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Houseboats & Vacation rentals in Seattle

Houseboats & Vacation rentals in Seattle

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Top-rated romantic houseboats rentals

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“If you want a cozy houseboat in a great location, this is it! Super close to everything in Seattle, great roof deck and super romantic houseboat. Loved it!”
Tobias
Tobias
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“This place is so cool! I was excited about staying on the houseboat, but by the time I was actually boarding the Sugar Shack, I was downright giddy! Below deck is very charming and the rooftop chill spot is absolutely breathtaking. The living quarters are tight but not to the point where it's a hindrance, and actually just adds to the fun. Very thoughtful host. I highly recommend this place!”
Ted
Ted
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“I often stay in houseboats in the area and this is probably the cutest one. I had a small challenge with an amenity and the property manager or owner was quick to respond.”
Dylan
Dylan
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Vacation rentals under $130

The average cost for a stay in Seattle is $134/night

Tiny House in Seattle
Tiny house
Tiny House in Seattle
Price:$77 / night
Cottage in the Heart of the City
Entire guesthouse
Cottage in the Heart of the City
Price:$69 / night
Barn 11 : Walk to Downtown Seattle
Tiny house
Barn 11 : Walk to Downtown Seattle
Price:$79 / night
High Style and Vintage Charm in Private Garden Cottage
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High Style and Vintage Charm in Private Garden Cottage
Price:$70 / night
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Vacation rentals for every style

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Popular amenities for Seattle, WA vacation rentals

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning

Where to stay in Seattle

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your vacation

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Stay near Seattle’s top sights

Photo of Space Needle
Space Needle

If Seattle is known for anything, this is it. If views are your thing, purchase a ticket and check out the newly renovated observation deck. For an better view that includes the Space Needle, head over to Kerry Park!

Betka
BetkaLives in Burien

Places to stay near Space Needle

Cozy room with beautiful views | Walk everywhere
Private room
Cozy room with beautiful views | Walk everywhere
Price:$50 / night
Spacious Sophisticated Space Needle  Home
Entire apartment
Spacious Sophisticated Space Needle Home
Price:$80 / night
Walk to Space Needle from Private Townhouse Suite
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Walk to Space Needle from Private Townhouse Suite
Price:$58 / night
Modern Condo in the Heart of Seattle
Private room
Modern Condo in the Heart of Seattle
Price:$85 / night
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Pike Place Market

You can't come to Seattle and not visit Pike Place! They have beautiful flowers year round, fresh fish, live music, and lots of vendors. If you want to have a fish thrown over your head, just purchase any fish from the Pike Place Fish Market.

Miranda
MirandaLives in Seattle

Places to stay near Pike Place Market

Downtown-5 mins walk to Pike Place!
Entire apartment
Downtown-5 mins walk to Pike Place!
Price:$108 / night
Pike Place Market Apt Water View and Balcony
Entire apartment
Pike Place Market Apt Water View and Balcony
Price:$105 / night
Large Bedroom in Executive Flat Near Pike Market
Private room
Large Bedroom in Executive Flat Near Pike Market
Price:$94 / night
Center of Seattle,  with Great City Views!!!
Entire apartment
Center of Seattle, with Great City Views!!!
Price:$83 / night
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Chihuly Garden and Glass

The most famous glass artist in the country, born south of Seattle in Tacoma, displays his finest collection of works downtown just below the Space Needle. A must see for an art lover.

Kierney
KierneyLives in Seattle

Places to stay near Chihuly Garden and Glass

Cozy room with beautiful views | Walk everywhere
Private room
Cozy room with beautiful views | Walk everywhere
Price:$50 / night
Spacious Sophisticated Space Needle  Home
Entire apartment
Spacious Sophisticated Space Needle Home
Price:$80 / night
Walk to Space Needle from Private Townhouse Suite
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Walk to Space Needle from Private Townhouse Suite
Price:$58 / night
Modern Studio in the Heart of the City Ii
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Modern Studio in the Heart of the City Ii
Price:$90 / night
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Tips from Seattle locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack?

Bring layers, comfortable shoes, and a compact umbrella Seattle isn't as rainy as legend has it, but we do get an aggressive mist for 9 months of the year. bring clothes that resist dampness and prepare for modest temperatures in the 40-50 degree range in the winter and 60-70 degree range in the summer.

Molly
MollyLives in Seattle

Please be prepared for any type of weather! be comfortable. seattle is very informal. I suggest checking your weather app to get the day to day weather predictions

Elizabeth
ElizabethLives in Seattle

Pack a raincoat in the non-summer months It's not a coincidence that our landscape is so green.. we get rain! seattle's weather is pretty mild year-round, but you can definitely count on a little rain during your stay (if it's fall-spring).

Patty
PattyLives in Seattle

Favor a jacket with a hood over an umbrella Seattle may rain but it doesn't rain hard. bring a water repellent jacket and you can flip up the hood whenever you need. plus you'll look more like a local without the umbrella!

Brian
BrianLives in Seattle

Bring a jacket/coat with a hood You don't want to be caught in the rain without cover

Susie & Mike
Susie & MikeLives in Seattle

What should I book before I arrive?

Theater/concert tickets! Seattle hosts incredible performers/shows year-round. if you have a free night on your trip, it is definitely worth looking into the shows that are in town. great venues to search are the paramount theater, 5th avenue theater, and benaroya hall.

Patty
PattyLives in Seattle

What's the best way to get around?

The light rail is your best friend for traveling to the airport or downtown Beware that many, but not all light rail stations offer orca card vending machines. these are also available at several convenience store chains.

Molly
MollyLives in Seattle

Buses, uber, and bicycles to rent are a great way to get around the city Bicycles to rent are available around the neighborhood. download the uber app and get picked up right at the house for city excursions.

Elizabeth
ElizabethLives in Seattle

Eastside lightrail opening 2020 The light rail is opening to the eastside 2020 take a ride!

LaCooVs
LaCooVsLives in Seattle

Take a ride on the light rail! The light rail is great, it's seattle's version of the new york subway and it will take you right downtown to king street station where you can explore the stadiums, pioneer square, 1st ave, pike place market and pacific place shopping - the possibilities are endless!

LaCooVs
LaCooVsLives in Seattle

Link light rail is the best bang for the buck to get around! The link light rail is a popular but comfortable public transport that everyone loves to take advantage of! it can take you to seatac airport and any places up north including downtown seattle and university of washington, which is a tourist attraction for their ancient 'hogwarts' library and the cherry blossom season, all with less than 10 bucks round trip and great views on the way!

Mily
MilyLives in Seattle

Public transit is easy going north and south Opt for the public transit if you are mainly going just up and down seattle. think about springing for a lyft or uber if you need to go east and west.

Brian
BrianLives in Seattle

Beautiful bike ride to pike place *** I'd strongly recommend picking up a rideshare bike (lime & jump here in seattle) and hop on the elliot bay trail bike path that links magnolia to the north end of the piers downtown. it's a goreous ride along the waterfront, giving you a spectacular feel of what it means to live on the puget sound. good bikeshare pickup location: walk 5 blocks north, you typically find bikes on 20th or 21st ave w. bike trail: elliot bay trail. go south along the balmer railroad yard, then hug the shoreline on 16th ave w and pedal thru elliot bay park, centennial park and myrtle edwards park

Lisa
LisaLives in Seattle

Public transit schedules If you plan to take public transit here, i recommend using google maps for transit schedules and also the app one bus away for real time tracking of pickup times. both are free and easy to use.

Isaac
IsaacLives in Seattle

There is limited public transport so it is advised to bring your own car Just one or two routes from one town to another town so you cannot depend on public transport. yes you can use uber or lyft if you want to.

Shahbaz
ShahbazLives in Seattle

What should I not miss?

Snowy candy cane lane from thanksgiving until christmas day If you're in town during the holidays check out candy cane lane at the bellevue square mall. it's a sight to behold and an elaborate experience both kids and adults will remember forever!

LaCooVs
LaCooVsLives in Seattle

Take a trip on a ferry! There are a bunch of little islands in the seattle area, and ferries can take you to them in a short amount of time. i recommend going to bainbridge island for a quick bite. (you can walk to the tiny downtown from the ferry terminal.)

Patty
PattyLives in Seattle

How can I save money on this trip?

Free museum days Always free: -center for wooden boats -frye art museum museum of flight: first thursdays, 5-9pm free all day on first thursdays: -burke museum of natural history and culture -northwest african american museum -seattle asian art museum -seattle art museum (sam)

Susie & Mike
Susie & MikeLives in Seattle

What are some local customs?

Island life Remember you are not in a major metropolitan area, the immediacy of things is not the same. this relates to taxis & spontaneous travel. if you are without a car you may need to book transportation ahead to secure it for flights & connections via the ferry. town is very walkable from the house, as is the ferry but if you do so at night you will need a flashlight. we have power outages in the winter due to wind storms this effects all of us again, we are an island not on the grid. this will sometimes interrupt internet, electricity etc. to experience the beauty of island living these are the trade offs. we are available to help & answer questions & the guidebook lists suggested places as well as phone numbers for services.

Tamah
TamahLives in Seattle

More local recommendations

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Food & restaurants
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Bars & nightlife
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Parks & nature
Sightseeing & landmarks
Sightseeing & landmarks
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All about Seattle

Seattle is an extraordinary place to visit—a sleeper hit of a city that shines, even in the rain. Surrounded by evergreen forests and the salty waters of Puget Sound, the Emerald City offers endless natural wonders with all the amenities of a big city. Once an industrial port, it’s now a hub of technology companies and the coffee shops that fuel them. Don’t miss a ferry ride in the Sound, or the views from the Space Needle. For a place that screams Seattle charm, find a Queen Anne-Victorian showpiece or a timelessly cool Seattle Box house.

Seattle Houseboats

When you visit Seattle Washington, consider staying at one of Airbnb’s unique romantic lakeside houseboats and enjoy a Seattle lakeside love nest that belongs only to you. Some of the best houseboats in Seattle are available exclusively on Airbnb. Houseboat rentals in Seattle Washington are very popular especially in summer seasons. Houseboats in Seattle have a long history dating back to the 1920s, when Seattle floating homes on Lake Union were occupied by fishermen, boat-makers, and others. Nowadays Seattle houseboats have evolved from cheap waterfront homes to a more bohemian style specialty stay near Lake Union, experienced by people around the world when they visit Seattle.

Where are the houseboats and floating homes Located in Seattle? In Seattle, there are several communities and marinas especially set up for houseboats and floating home living, mainly near Lake Union. As of 2020, there is a cap of 560 floating homes that are in Seattle, making them hot commodities. Although no more floating homes can be added, in some areas, existing Seattle floating homes can be replaced depending on the rules of the community where the lot is located.

Getting there

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is more popularly known as SeaTac, and you can get to downtown Seattle in approximately 20 minutes. Catch a taxi or rideshare or take advantage of the light rail that leads to downtown. King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit offer bus service from the airport into select stops in Seattle.

Weather

Infamous for receiving its fair share of precipitation and cloudy days, Seattle can be wet and gray (seasonal affective disorder is a real thing). During the cold and cloudy winters, temperatures often fall into the 30s and 40s (Fahrenheit). But summers tend to be dry, and when you catch a rain-free day in Seattle, you’re in for a real treat.

Annual events

Seattle International Film FestivalMay-June

Over nearly fifty years, the Seattle International Film Festival has grown to encompass several weeks of film screenings, panels, and special events.

Seattle PridefestJune

A parade, festival, and month-long slate of events honoring the local LGBTQ community with an estimated yearly attendance of more than 400,000.

SeafairJuly-August

Established in 1950, Seafair is ten weeks of festivals, from neighborhood gatherings to citywide celebrations, enjoyed by more than two million people.

Christmas Ship FestivalDecember

Seattle locals and visitors have made a tradition out of admiring the holiday lights and choir music aboard the Spirit of Seattle since 1949.

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