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Black Dolphin Inn

916 S Riverside Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Toll-free 855-410-4868

Phone 386-410-4868

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A quaint Old Florida beach town is the setting for this elegant Spanish-Isle boutique inn overlooking the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach on Florida's east-central Atlantic Coast. The owners, identical twin brothers Brett & Scott Smith, are third-generation hoteliers who fell in love with this former riverfront estate three years ago and set to work on a vision for its renovation. Opened in 2013, the Black Dolphin Inn is the recipient of many hospitality and lodging awards: Trivago - #2 Alternative Accommodations in the U.S., TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award (Top 10 Inns in the U.S.); AAA Four Diamond Award; (Top 10 B&Bs worldwide); iLoveInns (Top 10 most Romantic Inns in the U.S.); Fodor's Choice Award; and the Guardian's Top 10 B&Bs and Guest Houses in Florida.

This 14-room inn gets its name from the plentiful dolphin that gracefully patrol the waters off its dock. Accommodations include luxuriously appointed 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 décor. 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 Lobby Lounge Bar, open air exhibition kitchen, sitting area and breakfast room. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily with a full Southern-style breakfast on weekends.

The inn is within walking distance of restaurants and shops 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 Lagoon and nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park. Or just sit on the dock, sip a glass of wine, and watch the dolphins swim by.

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$100-199, $200-299, $300+

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Coastal, Waterfront, Waterview, Small Town/Village

Onsite, Business Hours

  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Gardens on Property
  • Business Center
  • GLBT Friendly
  • Green/Enviro-Friendly
  • Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station


Smoke-Free, Outside Only


Wired, Wireless, Complimentary


The 14 individually-decorated guest rooms and suites are thoughtfully crafted with elderwood doors, red oak and travertine tile flooring, double insulated impact glass windows, and specialty accent lighting.  Many of the accommodations feature private furnished balconies or outdoor terraces, exquisite views of the Indian River, and wet bars with granite countertops.  Mid-century Furnishings vary in each unit with original artwork and antiques tastefully integrated with modern sensibilities and decor.  Pillow-top beds, 600 count linens, ceiling fans, luxurious window treatments, flat-screen TV’s, plush Black Dolphin Inn robes, and I-Pod docking stations add to the comfort. The spa-inspired private bathrooms have Aveda amenity products, air-jetted tubs, recycled glass mosaic tile, vessel sinks, and Kohler rainfall showerheads. 

  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites

Queen, King


Full ADA


  • Air Conditioning
  • Antique Furnishings
  • Bathrobes
  • Featherbeds
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury Linens
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance
  • Refrigerators
  • Telephones
  • Whirlpool or Jacuzzi
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Ironing Boards

  • Cable TV
  • iPod Docking Stations

More about our rooms

The Black Dolphin Inn takes the term ‘bed and breakfast’ to a new level. Breakfast is served from 8:00 – 10:00 each morning, prepared from scratch in our professional ‘open air’ exhibition kitchen, which is seamlessly integrated into our Lobby - where the “food is the theatre and cooking is the action and the drama”. 

Our Signature Breakfast, which is served Monday through Friday - includes fresh fruit, freshly squeezed Florida orange juice, yogurt, granola, cereals, homemade jellies and preserves, and assorted breads – along with a cooked to order hot item each morning.

On the weekend, the Black Dolphin Inn’s acclaimed Full Southern Breakfast features a locally-sourced diverse menu of four savory entrée choices, including our famous Shrimp and Grits on Sunday mornings – which are cooked to order by our resident Chaine des Rotisseurs trained culinary professional, Chef MacKenzie Smith. Coffee, teas, hot chocolate, and a variety of juices and beverages are available during the breakfast service.

Guests can seat themselves in a number of indoor and outdoor venues including our kitchen bar area, community table, and our outdoor decks, porches and terraces, where it not uncommon to see dolphins frolicking in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Please let us know about any of your special dietary requirements when you make your reservation, as we welcome the opportunity to accommodate your special needs.

In the afternoon, our Lobby Beverage Refreshment bar offers complimentary tea service, coffee, sparkling lemonade and assorted beverages – along with special treats and snacks. A self-service Keurig coffee and tea station is available in the lobby area 24/7 for your convenience.

As night falls, our guests can enjoy a cold draft beer on tap, glass of wine, or a bottle of Champagne at our Lobby Lounge Bar. Or gather under a blanket of stars from our 2nd floor Dolphin Deck, where you can observe a flotilla of sailboats silhouetted against the New Smyrna Beach city skyline.



Individual Tables, Communal, Flexible Times

Beer, Wine


  • Special Diets Accommodated
  • Vegetarian Options

  • Complimentary Beverages
  • Afternoon Tea/Refreshments
  • Complimentary Snacks
  • Early Coffee/Tea


AAA 4 Diamond

  • Amusement Parks
  • Antique Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Beaches
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Culinary Classes
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Rivers/Lakes
  • Shopping
  • Sports Events
  • State/National Parks
  • Tennis

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"Challenge Us With Your Event"

Escape to a place where glamor and sophistication blend seamlessly with a relaxed coastal vibe - where passing yachts, moored sailboats, dolphins playing, and frolicking birds set the tone for an exceptional meeting and banquet experience.

At the Black Dolphin Inn, along the shores of the Indian River, - our intimate B&B is ideally suited to accommodate board meetings, corporate retreats, team building events and training sessions. Our outdoor meeting space features a number of different venues, many of which offer sweeping and picturesque views of the bay - where gala celebrations, family reunions, and truly unforgettable special events can be customized to your specific criteria.

  • Business
  • Family Reunion
  • Social








  • Onsite Catering

Indoor, Outdoor



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A fun, fashionable and sophisticated wedding destination has arrived in New Smyrna Beach – the Black Dolphin Inn. Whether a romantic fairytale party of up to 75 guests, or an intimate gathering of your closest friends, the Black Dolphin Inn features a selection of outdoor venues that are perfect for bridal and special occasion events. Our staff will tailor your wedding or special occasion to your exacting specifications and can help you create a day that you will never forget.

Bring your family and friends to the Black Dolphin Inn for a very special and memorable wedding weekend as you take over the entire Inn, featuring 14 guest rooms and suites which are light, airy, uncluttered and fitted with a sophisticated interior and stylish furnishings. The feel is more akin to an impeccably designed oasis, without the trappings of a commercial hotel product.

You will be able to conduct your rehearsal dinner, recite your vows and celebrate your union amidst a canopy of century oaks and palm trees – set against the backdrop of the Indian River. Enter in grand style by arriving by boat at our private dock or by a horse drawn carriage - the possibilities are unlimited! We look forward to making your wedding the most memorable, special day of your life.

  • Ceremony
  • Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Bridal Luncheon

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor


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