Pros

  • 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
See More Pros

Cons

  • Not on the beach
  • Rooms are on the small side
  • No fitness center
  • Limited breakfast menu
See More Cons

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.

See More Bottom Line

Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Spa

Oyster Hotel Review

The Riverview Hotel

Scene

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.

See More Scene

Location

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.

See More Location

Rooms

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. 

See More Rooms

Features

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.

See More Features

Best Rates

Amenities

  • 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

Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.