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Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn

131 Kaiulani Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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wien
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Shipman house in Hilo is an excellent choice for those who will visit the Volcanos national park and Mount Mauna Kea (very recommendable for sunset).It is a gem withholds of historical details and nevertheless with all the amenities and comforts one needs.The hosts, Barbara and Gary know their island very well,and willingly advise you during breakfast of the do's and... More 

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Seaford, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Barbara and Gary were wonderful.. Very welcoming and full of knowledge .House was immaculate. So interesting to see the history of the house. Room was good size. loved having the windows open at night..great breeze. breakfast was good. Most of the fruit was picked from their trees that day..all the baked goods were excellent. Great location. Overall very good stay... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this place. I stayed here with a man I was in love with but broke up with me right before this trip. He still wanted to take me but instead of being his girlfriend I was more like his concubine. And to make things weirder he pretended that we were a loving couple the whole time. The Shipman... More 

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irvine ca
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Barbra & Gary very nice people. I was in the shell room very clean. Sleep really well all 3 nights. The bread at breakfast was to die for. I wish I could have slice right now. I ate fruits that I never tried before. Really good. The only thing I did not like was the first 5 minutes of are... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For us, there is always a degree of trepidation about staying at a B&B. Are the rooms comfortable? How's the food? Are the owners gracious and accommodating? Shipman House gave us no regrets. Barbara and Gary are wonderful hosts who make you feel as if you are distant relatives in town for a visit. Each morning they provided a delightful... More 

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Wilmette
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This Victorian B&B is magnificent! The rooms are furnished with period pieces, many original to the house. The surroundings are really beautiful, peaceful and quiet. Innkeepers Barbara and Gary are terrific hosts. They’ll sit down with you at breakfast and fill you in on the history of the inn, on the history of Hilo, and will give you good ideas... More 

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This was our first trip to Hilo and we decided staying at this beautiful house would just be the thing to do. We had a wonderful experience enjoying this late 19th century Victorian home. The hosts, Barbara and Gary, were gracious hosts, making sure our needs were met along with giving us great advice as to what to do and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

As you step up the porte cochere, you cannot but try to imagine this beautifully kept old mansion in its time of glory, with views to the sea and green pastures which have been replaced over time by suburbs and power lines. After we rang the door bell, we were welcomed by Barbara who gave us a tour of the... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Be certain you know the B and B experience you want. Our 4 nights were so-so, because we didn’t read the fine print (our fault). Shipman House is an antique-filled historic old house/museum, but strictly as a B and B it is expensive, with amenities and “house rules” that didn’t suit us. On arrival, our hostess’s first words “no shoes... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This review is long overdue. We stayed at the Shipman House last April (2014) for 4 nights at the end of our two week trip. Gary and Barbara were excellent hosts, engaging and informative and always friendly. We stayed in Clara's Shell room which looked over a jungle ravine and out toward the ocean. The sound of the torrential rain... More 

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