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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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  • 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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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
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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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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
18 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We enjoyed our 2 night stay here. The house is something else. The room was comfortable and met our needs. Breakfast is incredible. A wide selection of fruits from the garden, muesli, juice, tea's, coffee and baked items. Go with the home made passionfruit butter. Yum!! I particularly enjoyed chatting with Gary at breakfast time and learning about the island.... More

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Tampa, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the Shipman House in Hilo, HI. Gary and Barbara are perfect hosts. Each morning they had a nice spread of fresh fruits grown on their property, tasty baked goods from their own kitchen and an unlimited amount of fresh coffee and juice. We stayed in the guest house in the room closest to the... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

An amazing house, in perfect condition, beautiful surroundings. They were incredible hosts and served THE most magnificent breakfast I've ever eaten. We highly recommend this place - it is worth going to Hilo just for this accommodation.

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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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