• Charming, Victorian-era hotel with a quaint vibe
  • Located a 10-minute walk from the beach, near shops and restaurants
  • Pretty rooms with large, flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Outdoor heated pool with cabanas
  • Spa with outdoor heated waterfall pool and mineral pool
  • Free in-room breakfast includes cereal, fruit, and cinnamon rolls
  • Free bike rental
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
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  • Not on the beach
  • Rooms are on the small side
  • No fitness center
  • Limited breakfast menu
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Bottom Line

Built in 1885, the Riverview Hotel is a charming, Victorian-style property. The mid-range hotel has an outdoor pool with cabanas, as well as a spa with its own pretty outdoor pools. The 18 rooms are cozy, with balconies or patios, large flat-screen TVs with premium channels, and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast, which is included in the room rate, is delivered to guests' rooms daily. But the Riverview's location, while walking distance to the beach, isn't by the sand. Travelers seeking a hotel directly on the beach may want to check out the Best Western New Smyrna Beach Hotel & Suites.

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  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Spa

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The Riverview Hotel


Pretty Victorian hotel popular with couples

Originally built as a bridge tenders’ home, the Riverview Hotel retains much of its original charm. The three-story building has light-pink siding and white balcony rails. Vintage-inspired storm lights flank the entrance, while a wooden sign announces “Vacancy" or "No Vacancy." Inside, the lobby looks like a living room, with wooden dining tables where guests can order glasses of wine. There's also a small gift shop selling jewelry and T-shirts. Hallways are elegant, with chandelier lighting and gilded frames holding black-and-white photos. The doors to unoccupied rooms are left open creating a welcoming, homey vibe. With private cabanas at the outdoor pool, joint sessions at the spa, and an overall romantic vibe, the hotel draws mostly couples.

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Near the river, beach, and plenty of shops and restaurants

The hotel is located near a bridge that crosses the Indian River. Plenty of boutique shops and restaurants line the road leading to the beach, which is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The town is a popular surf destination, but it's less-crowded than Daytona Beach. The Atlantic Center for the Arts, home to a renowned artist residence program that hosts exhibits, is about a 12-minute drive away. The Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Beach International Airport are a 30- to 35-minute drive away, and it’s around an hour’s drive to Orlando.

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Cozy rooms with large, flat-screen TVs and attractive decor

The 18 rooms at the Riverview are all on the small side, but they're cozy and attractive, with elegant wallpaper or handsome wood paneling. White-rail balconies are furnished with a variety of chairs, benches, or loungers, and some rooms have French doors leading to the pool. All rooms have large, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have green- and cream-colored tiles with small, stand-in showers or shower/tub combos, terrycloth bathrobes, and L’Occitane bath products. Wine and water are available for purchase in rooms. 

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Outdoor heated pool, spa with heated waterfall pool, and free breakfast

The Riverview Hotel has a small, outdoor heated pool in a pretty setting with lounge chairs surrounded by potted palms and white cabanas. The spa has an outdoor space with a mineral pool and a waterfall pool surrounded by foliage, giving it an oasis-like vibe. Spa services such as manicures, massages, and facial treatments are available. Breakfast, which can include cereal, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and cinnamon rolls, is part of the room rate, and is delivered to guest rooms every day. The hotel hosts wine tastings one night a week. Free bike rentals are available, and free parking is provided. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

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