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Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 38 Boston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
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“Unique experience not to be missed!”
Reviewed 28 October 2012

When researching hotels in the Boston area, I was surprised by the lack of B&B options and overwhelmed with the expensive, high rise hotels. My wife and I prefer to avoid the crowds in big cities, but still want to experience what these places have to offer, and the Green Turtle seemed to fit the bill perfectly. The fact that you can rent a houseboat or yacht is unique enough, but then when you factor in the serene privacy of the harbor itself, you really know that you made the right decision. Combine this with the genuine friendliness of the owners, amazing food and convenient public transportation and you have the best possible place to stay in Boston.

While being in the center of Boston may seem appealing, there is a lot of noise and traffic consistent with any big city. Being based in the marina just North of the city center is convenient with bus, ferry, subway and walking options. We parked our car for nearly the entire visit and never thought twice about it. The marina is located in an upscale neighborhood and we saw joggers and dog walkers at all hours, indicating a very safe environment. There is a nearby mini-store that is incredibly well stocked as well if you don’t feel like dining out. Also, the northern portion of the historic Freedom Trail and the U.S.S. Constitution is less than a 15 minute walk. Nearby dining options are limited to a Pub and a Bistro, but the city is only a short ferry ride away. Owners Jon and Karen spent considerable time showing us how to get around and even provided maps for reference.

One of the highlights of this experience is the outstanding food that Jon and Karen prepare each morning and deliver to your vessel. Having a gourmet hot breakfast on the back deck of a yacht during a crisp Fall morning is memorable to say the least!

The only tip that I would provide is a simple but obvious reminder: These are completely functional sailing vessels and are not anchored to anything but the dock. The bathrooms amenities can be small and are more similar to an RV. The boat moves with the tide and can rock significantly if a large vessel passes by. All of this added to the charm for us, but I could see where some might be unprepared.

Overall, I would stay at the Green Turtle again and for much longer next time. This place ranks among the very best for this seasoned traveler.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

Our very best decision in visiting Boston was deciding to stay at the Green Turtle B&B. Just to make it easy, here's the scoop:

-- We stayed on our own houseboat, complete with two beds, two baths, a living room with a flat screen TV, a breakfast nook, a kitchen, and two decks with nearly 360 degree views of Boston Harbor.
-- The boat was impeccably clean and tidy.
-- The beds were firm and really slept like a dream.
-- The boat had lots of windows, so you had a wonderful view all the time.
-- Every detail was attended toward, from the granola in the canisters to the fancy folds in the toilet paper.
-- Breakfast was simply perfect, homemade, and a robust serving size.
-- The refrigerator is stocked with water, yogurt, and other odds and ends. A bin on the stove held packaged snack foods.
-- The innkeepers are incredibly friendly and nice, yet give you your privacy, too. They were hospitable at every turn; they filled special requests and gave valuable advice for first time visitors, although they could undoubtedly even give sage traveling advice or hotspot recommendations for seasoned travelers.

In short, if and when we come back to Boston, we will schedule our trip around the availability of the Green Turtle B&B. Do we recommend it? If there were a way to give more than 5 stars, we would - Yes, stay here!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Martinez, Georgia
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

This was such a great experiance !!! Owners Jon & Karen are delightful and very accommodating. She makes a great breakfast ! They are ready with great suggestions about visiting the area and johhny on the spot if you need something. Staying on the boat in the harbour was a great experiance. Sitting on the back deck in the morning or evening after a full day in the city. Please try Green Turtle Floating Bed & Breakfast, we were on Green Turtle III.
LOVED our visit !!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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half moon bay
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

Staying aboard the Green Turtle II is an experience not to be missed - a great adventure with gorgeous views of Boston Harbor and Downtown Boston. Karen and Jon are very generous and helpful hosts. They stock the refrigerator with yogurt and juices, hand-deliver hot delicious breakfasts to your door, and spend considerable time helping you get the most of your stay in Boston and nearby destinations. The beds are very very comfortable, which is saying a lot for two restless sleepers.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 October 2012 via mobile

You could stay in a faceless hotel where no-one knows you, where you pay extra for breakfast; you could stay in a b&b where you have to lug your luggage up four floors and only have a view of the roof.
Alternatively you could stay at the amazingly agreeable Green Turtle and be on the water, sleeping like a baby in the softest bed and waking to eggs benedict with strawberries & blueberries on the side delivered by your hosts who have cooked it fresh on their boat next door & dropped it round. You plan your day with the excellent local knowledge from John & Karen who treat you like a new friend for whom nothing is too much trouble.
Go for it, you won't regret it! Brilliant experience, great hosts, fantastic way to stay in Boston.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

We spent 2 nights at The Green Turtle in early September and had a fantastic time. We were warmly welcomed by Innkeepers Karen & Jon, who are friendly and a wealth of knowledge. Our room was spotless, comfortable, nicely decorated and had everything we needed. From Karen's delicious breakfasts to Jon's lively banter and boating stories, it's obvious the owners love what they do and take pride in providing top-notch service to their guests. We loved sipping wine on the dock watching the ever-changing water activity. A five minute walk to the ferry zips you over to the Aquarium area of Boston, from which we walked to the revitalized Seaport Blvd. area, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the North End. We never moved our car from the moment we arrived (and the complimentary parking is a plus.) The Inn is located in a clean, safe, quiet marina. A great stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Westford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We became fans of bed and breakfast inns about 15 years ago. We love the freedom it gives you to be alone or meet new people. Always enjoying a scrumptious breakfast at our convenience. The Green Turtle met all of this. The friendly water experience-- Everyone in a boat waves to everyone.. talks to everyone and tries to help out. Jon and Karen couldn't do enough to make our weekend special. The room was spotless with every possible little notion available. They offered their Boston expertise to us to help us to enjoy the weekend.
Hats off to Jon and Karen. They toured us their new yachts and I am hoping to revisit SOON.
If you are reading this.. you should make the reservation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1 13th St, at the end of 13th Street, Boston, MA 02129-2017
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
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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