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The Riverview Hotel
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in New Smyrna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 4, 2011

My husband and I have been coming here for the past eight years for our anniversary. We have brought other couples to join us and enjoy the weekend getaway. Leave your cares and worries at the airport. This is one great place to rest and relax. We have also enjoyed the spa next door. This year we brought two additional couples (their first time) and they kept thanking us for sharing our little bit of paradise with them. Our one friend (after day two) said he was finally "getting it", on why we love coming here. We kept asking him if he "learned it" yet? When we were leaving for the airport he finally said he "learned". Learning to relax, no time keeping, no work worry....just relax. When we checked out yesterday we all made our reservations for next year. The restaurant next door is great (ate there Sunday night). JB Fishcamp is great (at there Saturday) and the Garlic is wonderful (ate there Friday night). If you want, there are lots of things to do. If you don't want to do anything, you can!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

We had to stay here on a business trip recently. It was a last minute choice but we were well pleased.

The location was right on the inter-coastal (though adjacent to an over pass). The inter-coastal views were nice and peaceful.

There was a nice wrap around terrace outside our room. We could sit on the wicker chairs facing the inter-coastal or overpass. Either was nice. We liked the landscaping and blooming trees/flowers facing the over pass.

In the morning coffee, tea and warm pastry was delivered to the room. We sat outside on the wrap- around porch enjoying the view, being serenaded by early birds and sipping our tea---heavenly.

The room itself was a nice size. The decor was old Florida. There was a dressing cabinet, desk, large chair and two full beds. The bedding covers were not new but were not overly faded nor thread bare. The sheets were wonderful, soft and silky feeling to the skin (they are available to purchase) The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was small but very clean, nice touches (lace outer shower curtain, wicker baskets, nice looking toiletries). There was a nice shower, no bath tub and nice hot water with a good force.

There were a number of eating places in walking distance. A Spa is next door (we're sorry we had no time to explore it).

The internet did not work well- however, I never brought this to their attention because I have WiFi and used it just fine to get on the internet.

This place is a cross between an Inn and a Bed and Breakfast. They cater to your needs. The staff were super-all of them!
Our only regret is that we did not have more time to stay and enjoy!

Room Tip: ROOM 307 upper level rooms facing the inter-coastal or the over pass have the better views
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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5  Thank SJNMom
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

This is the best hotel in the area. Rooms are quaint but nice, the staff is always friendly. Connected to a great spa and a great restaurant. Ask about the small homes they have for rent, they come with private pools. Convenience is great here, you are right on the intercoastal and can walk to the best bars in the area. If you are staying in New Smyrna, this is the spot.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Captain_Deguello
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

My husband and I have stayed at many beach town hotels and this is by far my favorite! It is very quiet, clean and relaxing. You can walk to restaraunts, surf shops and the beach from this hotel. You can also drive onto the beach just a few blocks away too. I love this hotel!! Will stay there time and time again!!

  • Stayed: June 2011
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5  Thank savannahwilson09
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

Very romantic and historic place Each room has a lot of caracter! Not very good for toddlers and kids in general since it's a quiet place, but so far I think this is the best hotel in New Smyrna!

Room Tip: Get a pool view one, it's great for breakfast!
  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Renata S
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

My husband and I have stayed here for our anniversery for the past 2 years , we love it the service and staff were great .we are going this weekend for our 20th , cant wait!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank bettylou59
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Reviewed February 13, 2011

Despite the loveliness of the hotel and staff, I must say our room 306 was very unpleasant. We visited from Boston and were looking forward the the quiet, peace and sunlight in Florida. Instead we got a dark, noisy room. The windows are blocked with heavy wooden shutters we could not even open-so no Florida sunlight. Plus, the room borders the parking lot on one side and the restaurant on the other, so with hoards of people walking past all night there was NO silence or privacy. The exit door right outside our room banged all night long (not a hydrolic door) and the door to our patio would not properly close. To top it all, our room is a few yards from the back entrance to the restaurant. It's where the dumpsters are, and where the staff smoke and swear all night (thus our room smelled like smoke). There is activity out there until 2 am and back again at 5:30, when the dishwasher comes in and starts hosing down the parking lot with ammonia. Thus, we wee awakened to the toxic smell of ammonia. Then the trash truck comes, serenading us with the sounds of smashing glass and whirring gears. And, at night, this dark, sunless room brightens up from all the flood lights in the parking lot.
This room apparently costs the same as the others. Do not book it. I am so upset by this experience. I look forward to going home so that I can get a full night's sleep. I recommend booking a room on the bridge side (you'd still have the noise of the traffic and the drawbridge alarms.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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12  Thank PixofLily
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william h, General Manager at The Riverview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

Dear Guest,

I am very sorry to hear about sorry experience at our hotel. However we are now under new management, and I have made it my personal goal to fix these issues. I am proud to say we have fixed many on you concerns. I've personally talked with the restaurant about your concerns and have solved that issue. We are also in the process of newly renovating all the rooms to the highest level of luxury, and I promise those shutters will be the first thing to be replace. We have also redone the balcony of room 306. So now the balcony is 3 times the size. We are also fully aware of some of the other issues that are more difficult to deal with, and will take more time to solve. However we now offer room 306 as our most affordable room option. We hope the next time you visit New Smyrna Beach you can stop by our hotel to see all the great improvements we've made and continue to make every day.

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Address: 103 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
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Location: United States > Florida > New Smyrna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in New Smyrna Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in New Smyrna Beach
#3 Family Hotel in New Smyrna Beach
Price Range: $149 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Riverview Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Riverview Hotel. Enjoy a unique historic experience for both romantic getaways and family vacations alike. Established in 1885 the Victorian style Riverview Hotel is a picturesque icon of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Overlooking the Indian River and lively Flagler Ave., we offer the perfect location for boutique shopping or a day at the beach and a variety of unique bars and restaurants at night. You're visit will include a complimentary expanded continental breakfast brought to your room every morning, mint-chocolates placed on your plush robes at turn down, free Wi-Fi, complimentary bike rentals and access to our tropical pool area. During your stay we invite you to visit our "World Class Spa", The Spa At Riverview, where you can relax and unwind all day. For a romantic meal overlooking the river, delicious food, beautiful sunsets and superb entertainment, there's no place in town better than The Grille At Riverview located adjacent to us.No matter when you visit there's always something fun and exciting to do. One of the trendiest little beach towns in the U.S. through its booming art and surf community, New Smyrna Beach has become a diverse vacation destination hot spot. Both Flagler Ave and Canal Street provide events almost every week for your entertainment. Whether you enjoy wiggling your toes in the sand, boating, fishing, surfing, hiking, kayaking, biking, shopping, dining or just plain relaxing, New Smyrna Beach is the place for your next get-a-way. ... more   less 
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