Golden Slipper, Boston's B & B Afloat

Location of boat is Lewis Wharf, North End, Boston, MA USA (Show map)


* Please check availability on our website! * Welcome aboard the Golden Slipper, Boston's Bed and Breakfast Afloat! Celebrating 27 Years In Boston! If you are looking for a unique and romantic B&B experience to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement, or wedding, the Golden Slipper awaits! It is an ideal romantic getaway for two, but also a fun adventure for four. Two private staterooms are offered with plenty of privacy for both couples, and room to relax on the decks. The Golden Slipper is centrally located at Lewis Wharf, in the heart of historic Boston. The boat stays at the dock and you come and go as you please. We offer the best location if you want to enjoy the best of Boston, within a short 10 min walk to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, The Freedom Trail, The New England Aquarium, Historical Museums, The Trolleys, and Boston's Little Italy, the North End. Enjoy the safety and security of this locked marina with nearby parking. Please inquire about touring the First Boat Building Region of America with innkeepers, Gretchen & Jack on their North & South River Cruises. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE. 5% SENIOR DISCOUNT. 10% MILITARY DISCOUNT. We are now pleased to accept credit cards through PayPal! (send payment to bnbafloat@gmail) 50% deposit (Full payment in advance for 1 night stay) - payable by credit card through PayPal, or by mailing a check. Balance payable on arrival in cash or travelers check, or ten days in advance through PayPal.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Great bnb!

5 on August 20, 2017

Loved our stay! Very comfortable accommodations! Close to everything we love in Boston! Sitting on the deck in the evening was so relaxing and peaceful - our choice for sure for a place to stay away from home! June 20-22, 2017

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Thank you so much for sharing your review!

- Gretchen (innkeeper)

Our stay Memorial Weekend

4.0 on February 24, 2017

We stayed over Memorial Weekend, so had 2 days with sunny high temps, and 1 day of cloudy cooler temps. Staying here was very comfortable, and very relaxing. Boat owners ourselves, we had no problem adjusting to a mindset different from a hotel. Loved that we could walk into the North End for dinner, and the T was a very short walk away as well. We would come back anytime.

Fantastic stay

5 on February 22, 2017

We loved our stay on the Golden Slipper - great location in Boston from which to explore the city (we did everything on foot). The facilities were great, we had so many snacks and breakfast bits provided - everything was looked after and taken care of. A perfect stay!

October 2016

5 on October 17, 2016

We had a great time on the Golden Slipper during the Clemson/Boston College weekend. We especially enjoyed having happy hour on the boat each evening in the perfect fall weather. Gretchen is an excellent communicator and Susan who cleaned the boat and gave us the tour was also terrific. We had one issue during our stay which Gretchen and her husband quickly addresses. . The location is also a plus because it's close to lots of great restaurants and other activities.

Highlight of our trip!

5 on August 22, 2016

The Golden Slipper B&B was the highlight of our trip visiting the east coast. It was an adventure in itself. Five of us fit and slept comfortably in it. We loved spending the evenings on the deck talking over our day, or watching the sun come up. The location could not have been better, we never used the car once. We walked to the Aquarium, Boston Harbor cruise, Faneuil Hall, Science museum, restaurants, and Golden Goose grocery store. We could go back to the boat and take a break/rest between sightseeing stops, and it was always such a comforting feeling to go back to the boat instead of a hotel room. Gretchen was great, helping me with directions and answering questions. She instructed my husband on how to get from the airport to the boat via water taxi, he was dropped off right on the Golden Slipper's dock! There is no question on where I would stay if visiting Boston again, I just would stay longer...maybe until the ice starts forming. Pat P, Madison WI

Fantastic Location!

4.0 on July 30, 2014

My Father-in-Law has a very short "bucket list" - and one of the items on his list was to see a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. We decided to make it a full family trip to Boston to see the sights and enjoy the city. We discovered the Golden Slipper while searching for places to stay and, since my In-Laws have a boat and enjoy the water, we thought it would be a fun and unique way to stay in Boston. We could not have asked for a better location! The Golden Slipper is right in the heart of the North End and just a short walk away from the aquarium, restaurants, and stop one of the trolly tour we booked. We could hop on the tour and travel all around the city! Sitting out on the deck in the evening time, we enjoyed how peaceful it was. Although we were just steps away from the busy city, it felt like we were apart from the hustle and bustle. The rocking motion of the boat was an incredibly relaxing way to fall asleep at night. Gretchen was welcoming when we arrived and we appreciated her guidance and suggestions for places to go and stock up. The Golden Slipper is definitely a unique find. There are some quirks to staying on a boat - and so long as folks come in with eyes wide open, this is a great way to stay in Boston! The trip was a success, my Father-in-Law has fulfilled one of his lifelong wishes, and it was made even better because we all really enjoyed our time on The Golden Slipper!

Fantastic, great location

5 on July 09, 2014

Would stay here again and recommend to everyone.

Ideal Getaway on Boston's Waterfront

4.4 on June 01, 2010

On boat at Lewis Wharf, private and secure, convenient to aquarium, historic downtown and North End restaurants, the "T" and water taxi. Boat clean, stocked and very comfortable. Will return.

Perfect Getaway!

4.6 on March 15, 2010

Having stayed on the Golden Slipper 4 times(it might even be 5)I felt it was time to write a review letting everyone know how much fun it is to stay right in the heart of Boston on a boat. The boat is spacious and so comfortable. The marina is totally safe .I have stayed with friends as well as family. It is perfect for a "girlfriends get away" My son who travels all the time in his job and gets so tired of staying at hotels loves staying on the boat. He has stayed on the boat twice. I will be there again in May and I can't wait..Diane R.

Fantastic Place!

4.4 on December 29, 2009

This was new for us, staying on the water, in a boat, no less. However, we were quickly won over, by the charm and care of this lovely yacht. The innkeepers, Gretchen and Jack, were warm and helpful, with tips for navigating Historical Boston. I will be a return customer for years to come. Thanks! Joan

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Rooms & Rates

The Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper has 2 private State rooms. The aft cabin offers a spacious walk around sized bed with a private bathroom that includes a bathtub and shower. The forward berth has a full sized bed and a private bathroom with a shower only. The comfortable main salon offers a roomy galley and a spacious sofa that can be converted to a double bed. Thus, the boat can accommodate up to six people.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Double

Nightly Rate: $270 - $270

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Location Type

Downtown, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Urban, Waterview


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 4 miles

Directions to property:

We are located at Lewis Wharf, 28 Atlantic Avenue. Water taxi service is available directly from the airport to the the yacht. Please contact us for more details or specific directions.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Market, Freedom Trail, Boston's Little Italy, North End, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Library, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Videos, Walk to mass transit , Private dinners offered dockside or cruise., Boston Harbor Island tours or sunset cruise.

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Harbor Cruises can be arranged during your stay (subject to captain availability)

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  • Check In:: 2:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking permitted on the outside deck only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Please contact us before booking.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No No pets permitted.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit (Full payment in advance for 1 night stay) - payable by credit card through PayPal, or by mailing a check.
  • Cancellations: 4 weeks prior to reservation money is fully refunded; thereafter deposit returned upon rebooking.
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Gretchen and Jack Stephenson

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Gretchen previously lived aboard a classic wooden boat originally designed for the Vanderbilts. During the restoration process, her future bed and breakfast afloat became a reality. Now, Gretchen and her husband Jack are pleased to welcome you aboard The Golden Slipper, Boston's Original Bed and Breakfast Afloat!

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  • Serving Location: Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Crabcake Eggs Benedict

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