Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Address: 131 Kaiulani Street, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, 96720, United States | B&B
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This B&B, located on 131 Kaiulani Street, Hilo, is near Rainbow Falls, Lyman Mission House and Museum, Lyman House Memorial Museum, and Mauna Loa Observatory.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn Hilo

    Beautiful Historic Retreat


    The Shipman House is in a beautiful setting that overlooks a lush gulch that takes one's breath away. The grounds alone are reason enough to visit but go inside and see the magnificent history that this house affords. It's roomy and homey and the breakfasts alone are worth the stay. The hosts of the Shipman House are just what you'd expect in Hawaii-very accommodating and cordial. We definitely look forward to going back!

    Loved the personal treatment


    We were warmly welcomed and given a tour of the beautiful historic home. Daily breakfasts were included in the price and consisted of a delicious combination of fresly picked, beautifully displayed friut and homemade muffins breads, and coffee cake. Another table consisted of coffees, juices, teas and Island jellies of which the Lilikoi has become my favotite. - NOT your typical B & B breakfast!

    Our hosts, the Andersons answered all of our inquiring questions about Hawaiian history, lifestyles, and recommeded the best places in town for dinner. All were great! We even took their advise to visit the weekly Farmers Market and came home with great bargains. We were fortunate to be there on a day the Shipman House had their weekly Hula class and were invited to participate or observe - whatever we felt comfortable with. Another opportunity to take in local Hawaiian culture.

    Our stay at the Shipman was a wonderful combination of Hawaiian hospitality, history and culture, all in a beautiful historic home. Our next stay in Hilo will definitely include the Shipman house.



    One of the best experiences ever. Great old victorian mansion loaded

    with charm. Breakfast there is incredible with breathtaking view of

    Hilo Bay.

    We have stayed three times and hope to spend many more holidays

    at Shipman House.

    I will be back


    Everything was great and breakfast was phenomenal. I will come back.

    Comfy and Delightful


    This immaculately maintained bed and breakfast is sure to please any discerning traveler. Barbara and Gary, who own and operate this little piece of paradise, will bring a smile to the face of anyone who understands the difference between good service and service with a heart. And the food, including an ample selection of local fruits and specialties, is to die for. I very much enjoyed my stay and can't wait to return.

    In Hilo Stay at the Shipman House


    In Hilo the Shipman House is the B&B to pick. Barbara and Gary are great hosts and are very knowledgable about what to see and do in the Hilo area. The house is historic with a great view of Hilo harbor. They provide a wonderful breakfast with lots of local fresh fruit. And it's only a 10 minute drive from Hilo airport.



    Two nights at the Shipman House recently were perfect in every way, and set the pace for a memorable week on the Big Island. Our hosts, Barbara and Gary Andersen, started things well with an enthusiastic welcome, even though we arrived late, at nearly midnight. Throughout our visit, their friendship and helpful information were the factor that made this visit special.

    The Shipman House is a beautifully maintained Victorian home, filled with antiques from Barbara's family who have lived there since the early 20th century. I was thrilled to be invited to play on the Steinway grand piano that has known such illustrious musicians as Queen Liliuokulani herself, with the windows open to the veranda where guests sat on comfortable rocking chairs, taking in the view of the home's lush tropical gardens, with Hilo Bay in the distance beyond. Our big, comfortable room in the cottage next to the main house was a bright, sunny piece of old-Hawaiian casual living, and everything was in lovely, spotless condition, with such thoughtful touches as fruit juices in the fridge and yukatas hanging in the closet.

    Finally, the gourmet breakfast buffet, served on the home's veranda, was truly spectacular: platters of fresh tropical fruits grown on their property (including the unusual rambhutans and pomelos), homemade Portuguese bread and vanilla muffins, jams, passion-fruit butter, and an outstanding macadamia nut granola.

    We can hardly wait to return to the Shipman House for another visit with the Andersens and their very special B&B.

    Absolutely Wonderful B&B


    To start I have to say this was the most beautiful house and wonderful owners. There was a hula lesson on the porch that I was invited to ( I think it is every Tuesday). Absolutely fun! Wonderful fresh fruit that is grown on the grounds and juices in the mini fridge in the bedroom. There were Kimonos in the closet and the breakfast was enormous with fresh smoothies, coffeecake, local fruits I had never experienced along with papayas, lilikoi passion fruits and rambaton (I think that is what they are called, they looked like hairy red things but were delicious). When I booked my room I was also asked if I was allergic to any foods, so Barbara could avoid cooking with them or make me something I could eat. Nice surprise! Great place!

    An Historic House with a Modern Perspective


    I stayed at the Shipman House B &B from Oct. 18-22, 2004, and I must say it was the most delightful experience I have had in Hawaii. Traveling on business, I booked at the Shipman House to avoid the tacky hotels in Hilo. The Andersons gave me an excellent rate (which comes with a stellar breakfast) that included a simply breathtaking room in a house filled with antiques and history. Yet, it is not a formidable historic house that a lodger would feel intimadated or uncomfortable in. The Andersons welcome each guest as a family member, interacting with guests in a friendly, convivial manner which, after a day or so, encourages guests to become part of their extended family. While the Andersons are conscious of the business side of running a B & B (especially in their stewardship of the house and its historical contents), they are also attempting (and succeeding) in offering an alternative experience to traditional hotel lodgings. From the hula lesson on the lanai to the books on Hawaiiana throughout the house, to the lovely decor that reflects a slower, less frenetic age, the Shipman House embodies true Aloha spirit.

    The island to yourself


    We stayed at the Shipman House in early July and thought it was absolutely lovely. The house is full of beautiful Hawaiin antiques and the owners, Barbara and Gary are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They also provided a lot of useful tips on where to go and what to do in the area. The grounds (around 5 acres) are lush with flowers and fruit that you will no doubt see at breakfast the next morning. Prepare yourself for a real treat when you sit down to an unbelievable assortment of native fruit and breads on the porch overlooking the bay. We stayed in the guesthouse which provided a little extra privacy for those who may not entirely embrace the bed and breakfast idea. The room was very large with a view of the "jungle" and the bathroom was nice and roomy, complete with a shower/oversized tub combination. This was perfect for soaking after a long day of travel or hiking. We easily walked to dinner in Hilo, though when you're on the property, you almost feel like you have the island to yourself.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn Hilo

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