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Black Dolphin Inn

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is our 2nd time visiting and it was just as great as the 1st time. Brett, Sheila, Taylor and McKenzie are wonderful hosts. They are always friendly, personable, and know the area very well. The rooms are beautiful, spacious, and comfortable. McKenzie is an amazing chef and she has some great food choices each morning. If a grilled cheese is on the menu, then you definitely want to try one. Yum!! Each room is designed uniquely and there is a dock across the street for guests to sit, relax and enjoy their favorite beverage. We always feel welcomed here and I am sure you will too.

The Black Dolphin Inn is by far the best place away from home I have ever stayed. The accommodations are nothing short of amazing. The decor is beautiful - from the minute we walked in until when we left, we talked about it the entire time! It really is the most amazing place in New Smyrna. The Inn did so many things right; from the snacks and the extensive coffee and tea bar, to the delicious breakfast cooked by Mackenzie (who is also their awesome social media specialist), this place really went above and beyond. They offer free waters and sodas as well, and ice for coolers! They offer the best hospitality and the family is the best group of people you will ever meet. The property is so beautiful and we can't wait to go back!

We went with friends who had been here 4 times before and who really loved it. We were not disappointed! The home is really lovely, overlooking the Indian river. There are even dolphins to "entertain" you when you sit out on the dock. Our room was lovely, large & decorated mid century I would say. Very modern bathroom & we had a small bar in it too with 2 balconies. One was private and the other was shared with the adjoining room ( a perfect set up for a family) We had a King size bed that was very comfortable. There is a lovely courtyard in the back with tables & a fire pit in the front. They have an "open" kitchen with several bar stools to accommodate guests with wine and beer if you prefer. There is always coffee & tea, cookies & fruit available all day for guests. Our breakfast was delicious, prepared by MacKenzie the owners daughter. She was delightful to talk to as was her brother Taylor and father Brett. We will definitely be back !

After googling "unique places to stay in Florida," I was led to The Black Dolphin Inn. Once I was aware of this place, I became obsessed with staying here. The Black Dolphin Inn did not disappoint! A stunning renovation, and beautifully decorated, this place is an absolute gem. We splurged on the honeymoon suite and it was so well worth it! The owners have given utmost care to every last detail. Very impressed with them and their staff. Breakfast with Sheila in the morning was fantastic. Southern comfort and charm at its finest. Can't wait to go back!

Where to start!!! The staff is awesome.Beautiful 3rd floor room overlooking the lagoon. The Smith family is awesome. The breakfast was 5 star all the way- so much fun chatting with Mackenzie and her mom, Shiela at breakfast. The entire grounds are perfect. Must sit on the dock and watch the Dolphin. We spent every evening there! Neighborhood is great for bike riding. Thanks for such a great time We will be back.

Our second visit to the Black Dolphin, this time with our family. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners and staff at the Black Dolphin. Rooms are exceptional quality and views to die for over the Indian River.

Even before we arrived, we knew from our phone conversations with Brett and Taylor that this would be an amazing place to stay. We had a conflict with our original scheduling (on our end), but Brett rescheduled for us without a problem. He could not have been more pleasant. We arrived to a beautiful B&B, which was directly across from the river. They also have their own dock with seating, should you want to sit down there. Our room was magnificent as well. What really sets the Black Dolphin Inn apart, though, is the people who run it. Brett and Sheila and all of the staff made us instantly feel like part of their family. We travel often, but this was our best stay experience ever, no doubt. We will return. I also need to mention the made to order gourmet breakfasts that they serve, and you have a choice of 5 things to eat. Where do you ever see that in a Bed and Breakfast? The food was to die for!

We've stayed several times at this lovely, relaxing, comfortable inn. Always friendly staff and beaufifully designed and furnished rooms - so relaxing and enjoyable. We will be looking forward to staying there again.

We enjoyed a 2 night stay at this wonderful inn. Our room/suite was towards the back of the property, which was off the road and more quiet, but with a gorgeous view of the river. The property has beautiful old oaks and a private dock. We loved sitting out there watching the dolphins swim and play. The family/owners were so welcoming....Taylor even opened the front door and greeted us before stepping in! Kenzie fixed an amazing breakfast one morning. In the evening there is a great fire pit in the front yard....very enjoyable! It's very close to the beach and downtown shops. We are planning another visit soon.

The best place hands down. I love the hospitality. The place is beautiful and just makes you want to relax. My only regret is that we stayed only one night. Bro's shrimp and grits were all that and then some. Everyone was very sweet & welcoming. I can't wait to return. #southerncharm

916 South Riverside Drive New Smyrna Beach FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Bar/lounge

Black Dolphin Inn is a short stroll from Arts on Douglas and New Smyrna Museum of History. This 14-room, 4-star bed & breakfast welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's on a river and also close to Buena Vista Park and Edgewater Alliance Church.


Free cooked-to-order breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All of Black Dolphin Inn's 14 individually decorated rooms provide iPod docks, refrigerators, and free long-distance calls. Guests can expect free WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer jetted tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include free local calls, ceiling fans, and laptop-compatible safes.

Property features

Guests of Black Dolphin Inn enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and free use of bicycles. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. Front-desk staff can assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique bed & breakfast include a computer station, express check-out, and free newspapers.

Room options

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Bay View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, Courtyard View

King 2 | Sleeps 4

Suite, Bay View

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Premium Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

100% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 456 reviews