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916 S Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7449
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#1 of 16 hotels in New Smyrna Beach
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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 2013-2020 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 centre
Electric vehicle charging station
Secured parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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English, Spanish
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KateLoew wrote a review Yesterday
Davenport, Iowa1 contribution
The website for the Inn highlights a very well-known chef and her recipes, leading viewers to think that they will experience her food. Turns out, she is the daughter of the owner and hasn't been the chef for some time. Breakfasts were okay, but were served in cardboard take-out containers--even when you chose to eat at the kitchen bar! French toast eaten on cardboard is not okay! No one came into our room to clean, replace towels, etc. during our 4-day stay.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Susan L wrote a review Aug 2022
10 contributions6 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: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 8 Sep 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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Keith I wrote a review 23 Jan
Newnan, Georgia30 contributions25 helpful votes
We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite and really enjoyed it. Great balcony, fun to watch the squirrels! The room was fantastic, bed was very comfortable. Their breakfasts was always on time and tasted great. They are very accommodating for any food issues. Jennifer was extremely helpful the whole time we were there! We appreciated her help!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 3 days ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We are very grateful for your glowing compliments regarding the fantastic room, comfortable bedding, and great breakfast In addition to this, thank you for singling out Jennifer for her outstanding performance in providing for your care and comfort. Again, thanks for the great review - we hope that you will return soon to the Black Dolphin Inn.
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Philip S wrote a review 13 Jan
22 contributions9 helpful votes
Our Experience at the Black Dolphin Inn was fantastic! Its a beautiful and well maintained property. Very clean (and we are very particular). Our room was big with two balconies - one over looking the Indian River. A wet bar with refrigerator and a Kuerig Coffee Maker (a huge selection of coffee pods in the lobby). The best part was breakfast - bought to our room every morning - a different selection every day - Apple French Toast, Pancakes, Eggs and bacon with delicious potatoes. And the staff were very professional, kind and sweet. We stayed six nights and the experience was par excellence.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: They even have special rooms for travelers with dogs including a grassy area right outside the room
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your delightfully descriptive account of your recent visit to the Black Dolphin Inn. I was pleased to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit and we appreciated having the benefit of your glowing compliments regarding our guest amenities and attendant services. We take immense pride in our tranquil yet elegant surroundings while providing our guests with a high level of personal service. In closing, thank you so much for your wondaful TripAdvisor review. It was a pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you again at the Black Dolphin in the near future.
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Kylee S wrote a review Nov 2022
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We stayed here for a night in mid-October and had the perfect stay. It was our first time in the area. This was right after a hurricane too - but appearance and service did not lack! The property and staff are welcoming, we didn't feel bothered but if we had a question - someone was available to assist. We loved the neighborhood and enjoyed sitting on the patio the next morning with our in-room breakfast - watching the dolphins! We will absolutely be back.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 22 Nov 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for providing us with a delightful overview of your recent travel experience at our boutique inn. We very much appreciated your kind words regarding our welcoming staff, our eclectic residential neighborhood, and our location along the shores of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - where dolphins are on our daily guest list. In closing, thank you so much for your 5 star TripAdvisor review- we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.
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Anthony S wrote a review Nov 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Spectacular room, clean, comfortable, elegant furnishings and exceptional service. I was welcomed in my Brett, I think one of the owners. He gave me a tour of the property and filled me in on all of the key things to do in the area. I did see some of the staff busily working around the property and each one offered assistance is soon as they saw me. Breakfast is not to be missed, seriously this is five star hotel quality from arrivals to the most amazing high quality breakfast every morning. Thank you for an incredible stay.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 22 Nov 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We are most grateful for your glowing compliments regarding our spectacular rooms, elegant furnishings, and our high quality breakfast. In addition to this, we very much appreciated your kind words regarding our exceptional guest service which has been the hallmark of our success. It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guest - and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn.
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K S wrote a review Oct 2022
West Palm Beach, Florida82 contributions89 helpful votes
My spouse and I enjoyed our three-night stay very much. Best place to stay in NSB. The Black Dolphin has charm and character and is located in a nice part of town that is great for walking. Room 205 was spacious and comfortable, with a good bed and linens. It was nice and quiet. We slept better than at home. The staff is friendly and attentive but not intrusive. The cooked to order breakfasts were delicious. We enjoyed sitting on the front deck with a glass of wine or beer in the evenings. We will definitely return!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Recommend room 205
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 29 Oct 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We very much appreciated your glowing compliments regarding our spacious rooms, comfortable and clean beds, and attentive service. I was pleased to hear that you also enjoyed our cooked-to-order breakfast relaxing beverages in the evenings. Again, thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.
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Kathy L Ocala wrote a review Sep 2022
5 contributions5 helpful votes
The inn is very nicely decorated, and the furniture was clean and sturdy. The room had a very strong and, at first, unbearable smell of bleach. I am glad it was clean, but we had to leave our door open to air out the place for about an hour. Not thrilled how the breakfast was served in to go containers, even when we wanted to eat in the main dining area. Felt a little less classy especially for the price. Not certain if we could have seconds but did not feel like we could request it. Jennifer was very friendly, and we enjoyed talking with her, but the owner was not that friendly. This surprised us as we stay at B&B often and usually, they are quite friendly.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 4 Oct 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for sharing your recent travel experience with us as your comments are important to us in evaluating the levels of service and comfort that we are providing to our guests. While I was delighted to read that our inn was nicely decorated, I was disappointed to learn of your dissatisfaction with certain elements of your stay. Please accept my apology for the residual smell of the cleaning disinfectant products that we used upon your entry to the unit. This has been addressed with our Housekeeping department. Moreover, I appreciated your constructive comments regarding our food containers that we use in providing food service delivery to our guest rooms. Further improvement can be obtained and we will look into this. Lastly, thank you for singling out Jennifer for her friendly service . In conjunction with this. I am sorry that you did not feel comfortable asking her for more food and that a member of our ownership team was not more gracious in providing for your needs. Again, thank you for your review. We do hope that you will give us another opportunity to show you our true warmth and hospitality of the Black Dolphin Inn on a future visit.
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travelermichelle wrote a review Sep 2022
Winter Park, FL7 contributions
Located right on the Indian River Lagoon, the setting of the Black Dolphin Inn is exquisite. The building itself is enchanting and we adored our experience from start to finish. Brett was so friendly. He gave us a detailed tour of the property as soon as we arrived so that we felt at home and knew where everything was. He even gave us a guide to Nee Smyrna which was helpful. The night manager Jennifer and her cat were so friendly also. We felt that anything we needed was right within reach. From the 24 hr customer assistance to the bar area this place has you covered. And the customer service was excellent from the moment we arrived until the moment we checked out. The room was beautiful and so comfortable. Bath robes are a nice touch. The private dock overlooking the lagoon was amazing. We had our breakfast on the dock and watched dolphins swimming right nearby. Food-wise -We are vegetarians and we loved the yogurt and fruit for breakfast. The only other breakfast option that day had sausage in it. We do eat eggs, so some option like eggs and toast or French toast would have been ideal, but the breakfast we had was very good! We appreciated the coffee and tea bar. Overall, we highly recommend visiting New Smyrna over Cocoa beach or Daytona Beach. There is so much more charm and the shops on Flagler Ave are better than any at the other beaches. We had a wonderful stay and have already reserved our spot for next year! The Black Dolphin Inn must be the best place to stay in all of New Smyrna. Thank you for your hospitality! It made our anniversary weekend so special.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Brett Smith, General Manager at Black Dolphin Inn
Responded 26 Sep 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin inn! Thank you for such a delightfully descriptive account of your recent stay at the Black Dolphin Inn. We are so pleased that you entrusted us to serve as the host property for the celebration of your anniversary. Our service goal is simple - to provide superior accommodations and service in an atmosphere of comfort, style, and grace and we are so pleased that we exceeded your expectations in this regard. We are most grateful for your generous comments as it relates to our genuine hospitality, great food, and charming location along the shores of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Moreover, thank you for singling out Jennifer for all of her efforts in providing for your care and comfort. Thank you so much for your wonderful review - we look forward to welcoming you back to the Black Dolphin in the near future.
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Terry B wrote a review Aug 2022
Midlothian, Virginia1 contribution1 helpful vote
First class B&B--the room and furnishings are up scale, all the breakfasts were great, and it's in a good location for driving to many things around NSB. It's so nice to get breakfast every morning in your room--the wife loved it. Recommend Norwoods Treehouse for a romantic dinner-especially if you can make a reservation for the treehouse--an isolated branch of the restaurant (and it's truly a branch). The Garlic is a fun place to visit--it's a treat for the eyes, but it usually has a long wait-fortunately, they have an outdoor bar to make the wait bearable. For an ocean restaurant view, try Ocean Breeze, on Flaglar Ave.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 2 Aug 2022
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn.! Thank you so much for your wonderful TripAdvisor review. We appreciated having the benefit of your glowing compliments regarding our upscale furnishings, great breakfast, and our close proximity to many of the amenities and features of our destination which make it so special. We are so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and we hope that you will return soon and often to the Black Dolphin Inn. Again, thank you for your wonderful TripAdvisor review.
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PRICE RANGE
$258 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaNew Smyrna Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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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 (1.0 km), The Hub on Canal (1.0 km), and The Posh Pineapple (1.0 km).
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 McKenna's Place, Panheads Pizzeria, and Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen & Bar.
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 travellers enjoy visiting Turtle Mound National Historic Site (5.3 km) and Sugar Mill Ruins (2.9 km).
Does Black Dolphin Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Black Dolphin Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.