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Houseboat White Elephant: HUGE Floating Home Downtown Boston!

Bedrooms 3
Space 0 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Bedrooms 3, Bathrooms 2, Sleeps 10

The White Elephant Floating Inn is a one-of-a-kind houseboat that sleeps up to 10 guests! Perfect for a family or large group getaway, this handcrafted vessel features beautifully finished wood paneled walls, exposed wood beams and inlaid hardwood floors. You won't find another rental like this in Boston!


Master bedroom with king sized bed

Second floor stateroom with double bed and 2 twin beds built into the wall

Second stateroom with queen sized bed

Main salon with sleeper sofa (sleeps 2), and flat screen TV over a dining table which seats 6

Galley kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, sink, stove and oven.

2 bathrooms 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, Haymarket, North Station and Government Center subway stations

Parking is $27/day at the marina


Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Boston, the White Elephant 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.

The Experience

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!

• Rates are for quoted for 2 guests. Each additional guest is $35/per person/night. Cleaning Fee: $149

• Holiday rates are higher - please call for rates.

• Guests must electronically sign off on our SleepAfloat Rental Terms & Conditions within 48 hours of booking to validate confirmation.

More Details

Property Manager
marcia sleepafloat
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Amazing location - just a 5 minute walk to the North End or Quincy Market. Quality of the boat was better than we expected. Spotlessly clean, extra towels and pillows and high quality bed linens. Boat is actually at the end of the dock so has an uninterrupted view of the harbor. Our son loved the sleeping cubbies! Only suggestion is some kind of umbrella or bimini for the deck as there is no shade and as it was a 90 degree weekend, we had to wait until nightfall to sit up top.
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in North End

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 0 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

Houseboat White Elephant: HUGE Floating Home Downtown Boston!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 26 reviews

Fun change from the ordinary : )

  • 5 of 5

We thought this would be a great change from the standard apartment or condo, and it was. Boat is neat and tidy, the ladder upstairs is not for anyone with stability issues, but was fine for us, and the outdoor seating was relaxing as well. Had a goose who hung around each morning waiting for cheerio's, which we know is not part of their natural diet, but we were on vacation! Great support while we were there, even when we left something behind ( sorry!) it arrived fedex the next day. Lot of fun we would do it again for certain : )

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique and excellent place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying on the White Elephant. It was a perfect location and close to all things in the North End. Accommodations are just as described. If you love being rocked to sleep by the gentle waves then this is the place for you! Would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a pleasant surprise...clean with rustic charm..many modern updates for comfort & convenience.

  • 5 of 5

Pleasantly surprised with this houseboat. The location is absolutely amazing. It's right by everything you want...aquarium, quincy market, mike's pastries and so much more, all while having views of the yachts coming and going and the breathtaking sunsets. We parked our car in the lot next to the harbor and didn't move it until we left. We had 7 people stay on the boat, including 4 children, and it accommodated our family perfectly. We were so happy with our stay, we will definitely come and stay here again when we come back to Boston.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An experience like no other

  • 4 of 5

We were having difficulty hotel rooms at an acceptable price in a location that would be central to all the touristy things we hoped to accomplish. All the other VRBO rentals were apartments in the city with 1bathroom and we had 7 people (4 adults, 3 kids). This allowed us the room we needed, we could park the car and used the trolleys and subway to get to everything. My kids thought it was phenomenal (sleep cubbies), my parents thought the master accommodations were amazing and they had limited climbing to do for the 2nd floor living area. There was a central place to hang out downstairs as well as the rooftop deck. The boat became part of the vacation most talked about because we it was so unique. Definitely an experience we would do it again in a heartbeat and will continue to look for other sleep afloat opportunities when we travel. This boat worked best of all for us because we had 7 and there was even room left over!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The boat is located in Boston's North End, and you can easily walk to pretty much anything you would need. There's a Starbucks about a 2-minute walk from the boat, and Anthony's is a great breakfast/brunch place just across the street from the Starbucks. I stayed here with 10 girls for a weekend, and the boat had plenty of room for everyone to sleep and sit. Everyone else staying on the same dock was so nice, and David (who was my contact for the boat) was very friendly and always answered his phone and was happy to answer my many questions. I would absolutely stay in this boat again, and I hope it's not too long until I can return for another stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad to hear that you guys had a great time on White Elephant! Hope to see you again soon! - Team SleepAfloat
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Great stay - Clean and walkable to everything

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful accommodation for our family - Very clean, and an easy walk to everything we wanted to do in the city. I will definitely be back to this hidden gem.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Boston Convention Center

Our Downtown Boston location is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Boston, 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 do and see.


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