Its difficult really to put into words just how perfect this BB actually is and how incredible the owners are. This was my husband and I first trip to Florida without the rest of our family so we picked a new place and a different type of accommodation. As a travel agent I have to admit that I am quite picky and spend a lot of time choosing where will stay. From the minute I emailed Brett it was clear that there was no decision to be made. The efficient and professional service we received before even getting there was exceptional. I could not decide which room to book and he was very patient in helping me make the right decision. The place was easy to find for new guests with a welcome spread of drinks and cakes, much appreciated after a long trip from the UK. Taylor helped us with our luggage and showed us around our room. The jacuzzi was incredible after 15 hours of travelling. The beds are exquisite and it took no effort to drop off to sleep very quickly. The next morning we were welcomed by Sheila, who In my opinion is the biggest asset in the Black Dolphin. I have never been made feel so welcomed and at home anywhere, ever. She hand cooked and served everything we asked for along with the other guests that you naturally strike up conversations with. It was like joining a new family and sharing all your ideas and stories. We were fortunate to meet the rest of the family over our stay and on our final morning Sheila wasn't there but she had already relayed to Taylor what our normal order was and he was onto it. The dock was a lovely addition where we were able to sit out and watch the dolphins in the evening. We also used to do this in the mornings but from our beautiful balcony instead. The location was perfect for us. We walked to one of the main streets one evening and had a lovely meal and the beaches are all very close by too. As my husband is a runner he also judges every place we visit by the ease and scenery of his morning jog. Sheila recommend a couple of options to start him off and by the end of our stay he had given the area a definite 10/10. If you want beautiful, luxurious rooms, with the ultimate in attention to detail along with outstanding hospitality then the Black Dolphin has to go to the top of your list. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to everyone we meet. My only regret was that we were not able to say goodbye and thank Sheila before we left for her wonderful hospitality and breakfasts .
- 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