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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...

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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...

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Sydney
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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Whittier, California
Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

One of the better B&Bs we've stayed at. We stayed in the cottage next to the regal Shipman House. The cottage has two rooms to rent. The room and bathroom was very spacious with a shared veranda overlooking beautiful foliage. Breakfast was at the main house just across the parking area. The owners, Gary & Barbara, are delightful and give...

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Boulder, Colorado
Reviewed 24 February 2016

While planning our trip to Hawaii, a friend highly recommended the Shipman House as a must stay. We stayed two nights last October and wish we stayed longer. The room was spacious and comfortable, the porches were wonderful to sit and read, and the breakfast was filled with fresh fruit, juice, homemade granola and muffins. Absolutely delicious! Barbara and Gary...

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San Diego
Reviewed 22 February 2016

My wife and I stayed a week at the Shipman House. Barbara and Gary have a lovely old house very close to downtown Hilo. We stayed in the detached cottage, which is about 50 feet from the main house. The room was clean and comfortable. Breakfast is exactly like it is mentioned in earlier reviews. It is served on a...

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Houston
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Let me first address the "too many rules". It can at the beginning be a little off putting, but when you consider the age of this home and it's original floors, doors, windows etc. You have a deeper appreciation for wanting to help maintain it's beauty. Rowing suitcases across 100+ year old wood floors is not the thing to do....

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Overland Park, Kansas
Reviewed 1 January 2016

I should preface this review by noting that my wife and I have had negative experiences at a couple of previous B&Bs and perhaps that biases this review. In any event, this summer, while traveling around the Big Island we decided to try the Shipman House. There are limited hotel options on this quieter side of the Big Island and...

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Hilomama, Owner at Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review

I am so sorry you felt this way. The Shipman House is on both the state and national historic registers, a living museum, and we do have some basic house rules to protect it. These are stated on the website, in our initial correspondence, and in our confirmation letter...No shoes, No smoking, Nothing that burns, and Please do not roll...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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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: $311 - $354 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Shipman House b&b Inn
Shipman House Hotel Hilo
Shipman House Bed And Breakfast Inn Hilo, Hawaii
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“All rooms looked really nice. You can't go wrong.”
  • Mauka Room
  • The Porch of the guest house
 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
“No elevator..so you need to carry your bags if staying upstairs”
 of 5 bubbles caryla2014, 10 Mar 2015 | Read review
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