Amazing Houseboat Rentals in Seattle (Sleepless in Seattle Style!)


Live up your wildest Sleepless in Seattle dreams with these amazing houseboat rentals in Seattle. Whether you’re a Sleepless in Seattle fan or not, these Lake Union houseboat rentals are too unique to pass up during your trip to the Emerald City!

This guide has all types of Seattle floating homes for rent, which in our opinion, is one of the most unique things to do in Seattle!

If you’re looking to mix it up and stay in a hotel too be sure to check out our guide on where to stay in Seattle by neighborhood. We recommend spending a few days in this amazing city and even have a guide for what to do in Seattle if you’re a first time visitor! 

Don’t miss our suggested one day in Seattle itinerary in case you’re short on time or our 2 days in Seattle itinerary that covers the best iconic spots in the city!

Note: Some of these Seattle houseboat vacation rentals require a minimum of 30 nights to stay, we do have options that are for as little as a 2 night minimum to book! Pay attention to the note at the end of each listing to see which type of Lake Union houseboat rental it is.

Lake Union Houseboat Rentals

Modern Lake Union Houseboat Rental

live your sleepless in seattle dreams houseboat on lake union

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This houseboat rental in Seattle is absolutely incredible; stylish and artsy at a prime location on the East side of Lake Union, with 270 Degree views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains where you can live out your ‘Sleepless in Seattle dreams,” as it claims on its listing!

Five guests can live the ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ dream in 3 windowed bedrooms with views offering twin, double, and queen beds looking out over the water. 

This designer Lake Union houseboat rental has a gorgeous living room with interesting art pieces and glass stacking doors that open towards to south of the lake and cityscape. 

There’s a cool kitchen in the open living area space with a breakfast bar and even a coral aquarium over the kitchen sink, plus, the dining room converts into both dance or yoga studio depending on the vibe.

One of the two bathrooms has an amazing walk-in, glass shower set on a marble floor with lots of windows letting in light and a sneak of the same view outside. 

There are loads of fun water toys to play with including a hot tub, SUP, kayaking, and canoeing. You’ll want to spend a while just taking in the stunning view from the outside deck too.

This Seattle houseboat rental is available for stays of a month or longer, so this is more ideal for those who want a longer stay. Book this Seattle houseboat rental on VRBO.

Classic Yacht In Beautiful Lake Union

classic yacht on Lake Union houseboat rental in Seattle

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The ‘Rainbird’ is a proper, old-style yacht option if you’re looking for Seattle floating homes for rent. The boathouse is moored near downtown Seattle with gorgeous views of the skyline with an awesome view of the Space Needle.

Two staterooms sleep four people with an island Queen bed and two twin size beds. The rooms are found on opposite sides of the yacht so this is a great choice for couples or families. There are two bathrooms including a shower in the master stateroom.

This houseboat rental in Seattle has a full kitchen for preparing meals and the living room has a classic old yacht feel with a beautifully maintained wood interior and sophisticated decoration.

Outside, the flybridge deck provides a viewing area on the second floor, perfect for taking in the waterway and sunsets over Seattle. Salmon and Tuna fishing is available on another of the host’s vessels through August and the beginning of September.

The hosts also arrange all sorts of custom cruises, from sightseeing and sunset dinners to tours around the Puget Sound.

To stay on the Rainbird, a minimum booking of 30 nights is required, so this Seattle houseboat vacation rental is only meant for longer-term guests! Book this Seattle houseboat rental on VRBO.

Why Knot Houseboat on Lake Union


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Why Knot is a lovely Lake Union 42-foot houseboat rental in an old-school Seattle Marina, moored on the south side of the water. It’s perfect for those preferring a quiet stay, while still being close to the dining and entertainment options of the lake and downtown.

Four guests can stay in the two staterooms; the Captain’s Quarter has a Queen bed and en-suite bathroom with shower, and the forward stateroom counts with two single bunks and an ensuite half-bath. 

There’s a cozy ‘saloon’ lounge with a fold-out sofa bed, foldaway dining table, and fully outfitted kitchen for preparing your own meals. 

A partially enclosed lengthways deck runs along this houseboat rental in Seattle where you take in a panoramic view of Lake Union and maybe even spot the rainbows that often appear. The teak table and chairs are a great invitation to hang out on the deck and there’s even an infrared BBQ for grilling the afternoon away.

Guests can partake in the popular water activities of Lake Union and sight-seeing of the surrounding area. Make sure you take a picture sitting in the Captain’s chair too!

Enjoy Why Knot tied to the dock or if you have the appropriate boating license, take her out and explore Lake Union.

Like the previous few Lake Union houseboat rentals, this one is available for a minimum of 30 nights. Book this Seattle houseboat vacation rental on Airbnb.

Traditional Seattle Houseboat on Lake Union

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This is a stunning two-story Lake Union houseboat rental, on the east side of the water. You have amazing views of the lake and Seattle cityscape including the Queen Anne and Fremont Bridges. The tram into Seattle is within walking distance and it’s just five minutes to the trendy coffee shops and restaurants of the Eastlake district.

The 1300 sq. ft floating accommodation sleeps up to four guests in homely rooms with beautiful art on the walls. There’s a twin bed with a bathroom on the first floor and a Queen size bedroom with the master bathroom including a tub on the second floor. 

The first floor-level living room area is bright, modern, and stylish with a connecting full kitchen for all your cooking needs. Outside there’s access to a float and guests can make use of three kayaks. 

On the spacious upper-level terrace, you’ll find a BBQ, seating, and lovely views of the water and other boats. Pets are also very welcome at this Seattle houseboat vacation rental. Book this Seattle houseboat vacation rental on Airbnb.

Charming Houseboat on South Lake Union


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Jicama is one of the most colorful houseboat rentals in Seattle that manages to feel quirky, and modern at the same time. This home on the water is moored on the southern end of the beautiful Lake Union with views of the water and downtown Seattle.

This Lake Union houseboat rental can comfortably sleep up to six people with two double size beds in the bedroom plus a double blow-up mattress and sleeper sofa.

The open living room, dining area, and full kitchen feel spacious and modern. With three wall heaters, it’s a warm and comfy place to hang out as you float on the water.

There are eating nooks both indoors and out, as well as a deck and roof lounge area for checking out the view in the fresh air or grilling on the propane BBQ.

Guests can also use two kayaks shared with a second property at the mooring, available on a first-come serve basis.

Better yet, this Lake Union houseboat is available for shorter-term stays with only a minimum of 4 nights needed to book! Book this Seattle houseboat vacation rental on Airbnb.

Adorable Lake Union Houseboat Rental 


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The previous Lake Union houseboats owner, they offer another eclectic Lake Union houseboat rental just a couple of spaces down. Turnip has a cool Japanese design with bright colors and interesting details like etched glass and woodworking.

She is also moored on the south side of the Lake Union with lovely city and water views that can be taken in on a great rooftop for sitting.

This is one unique houseboat rental in Seattle that’s set apart by its Asiatic junk style design and hobbit-esque archways inside. The cute floating home still feels roomy and space can sleep up to four people on a Queen size bed, sleeper sofa, small sleeping nook (best for kids), and blow up mattress. 

There’s also a full kitchen for preparing meals, a wall heater for cozying up, and a full bathroom with a feature Japanese style shower.

You will love sitting out on the private deck or better still, up on the roof. Guests can use the two kayaks shared with Jicama on a first come first serve basis.

This Lake Union houseboat is also available for shorter-term stays with only a minimum of 4 nights needed to book! Book this Seattle houseboat vacation rental on Airbnb.

Modern Houseboat on Lake Union


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This is another cool Lake Union houseboat rental, moored over on the western edge. Guests will have their own private yellow kayak to explore all over the lake and enjoy its many restaurants and parks.

With one Queen bedroom and bathroom it’s perfect for couples and has a beautiful interior, bamboo flooring, and cool custom kitchen to prepare meals. Dine inside or go up onto the roof for a unique way to chill with a meal or some drinks.

There is also a lower deck with a couple of chairs out to take in the fun atmosphere of the boat community. Surround sound Bluetooth speakers also add to the entertainment.

This listing only requires a two-night stay minimum in order to stay at this houseboat rental in Seattle. Book one of the coolest houseboat rentals in Seattle on Airbnb.


Be sure to also read our full guide to the best neighborhoods in Seattle for exploring during your Seattle houseboat stay!