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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Green Turtle Floating Hotel Boston
- Green Turtle Floating b&b