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        Recent Greater Boston Reviews

        Property was as advertised and kids loved it.

        5 of 5
        As a family of six our original intention of looking of VBRO for a place to stay in Boston was financially driven. Finding a houseboat was exciting as vacations with the kids tend to be more about making memories than relaxing. To be honest, many adults may prefer the amenities of staying walking distance to the sights and with room service, etc. But for family bonding and memory making the house boat was a win. The neighborhood where the marina is located is definitely an authentic working class neighborhood with a lot of diversity. The marina sits like a safe oasis in a busy area. I found the location to be a plus to the trip allowing my kids to get more of a feel of city life. Short driving distance from the marina we found some excellent pizza at Santarpio's where you enter a side door into the kitchen to put in a take out order. Highly recommend! The houseboat itself was clean except for being able to tell that pets are allowed by some pet hair on the sofa. As far as needs go, the owner has thought of most everything. Deb is quick to respond if you have a question and attentive to your needs. I found the houseboat to be very comparable to being on a well stocked RV. The shower is very small like an RV but the ability to sit outside and enjoy the harbor was fantastic. Expect some jet noise but with a sound machine in the master bedroom it wasn't a big deal. Really didn't notice much movement with the boat. We found Uber to be the best deal for getting back and forth to the sites. You can save enough on preparing breakfast and packing lunch to more than offset the fare of the UBER. The water taxi has a per person rate and was too expensive during the high season . I recommend the Blue Pearl to anyone wanting to do something a little different while still enjoying the typical Boston sites. Thank you Deb and the Blue Pearl!
        • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
        • Stayed: Aug 2016

        Location, location, location!

        4 of 5
        We had a fun week staying at the Miss Leah. The location was perfect for us. There was five of us, one teenager, two parents & two grandparents. Getting on & off & around on the Miss Leah was not a problem for any of us. The waterfront was fun to walk around & we enjoyed the restaurants within walking distance (especially the ice cream shop!). We were there during a hot spell & had trouble keeping the place cool, but there were plenty of fans, so that was just an unfortunate time of year & it was hot for everyone! With the "notes" beforehand we brought plenty of paper towels, coffee filters & cleansers, but looked like so did everyone else, so if you stay you may want to see what is there prior to purchasing more. The water from the faucet is drinkable...being from Arizona where it is NOT, this was great & we refilled bottles quite often. The manager responded quickly to any question which was greatly appreciated. There is some construction close by, but other than that it was a very peaceful location & we did enjoy our own happy hour on the upstairs deck at sunset!!
        • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
        • Stayed: Jul 2016

        Little haven away from the city hustle and bustle!

        5 of 5
        My husband and I go to Boston a few times per year for a Redsox game or concert and we usually stay overnight so we don't have to deal with the traffic and late night drive home. We generally stay at a hotel in town, but decided to try something different this time. Boy, am I glad we did!! What a nice change from the busy hotels and crowded streets of downtown Boston. Jon & Karen were very helpful in telling us how to get to the park via public transportation so we didn't have to drive into the city and pay to park. It was very easy to navigate. We just parked our car in the lot on the docks and it stayed put until we left. Jon & Karen's little houseboat was clean, comfortable and well stocked with all of the comforts of home. Including some great goodies to snack on and a wonderful hot, home-cooked breakfast in the morning.. Jon & Karen live on another boat right on the docks so they are there in a flash if you need them. It's so obvious that they love their life on the water and want to share that love and care with their guests. I can't say enough GREAT things about this hidden GEM. I'll take my morning coffee on the docks, watching the sunrise above the Charles over a confined hotel room any day / anytime! Jon & Karen take a personal interest in the comfort of their guests and extend personal touches that you will never get at a 4 or 5 star hotel. Give it a try. you won't be sorry! :)
        • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
        • Stayed: Apr 2016