The 7 Best Airbnb Houseboats

Want to wake up to a sunrise over the water and have gentle waves rock you to sleep at night? Airbnb lets you turn the dream of vacationing on the water into reality. Hundreds of houseboats, yachts, and other watercraft are available to rent on the accommodations website. While you probably won’t be able to sail the high seas in your Airbnb rental (most boats listed stay moored at the dock), you’ll still get to experience the unique feeling of living on the water. Here are 10 of the coolest boats we found for rent on Airbnb, from a budget-friendly steamship B&B in Michigan to a ultra-luxurious yacht in Indonesia.

1. Paris houseboat with a view

paris houseboat with view of eiffel tower

Houseboat on the Seine | Source: Airbnb

You can’t beat the views from this lovely and romantic Paris houseboat. Moored on the Seine River in the city’s 16th arrondissement, you can sip wine and gaze at the sparkling Eiffel Tower after a day spent exploring the City of Light. The Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, and Museum of Modern Art are all nearby.

From $236/night

2. Bay Area ferry boat

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SS City of Seattle | Source: Airbnb

Sausalito, just across the bay from San Francisco, is famous for its quirky houseboat community, and the SS City of Seattle is one of the most recognizable of the town’s dozens of floating homes. Built in 1888, the “Yellow Ferry” is the oldest surviving ferry boat on the West Coast. The ship has been lovingly restored and is now available to rent. And unlike some boat rentals, you won’t be cramped for space. The master suite, which offers bay views through the original paddle wheel, is 2,600 square feet, not counting an 800-square-foot deck where you can sit and watch the sun set over the water.

From $390/per night

3. Spacious loft luxury in Amsterdam

amsterdam houseboat

Amsterdam houseboat | Source: Airbnb

You’re spoiled for choice if you want to rent a houseboat during your next visit to Amsterdam. The Dutch capital’s famous canals are lined with floating homes, including this spacious and luxurious three-bedroom loft-style boat in the bohemian De Pijp neighborhood. There’s a full kitchen, multiple bathrooms, and nearby restaurants and transportation, making this Amstel River home the ideal place to stay as you explore the city.

From $232/night

4. Quaint London canal boat

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London houseboat on Regent’s Canal | Source: Airbnb

You won’t believe you’re in the middle of one of the world’s busiest cities when you stay on this quaint and cozy London houseboat. Moored in Regent’s Canal not far from King’s Cross, it’s the perfect base for exploring one of the world’s most popular destinations, though if the weather is nice you may just want to sit on the bow and watch the ducks, geese, and other boaters go by.

From $121/night

5. Historic steamship in Michigan

SS city of milwaukee

SS City of Milwaukee | Source: SS City of Milwaukee/

From the 1930s through the early 1980s, the SS City of Milwaukee ferried railway cars across Lake Michigan between Muskegon, Michigan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No longer a functioning ferry, the boat is now a National Historic Landmark docked in Manistee, Michigan, and visitors can spend the night in one of several restored staterooms and crew quarters on board. When not in your cabin, you can relax in the vintage Grand Saloon, furnished with vintage Oriental rugs and comfy chairs. A continental breakfast is provided.

$40/night per person

6. Vintage schooner in Massachusetts

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Vintage schooner Tyrone | Source: Airbnb

Vintage lovers will relish a night spent aboard the Tyrone, a 1930s schooner docked in Chatham, Massachusetts. The 60-foot boat, which sleeps four, has been painstakingly restored by its owner using original fixtures and materials. You can wake to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic, or use the boat as a home base for exploring Cape Cod. Don’t forget your Topsiders.

$400 per night

7. Luxury yacht in Indonesia

El Aleph luxury yacht

El Aleph luxury yacht | Source: Airbnb

You’ll cruise the Indonesian archipelago in style when you book a trip on the El Aleph, a luxury yacht that marries traditional pinisi design with modern-day technology and amenities. Customized itineraries will take you to destinations like Komodo Island, Bali, and Raja Ampat. Opportunities for diving and snorkeling abound, as well as land excursions. All meals are provided, many made with fresh-caught fish, and there’s a full staff to cater to your every need. The five-bedroom yacht sleeps 12.

$6,000 per night

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