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12 Best Airbnb Houseboat In Seattle - Updated 2020

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The metropolitan city of Seattle has had a long history of logging and shipbuilding. Houseboats were originally intended to house loggers who worked by the water. Over time, they were also adopted by wealthier residents for their summer homes. Many of these historic houseboats have been lovingly preserved and this list sets out some options open for rental. If you’re looking for an Airbnb vacation rental in the form of a unique houseboat, please keep reading.

1. Modern houseboat on Lake Union (from USD 180)

With eggshell yellow wallets and a navy blue trim, this houseboat makes a charming sight. The inside is clean and modern, with a cheerful natural wood finish and a customized bamboo flooring. With one large double bed, it’s perfect for two guests. Your host has also recently installed insulation to ensure guests stay warm and comfortable even in the chilly winters. The wide-screen television is also equipped with Netflix and Amazon Prime and a surround sound speaker. Location wise, the houseboat is located on Lake Union and using your host’s kayak, you’ll have a fantastic time paddling over the lake and visiting the parks and restaurants nearby.

Modern Houseboat on Lake Union!!
Seattle, Washington, United States
479 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the true highlight is the upper deck with chairs and a table and fabulous views
great upper deck and back seating area cozy interior
cozy houseboat with great amenities
even in late january the houseboat was super comfortable
awesome bed great water pressure in the shower beautiful rooftop deck thoughtful touches
it is maintained very well and clean
it had everything you needed was well taken care of clean and modern
it was clean and had a surprising amount of little extra touches
i really appreciate the ease of check in and their place is super clean
boat was very clean and bed was comfy
easy parking and great response from hosts
jason and minh are fantastic hosts
jason is a great host very quick to answer and help when we needed
watching "sleepless in seattle" provided by the hosts was such a lovely touch
jason was very responsive and accommodating
perfect location just right outside downtown
the location is awesome
fun location and wonderful experience
the location is pretty convenient
what a great location minutes from everything
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2. Floating retreat in heart of Seattle

This spacious houseboat accommodates three. Reviewed glowingly on the television shows House Hunters and Tiny Houses, you know you’re in for a great experience. There is one queen bed on the upper deck, plus a futon and air mattress. As you wander through the houseboat, you’re sure to notice some incredible art pieces designed by a local artist who lives in the same marina. The cozy lounge is perfect for hanging out with your traveling companions, especially with its projection system with NetFlix, Hulu and HBO subscriptions. Meanwhile, the full kitchen offers a wide range of appliances. On the deck, there is also a propane grill and griddle plus bistro chairs and a table for outdoor dining.

Romantic Lakeside Seattle Houseboat
Seattle, Washington, United States
267 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed and furniture are all very comfortable
cozy houseboat with great amenities
our daughter slept on the couch on the main floor which was very large and comfortable
has all the comforts of home like shower kitchen washer dryer etc
i loved being able to see the space needle lit up at night right from bed
everything was clean and comfortable
clean quiet and very comfortable
peaceful place to stay very clean and nice
super clean space and great location
it was clean comfortable and fully stocked with supplies
our host provided excellent instructions for finding the boat upon arrival
the owner was very responsive and quick to address any issues
michaelle was a wonderful host and responded quickly to requests for help
the host did a great job communicating with me the stay was outstanding
she was so gracious and kind to us during our stay and made us feel welcome
excellent location close to downtown but far enough away from the noise
the location is close to downtown and all the major attractions
great value and location
we loved the location as it was close to downtown but also close to the charming fremont area
beautiful place and great location
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3. Sugar Shack Houseboat on Lake Union

This green houseboat with crimson trim is as lovely inside as it looks outside. The interior is furnished in a delightful vintage style, with plenty of bright colors and warm wood textures. As there is only one double bed, the houseboat sleeps just two and is very cozy for couples. The bathroom may be small but is clean and modern. From the upper deck, you can even spot the iconic Space Needle! Your host also offers use of two bicycles and kayak so you can get some exercise while exploring the area.

Sugar Shack Houseboat on Lake Union
Seattle, Washington, United States
203 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
below deck was super cozy but we really loved sitting on the deck above and enjoying the view
we loved the views and the cozy interior of the boat
beautiful views from the boat and the bed was comfy
it was a perfect getaway comfiest bed and bedding
we found 3 excellent places: 1) top pot donuts for breakfast 2) domani restaurant (they had an excellent
great place to relax very clean
very comfortable clean with unique touches of home
) the windows throughout the boat are kept crystal clean
gretchen was an excellent host
gretchen was quick to answer questions give advice on places to go and all around a wonderful host
gretchen was very helpful and responded to all questions and assisted us when we needed
my thanks to the hostess and host that made sure i had everything for my stay
gretchen is a great host and nothing is left to guess
loved the location and unique experience
the location is beautiful and convenient
the location was amazing and peaceful
this location was a perfect base location for our exploration of seattle
great experience very good location
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4. The Ginger Houseboat (from USD 255)

It’s hard to find a houseboat as spacious as this! The Ginger has two full bedrooms, each containing a queen bed. With the extra sofa bed in the living room area, six guests can sleep here with no trouble. Additionally, you have a large open concept kitchen with stove, refrigerator, utensils and staples for cooking. The bathroom is bright and clean, and you can also use a dryer and washer to do laundry if your clothes get wet from sports on the lake. Your host also offers use of a propane barbecue pit on the deck, and three kayaks for rent.

Rock to sleep - Delightful Houseboat in Seattle!
Seattle, Washington, United States
349 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
but there was a box fan to keep the other bedroom cool
wifi wasn't very strong but we did have a good phone signal
we were able to fit six people fairly comfortable and each person had somewhere to sleep
plenty of room and definitely a bonus to relax on the upstairs deck
very nice houseboat excellent location and two very comfortable beds as well as a sofa bed
very clean with detailed instructions
the houseboat was very clean
super clean well-decorated and very well-kept
the houseboat itself was very clean spacious and well-equipped
very roomy clean and comfortable
she responded quickly and was very helpful
overall the houseboat was nice and the property manager emma was very responsive
the few people i crossed paths with were very kind and respectful
so accommodating we would all recommend this place for a quick getaway
nice location and interesting experience
great place and location for visiting the heart of seattle
great location to get transportation to the other parts of seattle
a great spot in a unique location
awesome location will all kinds of fun things to do nearby
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5. Turnip Houseboat (from USD 88)

This houseboat is definitely as quaint and quirky as its name. Its design bears similarities to the junk boats of Asia and its simple wood exterior is adorned with cheerful red and yellow paint. Top all this off with an eye-catching, red door and you can surely spot if from afar. Inside, there is an eclectic mix of vintage furniture. With one queen size bed, a sleeper sofa and a little nook with mattresses, it sleeps four guests and is fantastic for families. The bathroom features a unique bath which you can soak in, simple basin and toilet.

Offbeat Houseboat - Float into your sweet dreams!
Seattle, Washington, United States
378 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was our first time on a boat overnight and i am a big fan now
the decor and furniture is well thought-out and man that’s a comfortable bed
we loved our stay at the houseboat it was very cozy and relaxing
beds were very comfortable
great small community and very quiet the main bed was extremely comfortable
it was clean and comfortable
spotlessly clean roomy and comfortable
the bed was super comfy and the space was clean and nicely decorated
the space was clean comfortable and the two outdoor spaces were wonderful areas to spend time in
it was well decorated clean more spacious than expected and had a very unique location
thanks for being a great host
thank you for being such amazing hosts
great place and the hosts were very good at communicating
from the moment i inquired about staying with them they were very communicative and helpful
emma and micheal are super responsive and ready to guide you through whatever you need to know
great location on the bike path
location was nice too
great location on the lake
great location within walking distance to food and drinks
cute houseboat that's easy to get to by bus
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6. Jicama Houseboat (from USD 99)

The Jicama Houseboat is available for a total of six guests. Inside there are two double beds in a cozy bedroom, plus a sofa bed and air mattress. The entire space is airy and bright, with many windows to let the sunlight in. A large open concept kitchen offers use of a full stove, refrigerator and microwave. Moored in South Lake Union, you’ll have an incredible view of the water and downtown Seattle in the distance.

Relaxing & Charming Houseboat in Central Seattle!
Seattle, Washington, United States
376 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
beds were comfy and the deck was delightful
we had to move the couch away from the wall to use the wall heater safely
also couch on pull-out bed is a blow-up and i didn’t think this was clear
our nieces enjoyed sleeping in the two loft beds
i don’t recommend this for large families it has two comfy double beds
the houseboat was clean and comfortable
safe and very clean
clean and well furnished/decorated
a very picturesque and clean place
the area was very quiet and clean
wonderful experience to live on the boat the host was very nice and responds very quick
the host was excellent at communication and getting the propane fixed in a timely manner
great location close to downtown
great location and fun stay
great location and ideal for a houseboat experience
the location was terrific as well
location is perfect can walk to grocery restaurants etc
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7. A historic 1927 houseboat with all the modern conveniences

Another houseboat that guarantees a pleasant stay in Seattle, this historic tugboat dates back to 1927. Providing one bedroom and one bathroom, the houseboat is excellent for couples or solo travelers. The main room comes with a TV and ample storage space. Walk to the main salon and you can find an L-shaped couch that guarantees relaxation. Doors on each side of the salon lead to an outdoor area, a large kitchen, and a back deck. Enjoy a barbecue fiesta on the deck, which features a barbecue grill and a dining table for al-fresco dining.

Seattle, Washington, United States
188 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch and bed are both super comfy and the kitchen is well appointed
great kitchen bath and sleeping quarters
the internet works great apple tv was a wonderful luxury
very comfortable sleeping space and the shower was great
we tried portage bay café for breakfast and asadero mexican restaurant both in ballard which were quite amazing
safety and cleanliness issues
tugboat sally is clean and well appointed
everything was clean and comfortable and incredibly charming
everything was clean & in order at check-in
it was immaculate -- sparkling clean
the hosts are highly organized and responsive
owners were very helpful and accommodating
big thank you to the hosts who made sally part of our story
michael and kelley were great hosts
mike and kelley are very communicative and helpful
the location is excellent
the location is fab
plenty of good restaurants close by
great shops and restaurants close by or a short drive away
5 min walking distance and you are at a great brewery (urban family)
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8. A houseboat with complete facilities (from USD 314)

Forget staying in a house or villa while in Seattle. For a unique experience, stay in this houseboat, which has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Offering one bedroom and one bathroom, the houseboat can perfectly accommodate three people. There is a rooftop deck, on which you can enjoy the lake views, as well the seaplanes passing above you. Other facilities offered include wall heaters, a fully equipped kitchen, as well as indoor and outdoor areas for breakfast.

Adorable pied-à-terre Houseboat - Magical Staycay!
Seattle, Washington, United States
250 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
such an adorable houseboat the bed is super comfortable and the living room is charming
the marina is quiet and has a bathroom you are encouraged to use
very clean and quaint
a clean unique experience
very clean comfortable cozy
great stay and experience would stay again houseboat was clean and had everything you needed
the boat was shining clean and quite comfortable
the boat was charming and the host was incredibly responsive
emma was a gracious host
the hosts were communicative clear and very responsive
adorable house boat in a great location property manager was helpful and quick with responses
we had luggage to store before check-in and she was very responsive and accommodating
the location was outstanding
cute experience and a great location
the location was great and close to many wonderful places
wonderful location with easy access to downtown seattle
we loved staying there great location and cute houseboat
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9. The Little Betty Houseboat

The Little Betty is a historic Sea Camper that has been upgraded with all your modern comforts. Inside, there is a plush king bed and a comfy sofa bed that together sleep three guests. The private bathroom is simple but clean, and the kitchen is well equipped with modern kitchen appliances. Located in a quiet, safe neighborhood, there is plenty of greenery and a few great coffee shops to get your daily fix at. Your hosts also provide kayaks to fit two adults if you’d like to have an adventure on the lake. The houseboat is also docked and will not be traveling around the lake.

"Little Betty" Houseboat
Westlake, Seattle, Washington, United States
160 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

10. Seattle Floating Home

This delightful houseboat for two features a cozy bedroom and one private bathroom. The kitchen is well equipped and will allow you to prepare meals flexibly. The proximity of the houseboat to the University of Washington makes it ideal for people visiting students and residents at the University, and a unique alternative to staying in your usual bed and breakfast. In the vicinity, there is also a French bakery, a sushi restaurant and a Trader Joe’s to stock up on groceries. Please note however that your host only accepts bookings for a minimum of thirty nights.

Experience a Seattle floating home!
Seattle, Washington, United States
36 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

11. Seattle Lakeside Lovenest

The Seattle Lakeside Lovenest has a classic black exterior with striking accents of yellow and gold. Step inside and you are in a beautifully furnished studio that’ll give you the feeling of staying in a boutique hotel. Unique pieces and a mix of textures gives the space a distinct character of its own. On the first floor, there is a luxurious king bed by a series of windows, allowing natural light to filter in and bathe the space in warmth. A ladder leads to the second level with a compact toilet, a second queen bed and the lovely outdoor deck. The houseboat accommodates groups of up to four persons and you will enjoy your stay here immensely.

Seattle Lakeside Lovenest
Westlake, Seattle, Washington, United States
39 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 3 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

12. Rutabaga Houseboat

The Rutabaga stands out from afar, with its extra tall deck that translates to a high ceilinged second level. Constructed in the 1980s, your hosts have largely preserved this traditional Seattle house barge design. The houseboat sleeps four persons with its queen bed plus a sleeper sofa. As your host provides an extra air mattress, up to four other overnight guests are allowed too. Another bonus is the use of three kayaks for free. These can bring you to the café at the marina which serves fresh coffee and refreshing cold beers.

Rutabaga Houseboat
Seattle, Washington, United States
414 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we were able to watch the sunset from the rooftop deck and enjoyed the views from the bed
amazing view adorable and cozy space
the bed was comfortable and the views were perfect we would definitely stay again
very cozy place nice selection of books to skim cute decks with beautiful urban views
the wifi connectivity was great and the accommodations were also very nice
the marina was very clean and all neighbors were friendly
the houseboat was clean and had everything we needed to enjoy a nice night
emma was super responsive to all the questions i had
it is an excellent place one of a kind
communication with the hosts was great as well
great location would stay here again
great location relaxing and romantic atmosphere
the houseboat is so cute and the location is just perfect
comfortable cozy yet close to the city
we absolutely loved this place super cute houseboat and great location
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Discover Seattle from the water

Airbnb Houseboat In Seattle

With their varied shapes and sizes and one of a kind designs, Seattle’s houseboats receive plenty of attention. If you’re curious about living on one of these floating boats, do try out one of the rentals on this list. If you enjoyed this article, share it with your friends on Facebook and save it to Pinterest for future reference!

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