The White Elephant Floating Inn is a one-of-a-kind wooden houseboat lovingly built from scratch on a steel hull by a single person over a period of about five years. It features beautifully finished wood paneled walls, exposed wood beams and inlaid hardwood floors.
The main stateroom features a custom-built king size platform bed with headboard, two large closets and hexagonal stained-glass windows.Extra guests can be accommodated by a queen size sleep sofa and an inflatable Aerobed located in the main salon. In addition we have just built two more private staterooms upstairs with a queen bed in one,and a full bed and two twin beds in the other. Separating these two rooms is the additional bathroom on the second level of the boat.
Unlike your typical boat, both bathrooms have residential size stand up showers, and the downstairs bathroom bathroom includes a brass sink sunk in a slab of redwood! The kitchen includes a full-size fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and plenty of dishes, glassware, cutlery and pots and pans.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Boston,this boat 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. Parking is also available for $25/day cash at the marina.
We provide all linens and towels so there is no need to worry about laundry plus an iron, ironing board, hairdryer, plus bathroom products such as soaps, shampoos, and lotions. We even include condiments and coffee for your enjoyment. Cable and WiFi are included free with the rental and the houseboat is fully air-conditioned and heated for your comfort in any season. All this for less than the price of the smallest rooms at any of the nearby downtown waterfront hotels!
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 a SleepAfloat Constellation Cottage!
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$25 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s) and Cat(s)|
Only stayed 3 nights (Jan 1st to 4th 2014) and there was a blizzard which closed most things down! These were exceptional circumstances for sure, but highlighted the uneven heating on the boat: upstairs (2 huge double beds + bathroom) was toasty but downstairs remained cool. Also, if you take the downstairs bedroom, be aware that if it's choppy(we were there in a blizzard), the sounds of water lapping and ropes straining will keep you awake - it's LOUD!!! That said, I thought the boat was lovely: beds were really comfortable and the four of us could fit on the sofa no problem. Everything was done over the internet with instructions on how to obtain keys from lockboxes, one for the boat and one for the gate to the jetty - I personally like to deal with people face to face and all we had was a number to contact if any problems arose. Once again, I'd like to reiterate that these things didn't spoil our stay - the location was great- a short walk to a good choice of bars and restaurants (the Barking Crab was amazing), shops and the Quincy Market as well as the trolley bus. It was the 14 inches of snow that restricted us in Boston....!
We had a great time! We were attending seminars all week but it was great to come back to the boat and relax, or head into Boston. The boat was right in the heart of the North End and we could walk to many bars and restaurants. JJ was helpful and met us at the boat to help us settle in. We all highly recommend staying at the White Elephant, the boat and JJ were the best and made our trip memorable. You'll love it!
Nine of us piled onto the White Elephant to spend a weekend in Boston for a friends wedding. We had so much fun! It was wonderful to wake up on the water and SO much more fun than a hotel. The boat accommodated 9 comfortably (we are an intimate crew of old friends). We had a great time cooking together and BBQing on the roof deck, walking around Charlestown, and spending time on the boat. All the neighbors in the harbor were super friendly. We definitely recommend a visit, and hope to be back!
we loed the white elephant butt there was a few minor problems one major....we had problems with the power going out . luckily i was familiar with electric issues I had to go out to the transformer on the boat dock at least 3 times a day to reset the breaker...in a downpour one day,,,very frustrating,,,,the boat had a couple leaks but due to the heavy rain it was understandablle,,,we went out one day we knew we locked the door came back it was wide open lap top and cameras exposed,no one in sight,,,I hope ryan figures out electrical problems for next guest ....and his cleaning or maintanance crew is more carefule next time...I would stay there again if these issues where cleared up ....master bed room was very couzy ,,,and loved the view,,,