33 Best Airbnb Houseboats In And Around Seattle - Updated 2021

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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.

1. Iconic houseboat offering 180-degree views

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
 
Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

2. Classic tug boat on Westlake Avenue (from USD 100)

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 Boat
Seattle, Washington, United States
484 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
small space not luxury accommodations but fun and cozy and unique
the 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 seattle
comfortable living space
it was equipped with heaters (which is great because it's november) and the bed was very comfortable
Cleanliness:
it is incredibly clean and cozy
very clean comfortable bed and easy check in
the boat was clean and the linens were fresh
while the quarters were small (perfect for 1-2) it was clean comfortable and well-appointed
the 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 area
sean was an excellent host with great tips and fast responses to our questions
sean is a great host
great place to stay on lake union responsive host and a wonderful little nordic tug
sean is a great host too
Location:
it’s conveniently located making it easy to walk to most attractions
fun and safe adventure in perfect location
great location and very fun
perfect little cozy tugboat and close to everything
loved the tugboat great location and great experience
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3. Sleek houseboat with rooftop deck (from USD 162)

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 Seattle
Seattle, Washington, United States
8 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Host:
gene provided a very helpful video to show us how to access the property
Location:
beautiful place to stay highly recommend i only wish i had made my stay longer
what a superb place to stay
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4. Luxury yacht with beautiful sunset views (from USD 250)

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 States
33 reviews Superhost  
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Host:
amazing place love the atmosphere great staff will come very often
chris was so accommodating and friendly
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5. Sailboat in a quiet area of Seattle (from USD 150)

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 Wa
Seattle, Washington, United States
46 reviews
Private room in boat 0 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we 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 hosts
stan was an excellent host and made us feel right at home
stan was an amazing host and the sailboat is absolutely beautiful
they are very friendly and knowledgeable about seattle
they were very friendly and attentive to our needs
Location:
amazing location and a very unique place to stay
its definitely a beautiful and peaceful location
the walk to golden gardens is very nice in the evening to watch the sunset
the marina is next to a beautiful park and very near to restaurants grocery and wonderful mainstreet shops
the view is gorgeous and is within walking distance to a nice beach and some great seafood
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6. Modern houseboat on Lake Union (from USD 142)

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 Houseboat
Seattle, Washington, United States
Houseboat 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

7. Lovely houseboat moored in South Lake Union

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 Union
Seattle, Washington, United States
40 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
clean comfy and a perfect getaway
it is clean comfortable and has everything needed to have an awesome seattle experience
Host:
she was very responsive and compassionate
michaelle the host was great and responses very always very quick
she was so helpful and made sure our stay was perfect she even had some nice cool beverages awaiting us
the host is super organized helpful efficient and our stay was wonderful
the docks and the surrounding boat owners were friendly and welcoming
Location:
nice boathouse at great location
michaelle's beautiful place offered the perfext location and unique option
beautiful location and very peaceful nights sleep
the location is close to everything and yet so quiet and peaceful on the water
i highly recommend staying at michaelle’s place
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8. Furnished houseboat with two decks

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 Seattle
Seattle, Washington, United States
9 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds were super comfortable and was equipped with everything you need for a great stay
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9. 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.

UNIQUE SEATTLE EXPERIENCE
Seattle, Washington, United States
190 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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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10. Traditional houseboat with Seattle skyline views

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 Houseboat
Seattle, Washington, United States
28 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the houseboat was comfortable clean and sitting on the deck for the sunset was heavenly
the houseboat was absolutely charming very comfortable and a thrill to come home to
Cleanliness:
the houseboat is charming cozy clean with terraces perfect for a sundowner ;) easy to get to downtown
Host:
the host was very responsive and accommodating
host was friendly and very welcoming
desiree was an excellent host - she made us feel welcomed and made herself available for any questions
desiree was very attentive and took care of any questions we had
communication with hosts was easy
Location:
the neighborhood is very walkable great shops and restaurants
the location couldn't have been more perfect and it had everything you'd want and more
the eastlake location can’t be beat with 3 parks and a great market within a couple blocks
the neighbors were nice and the area was quiet at night but walking to great restaurants
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11. Cozy houseboat close to 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 Seattle
Seattle, Washington, United States
65 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
it was clean and had 2 kayaks
Host:
the host was absolute amazing too
the host was great
minh was an excellent and attentive host
minh is a great host and the classic houseboat was a super awesome way to enjoy seattle
what else do you need? a cool host
Location:
awesome location super fun place
awesome quiet and close to everything
location was great; though pricey
great location next to downtown seattle
very space efficient and close to everything in the city
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12. Refurbished vessel with modern amenities

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 rental
Seattle, Washington, United States
6 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Location:
the kitchen is well stocked the bed are super comfortable and the location is fantastic
we thoroughly enjoyed the houseboat experience this place is super cute and had everything we needed
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13. 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

14. 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 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

15. 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
Cleanliness:
the marina was very clean and all neighbors were friendly
the houseboat was clean and had everything we needed to enjoy a nice night
Host:
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
Location:
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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16. 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
Cleanliness:
great place to relax very clean
very comfortable clean with unique touches of home
) the windows throughout the boat are kept crystal clean
Host:
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
Location:
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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17. 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 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

18. A floating retreat in the 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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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19. A houseboat with complete facilities

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
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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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20. Jicama 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
376 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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21. The Ginger Houseboat

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
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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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22. Turnip Houseboat

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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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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23. Dreamy floating abode with a roof deck

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
190 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
so overall yes the view was great and the bed is comfy
first time on a houseboat and we had a wonderful time very cozy
the kitchen had everything we needed to cook breakfast lunch and dinner and the bed was comfortable
it was a little cold but with the 2 heaters it was fine
very comfortable for 2
Cleanliness:
especially with all the latest cdc guidance regarding cleaning to protect people from covid
very clean and host was very responsive
the house boat is very clean and has everything you need
Host:
host was a great communicator and quick to respond to any questions
the police kindly removed most of our possessions and kept the host away from my family
the hosts were very easy to communicate with and access to the marina/boat were seamless
we are hosts ourselves so understand the challenges but the ones we noted can be easily overcome
place is very cute and the hosts told us everything we needed to know about what to expect
Location:
cute little house boat in a great location
great boathouse in an amazing location
perfect location close to so many things for a very cute houseboat
rad boat house in a great location
such a fun and unique stay in a great location in seattle definitely made our trip memorable highly recommend
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24. Fully restored historic yacht

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
43 reviews
Boat 5 Beds 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there's even a flat screen tv that was perfect for thanksgiving football
very comfortable beds toiletries and fresh flowers made for a pleasant stay
the dining and living salons are museum-quality yet comfortable
beds were super comfortable and the freeway noise was not an issue in any way
Cleanliness:
clean beds and blankets were comfortable tons of towels and lot of space
comfortable and unique very clean with all the perfect amenities
Host:
host is wonderful
kuhrt is a gracious and very attentive host as well as kind and funny
kuhrt & crew were so friendly and helpful
service was also fantastic and they were all super friendly and responsive
historic 1938 yacht the most amazing staff support and hospitality
Location:
cute neighborhoods within walking distance nearby
the location is great
great location except the near by freeway noise
we walked to a nearby corner store with an impressive selection of wine to enjoy
beautiful boat spacious brilliant location so much caracture
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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.

25. Dreamy boat and breakfast (from USD 250)

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 Forward
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States
53 reviews
Private room in boat 0 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wonderful views comfortable accommodations made an old sea going marine have a deja vu moment or two
breakfast on the deck is very special as well
the captains quarters are magical and extremely comfortable
and the breakfast too good to be true thanks laura
breakfast in the morning on the boat deck was beautiful
Cleanliness:
the hot tub is clean and relaxing
the 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 highlight
the boat was so full of character and laura was an amazing host
charming orcas island b&b with wonderful hosts and delicious breakfasts
this boat is truly one-of-a-kind and your hosts are gracious friendly and as welcoming as they come
best bnb experience yet laura is a super host very hospitable
Location:
area is very safe and this is close to so many shops and dining options
the location is divine for sitting on the deck and enjoying a glass of wine at sunset
it's super close to the ferry has great access to restaurants and bars and the views are soothing
fantastic place exquisite boat great breakfast couldn't be better
what a lovely place to spend a night and what great hosts
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26. Exciting multi-day cruise along San Juan islands (from USD 1500)

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 Zephyr
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States
5 reviews
Boat 8 Beds 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the zephyr is a beauty inside and out the beds comfy and the bathrooms roomy for a boat
Host:
the ship is wonderful and the hosts ashley and captain ron are experts at what they are doing
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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.

27. Snug cottage-style hideaway

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 Specials
Brinnon, Washington, United States
146 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we also really enjoyed eating breakfast and playing cards/games out in the deck in the mornings
the houseboat was so cozy and relaxing
the perfect weekend getaway we loved our cozy little houseboat and spending evenings on the back porch
so comfortable and relaxing we didn’t really want to leave it
Cleanliness:
the housboat was clean and cozy
beautiful quiet and clean place to stay
it was super clean well maintained and well appointed
everything was clean and tidy and we were very comfortable
a very clean and cozy little cabin on the water
Host:
host is very responsive
friendly service good food large servings
the owner is friendly and responsive
and very helpful staff at the marina
lynne is an amazing host with quick responses to resolve issues if any
Location:
amazing location for weekend getaway
very relaxing location near dosewallips state park
it was the perfect unique place to stay and the location phenomenal
exceptional across the board cute relaxing beautiful location right near the best clamming ever
great location for local hikes of all abilities
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28. Cozy floating bungalow (from USD 149)

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 Bungalow
Brinnon, Washington, United States
118 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
the perfect amount of space with a great little kitchen
it was so cozy and had all the comforts of home
it was very comfortable and surrounded by a beautiful serene mariana and so many opportunities for day hikes
the houseboat is so cozy and comfortable
the house boat was even more adorable than we had expected with beautiful sky lights and cozy furnishings
Cleanliness:
the space was clean and relaxing
the houseboat itself was clean cute and cozy
super clean had everything ya needed
the houseboat was very clean and well furnished and thoughtfully arranged
it's a lovely boathouse clean and cozy
Host:
the owner made everything very easy
lynne is an awesome host
friendly people at the marina
host was excellent super communicative and helpful
so good for dinner and a beer i recommend the nearby geoduck the staff were really nice
Location:
the location in brinnon is great
beautiful location quiet and relaxing
wonderful hiking options close by
peaceful comfortable stay and a great location for our foraging expedition
close to hiking and other fun activities
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29. Romantic classic sailboat (from USD 325)

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 States
20 reviews
Boat 4 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
it was the perfect one night getaway the beds breakfast and bean bags aboard deck were awesome
oh yes the mattress was much more comfortable than i expected to find on a boat
the ship has beautiful wood dinning and seating areas with a functional kitchen
Host:
ben was the perfect host
they were amazing hosts extremely accommodating and helpful
ben was an amazing host and captain
ben was the perfect host we had such an amazing experience sailing and staying aboard
ben was a great and very responsive to questions via text before and during our stay
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30. Laidback yacht stay for four (from USD 195)

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&B
Port Orchard, Washington, United States
26 reviews
Boat 5 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
the 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 expected
their breakfasts were a lot of fun and thoughtful
Cleanliness:
the marina is clean and quiet a little more activity on weekends but always peaceful
Host:
hosts were so kind and accommodating in every regard
thank you so much for having us and for being such great hosts
they were accommodating and very responsive
our stay was very relaxing and our hosts were kind and very responsive
what a great getaway and beautiful first airbnb experience the hosts were wonderful
Location:
we loved kayaking and enjoyed the location so close to restaurants
thanks alan and christy perfect location to be close to the wedding we were attending
what a unique and fun place to stay
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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.

31. Ideally located contemporary yacht (from USD 90)

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 Anacortes
Anacortes, Washington, United States
102 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
it was comfortable and all the amenities you need are available
the marina has comfortable amenities and felt extremely safe
the beds are cozy and the back deck is great to sit on
we used the fans provided when necessary which was helpful
the beds were more comfortable and more spacious than i expected
Cleanliness:
and very clean
very clean cozy and in a beautiful area
the place was pretty clean and the kitchen was nicely stocked
the boat was clean and quite cozy
his yacht is clean and the pictures are just as you will find
Host:
host was very nice
the hosts were very responsive and provided hospitable touches throughout
samantha the co-host was available and responsive
the host had some very thoughtful touches knowing it was our honeymoon
james is very helpful and knows the area very well
Location:
great location for walking
right on the water great location for shopping and dinning
the location is wonderful and easy to walk or drive to everything in anacortes
pros; wonderful location in marina next to trails and a short walk to historic downtown
delightful bit of romance close to cute downtown
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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.

32. Quaint houseboat on Quartermaster Harbor

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 Island
Vashon, Washington, United States
235 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
outstanding views and very comfortable stay
the views are amazing from all the rooms
cozy warmth and a wonderful view
this vashon houseboat is very cozy and comfortable
beautiful views warm fireplace and all the kitchen necessities for a wonderful getaway
Cleanliness:
super clean and quick communication
it was clean and comfortable
the houseboat was very quiet and clean
the place was clean and well equipped
the boathouse was very clean and well kept
Host:
staff was nice and welcoming
the host who checked us in was fantastic
hosts where very friendly
great place and accommodating host
hosts were immediately available to answer any questions we had and the check in instructions were very clear
Location:
fun location and comfy place
amazing location in a quiet marina
beautiful house and perfect location
the location is amazing and so relaxing
wonderful location we will be back thanks scotty and lisa
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33. Vintage sailboat bed and breakfast (from USD 139)

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 Is
Vashon, Washington, United States
14 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
mary brought us delicious breakfast and coffee each morning
the breakfast and coffee every morning just added to an already great experience
Cleanliness:
the marina was clean and quite-nothing fancy or loud
Host:
she brought us breakfasts and was rxtremely helpful
the host was really nice and welcoming
this was the best mary was a fantastic host and her boat was perfect
the host supplied memory foam for each bed so it was very comfortable
Location:
the location was amazing - a quiet secluded bay
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Discover Seattle from the water

Airbnb Houseboat In Seattle
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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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