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Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 38 Boston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Geelong & Bellarine, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
62 reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

As I write a number of travel reviews for our trip around the States, I come to the Green Turtle and I just smile. Why? Well we had been to San Francisco, Park City Utah (beautiful room), Seattle raining for 3 days and then the intensity of 57th Street in New York where we moved at high speed with the surrounding crowds. Some great things then happened. Firstly we caught a train from NYC to Boston (South Station and taxi to Green Turtle). What a great way to relax, catch up on reading and computer/internet communication and wind down from the hectic 5 days in NYC.

Then our taxi arrived at Pier 8 to be greeted by Karen (Jon was away most of our stay there). Boston is a beautiful city as it is but can be a bit cold and grey in March.....well we brought mid to high 20 degree weather, that is celsius, 80-90F weather for those in the States reading this, no wind and picture postcard conditions on the water. The intensity of the first two weeks in the states just drained out of us and we sat back to thoroughly enjoy Boston from the comfort of the Green Turtle. There are many bonuses of this property which have been mentioned in prior reviews, so I will try and add some things that we were concerned about or things we found either unexpectedly or beyond your hopes.

- Transport. This is so easy from Charlestown. Not only is the bus easy as indicated in the website and free but you can get around so many very, very easy ways. Walk (we walked home once after walking all day), walk and ferry, taxi is cheap. We did do this in great weather, so I can understand it may be a little harder in inclement weather
- Exercise. We are just moderate exercise people, just enough to keep the weight neutral against the U.S food and drink :-) Beautiful runs along the boardwalk and up to Bunker Hill. Great views and good variety of running surfaces.
- Tranquility. Both my wife and sister who travelled with us love the water and with perfect weather conditions we had postcard conditions that were identical to many of the travellers pictured on the TA thread. Some pretty big boats go by as well and they only seem inches away.
- Variety. In our trip we stayed in a range of accom, hotels, bed and breakfasts and an apartment. Nothing like this and it just breaks up the pattern of busy streets, high rise and lots of neighbours, plus the best views of any of our stops.

Tip. We got a tip to head up to the Warren Tavern which is more of a locals pub...good food and ambience. Also first drink was straight around to the Tavern on the Water, about 5mins walk. Very nice place for a drink and food if you like but it does get crowded, so try and avoid peak times especially on warm nights.

Room Tip: Only two rooms to choose from and they are identical.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2012

The Green Turtle is not a hotel or a B&B. It is an EXPERIENCE! The stay was a birthday celebration surprise for me and it couldn't have been better. Everything was perfect. The location is unbelievable, so peaceful and quiet, right in the middle of all the downtown Boston action. Jon and Karen are amazing hosts and take care of every possible detail that you can think of including delicious breakfasts. The gentle rocking of the boat during the nights made us sleep like babies. We will be back for sure!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

What a wonderful two days that we spent in the beautiful city of Boston, MA! The sights, the people - everything was great! What made it even better was our 3 night stay at the Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast. It was quiet, tastefully furnished, cozy (cool nights weren't a problem) and our host Karen could not have been nicer. Our breakfasts each morning (you choose the time and she leaves it piping hot outside your door) were delicious, scrumptious - too many superlatives to list here. Getting into Boston was easy, you could bus it, sub it, walk it or take the ferry ($1.70 one way). We choose the later two. The Harborwalk, the water, the privacy, restaurants close by etc. I could go on, and on. Looking forward to staying there on our next visit to Boston.

Glenn and Diane Robertson

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

What a great stay! Even on a blustery winter's night, this b&b was cozy and really special. Karen was a great host (Jon was travelling) and it seemed that no detail was overlooked. We loved walking the Harborwalk and the ferry (just $1.70 each way!) was a fun way to get into the city and back. I highly recommend dinner at the Navy Yard Bistro. We went there last minute, a quick walk from the Green Turtle, and enjoyed an amazing dinner. Can't wait to do it again in the summer.

Room Tip: They are adding another boat so there will soon be 4 rooms from which to choose!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

This was our first time staying at the Green Turtle and it was a lot of fun. The view from the room was priceless, waking up in the morning and seeing the sunrise from the bed with an unobstructed view of the harbor were the highlights. The breakfasts were delicious and the snacks and drinks ( water, juice) they provided were much appreciated. The room was very clean and stocked with everything you can need from extra blankets to dishes, cups, silverware, wine glasses, etc. Even though this B&B is a little further from downtown, there is a free shuttle that'll take you right to a T station so really travelling to and from was no problem at all. It was nice to come home after busy day and just relax, listen to the water and watch the ducks and swans fly by.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Hanover, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

This is my second stay at the Green Turtle--it's so great and I wish I could stay there more often but it is usually full--Here's hoping they will build more on this site--you get an unbelievable view Boston harbor-which you cannot see anywhere else--great places to eat near by and each day you get a delicious breakfast brought right to your room--at night the waves gentling rock you to sleep--and if you want to go to the city there is a water taxi that takes you right in and picks you up at your door--and if that is not enough if you have a car there is parking nearby--and if your car doesn't start( my battery died) and Jon just got the cables and started it and it was cold out there on the harbor--Thanks Jon and Karen for a great weekend Candy

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Vermont
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2012

We had a fantastic stay at the Green Turtle. I can't wait to go back! We stayed the night for my husband's birthday on a recent trip to Boston. The inn keepers are very friendly and accomodating. The breakfast was yummy and our room was stocked with complimentary snacks and drinks. The view of the harbor was beautiful and it was a short walk to the water taxi to downtown. A unique and wonderful experience.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1 Pier 8 13th Street, Boston, MA 02129
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Green Turtle is a floating bed and breakfast as luxurious as it is unique. Set in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard on Boston Harbor, the Green Turtle offers an expansive view of the Boston skyline along with the comfort and amenities of a modern bed and breakfast. The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), the Bunker Hill Monument and the Freedom Trail are a short walk away. You can take the water ferry to numerous points along the waterfront. There are dining choices from bagels to world famous dining. The Green Turtle houseboat and yachts were designed for comfort above all and the only reminder you are floating in Boston Harbor is the sound of the gulls, motion of the sea and the reflection of the ocean dancing on the ceiling. It is delightful starting your day sipping coffee or enjoying a cold beverage after a day of sightseeing while sitting on your dock chairs or aft deck watching the harbor traffic and city skyline. The Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast offers 3 boat choices. The Green Turtle I is a houseboat offering two private and separate suites and each has 1 queen sized bed with luxury linens. Each suite(Loggerhead and Sea Turtle) has a kitchenette and a private bathroom en suite. Each suite sleeps 2 or reserve both suites for 4 people. Green Turtle II is a 45 foot motor yacht which sleeps 2 - 6 people. She has 2 private queen staterooms with bathroom and shower in each stateroom, a full sleeper sofa in the living area, a galley and dinette and a great aft deck with comfortable outdoor furniture. Green Turtle III is a 43 foot motor yacht which sleeps 2-4 in 2 queen staterooms with bathroom and shower in each, a salon (living area) galley and dinette and an aft deck with comfortable outdoor furniture. Your suite/yacht is stocked with gourmet coffee, teas, juice yogurt, granola, spring water and snacks. We deliver fresh breakfast each morning. Staying aboard the Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast is a unique way to visit Boston. All boats are docked in marina slips and are moored permanently during your stay. We live right here on our sailboat. Come Float With Us! ... more   less 
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