I just finished renting the Taurus houseboat from Sleep Afloat for four nights. This is probably the coolest place I have ever stayed, and I am widely traveled. I almost don't want to write this review, since I'd like to keep this treasure a secret, but I also want the company to continue! So here goes:
The boat is now docked at the Lewis Wharf marina in downtown Boston, and the location couldn't be better! It's across the street from the North End, and only a couple blocks from Faneuil Hall. There is a grocery store across the street and parking is easy. In fact, everything about staying here was easy, from check-in to check-out. JJ, the boat's caretaker, is very friendly and made everything work seamlessly. There are lots of helpful details, including useful maps and information about the surrounding area. One of the best things about this boat is that it's located at the end of the pier, with a nice view of the water.
I made this boat my home base in Boston and each day had different family members and friends stay with me. Everyone was thrilled, even the teenagers. We enjoyed watching the sun come up over the harbor, sitting on the front deck watching the tide come in and out every day, and seeing the water birds and all the different kinds of boats sailing in and out of the harbor. We also enjoyed picnic dinners on the upper deck. In the mornings, I did yoga stretches on the dock. The boat's rocking is gentle and soothing, and the marina is secure and quiet. No problems whatsoever.
The boat is like a hotel suite or a small cottage (with full kitchen and ample bathroom), and the price is lower than any other hotel room in downtown Boston. When I left, I took a $10 and 10 min. water taxi to the airport, which picked me up right at the boat. Easy!
I can't say enough good things about our time on Taurus. It was relaxing and so much fun for everyone. I can't wait to stay there again. A couple of small suggestions for the owners: it would be useful to have a sharper knife for cutting fruit or bread, and a blender would be great! Also might be helpful to have an extra blanket or two; we didn't need it, but we had pretty warm weather. Thanks for setting up this wonderful alternative to a hotel in downtown Boston. We just loved it and will definitely be back.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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