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Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #7 of 19 Hilo B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 12, 2013

There are definitely B&B people and I confess to being one of them. I enjoy the small personal touch, discussions with the owners, meeting the other guests and hearing their experiences in the local town, and, always, the amazing breakfasts. The Shipman House provides all of this and more. The room was large and very comfortable. We enjoyed Barbara's stories of her family, the Shipmans and appreciated the help of Gary on finding local restaurants and his work in gathering all of the amazing fruits for the breakfast. One important tip for the near term to to call and get directions for the detour caused by a bridge construction just down the street. Your GPS will lead you astray!

Room Tip: You will hear about the noise of the little frogs. They bother some people but there are so many it...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for three nights in October 2013, during our honeymoon, in Auntie Clara's Shell Room. Every morning we were greeted by a gorgeous view sunrise over the bay below through the two large windows opposite the bed, and by an equally beautiful breakfast spread out on the lanai, featuring local fruit grown on the property.

The house itself is full of incredible Asian and Hawaiian antiques and gorgeous koa furniture.

We didn't mind the frogs at all -- we found the sound rather soothing.

Barbara and Gary are gracious hosts and full of excellent recommendations for things to do in the area. This is the place to stay in Hilo.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I had been looking at this property for quite awhile. I finally decided to include Hilo as part of my travels and to stay at this place. Am I glad I did. This house has fantastic old world charm, bed was very comfortable, food was excellent. Would not hesitate to stay there again. I loved being serenaded to sleep by the tree frogs every night. Gary and Barbara were excellent hosts and helped us plan our days. The house has no air conditioning but we had no trouble staying cool.We stayed in the shell room and a fantastic view of Hilo Bay

Room Tip: The shell room has the best view
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The moment we arrived at the Shipman House, we knew we were in for a unique experience. The home has been in one family for many, many years. The obvious, personal care of the property is apparent as soon as you step onto the wide planked porch and push the doorbell. The home itself is full of personal treasures of a bygone Hawaiian era with the hosts providing background information that permitted us a peek of old Hawaiian life. We stayed in Aunt Clara's Shell Room which was such a treat. Breakfast in the morning on the covered porch provided not only good fare but wonderful discussion with other guests and hosts. Our only regret is that we were not able to stay longer. We look forward to returning one day soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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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)

Room Tip: All rooms are nice at the Shipman House.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 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
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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
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Additional Information about Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Address: 131 Kaiulani St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2529
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range: $219 - $249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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 
Also Known As:
Shipman House Hotel Hilo
Shipman House b&b Inn
Shipman House Bed And Breakfast Inn Hilo, Hawaii

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