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“FANTASTIC Bed and Breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
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Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn
131 Kaiulani Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720   |  
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Ranked #7 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 hotel reviews
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“FANTASTIC Bed and Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I were celebrating my 50th birthday in Hawaii. We stayed for two nights at the Shipman House in order to spend time at the Volcano Nat'l Park.
The Shipman House is a wonderful place; like living in a museum! The hosts were friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet on the lanai was amazing! We would recommend this place to anyone who appreciates detail and a quiet mature atmosphere. A definate 10 out of 10!
Merci,
Kimara (Switzerland)

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Shipman House to celebrate his birthday. It was an absolutely wonderful experience and exceeded my expectations! The house itself is gorgeous with its authentic decor and lovely views of Hilo Bay. The rooms are absolutely massive, well maintained, and beautifully decorated. Our hosts were gracious and very helpful with providing information on the local area and possible activities for the day. Breakfast was always delicious and filling (local fruits, bread, yogurt, granola, etc), my absolute favorites were Barbara's granola and her macadamia nut coffee cake. We enjoyed every aspect of our stay at this B&B and can't wait till we can come back for another stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

A welcome change from the large could-be-anywhere hotels, our stay at Shipman House was a window into historic Hilo and a chance to experience the graciousness of our hosts and this house. Located off a quiet street not too far from old Hilo town, this house has nice views back to Hilo Bay, has beautiful lanais and living and dining rooms with impressively high ceilings and appointed with historic furniture and photos from the family's long history on this Island. Breakfast is a delight and delicious, featuring topical fruits -- many of which are grown on the property. This B and B offers an authentic, historical Hawaii experience and was a great base from which to explore Hilo, the Volcano area and the Hamakua Coast.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This property is a perfectly restored mansion with a water view from upstairs and a tropical garden view from the other rooms. It is a grand structure including walk through windows, curved glass in the turret, a grand piano, glorious staircase and copper roof. The decor is authentic to the era of the house from the opulent furnishings and fixtures down to the antique dolls in the high chairs off the kitchen. Our room, named Flossie's, had it's own porch which was also comfortably furnished in appropriate wicker. The screened shutters to the garden allowed the sound of the tree frogs and birds to come into our room which was delightful.

Barbara and Gary are extraordinary innkeepers. After a 14 hour trip from the east coast, we felt a warm and refreshing welcome. The generous continentinal breakfast included home made breads, muffins, granola, passionfruit butter and a dozen different fresh fruits. There were also cheeses, hard boiled eggs, fresh squeezed juice, a good selection of teas and terrific coffee. Both Barbara and Gary had very good recommendations on what to do and what to avoid on the island. They are very pleasant company and the Shipman House is a very comfortable inn. I hope to return soon.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The highlight of our stay in Hilo. The ceilings are high, the big wide porch is welcoming, this is an estate run by a couple with an intriguing island history. Sparkling clean, a place you'll want to stay at least 2 days for the breakfast alone. Big enough so you can have some alone space. Big five stars.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bay Area, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had an amazing time at the Shipman House! Beth and Gary were so kind to us and we just loved her baked goods! I still dream of her granola she makes and wish we had it here in the mainland!

Right when you drive up to the Shipman House, it's like you're transported back in time. When you walk into the house, all of the 'normal' world fades away and you relive the family's rich history and can understand why they call it home for so many generations.

The rooms are quaint and inviting and we even got to listen to the frogs in the evenings! We got so used to the frogs lulling us to sleep we had to find a (albeit poor) replica of it to help us fall asleep when we got home.

Thanks again Beth and Gary! We miss you guys!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place goes to show that the unplanned can be the most memorable about a place. We were unexpectedly overnight in Hilo (after a helicopter flight) - too late to drive back to Kona. We found Shipman House on a brochure, and although hadn't meant to spend this much for the night ended up being so glad we did. I could go on for ages about the houses beauty and history, about the fabulous, helpful kindness of Barbara and Garry in making our stay so great - suffice to say we wish we had stayed longer here: the house must be seen to be believed. Take time to browse each room and especially the library. Our bedroom with high four poster bed, original antique furnishings had lovely views, the lovely old bathroom was luxurious. The sumptuous fruit breakfast (all grown on site - at least a dozen varieties of fruit) was amazing - and we had a very informative and friendly chat with Garry over breakfast before we had to (regretfully) leave. My husband fell for the passionfruit butter - simply delicious over the home made muffins. Thanks so much Barbara and Garry, if we are back in Hilo we'll be back to stay without doubt - longer next time!

Room Tip: Ask for the big room at the top! (can't remember it's name) - well worth it - it overlooks...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Address: 131 Kaiulani Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Shipman House Hotel Hilo
Shipman House Bed And Breakfast Inn Hilo, Hawaii

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