Seattle Houseboat Primo For Romantic Getaways, Sightseeing, And Relaxing Weekend
About Emma Halenko
I also love to sail and have a great pup named Bebop.
Emma Halenko purchased this House Boat in 2013
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We looked forward to the unique experience of a House Boat and we loved it! Especially my daughter. It was beautiful and well appointed considering how small the boat is. 3 people slept comfortably on the boat. Only thing was there was no toaster and no tea pot. Hard to make breakfast without both. But besides that we really loved everything about it. The morning and afternoon light. The views. Louder than we are used to (we live in the woods) but it was such a great 3 days on the boat. Highly recommend for an experience off the beaten path. The outdoor seating was the best in the mornings/early evenings. Not much close to walk to outside of the boat in terms of restaurants. But great bike path/walking path right outside marina. So you can walk a ways to get to various places around Lake Union.
Had a great stay in the Rutabaga Houseboat. Relaxing to sit on the decks and watch the marina in the mornings and evenings.
Very quick and easy to get to downtown Seattle from the houseboat. The owner was very responsive to a couple of questions about the houseboat. I recommend this place for a great stay in the heart of Seattle.
Camping on this boat was pretty cool but it is just like camping in our fifth wheel. Everything is cramped, everything is small, got to be careful with the water and power used. It’s pretty clean but there were ants and spiders present inside bathroom and on kitchen counter. The deck and balcony from the master bedroom were very nice at night. Beds were comfortable. Really liked the close location to downtown Seattle.
Can't say enough good things about this place!
We absolutely loved our stay at the Rutabaga House Boat on Lake Union! Finding the parking lot was easy and there were ample spaces available. Please make sure you leave NOTHING of value in your car. We heard of a nearby car in the same lot that had their window broken by thieves. Fortunately our car was fine during our stay.
I will say that getting "in" to the boat was a bit of a challenge. The lockbox was right where they said it would be and it opened up the marina gate just fine. The problem was actually opening the door on the boat. According to arrival instructions, one of the keys in the lockbox unlocked the door on the boat (the other unlocked the marina gate). This apparently was not the case as we stood outside trying to unlock the houseboat door for several minutes. Neither key would work at all. We were about to call the property manager when we noticed the houseboat door had an electronic keypad lock. Just guessing, we tried entering the same code that unlocked the keybox outside the marina gate. Success! Not a big deal, but I'd recommend the manager update the arrival instructions.
Once inside, we fell in love with the place. A bit cramped getting in and out, but we sort of expected that staying on a houseboat. The bathroom and shower were great. The kitchen was a perfect size and it was great having a couple of outdoor decks to sit out and take in the sun and sights. The upstairs bedroom was roomy and very comfortable. WiFi was available and worked just fine. A couple of nice restaurants were within easy walking distance (at least for us). China Garden Restaurant was about half a mile north and Duke's Seafood was about a mile walk south. Can't recommend Duke's enough! There are also a couple of kayaks available on the dock first come, first served. We had a blast going out kayaking one afternoon.
There are really no negatives I can think of. It was just perfect. I can only offer some advice. Keep in mind there's no TV provided. We didn't miss it, but if you easily go stir crazy you'll want books, games, or maybe a radio. You can also watch something on your computer if you bring one. One bit of advice I'd give the owner is to install blinds over the front door if possible. Given the proximity to the dock, you pretty much have to get dressed to go to the toilet at night or anyone who happens to be walking by will get a peep show. :)
wonderful houseboat experience!
Very cute, very cozy houseboat! Nice to be away from the office buildings a bit and have the kayaks for a little touring. The two decks available for outdoor seating are great! Parking, access, lockbox and marina toilets made this stay very easy.
Great first time experience of houseboat living!
Loved the Rutabaga. Roomy place & so full of character. Shower was great and bathroom was fine - so was marina bathroom. Bed upstairs was comfortable & loved the fresh air and windows. Would love to return someday!