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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Black Dolphin Inn New Smyrna Beach, Florida