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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The Black Dolphin Inn is an experience in personalized excellence. The entire staff delivers a memorable experience, whether it involve a well-appointed, comfortable room to a delicious meal to friendly recommendations. The Black Dolphin Inn must be experienced!
Everything about our stay was great! From the food to the accommodations and amenities - we will be back next year. The meeting space was perfect for our group of 9. The breakfast each morning was like eating with family - with a gourmet chef.
We were there for only one night, but will certainly be returning.
The Smith family knows how to provide a welcoming atmosphere, and a beautiful property.
Rooms are tastefully decorated, but it is all the amenities that set this place apart. Fishing poles, bicycles, private dock, fire pit, to name a few.
The Black Dolphin defines hospitality.