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Houseboats & Vacation rentals in Seattle

Houseboats & Vacation rentals in Seattle

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Top-rated houseboats in Seattle

Guests agree: these stays are highly rated for location, cleanliness, and more.

Modern houseboat in Seattle
SUPERHOST
Houseboat · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Modern houseboat in SeattleOne of the best places to stay in Seattle. Check off staying on a houseboat in Seattle off your bucketlist. Featured by travel bloggers Kara and Nate (Search youtube: Seattle houseboats) One of the best parts of this houseboat is the rooftop deck. Amazing views. Enjoy a meal and/or beverage right outside the patio or up on top of the rooftop deck. 2 night minimum

Houseboat on Quartermaster harbor, Vashon Island
Houseboat · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Houseboat on Quartermaster harbor, Vashon IslandEnjoy stunning views of boats and sleep to the sound of calm water sweeping beneath you, as this incredible house boat sits on top of the inner harbor of Vashon Island! Nestled on a local marina, it is the perfect island getaway. Only a 20 min. ferry ride from Seattle and a 15 min. ferry ride from Tacoma, but you will feel a world away. Experience all day outings with 2 person canoe, hiking and beautiful scenery all within a few steps of the house boat!

UNIQUE SEATTLE EXPERIENCE
Houseboat · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

UNIQUE SEATTLE EXPERIENCEStay on a historic 1927 75 ft tugboat, renovated to include all the modern conveniences of today, for an unforgettable vacation! Located 10 min from Downtown, in the Magnolia/Ballard neighborhood, it's close to everything...but yet feels so far.

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Popular apartment amenities in Seattle

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Free parking
  • Washer
  • Dryer

Where to stay in Seattle

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

Photo of Green LakeGreen LakeWhat locals sayResidential · Quiet · Hip
Photo of Capitol HillCapitol HillWhat locals sayResidential · Hip · Vibrant
Photo of FremontFremontWhat locals sayBohemian · Quiet · Residential
Photo of BallardBallardWhat locals sayQuiet · Residential · Hip
Photo of Pioneer SquarePioneer SquareWhat locals sayHistoric · Vibrant
Photo of South Lake UnionSouth Lake UnionWhat locals sayClean · Vibrant · Quiet

Stay near Seattle's top sights

Space Needle
Landmark · 477 locals recommend
Photo of 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
Betka· Burien, WA
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire apartment
    2. Seattle
    Modern Downtown Seattle Apartment at Pike Place

    Experience Seattle the way it was meant to be-with comfort and convenience. Walk out the front door to see the historical Pike Place Market with countless restaurants, venues and sights within walking distance from this centrally located apartment. Unit offers a modern, renovated interior stocked with all the comforts and luxuries of being at home while on vacation. Whether traveling solo or with a small group, this is the place for you!

    $124 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire condominium
    2. Seattle
    Luxurious condo in the heart of downtown Seattle

    Welcome to Seattle! Make your leisure or work visit to Seattle an unforgettable experience staying in a cozy, stylish and comfortable studio located in the heart of downtown. Ideal for short stays or longer stays alike - fully equipped to make yourself at home! Full amenities and high end finishes in a historic building a few steps from the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Amazon and Seattle’s waterfront. Relax and enjoy your stay in style and comfort!

    $125 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire apartment
    2. Seattle
    Modern apartment with Space Needle view

    Enjoy all that Seattle has to offer from this centrally located apartment. You can walk to the Space Needle in just a few minutes, and in fact, you'll get a good view of it right from the living room and patio. The apartment occupies the ground floor of our house, and has its own separate entry. We live just upstairs, so we're around to offer help and local advice if desired, or privacy if you prefer.

    $102 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire townhouse
    2. Seattle
    Private Terrace @ Seattle Townhouse in Queen Anne

    Light-filled luxury 2 bedroom townhome with breathtaking rooftop deck overlooking sweeping urban vistas of Queen Anne, Elliott Bay, and the Space Needle. Absolutely central location provides ready access to all Seattle has to offer! 3 stories, eclectic furnishings, and luxury master suite. Located on a coveted and quiet street in Lower Queen Anne, with FREE street parking. Perfect for those who are looking to escape to the beautiful emerald city.

    $198 per night
Pike Place Market
Market · 931 locals recommend
Photo of 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
Miranda· Seattle, WA
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire apartment
    2. Seattle
    Hip Flat. Iconic Downtown. Walk to Pike Place Mkt

    Perfect city-stay local for work or play. Within 5-7 blocks, find the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, AMZN and MSFT offices. Perfect for mid-long term stays. This condo includes air conditioning and is 2.5 blocks from Whole Foods and 1 block from an Amazon Go, the ultimate in contact free shopping. We have weekly and monthly discounts to make an extended stay affordable. Bookings of 28+ days avoid the 10% city hotel taxes, this is just the law but knowing can save you.

    $112 per night
  • PLUS
    1. Entire condominium
    2. Seattle
    Modern Studio in the Heart of the City Ii

    Beautifully appointed contemporary condominium is located inside one of the original Seattle buildings. It offers all historic charm and modern conveniences. Hand selected furniture, carefully procured art pieces by local artists, soothing colors and lush finishes create a relaxing atmosphere after a long day of exploring the multitude of attractions nearby.

    $119 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire condominium
    2. Seattle
    Minimalist • City View • Convention Ctr • Free Prk

    Looking for an urban stay in the heart of downtown Seattle? Welcome to this trendy condo! Unbeatable Location—Around the corner from Washington State Convention Center; Steps away from Starbucks Roastery; Walking distance to Pike Place, Amazon, Westlake Center, and more! Many restaurants and bars are on your doorstep. This gorgeous minimalist suite features upscale, mid-century modern décor freshly renovated! Wake up from a comfy bed with a cup of Nespresso Vertuo coffee and enjoy the city view!

    $120 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire condominium
    2. Seattle
    Bright & Green Suite • Walk to Pike Pl • Free Prk

    Looking for an upbeat stay in the core city of Seattle? Welcome to Belltown - the historic district north of downtown Seattle and the best hub for food and nightlife. Unbeatable location and walking distance to major attractions: Pike Place Market, Space Needle, shopping center, and more! Many restaurants and bars are on your doorsteps. This suite features upscale Nordic-style décor freshly renovated! Wake up from a comfy bed with a cup of Nespresso Vertuo coffee and enjoy the vibe of Belltown!

    $128 per night
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Art Museum · 324 locals recommend
Photo of 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
Kierney· Seattle, WA
  • PLUS
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Seattle
    Cozy Guest Suite with Covered Backyard Patio

    Sit out on the covered patio with direct views of the Space Needle. Unwind after a day of exploring in a cozy space featuring a private entrance, an exclusive kitchenette, a reading room, and a walkout to the back yard. A Highland Hideaway!

    $115 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire condominium
    2. Seattle
    Cozy Studio in the Heart of Emerald City

    One of the last remaining 1920's brick buildings in downtown Seattle. You'll love the location and the charm!

    $91 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Seattle
    Bigelow View Perch

    We have recently renovated a separate, private suite, in a comfortable place where our guests could relax and enjoy staying in a quiet, fantastic neighborhood. Every detail has been carefully considered to offer an exceptional experience for our guests. Incredible views of the Space Needle and downtown from the dining nook, bedroom and private covered patio. Self check in, off street parking or public street parking is always available.

    $135 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire condominium
    2. Seattle
    Clean Bright Downtown Studio

    Close to everything Seattle has to offer. Located in the Belltown neighborhood, the apartment is within walking distance to The Space Needle, Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, Westlake Center and other major attractions. There are nearby groceries, tons of restaurants, bars, taverns, and nightclubs. The rooftop deck offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Seattle and Puget Sound.

    $87 per night

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

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Sightseeing & landmarks

All About Seattle

Sandwiched between the waters of Puget Sound and Lake Washington and between the mountains of the Olympic and Cascade ranges, Seattle is a city of stunning views. Combining that allure with its gentle, outdoors-focused lifestyle, the city is an ideal spot for an urban getaway or as a base for a longer trip to explore western Washington. Green parks and tree-lined neighborhoods spread across the city, while Mount Rainier and the iconic Space Needle anchor the skyline. The latter offers a stunning view of the city’s many hills and waterways, including the houseboats along Lake Union and the ferries shuttling passengers across Elliott Bay. Though its surroundings provide a stunning backdrop, the city also lives up to its much-deserved reputation for great music, strong coffee, and ubiquitous flannel shirts.

How do I get around Seattle?

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) sits just south of downtown Seattle, a quick half-hour drive without traffic — though that rarely happens — and receives domestic and international flights from major carriers. The smaller Paine Field (PAE) is about equally far north of the city, but offers only a small slate of destinations around the West Coast. Visitors looking to get out of Seattle into the surrounding area should plan to rent a car, but those staying within the city will find the light-rail system whisks them quickly from the airport to downtown and beyond, while public buses, streetcars, taxis, and rideshares make it easy to get around town.

When is the best time to book a Seattle vacation rental?

Seattle’s reputation for rain precedes it, but most visitors will find their trip unaffected by it: The rainy season runs opposite tourist season, with the bulk of precipitation coming down from November to March. Additionally, the rain that does fall rarely comes in stormy sheets, but rather in a constant drizzle — the kind that can feel endless to residents, but which rarely calls for canceling outdoor plans. A waterproof, hooded rain jacket provides better protection from this kind of rain than an umbrella. Cool weather arrives in winter, but temperatures rarely drop below freezing during the day. The dry summer season brings delightfully pleasant weather, with daily high temperatures averaging in the high 70s Fahrenheit and cool evenings in the mid-50s.

What are the top things to do in Seattle?

Fremont

The self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe” epitomizes the quirky, friendly nature of Seattle neighborhoods, with its ample public art like the “Waiting for the Interurban” statues and a waterfront park created from a former gasification plant. Home to many of Seattle’s big tech companies, Fremont also offers an exciting slate of shops and restaurants catering to young, hip crowds.

Olympic Sculpture Park

The outdoor arm of the Seattle Art Museum, this free nine-acre, multilevel public park features temporary and permanent sculptures from internationally renowned artists. The installations dot a hillside cut through by a zig-zag path that leads down to the picturesque Elliott Bay, where it meets up with Myrtle Edwards Park and the Elliott Bay Trail.

Pike Place Market

Dating back to 1907, Seattle’s beloved and enormous market, perched over the waterfront, enjoys fame around the world for the fish from nearby waters. But the colorful displays of flowers, farm stands full of fruit, and dozens of local culinary producers deserve equally high billing. On the lesser-known lower floors and outer buildings, hundreds of craft artists, small businesses, and restaurants serve the community.

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