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The Blue Dolphin Inn
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The Blue Dolphin Inn
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Home away from home”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

We book the entire unit for my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary. The restaurant that we booked was about 5 miles away only. Each two units are up and down but are away from each other so every time we want to gather around, we all have to go out (even in the rain) to get to my parents unit. But that's very minor and the grandchildren constantly changed their hang-out areas which was fun for them. There were some repairs that were needed but they immediately rectified it when we informed the management. The kitchens are fully operational complete with pots and pans and utensils. The whole family enjoyed our stay. The grandchildren enjoyed the pool and the nearby beach. Yes, Wi-Fi was available although at times was slow. The only problem we encountered is that the area has weak cell phone signal so it was difficult to make phone calls from the cell phone. However, the cell phone signal is strong at the beach area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we thank the Blue Dolphin Inn owner and management for making our stay wonderful and memorable. We plan to do this again and stay here next time.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

Although the unit was clean, it was a disappointment for our month long getaway. The unit is very dark, as there are immovable outside shutters that prevent natural light from coming in. There is no screen door on either of the outside doors, so no light can come in there either. There is no fan in this small bathroom, and besides not removing humid air, it does not give any privacy in this small unit. The unit is advertised as 1100 sf - I don't think it's any more than 700-800 sf. The house is poorly constructed and with another unit above, it sounds as if the upstairs renters are going to come through the ceiling. The heated pool was a great feature, but trees need to be trimmed/removed to allow sunlight, and broken loungers/chairs need to be replaced. Old leaves and dead bushes need to be removed. Not at all what we expected. Couldn't wait to get home.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Nebraska
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2009

We had never stayed in this type of "apartment" style housing before and we were completely blown away by the Blue Dolphin. It really is a home away from home. It had great island decor, comfortable furniture, well stocked kitchen, fantastic beds, and large shower in the master bedroom, There was even a gallon of ice cream in the freezer! The beach is about a block away and has the greatest sunsets imaginable. You can almost hear the hiss when the sun sets. Be sure to eat at the Rod and Reel Restaurant.
I have already told many of my friends about this place. It's a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all. And my daughter's cell phones didn't work on the island !!!!!!! Hallalujah

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Tampa
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52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2008

We just returned from a family reunion at the Blue Dolphin Inn on Anna Maria Island and we could not have been happier with our accomodations. It was perfect for our reunion.

Upon arrival our Host, Angie, had everything ready for us and even a cute coffe mug filled with candy with a thank-you note. Angie also called us to make sure we were happy with everything.

We stayed at the Jacaranda House in the Flamingo Suite a three bedrooms, two baths upstairs unit with a huge wooden, screened deck for kicking your sandy shoes off and relaxing. The suite was so spacious, clean and full of interesting art work. All three bedrooms were very nicely decorated and the beds very comfortable.

The master suite had a lovely four postered bed, french doors, wicker and a bathroom with a sky light.

The second bedroom was decorated with a banana tree theme and as you looked out the window you could see "real" banana trees swaying in the breeze.

The third bedroom had two twin beds and a beautiful, cool color of ble on the walls with lovely furnishings.

Our kitchen was well stocked with pots and pans and cute dishes to prepare meals. We liked the open kitchen that allowed us to still have conversations with our family.

The grounds of the inn are spectacular, full of tropical plants and flowers. There were so may little twist and turns around the property that had such interesting and unique items placed so perfecttly for your enjoyment.

The pool is small but inviting with lots of upscale loungers and even a cute little hand painted tiki hut and stools. All of our family loved sitting out by the pool at night, laughing and telling stories of our past.

The area the inn is located in is a residential area with beautiful homes with plush, tropical landscaping. We would take a short stroll across the street to Rose Street and there was a little lane that took you down to the beach area of Bean Point, one of the best views on the island.

There was also an observation tower above our porch that had sitting for you to look over the island, very pleasant.

I have been visiting Anna Maria for many years and have stayed at a lot of different places and The Blue Dolphins Inn has to be one of my favorites, we will definately return.

Thank you Angie for your help in making our reunion a success, lots of precious memories were made.

  • Liked — Unique setting and decor
  • Disliked — Not a thing
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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columbus,ohio
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 March 2008

My short unexpected 3 day stay at the darling skimmer apartment (which is one of the four individual 2 or 3 bedroom units) was so very pleasant . When we walked in it was nice and cool, clean, and the bedrooms had that extra touch to make you feel very tropical and not at all the typical beige or neutral colors you so often see. There where books, games, magazines, puzzles and a few little beach toys for spending time in the apartment. One of the nicest things we used often was our private outdoor patio with covered table, grill and was surrounded by tropical lush landscaped grounds.
It has a small pool shared by the 4 units with several tables, chairs, lounge chairs and a tiki bar along with a dolphin water sprayer and outdoor shower. By the way the pool was very warm but thats because we were there in August, so don't expect a cool refreshing dip during the hot months.
The beach access was about a long block away and it is the most beautiful sugar white beach sand and we only saw about 5 other people at any one time on our beach.
I would recommend staying at the Blue dolphin inn for family fun and it is so quiet on the North end of Anna Maria Island.

  • Liked — the beach close by
  • Disliked — the bedrooms
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Property: The Blue Dolphin Inn
Address: 780 Jacaranda Rd., 404 Alamanda Road, Anna Maria Island, FL 34216
Region: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Anna Maria Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Blue Dolphin Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our beautiful beach property includes four spacious, charming units surrounding a heated, tropical pool in an ideal location at the quiet north end of Anna Maria Island. Each unit is adorable, roomy, and super comfortable! You will find all the comforts of home and so many extras! Our place feels like a lush tropical hideaway and we???re just a short stroll (about 60 yards) to the sugar-sand beach and clear blue waters of the gulf. ... more   less 
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