The metropolitan city of Seattle has plenty of attractions and famous things for visitors - from Space Needle Tower to museums, parks, and Pike Place Market. The city has also 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 unique vacation rentals, check out one of the city’s historic hotels or any of these amazing Airbnb houseboats in and around Seattle.
Houseboats and boat rentals in Seattle
Dotted around Seattle are various houseboats and boats that you can check out for unique stays. Technically, these rentals aren’t “houseboats” in the true sense; most of them are floating homes that cannot be driven around the waters.
Because some city regulations have prohibited short-term stays on these rentals, these accommodations make perfect choices for longer and extended holidays afloat on Seattle’s waters.
Meanwhile, for short-term stays, keep scrolling to discover the best houseboat and boat rentals in nearby areas listed further below.
If you have ever paddled or boated across Lake Union, you must have noticed Banjo. Get 360-degree views from the roof of this iconic boat or enjoy its totally renovated interiors. The roof is perfect for sunbathing or grilling, while the interiors offer modern-day charm with an updated kitchen, high-speed internet, and a clean bath. Cafes and restaurants are close by, in case you want to ditch cooking for a day during your month-long stay.
Iconic paddlewheeler houseboat - Banjo!Seattle, Washington, United States
If you’re a couple or a group of four looking for a nice boat rental experience, you better book a stay in this 1988 Nordic Tug moored on Westlake Avenue. It is complete with amenities like an ample kitchenette, a well-placed bathroom, and a bedroom that sleeps two. The main cabin is spacious and is equipped with a queen sofa bed. This boat is docked in an area near shops, bars, and restaurants in South Lake Union.
Classic Tug BoatSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewssmall space not luxury accommodations but fun and cozy and uniquethe tugboat itself has all the comforts of home (kitchen bed bathroom seating)forget the apartment or hotel stay book this adorable tug boat for a unique experience and view of seattlecomfortable living spaceit was equipped with heaters (which is great because it's november) and the bed was very comfortableit is incredibly clean and cozyvery clean comfortable bed and easy check inthe boat was clean and the linens were freshwhile the quarters were small (perfect for 1-2) it was clean comfortable and well-appointedthe boat was very clean and had everything we could need for a great stay
Host:the host was happy to give us info about the local areasean was an excellent host with great tips and fast responses to our questionssean is a great hostgreat place to stay on lake union responsive host and a wonderful little nordic tugsean is a great host tooRead more reviewsit’s conveniently located making it easy to walk to most attractionsfun and safe adventure in perfect locationgreat location and very funperfect little cozy tugboat and close to everythingloved the tugboat great location and great experience
If you’ve always wanted to stay on a houseboat, this unique and modern rental might just be the one to help you tick that off your bucket list. Perfect for two guests, this houseboat features all the essentials plus modern conveniences like a TV, Keurig coffee maker, fridge, microwave, and even free parking. You are also free to use the two-person kayak that comes with paddles and life jackets. If you’d rather spend a toned-down afternoon, head to the rooftop deck with a bottle of wine and admire the spectacular views. Unlike the other options in this list, this rental in particular requires only a two-night minimum stay.
Modern houseboat in SeattleSeattle, Washington, United States
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Host:gene provided a very helpful video to show us how to access the propertyRead more reviewsbeautiful place to stay highly recommend i only wish i had made my stay longerwhat a superb place to stay
Whether you’re on a date, a special celebration with your partner, or a fun trip with your family in Kirkland, booking this 45-ft (13.7-m) luxury cruiser will definitely be perfect for you. This luxury yacht offers a well-equipped kitchen and two bedrooms that sleep four in total. It also has two bathrooms, a barbecue, and a TV. You can take advantage of the stunning views when you relax on the flybridge. Great bars, shops, and restaurants are located nearby. A cruise through the waters of Kirkland can be easily be arranged for you.
Come Aboard and Relax on Lake WA!Kirkland, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Host:amazing place love the atmosphere great staff will come very oftenchris was so accommodating and friendly
Enjoy views of the water and peaceful mornings away from the noise of downtown when you book this 45-ft (13.7-m) sailboat with super friendly and accommodating hosts. Once you arrive, you will be welcomed by the hosts and their friendly guard dog and will be briefed and shown around. The sailboat has a bedroom that’s suitable for two guests. It also features a galley where you can prepare coffee. Nice shops and restaurants are just a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from where the boat is docked.
Sequim, Olympic Mountains WaSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewswe had a comfortable sleep and they whipped up coffee and bagels for us in the morning (spoiled)the room was so fun and unique
Host:they were wonderful hostsstan was an excellent host and made us feel right at homestan was an amazing host and the sailboat is absolutely beautifulthey are very friendly and knowledgeable about seattlethey were very friendly and attentive to our needsRead more reviewsamazing location and a very unique place to stayits definitely a beautiful and peaceful locationthe walk to golden gardens is very nice in the evening to watch the sunsetthe marina is next to a beautiful park and very near to restaurants grocery and wonderful mainstreet shopsthe view is gorgeous and is within walking distance to a nice beach and some great seafood
In Seattle, romantic houseboat rentals are not easy to come by. But this listing will surely interest those traveling as a couple. 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.
Sleepless in Seattle HouseboatSeattle, Washington, United States
Experience luxurious living while still being close to some casual restaurants and shops in downtown Seattle when you book Why Knot, a 42-ft (12.8-m) houseboat on South Lake Union. This rental is good for up to four guests. It has two bedrooms, one of which is the master bedroom that’s equipped with a queen bed. It also has an ensuite bathroom, plenty of closet space, and a Smart TV with Netflix and HBO. The lounge features a sofa bed and dining furniture. A few steps across will bring you to the rental’s mightily equipped kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. Aside from these amenities, this houseboat also offers beautiful views and direct access to various water activities.
Houseboat on Seattle's downtown Lake UnionSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsclean comfy and a perfect getawayit is clean comfortable and has everything needed to have an awesome seattle experience
Host:she was very responsive and compassionatemichaelle the host was great and responses very always very quickshe was so helpful and made sure our stay was perfect she even had some nice cool beverages awaiting usthe host is super organized helpful efficient and our stay was wonderfulthe docks and the surrounding boat owners were friendly and welcomingRead more reviewsnice boathouse at great locationmichaelle's beautiful place offered the perfext location and unique optionbeautiful location and very peaceful nights sleepthe location is close to everything and yet so quiet and peaceful on the wateri highly recommend staying at michaelle’s place
Located on Lake Union, this fully furnished houseboat provides comfortable accommodation for four guests. Admire breathtaking views of Seattle landmarks like Space Needle from the two decks of the boat. A barbecue grill and seating are available on the rooftop deck. Inside, relax in the welcoming living room, sleep in the cozy bedrooms or prepare delicious food in the snug kitchen that you can enjoy alfresco or in the beautiful indoor dining area. Seattle Center is a mere 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
Spacious Houseboat on Beautiful Lake Union SeattleSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsRead more reviewsbeds were super comfortable and was equipped with everything you need for a great stay
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.
UNIQUE SEATTLE EXPERIENCESeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsthe couch and bed are both super comfy and the kitchen is well appointedgreat kitchen bath and sleeping quartersthe internet works great apple tv was a wonderful luxuryvery comfortable sleeping space and the shower was greatwe tried portage bay café for breakfast and asadero mexican restaurant both in ballard which were quite amazingsafety and cleanliness issuestugboat sally is clean and well appointedeverything was clean and comfortable and incredibly charmingeverything was clean & in order at check-init was immaculate -- sparkling clean
Host:the hosts are highly organized and responsiveowners were very helpful and accommodatingbig thank you to the hosts who made sally part of our storymichael and kelley were great hostsmike and kelley are very communicative and helpfulRead more reviewsthe location is excellentthe location is fabplenty of good restaurants close bygreat shops and restaurants close by or a short drive away5 min walking distance and you are at a great brewery (urban family)
Ideal for a small family of four, this traditional houseboat in Seattle has modern interiors and great views. Docked on South Lake Union, this vessel offers amazing views of Seattle skyline that can be admired from the upper deck. Inside, there is a light-filled and contemporary living area, a full kitchen, a dining area, and two bathrooms and bedrooms. Three kayaks are also available for guest use and all the attractions of Seattle are a short drive away.
Traditional Seattle HouseboatSuperhost
Top guest reviewsthe houseboat was comfortable clean and sitting on the deck for the sunset was heavenlythe houseboat was absolutely charming very comfortable and a thrill to come home tothe houseboat is charming cozy clean with terraces perfect for a sundowner ;) easy to get to downtown
Host:the host was very responsive and accommodatinghost was friendly and very welcomingdesiree was an excellent host - she made us feel welcomed and made herself available for any questionsdesiree was very attentive and took care of any questions we hadcommunication with hosts was easyRead more reviewsthe neighborhood is very walkable great shops and restaurantsthe location couldn't have been more perfect and it had everything you'd want and morethe eastlake location can’t be beat with 3 parks and a great market within a couple blocksthe neighbors were nice and the area was quiet at night but walking to great restaurants
For a romantic getaway on the water, book this cozy houseboat for two in Seattle. From the upper deck, take in gorgeous city, lake and marina views while enjoying an alfresco meal. A comfy bedroom, a simple living area, a fully stocked kitchen, and a bathroom are available in the boat. The host generously provides some breakfast essentials, two kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets to guests. Several popular restaurants are located closeby.
Classic houseboat on the lake in SeattleSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsit was clean and had 2 kayaks
Host:the host was absolute amazing toothe host was greatminh was an excellent and attentive hostminh is a great host and the classic houseboat was a super awesome way to enjoy seattlewhat else do you need? a cool hostRead more reviewsawesome location super fun placeawesome quiet and close to everythinglocation was great; though priceygreat location next to downtown seattlevery space efficient and close to everything in the city
Completely refurbished, this cute houseboat on Lake Union sleeps four guests. It has modern fixtures and furnishings like bamboo floors, a subway tile shower, and more. The boat also offers several outdoor spots to enjoy the beautiful Seattle views, including the rooftop, front and back decks. A well-furnished living area, an open-plan kitchen and dining area, a cozy bedroom and a full bathroom make up the interior of this vessel. A coffee shop is at a walking distance from this houseboat.
Houseboat on Lake Union, Seattle, long term rentalSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsRead more reviewsthe kitchen is well stocked the bed are super comfortable and the location is fantasticwe thoroughly enjoyed the houseboat experience this place is super cute and had everything we needed
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
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" HouseboatWestlake, Seattle, Washington, United States
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 HouseboatSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewswe were able to watch the sunset from the rooftop deck and enjoyed the views from the bedamazing view adorable and cozy spacethe bed was comfortable and the views were perfect we would definitely stay againvery cozy place nice selection of books to skim cute decks with beautiful urban viewsthe wifi connectivity was great and the accommodations were also very nicethe marina was very clean and all neighbors were friendlythe houseboat was clean and had everything we needed to enjoy a nice night
Host:emma was super responsive to all the questions i hadit is an excellent place one of a kindcommunication with the hosts was great as wellRead more reviewsgreat location would stay here againgreat location relaxing and romantic atmospherethe houseboat is so cute and the location is just perfectcomfortable cozy yet close to the citywe absolutely loved this place super cute houseboat and great location
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 UnionSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsbelow deck was super cozy but we really loved sitting on the deck above and enjoying the viewwe loved the views and the cozy interior of the boatbeautiful views from the boat and the bed was comfyit was a perfect getaway comfiest bed and beddingwe found 3 excellent places: 1) top pot donuts for breakfast 2) domani restaurant (they had an excellentgreat place to relax very cleanvery comfortable clean with unique touches of home) the windows throughout the boat are kept crystal clean
Host:gretchen was an excellent hostgretchen was quick to answer questions give advice on places to go and all around a wonderful hostgretchen was very helpful and responded to all questions and assisted us when we neededmy thanks to the hostess and host that made sure i had everything for my staygretchen is a great host and nothing is left to guessRead more reviewsloved the location and unique experiencethe location is beautiful and convenientthe location was amazing and peacefulthis location was a perfect base location for our exploration of seattlegreat experience very good location
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 LovenestWestlake, Seattle, Washington, United States
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 HouseboatSeattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsthe bed and furniture are all very comfortablecozy houseboat with great amenitiesour daughter slept on the couch on the main floor which was very large and comfortablehas all the comforts of home like shower kitchen washer dryer etci loved being able to see the space needle lit up at night right from bedeverything was clean and comfortableclean quiet and very comfortablepeaceful place to stay very clean and nicesuper clean space and great locationit was clean comfortable and fully stocked with supplies
Host:our host provided excellent instructions for finding the boat upon arrivalthe owner was very responsive and quick to address any issuesmichaelle was a wonderful host and responded quickly to requests for helpthe host did a great job communicating with me the stay was outstandingshe was so gracious and kind to us during our stay and made us feel welcomeRead more reviewsexcellent location close to downtown but far enough away from the noisethe location is close to downtown and all the major attractionsgreat value and locationwe loved the location as it was close to downtown but also close to the charming fremont areabeautiful place and great location
If you’re looking for a romantic houseboat in Seattle, rental options are available aplenty here. 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
Top guest reviewssuch an adorable houseboat the bed is super comfortable and the living room is charmingthe marina is quiet and has a bathroom you are encouraged to usevery clean and quainta clean unique experiencevery clean comfortable cozygreat stay and experience would stay again houseboat was clean and had everything you neededthe boat was shining clean and quite comfortable
Host:the boat was charming and the host was incredibly responsiveemma was a gracious hostthe hosts were communicative clear and very responsiveadorable house boat in a great location property manager was helpful and quick with responseswe had luggage to store before check-in and she was very responsive and accommodatingRead more reviewsthe location was outstandingcute experience and a great locationthe location was great and close to many wonderful placeswonderful location with easy access to downtown seattlewe loved staying there great location and cute houseboat
The Seattle houseboat rental 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
Top guest reviewsbeds were comfy and the deck was delightfulwe had to move the couch away from the wall to use the wall heater safelyalso couch on pull-out bed is a blow-up and i didn’t think this was clearour nieces enjoyed sleeping in the two loft bedsi don’t recommend this for large families it has two comfy double bedsthe houseboat was clean and comfortablesafe and very cleanclean and well furnished/decorateda very picturesque and clean placethe area was very quiet and clean
Host:wonderful experience to live on the boat the host was very nice and responds very quickthe host was excellent at communication and getting the propane fixed in a timely mannerRead more reviewsgreat location close to downtowngreat location and fun staygreat location and ideal for a houseboat experiencethe location was terrific as welllocation is perfect can walk to grocery restaurants etc
It’s hard to find a houseboat for rent in Seattle as spacious as this one! 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
Top guest reviewsbut there was a box fan to keep the other bedroom coolwifi wasn't very strong but we did have a good phone signalwe were able to fit six people fairly comfortable and each person had somewhere to sleepplenty of room and definitely a bonus to relax on the upstairs deckvery nice houseboat excellent location and two very comfortable beds as well as a sofa bedvery clean with detailed instructionsthe houseboat was very cleansuper clean well-decorated and very well-keptthe houseboat itself was very clean spacious and well-equippedvery roomy clean and comfortable
Host:she responded quickly and was very helpfuloverall the houseboat was nice and the property manager emma was very responsivethe few people i crossed paths with were very kind and respectfulso accommodating we would all recommend this place for a quick getawayRead more reviewsnice location and interesting experiencegreat place and location for visiting the heart of seattlegreat location to get transportation to the other parts of seattlea great spot in a unique locationawesome location will all kinds of fun things to do nearby
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
Top guest reviewsit was our first time on a boat overnight and i am a big fan nowthe decor and furniture is well thought-out and man that’s a comfortable bedwe loved our stay at the houseboat it was very cozy and relaxingbeds were very comfortablegreat small community and very quiet the main bed was extremely comfortableit was clean and comfortablespotlessly clean roomy and comfortablethe bed was super comfy and the space was clean and nicely decoratedthe space was clean comfortable and the two outdoor spaces were wonderful areas to spend time init was well decorated clean more spacious than expected and had a very unique location
Host:thanks for being a great hostthank you for being such amazing hostsgreat place and the hosts were very good at communicatingfrom the moment i inquired about staying with them they were very communicative and helpfulemma and micheal are super responsive and ready to guide you through whatever you need to knowRead more reviewsgreat location on the bike pathlocation was nice toogreat location on the lakegreat location within walking distance to food and drinkscute houseboat that's easy to get to by bus
Spend time with your partner or a close friend on board this dreamy houseboat moored in a marina in Seattle. Well-appointed and stylish, it has a comfortable bedroom, an inviting living area, an open-plan kitchen, a full bathroom, and a snug dining space. Beautiful views of the city can be enjoyed from the windows or rooftop deck of the vessel. The shaded deck also has a barbecue grill and ample seating. Pike Place Market is just 2.8 km (1.7 mi) away from here.
Dreamy Houseboat w/Rooftop Deck - Slip Away!Seattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsso overall yes the view was great and the bed is comfyfirst time on a houseboat and we had a wonderful time very cozythe kitchen had everything we needed to cook breakfast lunch and dinner and the bed was comfortableit was a little cold but with the 2 heaters it was finevery comfortable for 2especially with all the latest cdc guidance regarding cleaning to protect people from covidvery clean and host was very responsivethe house boat is very clean and has everything you need
Host:host was a great communicator and quick to respond to any questionsthe police kindly removed most of our possessions and kept the host away from my familythe hosts were very easy to communicate with and access to the marina/boat were seamlesswe are hosts ourselves so understand the challenges but the ones we noted can be easily overcomeplace is very cute and the hosts told us everything we needed to know about what to expectRead more reviewscute little house boat in a great locationgreat boathouse in an amazing locationperfect location close to so many things for a very cute houseboatrad boat house in a great locationsuch a fun and unique stay in a great location in seattle definitely made our trip memorable highly recommend
Sporting a teak exterior and an interior made entirely of mahogany, this fully restored, 80-year-old wooden motor yacht offers charters, both single-day and multi-day, around Seattle. It has four bedrooms that can accommodate up to eight guests. It also features a spacious modern kitchen, a cozy salon, and two dining areas. When you rent this boat on Airbnb, it will be docked close to many of Seattle’s top attractions.
78' Historic Yacht! Fully Restored, Sleeps 8!Seattle, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsthere's even a flat screen tv that was perfect for thanksgiving footballvery comfortable beds toiletries and fresh flowers made for a pleasant staythe dining and living salons are museum-quality yet comfortablebeds were super comfortable and the freeway noise was not an issue in any wayclean beds and blankets were comfortable tons of towels and lot of spacecomfortable and unique very clean with all the perfect amenities
Host:host is wonderfulkuhrt is a gracious and very attentive host as well as kind and funnykuhrt & crew were so friendly and helpfulservice was also fantastic and they were all super friendly and responsivehistoric 1938 yacht the most amazing staff support and hospitalityRead more reviewscute neighborhoods within walking distance nearbythe location is greatgreat location except the near by freeway noisewe walked to a nearby corner store with an impressive selection of wine to enjoybeautiful boat spacious brilliant location so much caracture
Nearby rentals on Friday Harbor
This small yet charming seaport is the gateway to the San Juan Islands. Though it’s only a few hours from Seattle, it will make you feel worlds away! This spot is commonly reached via ferry from Seattle. If you plan on going whale watching or kayaking, consider these rentals.
Stay in a cozy bed and breakfast–but this time, on the water! Enjoy accommodation in the Forward Stateroom, a suite of rooms on a 60-ft (18.3-m) boat docked on Friday Harbor. The space is perfect for two guests, but is quite roomy with a salon and a private bathroom. It is a walking distance to Washington State Ferries as well as several shops. After a night of peaceful slumber (no need to worry about motion sickness as the boat is quite steady), catch the spectacular sunrise with a cup of coffee on the deck.
Wharfside Boat n Breakfast ForwardFriday Harbor, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewswonderful views comfortable accommodations made an old sea going marine have a deja vu moment or twobreakfast on the deck is very special as wellthe captains quarters are magical and extremely comfortableand the breakfast too good to be true thanks laurabreakfast in the morning on the boat deck was beautifulthe hot tub is clean and relaxingthe rooms are clean comfortable and beautiful with thoughtfully chosen period antiques
Host:laura was a great host and hearing the story behind the boat was a highlightthe boat was so full of character and laura was an amazing hostcharming orcas island b&b with wonderful hosts and delicious breakfaststhis boat is truly one-of-a-kind and your hosts are gracious friendly and as welcoming as they comebest bnb experience yet laura is a super host very hospitableRead more reviewsarea is very safe and this is close to so many shops and dining optionsthe location is divine for sitting on the deck and enjoying a glass of wine at sunsetit's super close to the ferry has great access to restaurants and bars and the views are soothingfantastic place exquisite boat great breakfast couldn't be betterwhat a lovely place to spend a night and what great hosts
Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Zephyr Northwest, a unique research vessel and passenger boat helmed by experienced mariners Ron and Ashley. There is berthing for 10 adults on board, so you can bring along the whole family for a fun adventure filled with cruising along protected shores, wildlife encounters, and hiking. You can also go kayaking, crabbing, and whale watching. Note that children below 12 and pets are not permitted. Guests are free to use the galley, but homecooked meals are also provided. Be sure to let the owners know about your preferred pick-up and drop-off points between Hood Canal and Friday Harbor.
Cruise the San Juan Islands on the 85 foot ZephyrFriday Harbor, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsthe zephyr is a beauty inside and out the beds comfy and the bathrooms roomy for a boatRead more reviews
Host:the ship is wonderful and the hosts ashley and captain ron are experts at what they are doing
Nearby rentals across the bay
A cruise across Elliot Bay to see the astonishing sight of Seattle’s skyline is an opportunity you can’t miss. Barely an hour from Seattle via ferry, several places across the bay also offer houseboat rentals you can check out.
This cottage-style houseboat in Brinnon is a perfect hideaway for two to three guests (plus a well-behaved dog for a small fee). Quaint and well-equipped, the houseboat features an open layout that makes it feel extra spacious. There’s a queen-sized bed, a sofa bed, a U-shaped kitchen, an enclosed bathroom with a shower, and a patio with two teak chairs that makes a great place to enjoy sunsets over a glass of wine. Guests also get access to some of the marina’s facilities, including kayak and standup paddle board rentals. The owners are very welcoming - they only ask that the houseboat be kept neat throughout your stay.
HOUSEBOAT FOR 2 or 3: Get-Away *Weekday SpecialsBrinnon, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviewswe also really enjoyed eating breakfast and playing cards/games out in the deck in the morningsthe houseboat was so cozy and relaxingthe perfect weekend getaway we loved our cozy little houseboat and spending evenings on the back porchso comfortable and relaxing we didn’t really want to leave itthe housboat was clean and cozybeautiful quiet and clean place to stayit was super clean well maintained and well appointedeverything was clean and tidy and we were very comfortablea very clean and cozy little cabin on the water
Host:host is very responsivefriendly service good food large servingsthe owner is friendly and responsiveand very helpful staff at the marinalynne is an amazing host with quick responses to resolve issues if anyRead more reviewsamazing location for weekend getawayvery relaxing location near dosewallips state parkit was the perfect unique place to stay and the location phenomenalexceptional across the board cute relaxing beautiful location right near the best clamming evergreat location for local hikes of all abilities
Cozy and lowkey, this little bungalow-type houseboat makes a perfect relaxing weekend retreat. Docked at Pleasant Harbor Marina, it has an open layout with one bed, one bathroom, a kitchenette, and an electric fireplace. An ante room with bunk beds makes this houseboat an excellent choice for small families. Note that internet can be a tad slow in this area, so you’re better off making use of the large TV and DVD player for movie nights. It also runs on only 30 amps of power so multiple appliance use should be kept to a minimum. It’s a great opportunity for a semi-off-grid getaway, though! Relax out on the deck or take your dog (note: houseboat has a small pet fee) for a walk along the marina.
Sweet Floating BungalowSuperhost
Top guest reviewsthe perfect amount of space with a great little kitchenit was so cozy and had all the comforts of homeit was very comfortable and surrounded by a beautiful serene mariana and so many opportunities for day hikesthe houseboat is so cozy and comfortablethe house boat was even more adorable than we had expected with beautiful sky lights and cozy furnishingsthe space was clean and relaxingthe houseboat itself was clean cute and cozysuper clean had everything ya neededthe houseboat was very clean and well furnished and thoughtfully arrangedit's a lovely boathouse clean and cozy
Host:the owner made everything very easylynne is an awesome hostfriendly people at the marinahost was excellent super communicative and helpfulso good for dinner and a beer i recommend the nearby geoduck the staff were really niceRead more reviewsthe location in brinnon is greatbeautiful location quiet and relaxingwonderful hiking options close bypeaceful comfortable stay and a great location for our foraging expeditionclose to hiking and other fun activities
Fondly known as True, this remarkable 1965 Pearson Countess ketch promises a classic sailboat experience. Anchored at Eagle Harbor, True will have you dreaming of the high seas while staying in absolute comfort. With three berths, it can sleep up to five people. While a light breakfast is included in your stay, there is also a fully equipped kitchen as well. You can lounge in the cockpit or on the deck. Note that a two-hour sunset sail is required to book True at a separate fee. With the iconic scenery of Bainbridge Island as your backdrop, we’re certain you’ll look forward to it!
❤️WOW! Sail Bainbridge *Romantic Stay & Sail*Bainbridge Island, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviewsit was the perfect one night getaway the beds breakfast and bean bags aboard deck were awesomeoh yes the mattress was much more comfortable than i expected to find on a boatthe ship has beautiful wood dinning and seating areas with a functional kitchenRead more reviews
Host:ben was the perfect hostthey were amazing hosts extremely accommodating and helpfulben was an amazing host and captainben was the perfect host we had such an amazing experience sailing and staying aboardben was a great and very responsive to questions via text before and during our stay
Imagine a rejuvenating stay on the water, away from the busyness of your daily life. At this cozy and laidback yacht, this is the stay experience that awaits you. Its two staterooms can sleep up to four people while dogs are also welcomed. Prepare light meals in the galley that features a microwave and have hot showers dockside. Let the rocking of the waters soothe you as you lounge on the upper sunning deck. If you prefer, and if the weather permits, you will be toured across scenic Puget Sound by the captain, accompanied by beverages and appetizers.
First Mate BB&BPort Orchard, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsthe sleeping accommodations on the boat are very comfortable) bathroom on the boat is totally functional including the shower better water pressure/hot water function than expectedtheir breakfasts were a lot of fun and thoughtfulthe marina is clean and quiet a little more activity on weekends but always peaceful
Host:hosts were so kind and accommodating in every regardthank you so much for having us and for being such great hoststhey were accommodating and very responsiveour stay was very relaxing and our hosts were kind and very responsivewhat a great getaway and beautiful first airbnb experience the hosts were wonderfulRead more reviewswe loved kayaking and enjoyed the location so close to restaurantsthanks alan and christy perfect location to be close to the wedding we were attendingwhat a unique and fun place to stay
Nearby rental north of Seattle
North of Seattle are various island gems that are accessible via a short ferry ride or drive. Check out Anacortes, a friendly community on Fidalgo Island, among other interesting Puget Sound destinations.
This gorgeous 36-ft (11-m) yacht is moored at Anacortes, and its location gives guests the best of both worlds! It’s just a block away from downtown and close to hiking and biking trails. Whale watching is accessible from the marina, while you can admire amazing views of Puget Sound right from the deck. It features two cabins, two bathrooms, and a large TV with a selection of shows and movies if you’d rather spend some time indoors. Else, a cozy spot awaits on deck - all you need is some good company.
36 ft Yacht in AnacortesAnacortes, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsit was comfortable and all the amenities you need are availablethe marina has comfortable amenities and felt extremely safethe beds are cozy and the back deck is great to sit onwe used the fans provided when necessary which was helpfulthe beds were more comfortable and more spacious than i expectedand very cleanvery clean cozy and in a beautiful areathe place was pretty clean and the kitchen was nicely stockedthe boat was clean and quite cozyhis yacht is clean and the pictures are just as you will find
Host:host was very nicethe hosts were very responsive and provided hospitable touches throughoutsamantha the co-host was available and responsivethe host had some very thoughtful touches knowing it was our honeymoonjames is very helpful and knows the area very wellRead more reviewsgreat location for walkingright on the water great location for shopping and dinningthe location is wonderful and easy to walk or drive to everything in anacortespros; wonderful location in marina next to trails and a short walk to historic downtowndelightful bit of romance close to cute downtown
Nearby rentals south of Seattle
Vashon Island, one of the best places to visit in Washington is not as well-known as other destinations on the Puget Sound, but there’s no shortage of activities that can be enjoyed here, from kayaking to saltwater swimming. It makes a convenient secluded getaway, being only 20 minutes’ ferry ride from Seattle.
When you need to get away from it all, you might want to consider this quaint houseboat for a tranquil getaway. Be soothed by the steady waters underneath you as you stay on this one-bedroom houseboat that’s great for two guests. You’re sure to get refreshed by the idyllic scenery of Vashon Island, disrupted only by passing boats and stirring marine life. It’s only a short ferry ride from Tacoma or Seattle.
Houseboat on Quartermaster harbor, Vashon IslandVashon, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsoutstanding views and very comfortable staythe views are amazing from all the roomscozy warmth and a wonderful viewthis vashon houseboat is very cozy and comfortablebeautiful views warm fireplace and all the kitchen necessities for a wonderful getawaysuper clean and quick communicationit was clean and comfortablethe houseboat was very quiet and cleanthe place was clean and well equippedthe boathouse was very clean and well kept
Host:staff was nice and welcomingthe host who checked us in was fantastichosts where very friendlygreat place and accommodating hosthosts were immediately available to answer any questions we had and the check in instructions were very clearRead more reviewsfun location and comfy placeamazing location in a quiet marinabeautiful house and perfect locationthe location is amazing and so relaxingwonderful location we will be back thanks scotty and lisa
Welcome to Bluebird, a vintage 1967 sailboat moored on Vashon-Maury Island. It can accommodate four to five people and can be rented out for a maximum of three nights. Although it’s a short ferry ride from Seattle and Tacoma, Bluebird is perched right in the lap of nature. Close by is Dockton Park where you can enjoy saltwater swimming, camping, and fishing. There are also several shops and restaurants, as well as a thriving art community, nearby. On a sunny morning, take advantage of the complimentary breakfast picnic basket and spend a relaxing time on the beach.
32' Sailboat / 2 berths / Vashon IsVashon, Washington, United States
Top guest reviewsmary brought us delicious breakfast and coffee each morningthe breakfast and coffee every morning just added to an already great experiencethe marina was clean and quite-nothing fancy or loud
Host:she brought us breakfasts and was rxtremely helpfulthe host was really nice and welcomingthis was the best mary was a fantastic host and her boat was perfectthe host supplied memory foam for each bed so it was very comfortableRead more reviewsthe location was amazing - a quiet secluded bay
Discover Seattle from the water
Seattle offers plenty of activities and attractions for all kinds of travelers, including amazing things to do alone or fun ways to spend time with your kids. 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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