Staying aboard SleepAfloat managed houseboat "Lilypad" is a truly unique way to spend time in the city without breaking the bank! It's the perfect budget friendly rental for a couple or family of 2 adults and 2 small children.
* 1 full sized bed in the stern
* 1 double bed in the underberth (ceiling 2.5ft high)
* Main salon with futon, TV with basic channels and DVD player
* Galley kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, sink, stove and oven. (Washer is no longer available)
* Bathroom with stand up shower, toilet and vanity
* Outside deck with lounge furniture, electric grill and city views
* Fully heated and air conditioned
* Linens and bath towels
* Soaps and shampoo
* Cookware, cutlery and dishware
* Free Wifi
* Short walk to Aquarium, Haymark, North Station and Government Center subway stations
* Parking is $27 for 24 hours (this does not include in-and-out).
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Boston, Lilypad is just steps away from the New England Aquarium, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall, the North End, Boston Garden, a large outdoor neighborhood swimming pool, a free tennis court, a public ice skating rink, and countless other things to see and do. Parking is also available for $25/day cash at the marina.
The boat is in a protected part of the marina, but there can be some occasional movement during the day when boats pass by. At night the waters are very calm and some guests even find that a bit of gentle swaying relaxes them and makes for a very restful sleep.
After a long day of touring the city there is nothing better than relaxing on your own private sun deck with a cold drink in hand, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean as you enjoy the fantastic view of Boston's city skyline! So come join us and float all your cares away on SleepAfloat managed houseboat the Lilypad!
*Rates are for quoted for 2 guests. Each additional guest is $25/per person/night
Cleaning Fee: $119
Damage Insurance Fee: $39
Holiday rates are higher. Call for rates.
Additional amenities include: hair dryer, night life, iron/board, mini-fridge, suitable for children, double bed, city view, coffeemaker.
Left on 09/17/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | saxten
I stayed on Lilypad for two and half months during the winter and loved it. The boat is small, but the design is efficient, so I never felt cramped. The bed is comfortable, the kitchen is ample for preparing simple meals, and there's even a cozy living room space and small guest sleeping cabin (not for the claustrophobic!). There's also DirecTV and a reasonably strong wireless internet connection.
It took me a few days to get used to the gentle swaying, but I loved falling asleep to the sound of waves against the hull and waking up to the squawking of seagulls. The boat is conveniently located just a few minutes' walk from Hanover St., the main drag of Boston's historic North End neighborhood. There are lots of great bakeries and coffee shops nearby, as well as a few of the city's best restaurants, from the original Regina Pizza to Neptune Oyster.
The only downside to my experience, besides the fact that I ultimately had to move out, was the occasional cold. The provided space heaters were good, but they couldn't always overcome the 45-degree ocean water just feet below the floor. I guess that's to be expected on a boat in the middle of winter, and wearing a jacket or wrapping up in a blanket usually did the trick. The boat's caretaker, JJ, and handyman (forget his name) were friendly, responsive, and helpful on the couple of occasions when I had an issue (power outage and clogged kitchen drain).
Overall, I highly recommend staying here, and I'm sure it's even better, though also more expensive, when the weather is warm. I'm trying to figure out just how I can live on a houseboat again! Read more
Response from SleepAfloat Boat and Houseboat Rentals - 09/17/2013
Thanks so much for the review! We enjoyed having you this past winter. Those exceptionally cold days we had last winter actually caused us to make the decision to take the boat out of the water this winter. We will now only be running it as a 3 season rental. We hope we can get you back on board during one of the warmer months.....or in one of our warm weather cities!
Quiet and Convenient.
Left on 04/17/2013 for a stay in October 2012 | Mainers
We loved the location of the Lily Pad. It is in the perfect location within walking distance to all of downtown Boston. We were pleasantly surprised at how quiet it is on the harbor. We couldn't hear traffic or the subway. Jj was very helpful in answering all of our questions when we arrived. We will be back in October.
North field, NJ
Afloat in Boston
Left on 03/28/2013 for a stay in August 2012 | Cathy
We had a delist full time on the Lilypad. Best sleep I ever had with the rocking of the boat. We were close to public transportation. It's is a stellar spot to stay in Boston.
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