Black Dolphin Inn
What We Love
- Home-away-from-home feel, with a wet bar and homemade baked goods set out for nibbling
- The private dock with Adirondack chairs — a good spot for an aperitif
- Made-to-order Southern breakfast on Saturday and Sunday starring savory shrimp and grits
What To Know
- It’s a small, independently owned inn, so don’t expect large-scale amenities like a swimming pool or spa
- Breakfast is continental Monday through Friday
- Kids are welcome, but the inn primarily attracts couples
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Forget frilly B&Bs, this inn feels like a posh relative’s villa, with a Mediterranean façade and funky modern interiors. And it started that way: The property was built in 1947 as a private residence in an upscale neighborhood and was converted into an inn in February 2013. A few original touches remain, such as the lobby’s wood beam ceiling and arched picture window; Midcentury furnishings culled from local estate sales also subtly nod to the past.
Bed and Bath
The 14 individually decorated rooms are airy and thoughtfully crafted, with elderwood doors, red oak flooring, throwback beach art and California closets made of pecky cypress from the original estate. Pillowtop beds, flat-screen TVs, wine refrigerators and iPod docks add to the comfort. Bathrooms have Aveda products, jetted tubs and Kohler rainfall showerheads. Suites step it up with private balconies and sitting areas.
Modern and immaculate, the lobby lounge still feels homey, thanks in part to the open kitchen, where Chef Joe prepares a full made-to-order breakfast every weekend. Diners have a choice among the indoor dining table, bistro tables in the courtyard and a patio table by the entrance, where they may spot dolphins frolicking in the Intracoastal Waterway. Those angling to fish can be picked up right at the inn’s private dock.
In the Area
New Smyrna’s main attraction is its hard-packed white sand beach. Some sections of it — such as the Flagler Avenue boardwalk, a six-minute drive from the inn — allow cars on the sand; others, like Bethune Beach farther north, do not. Beach shack restaurants (the Breakers, Barracuda’s, Chases) are plentiful, but for something more gourmet try the Spanish River Grill, where craft cocktails complement the tapas menu of market ceviche and truffle flatbread. Flagler Avenue, lined with shops (Gyfts), bars (Om) and the Treats on the Beach ice cream parlor, is New Smyrna’s heartbeat; visit in the summer or fall and you’re likely to experience one of the area’s many festivals, such as the Craft Beer Walk & Chili Cook-Off, which happens every October.
How to Get There
We had a one night stay in the middle of the week the lobby is nice and they also have snacks to enjoy. Love their dock where you can see Dolphins Turtles & crabs, The owner is helpful and very kind he offered to help us with getting our things out of our car. Which we thought was kind of him to offer. The breakfast was good but the portions were small. . The room we were in was facing the court yard the decor was modern and the lighting was very nice. The bed was so comfortable it was a good night sleep. But because the room is on the bottom floor we could hear water running through the pipes people talking it would of been nice if the room was sound proof.
The staff was very friendly. And hot breakfast was great.The room was very modern with nice lighting the glass sliding doors lead to a big balcony that was really relaxing. The view was beautiful We will visit again! Thank you!
After seeing this establishment on an episode of How to do Florida, we wanted to go here. When we arrived, we were not disappointed. We were quickly welcomed by the owners and staff. The lobby, grounds and Honeymoon Suite are beautifully decorated and very clean. We were early, but they were quick to ensure our room was ready, including our romantic evening package of champagne and strawberries.
The lobby is always stocked with fruit, snacks, juices, teas, water and coffee. Breakfast, which had specific items as well as make your own options, was delicious both days.
The dock across the street is a nice place to relax, watch for dolphins or watch the sunrise.
The entire staff was friendly and made you feel like one of the family.
We will definitely return.
What a wonderful place. I was so impressed by the decor, the food and hospitality. I also noticed how clean everything was. Breakfast was delicious and not to be missed. The location allowed us to go to the beach, walk the quaint neighborhood and shop. Restaurants around the bed and breakfast were very quaint.
We will definitely want to return soon. I would rate this place over 10 stars!
I have stayed here twice and both visits were wonderful. The home has great aura- the rooms are tastefully decorated, the staff very nice, there is a small pier so you can boat to it if you should desire. It is an excellent location as within minutes you are on the south bridge headed to the beach, My room- was not the most expensive by far-- and had 2 sliding doors with a long balcony and a wet bar. I was flabbergasted- pure elegance, why am I writing this-- its summer, I need to call them and visit for a night or two or 5- see you there....