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Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn

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131 Kaiulani Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #7 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
68 hotel reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a brilliant B&B. Our taxi driver on the way from the airport said you are staying in a castle. Greeted by Barbara and Gary at the door we were taken for a tour of their Hilo museum. They are so keen to please and they are a fountain of wisdom and knowledge regarding the whole Island. From restaurants... More

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Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely place to stay in Hilo...we found the Shipman House by accident. We were suppose to stay in a hotel on bay front but the reservation dates got mixed up, hotel was booked when we arrived so I jumped onto Yelp. OMGOSH how lucky were we to find this bed & breakfast. The house was super clean, was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful and interesting inn! Owners/Innkeepers Barbara & Gary provide an inviting, informative, and tasty stay in a home over 100 years old with tons of character. The house is a museum with interesting decorating and old time functionality. Skeleton keys are used to enter the rooms and with this throw-back feel comes old school cooling: fans and a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is authentic Hawaiian. The beautifully maintained property and the fresh, awesomely diverse breakfast makes this B&B a MUST stay on any trip to the Big Island. Barbara and her husband are sooo hospitable. Overall, I have to say, the breakfast is unforgettable. After 7 years, that's what sticks with me the most.

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Larkspur, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

For experiencing gracious Hawaiian hospitality in an historic home, Shipman House B&B is a wonderful choice. We loved the sunrise and birdsong from the comfort of Aunt Clara's Shell Room. The place is full of interesting art, furnishings and artifacts accumulated by the generations who've lived here. The hosts Barbara and Gary are justifiably proud of their unique home, its... More

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Berkeley, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
35 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Shipman House provides an excellent location for Hilo. Lovely old house, well restored and maintained with nice grounds. It is set away from any busy area above a river. Several common rooms are available for guests and breakfast is served on the lanai. While the breakfast may be "continental", it includes a wide and extensive array of locally grown... More

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Victoria, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for two nights on a much-needed trip to Hawaii after my surgery. Our purpose was some sight-seeing coupled with relaxation. Shipman House was perfect! The host and hostess were knowledgeable, helpful, and unobtrusive. They offered some suggestions (prompted by us) for restaurants in the area, which all turned out to be great! Our room,... More

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St. John's, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Shipman House and its kind and welcoming hostess and hostess was easily the nicest part of our stay during a recent trip to Hawaii. The home is remarkably well maintained, with beautiful grounds and curb appeal that takes your breath away as you come around the corner. Healthy, natural, well-rounded breakfasts with fresh ingredients and fruits picked on the grounds... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
18 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

This beautiful old house was built in 1899 and is furnished with antiques and other interesting pieces of furniture. We stayed in the Shell Room which was very comfortable with a four-poster bed, desk and couch. The breakfasts were excellent and very healthy with lots of local fruits and other healthy options. The hosts were very knowledgeable about things to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

The Shipman House is a grand Victorian with a marvelous deck. The breakfast spread, complete with many unique fruits from the large gardens, is marvelous to see and eat. The hosts, Barbara Ann and Gary, are friendly and helpful. Would recommend strongly.

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Address: 131 Kaiulani Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Also Known As:
Shipman House b&b Inn
Shipman House Hotel Hilo
Shipman House Bed And Breakfast Inn Hilo, Hawaii

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What to do in Hilo? Plenty! Get some of the best local advice from your hosts at Shipman House B&B, an historic home from Hawaii's monarchy period. Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking. Large guest rooms all have modern private baths. Amazing breakfast fruits. Special diets accommodated. Your part-Hawaiian host, a Shipman descendant, knows the best places to eat, shop, explore. Walk to restaurants, museums. Hula available. National Register. ... more   less 
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