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Woodinville, Washington
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Our two-night stay at Shipman House was excellent. I would return in a heartbeat. The historic house is beautiful and full of interesting artifacts, including a letter of introduction for Jack London and his wife. We stayed upstairs in Auntie Clara's Shell Room, which offers a distant view of Hilo Bay. Everything was very clean and well-appointed. The large, private...

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reviewed 29 January 2017

My Mother and I stayed in Flossie's room for two nights during a longer trip to the Big Island, the Shipman house was one of the highlights of our trip. The owners are incredibly knowledgeable about all things Hawaiian and shared excellent tips. The room was large, very comfortable and clean and the large wrap-around porch is the stuff of...

Thank Sheri T
Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is a beautifully-restored historic home and guesthouse, close to town, but down a small road away from the main streets, in a gorgeous setting - so very quiet and private. Our room was very comfortable and spacious. But the best aspect was breakfast. This featured great fruit (from the property itself) and home-made baked goods and hot cereal, plus...

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Southington, Connecticut
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Where do I begin! We had such a wonderful time at the Shipman House. We loved Hilo and enjoyed every moment of our stay.- there was so much to do and see! Gary made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived, and we loved chatting with both he and Barbara every morning. Their passion for the island is infectious,...

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Celebration, Florida
Reviewed 22 December 2016

A stay at the Shipman House Inn will make your Hawaiian vacation complete. Rich in history not only in the house, also very knowledgeable inn keepers (Barbara and Gary) can instill lots of Island history. They also have great recommendation all around the island to share and will guide you based on your interests. The Breakfast served is simply amazing...

Thank JereNelson
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Beautiful historic house close to centre of town. The restoration is superb. Huge private rooms with a comfortable beds and ensuites. A sumptuous buffet breakfast of estate grown fruits and producde is an opportunity to meet the owners (who are descendants of the founding original occupants of this grand family home) and to get advice about the local area, sites...

Thank John O
Reviewed 25 October 2016

what a great place, a historic house filled with family mementoes.. gracious hosts, a wonderful breakfast. we stayed there with our children and their spouses to celebrate my birthday, and Barbara was so helpful and kind. Barbara tells us she will soon retire from the B&B. so hurry and book a room before it si too late.

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Manteca, California
Reviewed 7 October 2016

My family planned a trip to the big island to look into our family history. My dad booked rooms for my 2 sisters and their husbands along with myself and my husband and of course himself. We were all quite excited to stay at the house and visit all the places that my dad did while he was a child...

Thank Debbie C
Reviewed 29 March 2016

This is a wonderful old historic home with a fascinating history that Barbara and Gary are keen to share with you. We weren't that taken with Hilo itself so it was a relief to have such a nice place to return to at the end of each day. The breakfasts are wonderful with a huge variety of various exotic fruits...

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 28 March 2016

We stayed for 4 nights at the historical Shipman House B&B and we enjoyed it very much! The house is placed in tropical and lush surroundings, giving a feeling that you are in the middle of the rain forest but at the same time you feel the past and the history in it. The sounds of the nature (pouring down...

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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 

Additional Information about Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Address: 131 Kaiulani St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2529
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Price Range: RM967 - RM1,099 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Shipman House Hotel Hilo
Shipman House b&b Inn
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“Auntie Clara's Shell Room has gorgeous sunrises.”
 of 5 bubbles TanyaM596, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms looked really nice. You can't go wrong.”
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 of 5 bubbles NikkiW268, 15 Dec 2015 | Read review
“I loved the quiet guest house. The home was gorgeous too. You can't go wrong.”
 of 5 bubbles 123katyb, 2 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Auntie Clara's room does not have an overhead fan but is spacious with multiple chairs, day bed, desk and chair. The private bath is down the hall so some people may not like that, we didn't mind.”
 of 5 bubbles cyssf2003, 3 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Just ask the hosts what preference you have & they have photos on their excellent website also.”
 of 5 bubbles joecV6955YF, 12 May 2015 | Read review
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