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Houseboat White Elephant: HUGE Floating Home Downtown Boston!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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 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
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

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, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio


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Houseboat White Elephant: HUGE Floating Home Downtown Boston!
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 41 reviews

Excellent weekend, definitely will stay again!

  • 5 of 5

The White Elephant houseboat was awesome. Roomy and clean. Captain Jimmy answered all our questions in a speedant manner. Location was great. I wish there was visitation to the pool as part of our stay, that would have been awesome. We will definitely return for another family vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 16/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing location and very friendly owner.

  • 5 of 5

The White Elephant was perfect for our family gathering. Everyone slept comfortably, found spots to relax and were immediately at home aboard this houseboat. We found everything we needed inside. It was clean and cute. Captain Jimmy was extremely friendly and helpful, immediately responding to any questions. The location can not be beat. We were so close to everything. We explored all day, returned to be gently rocked while napping or while enjoying drinks on the deck, and then went out again to find delicious dinners in the North End and Chinatown. Highly recommend this rental.

  • Review Submitted: 28/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed! We loved having you!
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Great location, great find!

  • 4 of 5

This boat house is awesome. Great location in the North End, walking distance to everything! Markets, restaurants, Starbucks, Acquarium, tours, Faneiul Hall...

The entrance to the marina is covered in uneven rocks/gravel which makes it difficult if traveling with strollers or Assistive Devices. Everything you need in the kitchen and linens/towels were plenty.

  • Review Submitted: 12/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect family vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

I had reserved the SleepAFloat boat for my family who were attending my son's wedding in Boston. They absolutely loved it and said it was the perfect location and close to all that Boston has to offer. They loved the fact that they could all stay together rather than each in individual hotel rooms. I only wish that I could have stayed there with them! I will definitely rent this place again. All my brothers, sisters and their spouses raved about it. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 17/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location for all of Boston

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to base ourselves from. Easy walking distance for exploring Boston. Great for onward travel. We took the nearby fast ferry to Salem for the next stage of our tour. The house was quirky but very stable. Stunning views.

  • Review Submitted: 25/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrific Location

  • 5 of 5

Conveniently located for many of the points on the Freedom Trail, public transport to museums and Fenway Park, great restaurants and the Festival of St. Anthony. Comfortable beds, great upper deck for dining and relaxing. Thanks for taking such good care of us Daniel!!

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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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