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Reviewed August 28, 2011

WOW, what a unique experience!! The room was equipped with all of the necessary amenities and was extremely comfortable. It was very peaceful and relaxing waking up with the water lapping along with the gentle swaying of the inn. The breakfasts are hot, homemade and delicious. Jon and Karen are gracious and knowledgeable hosts. They are passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated to making sure your stay is great. The most direct and fun way to get to the inn is by water taxi from the airport. We will definitely stay here every time we are in Boston.

Date of stay: August 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Orr1
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Are you looking for a perfect place to relax and have a romantic getaway?
Are you used to high quality and excellent service? Are you looking for a great home base from which to expore Boston? If you are looking for any of these things I encourage you to stay at The Green Turtle.

The Inn
The Green Turtle Inn is basically a luxury houseboat that is tied to a floating dock.
The unit is the size of a large hotel room and is fully self contained so you have lots of privacy. The bed is like sleeping on a cloud and with feather pillows and luxurious duvet.
You will have the best sleep ever as the waves gently rock you to sleep. There is a tv, great wireless connection and air conditioning. The shower is large and has great water pressure. Everything is tasteful and of high quality.

The Location
We had never been to Boston and had read that the Green Turtle is a bit out of the way.
We had not trouble navigating around Boston from here and were quite happy to be in a more serene location at the end of a busy day in the city.
The inn is nestled among million dollar yachts and condos. There is a gorgeous boardwalk that will take you all the way downtown. There is an amazing restaurant just five minutes from the inn. Navy Yard Bistro.
if you need to get somewhere quickly, the water taxi is very convenient and cheap( $1.75 ea.) . Jon and Karen also pointed out a free shuttle that will take you to the subway system.
You are steps away from the U.S. Constitution so most every tour trolly stops in this neighbourhood.
I don't think we woud have experienced the Boston Harbour to its full extent had we stayed somewhere else.

The Service
Jon and Karen are great. They are fun and casual without being instrusive.
At the end of the day we would sit on the deck chairs with a drink and watch the sun go down while Jon and karen fished. They have great stories and enjoy a good laugh.
Every morning they whipped up an amazing breakfast. they kept the room fully stocked at all times wtih juice, drinks, munchies, milk and granola. Even when we had to leave at 6am Karen and jon were ready with a breakfast and helped us carry our bags to the taxi.
They are very cool and lots of fun.

This was the first trip that my husband and I had had alone in 7 years. It turned out perfectly. The Green Turtle set the tone for a peaceful, casual and unique experience.

I wish Jon and Karen all the best and i encourage all of you to go down there and hang wtih them for a while. You won't regret it.

Date of stay: August 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank sheasamson
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

There are so many great reviews for the Turtle, and they convinced us decide to stay here. After our three night stay there over the weekend we absolutely agree with the high praise, and offer some hints and tips from our stay.

Safety
The Turtle is in Charlestown, which was a pretty tough place to wander when I grew up in Boston years ago. But times have changed, and so has Charlestown. We walked a great deal at night and felt safe at all times. Walkways were well lit, there were lots of other people out walking, and it was well patrolled. Everyone we asked told us they felt very safe in this area.

Getting Around
It's fairly easy to walk to Boston from there. Follow the Harborwalk which takes you along the pier, over the bridge and into the North End and you are in the city and all it has to offer in about a half hour.

There is also a ferry from the Charlestown Pier to the Aquarium in the heart of the Waterfront, which costs all of $1.70 a person. It just doesn't run very late at night, but when it does it's quick and cheap.

Keep in mind that this location outside the city core may be an issue for some people. You can't just leave your room and be in the city, but for us that wasn't an issue. The location was a great compromise between being near the city and having some peace and quiet.

Eating
We ate at the nearby Navy Yard Bistro and had a great, very reasonably priced, meal. We highly recommend it, although it's small and can get noisy - but there is outside seating if the weather is right. Of course there is also Boston with all it has to offer, just make sure you have a reservation.

The Inn also provides breakfast in the morning, discretely brought to your door whenever you decide. It was simply wonderfully delicious each and every day. The perfect start to the day!

The Inn Itself
Keep in mind that the Inn is actually a houseboat, so the rooms are what you'd expect on a boat - not very big but adequate with everything in it's place. It is very well done, and after a few days it occurred to me that Karen and John, our hosts, had really thought of everything. The bed is very comfortable with many pillows, there is a small table for eating, there are munchies on the countertop, water and juice in the refrigerator, and so many small touches that you know they really cared about the comfort of their guests. And of course there were comfortable deck chairs and a small table for sitting on the dock and looking over the city and harbor.

Best of all you are on the water and can open the windows and let the ocean breeze in, while gently rocking to sleep.

The View
You are right at the end of the dock, on the Harbor, and Boston is right in front of you. What more would you need?

The Hosts
John and Karen live in the sailboat next to the Inn, and are around should you have a question or need anything. They are wonderful, interesting people, and will make you feel right at home.

Summary
It's as good, if not better, than the reviews I found here. The perfect base for a romantic stay in a great city. A real gem.

Date of stay: August 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank thorgan
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

This was our first trip to Boston and we wanted somewhere different to stay, away from the usual hotel chains.
The Green Turtle B & B soon became our choice after reading various reviews.
From the moment we booked Karen & Jon were in contact and offered useful advice, which continued all the while we stayed at the Green Turtle. Nothing was too much trouble.

Although it was offered as a suggestion and one we ourselves chose to do, the water taxi from Boston Airport to the Green Turtle, which although was a nice way to arrive,it was over priced and not worth the cost.

Karen and Jon made us feel welcome on our arrival and we soon felt at home. We were free to come and go as we pleased and although they were around and we would chat, neither Jon or Karen were intrusive and if we wanted to be left to our own devices then I'm sure we would have been.

The accomodation was bright, modern, well maintained, clean and airy. The room was large, certainly big enough to accomodate the king size bed, kitchenette and seating area with ease - without feeling cramped. The en-suite was also clean and roomy.
The facilities were excellent with a TV with built in DVD, microwave, coffee machine and a stocked fridge.Tea/coffee, were replenished daily. The bed is worth a mention just on its own...it was fantastic - big,soft and comfortable - and gave us some of the best nights sleeps we have encountered in a long time!!!!
Breakfasts were plentiful with granola, yoghurt, fruit juices, milk being readily available in your room and each morning at a time agreed by you, either Jon or Karen would bring you a cooked breakfast, which varied daily. What there was certainly set us up for a day of sightseeing!
Getting into Boston and back again was easy by using the free bus that operated every 15 minutes on a daily basis between 13th Street and the General Hospital, and something that Jon and Karen suggested we use, although a half an hour walk along the boardwalk would get you to where the free bus would drop you to sight see the waterfront area of Boston anyway.
We certainly cannot fault anything about the room, the service or the cleanliness; bed being made daily and the room being cleaned and aired whilst we were out.

Overall the experience was one that met all our expectations,and was certainly value for money due to its unique location and service. It will be somewhere we would definitely use again should we pay a return visit to Boston.

Date of stay: July 2011
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1  Thank cassidy62
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

There are only two rooms, joined in the middle and floating in a marina space in Boston harbour (sorry - harbor!). Does that sound offputting? Well, it shouldn't. Karen and Jon go to endless trouble to provide a really interesting experience, and they do it very well.

Good aircon, wonderful home-cooked breakfast, granola on tap (so to speak), huge comfortable beds and rocking to sleep in the arms of Morpheus in the unlikely guise of maritime traffic quietly passing by. It is not cheap, though. (In August for us it worked out to $125 per person per night).

One morning we woke to sunrise and two herons strutting about outside. The next morning to sunrise and a massive Japanese tanker of some sort being manoevred slowly past and out to sea.

If you want to get to downtown Boston from here it is $1.75 per person on the (very frequent) ferry between pier 6 and the downtown itself. Green Turtle is also very near the USS Cassin Young (WWII destroyer) and USS Constitution (frigate from the time of the War of Independence).

Oh, and another thing. You get your own numbered parking space on the pier, and if you have visited Boston you will know that a parking space of your very own is worth more than a 12.5 kilo gold bullion bar.

Room tip: There are only two, and both are lovely.
Date of stay: August 2011
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Thank Geoff F
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