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“Best honeymoon ever!”
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Black Dolphin Inn
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“Best honeymoon ever!”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We couldn't of asked for a more perfect place to stay for our honeymoon. We only wished we would of spent our entire time in new smyrna rather than the first 6 days in orlando. Now we know better. Where do I start the hotel is absolutely beautiful and in the perfect little town with the best food we've had the pleasure to eat (breakers and the garlic). The service was amazing and staff was second to none. Taylor helped me get onto some fish right off the dock and Brett and Shelia pointed us into the right direction as to where to eat. Andrew was also great and made us a wonderful breakfast. It was a joy waking up to such a good meal and happy faces. The honeymoon suite is where we stayed and we loved it (especially the tub). And yes you will see dolphins at the black dolphin inn. We saw them all 4 days. Once again we would like to thank everyone at the Black Dolphin Inn for such a wonderful stay and truly 5 star service. We hope to make the trip down to New Smyrna for many years to come.
-Kevin and Jessica Mosher

  • Stayed August 2014
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! We were so delighted that you elected to spend the latter part of your Florida honeymoon vacation at our award-winning boutique inn. When guests make a decision to stay with us, whether it be for pleasure or business - they are trusting that the service will be gracious, attentive, and genuine - and I was so pleased to hear that our staff performed at a truly 5 star level. Thank you for such a wonderful review and for recognizing Taylor, Sheila, and Andrew for their amazing service which you described as "second to none". Your positive feedback regarding the Honeymoon Suite, fishing off of our private pier, quality of our area restaurants, and the plentiful dolphins who patrol our dock was most appreciated as well. In closing, it was our pleasure to have you as our guests and we hope that you will return and enjoy anniversary visits at the Black Dolphin Inn for many years to come.

Brett. P. Smith, CHA
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Tampa
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

My wife & I found the Black Dolphin after searching online. The website does a wonderful job of representing the property accurately. This is a gorgeous property! We stayed the weekend in the Luxury Bay Front room just a few nights ago. This is the room with the Kohler soaking tub underneath the skylight. It was truly magical. We were greeted by the owner and shown around the property and to our room. Walking into the room for the first time was our adult Disney moment... we never wanted to leave. My wife and I love the overall design. This is not Grandma's house! The full breakfast on the weekends are fantastic and I am pilfering the shrimp n grits recipe! One special thanks goes to the owner's wife who overheard my wife say that although she ordered the traditional breakfast, she really wanted to try the AM Spaghetti Meatball breakfast. Well, while my wife & I were having breakfast on the private dock, the owner's wife brought my wife a small portion of the other dish. Very thoughtful. Thanks again! What a wonderful and supremely romantic stay! We will return.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! As the recent recipient of the 2014 Top 10 Romantic Inns by ILoveInns.com , I am extremely pleased that you were able to enjoy a "Super Romantic Getaway" at our award-winning boutique inn. Thank you for such a great review - highlighted by your stay in our Luxury Bay Front unit. As you pointed out, this guest accommodation is equipped with a free standing Kohler soaking tub that resides on a platform in the bedroom area - under a cupola with its dramatic lighting effects. I loved your reference to your first "adult Disney moment" - when you first entered the unit which says it all! In addition to this, I wanted to thank you for your comments regarding our breakfast each morning, and in particular - our "almost" famous shrimp and grits prepared by Chef Joe. And lastly, one of the most beautiful things for me in the hospitality business is to observe someone who works with deep passion, pride, and an unerring commitment to service excellence - and I get to see this almost everyday by my wife Sheila - who has an intuitive and instinctive ability to anticipate the needs of our guests. Thank you for recognizing Sheila who went the extra mile in exceeding your expectations. We can't wait for your to return and we look forward to creating more magical memories for you in the future.

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Va Beach
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Super unique property, absolutely gorgeous, extremely nice owners.....can't wait to stay again! Our room was huge with double king beds that were so comfortable we didn't want to get up. But we are so glad we did.....only because the breakfast was phenomenal! They have a chef come in, is made to order, and the creative breakfast selections were delicious. Nice location on the water with lots to do. We are driving distance so we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for your recent visit to our award-winning boutique inn and for taking the time to post your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated your generous remarks regarding our spacious Courtyard View unit type, the comfortable beds, and the delicious and creative breakfast selections from which to choose each morning. We look forward to your return visit and we promise to do our very best to help you build another memorable experience at the Black Dolphin Inn.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Our family visits New Smyrna Beach frequently because we have family in the area. We had never stayed in a hotel in the area, but decided to stay at the Black Dolphin Inn. The Inn was beautiful and had a great location! The breakfast was fabulous and the service was incredible. I would highly recommend staying at the Black Dolphin Inn!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn. Thank you for taking your valued time to post such a great review on TripAdvisor. We place a high priority on providing service that is genuine, gracious, and attentive and I am so pleased with your comment that our service was incredible. Your positive feedback regarding our beautiful inn, great location, and fabulous breakfast is very much appreciated as well. We hope that the next time you plan to visit family in New Smyrna Beach that we will have the pleasure of your company on a return stay at the Black Dolphin Inn. Again, thank you for such a great review.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I am rarely at a loss for words, but the black dolphin inn took my breath away. This gem in NSB takes the term bed and breakfast to a whole new level. It is one of the most exquisite hotels I've stayed in. The decor is stunning, the bed was the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. There are not enough accolades that I can give the owners and the staff. Brett and sheila, you are amazing. You not only have a natural born ability to make guests feel instantly comfortable, but your son Taylor is a reflection of your hard working, down to earth, generous spirit. Breakfast was phenomenal. Loved the afternoon cookies and flavored waters. This B&B has surpassed all those that have come before, and should be the standard for those that come after. Just amazing.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for such a wonderful review that literally took my breadth away - as it so elegantly described the execution and corresponding elements of our vision to create a superior lodging product and guest experience at the Black Dolphin Inn. To me, striving to be a 5 star property is more about a mindset rather than adhering to a certain standard - and it is through or genuine and personal engagement with our guests and our ability to creatively respond to their needs that has positioned our ownership group to take the Black Dolphin Inn to the next level. I was so pleased with your generous comments regarding the physical attributes of our award-winning boutique inn, but more importantly - I was extremely touched by your kind words regarding our entire team who work endlessly to exceed the expectations of our guests. Your review was just amazing and we can't wait for your to return to the Black Dolphin in the very near future.

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is a beautiful B&B. From the time we pulled up to the front of the home we could tell it was going to be a pleasant experience. The main entrance was breathtaking. Everyone at the B&B was very nice. We enjoyed getting to know the owners and their family. Our room was very clean and the décor was very tranquil. Breakfast was fantastic each morning. It was nice to end the night with a couple beverages at the bar. Make sure you go out on the private dock to watch the boats and dolphins or do a little fishing. The B&B is close by the historical district and just a short ride over to the beach. We will definitely be back so we can stay in another room.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for making our award-winning bed and breakfast your lodging product of choice during your recent visit to New Smyrna Beach. I very much appreciated your insightful reference to our "breathtaking" entrance and sense of arrival that created such a favorable first impression of our boutique inn. I am also grateful for your positive remarks regarding the friendliness of our staff, the cleanliness of our guest rooms, and the fantastic breakfast that you were served each morning. I firmly believe that the Black Dolphin Inn has evolved into a place to discover, rather than just a place to stay - and your thoughtful comments were a further validation of this. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and we thank you for your acknowledgment that you will definitely be back for a return visit to the Black Dolphin Inn.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We simply loved the property! Owners and staff made us feel absolutely at home. The property is ideally located in front of the river, close to the beach and restaurants. It is exquisitely appointed with Art Deco pieces and the property well maintained. The breakfast selections, prepared by the house chef, are exceptional. This is a gem and we will definitely go back. Thank you to Brett and Shirley!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brett S, Owner at Black Dolphin Inn, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Greetings from the Black Dolphin Inn! Thank you for your recent visit to our award-winning boutique inn. We very much enjoyed being the beneficiary of your wonderful review and appreciated your generous remarks regarding our location, exquisitely appointed units, and the exceptional breakfast that was prepared by Chef Joe each morning. I am so pleased that our staff made you feel absolutely at home and we can't wait for you to come back soon and often.

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Property: Black Dolphin Inn
Address: 916 S Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7449
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Region: United States > Florida > New Smyrna Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in New Smyrna Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Dolphin Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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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