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.
- 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