax and get away from it all.

Brett P Smith, CHA
Owner/General Manager
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

As soon as you walk in the door you know you're in a very special place. From the elegant decor, furnishings and art pieces to the exotic woods, tiles and drapery.............this place screams luxury at an affordable price. The service and personal attention we received was incredible. The rooms are large and all are differently decorated. Ask for a tour of the available rooms and you'll be as impressed as I was! We enjoyed our evening wine with the view from our private balcony of the river with the dolphins swimming by. The Black Dolphin Inn is the new place were visiting family members and business associates will be staying at. A HUGE thank you from a local and soon-to-be repeat customer!

Room Tip: Ask for a tour of the available rooms as they are all decorated differently. You will not be dissap...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn!

It was so nice to have you as our guest and I was so pleased with your insightful comments - including your reference to the Black Dolphin Inn as being " a screaming value". The continuous enhancement of guest value is our ultimate goal in measuring how we have performed in meeting or exceeding the expectations of our guests - and we so appreciate having the benefit of knowing that you received an exceptional experience - with no compromise in quality.

As a family owned business, we understand the importance of providing a high level of personal service and we thank you very much for your kind remarks in this regard.

Until your next visit, may you see dolphins swimming, frolicking, and dancing in your dreams!

Brett P Smith, CHA
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We were holding a surf contest in New Smyrna Beach and our original hotel messed up our reservations. They suggest this new B & B that had just opened and they just happened to have two rooms available. We were blown away when we pulled up to this beautiful Spanish Mediterranean mansion right across the street from the Indian River. We were greeted by the proprietors, identical twin brothers Scott and Brett Smith, who quickly checked us in and showed us to our beautiful rooms. The rooms were the most spacious I have ever had with 10 foot ceilings and large spa like bathrooms. The rooms were furnished with the brothers' collections of mid-century modern furniture and lamps with extremely comfortable beds and linens. Our rooms faced the grass courtyard area that would be perfect for an intimate wedding. We regret that we had to leave at 6:30 each morning for our contest and missed, what we were told by other guests was, a sumptuous southern breakfast.

The owners and staff were very accommodating to all of our needs and really went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. They even let us borrow a fishing rod and reel to cast a few lures into the river one evening. I can't say enough about this property. It is the perfect place for a romantic weekend, wedding, honeymoon or fishing/surfing get-away. We look forward to coming back next year.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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6 Thank Greg C
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn !

Thank you for passing along the "good vibrations" from southern California. New Smyrna Beach is indeed pleased to have been the host site for the annual ESA Surf Contest - which is just one of approximately 35 sanctioned surf contests that are hosted each year on our beaches. Its no small wonder that New Smyrna Beach was recently ranked as one of the Top 20 Surf Towns in the world by National Geographic.

We are so grateful for your kind and generous remarks about our rooms and food and beverage operations - including your special recognition of Chef Joe - who will be as pleased as I was to receive your favorable comments.

We still have a fishing pole waiting for you to use upon your return visit to the Black Dolphin Inn. I can assure you that we will have some great fishing stories to share with you - including the over-slot redfish which was caught off of our dock about 2 weeks ago.

Brett P Smith, CHA
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were at this botuque hotel/inn for opening week-end and cannot praise it enough. We live in Jacksonville, FL but wanted a "getaway" weekend and chose this unique property because of it's location. It fronts on the river in the historic district in New Symrna Beach, FL. The rooms are tastefully decorated and spacious. Remote controlled blinds on skylight windows with a very large bath tub sitting in the middle of the room were just a couple of the unusual features.

We were late risers one morning and had a made to order breakfast in an open kitchen manned by a chef, not a cook. Breakfast was great with eggs, bacon, two type of sausage, hashbrowns, fresh squeezed orange juice, fruit bowl and blueberry pancakes. The next morning we had busquits with sausage gravey, bacon, fruit and creame brule french toast. EXCELLENT BOTH MORNINGS!

We had an upstairs room with a large balcony that we were able to watch sunset wine and sunrise coffee in the morning. The whole weekend dolphins played right off the Inn's private dock in the river.

The owners were on site and the staff was excellent. We will be back. Great experience and money well spent.

Room Tip: All the rooms are different but you might want the river view up front.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn!

Thank you for staying with us during our opening weekend on February 22nd. You were our first registered guests to ever occupy our Luxury Bay Front unit - and we were delighted to hear how much you enjoyed this accommodation. The free-standing Kohler Bath tub - centered on a tiled platform directly under a breathtaking cupola with remote controlled shades - is truly a unique design. This unit type is quickly gaining popularity with our repeat guests - as well as our "special occasion" guest who is looking for originality - and a splash of intimacy and romanticism.

We are also most grateful for your generous comments regarding our Southern breakfast,exquisite views of the Indian River, and the quality service levels that contributed to your very favorable impression of our operation.

The next time you feel the urge for a quick "getaway" from Jacksonville, please do not hesitate to call us as we would welcome the opportunity to have you back as our guest in the near future.
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Property: Black Dolphin Inn
Address: 916 S Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7449
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Location: United States > Florida > New Smyrna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in New Smyrna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Dolphin Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 after an extensive renovation,the Black Dolphin is the recipient of the 2014 Traveler's Choice Award as one of the Top 10 Inns in the US, 2014 & 2015 AAA Four Diamond Award, 2013 & 2014 BedandBreakfast's Top 10 Beach B&B's worldwide, iLoveInns's Top 10 Romantic Inns in the US, Fodor's Choice Award, and the Guardian's Top 10 B&B and Guest Houses in Florida. The 14-room inn gets its name from the plentiful dolphin who gracefully patrol the waters off its dock. Accommodations include 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 decor. 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 bar, open 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 the shops and restaurants 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. Overnight dockage is available for guests with boats , and fishing opportunities are abundant in the backwaters and bays of the Indian River and nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park. Or just sit on the dock, sip a glass of wine, and watch the dolphins swim by. ... more   less 
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