Historic family estate with huge comfortable guestrooms, private modern baths, free WiFi. Famous breakfast buffet with fresh tropical fruits. Hosts with extensive knowledge of the area are happy to help you plan the most for your visit. Near town, volcanoes, snorkeling, waterfalls. Learn a hula; explore our five lush tropical acres.
4.4 on June 26, 2014
We had a large front bedroom, en-suite. Some bedrooms have separate bathrooms. It does get quite warm in the house as there is no A/C but fans are provided. Speak with owners about which rooms are the coolest if this is an issue. Very personal experience and the breakfast is quite nice featuring many locally grown fruits and their own cereal. Nice location in a neighborhood. Pretty easy to get around to access local sightseeing and restaurants. Hilo may not be a "resort" destination but there is plenty to see and do. Owners are quite helpful.
4.8 on June 18, 2014
Shipman House is a uniquely historic property, an elegant and lovingly restored Victorian home, circa 1899, located on five lushly landscaped acres. Jack London and his wife Charmian were once house guests, as was Queen Liliuokalani, who enjoyed playing the Steinway piano in the parlor. In short, a visit to Shipman House is one of those rare opportunities to glimpse what life was like for a privileged few in turn of the century Hilo, Hawaii, while enjoying thoughtfully designed baths, and breakfasts featuring exotic fruit, often grown on the estate, and much, much more. History buffs will be fascinated to learn about Barbara Andersen's family, their long history on the island, and how they came to acquire Shipman House. Gary is a font of information about things to see and do in Hilo and beyond. We stayed in the guest house on the "Mauka" side, the one away from the main house (with the headboard from the original Jack London bed), and we couldn't have been more pleased or more comfortable (and we imagine the Londons were as well). Our room afforded plenty of storage, a small refrigerator stocked with water and juices, earplugs if the coqui frogs were just too much (we found them lulling), a notebook full of information about the house itself and really, really good restaurant tips!
5 on June 16, 2014
This place took our breath away as we drove up. Fantastic! Our room was perfect, as was the whole place. The posted pictures are good, but being there is even better. The best part was sitting on the porch and watching the sun rises and then the great breakfasts of local fruits and breads (hence the 5 stars for "dining"). Our hosts were gracious and well informed. They know the island well including places to visit and to eat as well as the island's history. Highly recommend the Shipman House.
4.6 on June 08, 2014
Beautiful location, close to town, in fact we walked to dinner. Barbara is wonderful. We had a lovely stay.
3.8 on June 03, 2014
Just keep in mind that it is an old house, and there are tons of lizards and frogs living all around (and inside). The price was a bit steep compared to every other hotel we stayed at on the Big Island (especially if you compare what you get for the $$ at the mega resorts on Kohala Coast), We stayed in the "Shell Room", which meant we had to walk into the common hallway to get to our bathroom (not shared). The bed was comfy, the owners were very friendly and talkative. She had given us bad advice on our lava tour hike -- she advised against walking through mud as a 60+ yr old guest hated the experience, whereas my gf and I are early 30's and really enjoyed it. Still, we had a lovely view from all the windows, incredibly clean floors (have to be as shoes aren't allowed inside), secure parking (hidden from road), fresh fruit for breakfast every day, and a prepared binder full of Hilo restaurants and general house info. We enjoyed our stay!
Thank you for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay, because we enjoyed having you here. As you say, it is an old house…on the National Register, in fact. Turning it into a B&B was a great way to share the house with visitors. Unlike a hotel or mega resort, a B&B’s owners and staff treat visitors like friends, and give guests advice based on personal experiences, whether theirs or those of other guests. We always ask guests about their restaurant and touring experiences, so we can pass along the most up-to-date feedback. Not everyone enjoys trekking through a couple miles of deep mud, but everyone should be allowed to make the informed choice. We provide kimonos for the walk from the “Shell Room” to its bathroom down a short private hallway. The other upstairs guestroom is at the far end of the main hall. In fact, all guest rooms have complimentary cotton kimonos “just because”. We also provide earplugs for those who do not enjoy hearing the coqui tree frogs during the night. Tiny coqui frogs, about the size of a gummy bear, live in trees and bushes. Guests compare their chirping to spring peepers in the East. Rarely do they hop onto the porch, and they do not come into the house. As for the 4” green geckos, (think TV commercial), they keep spiders and insects under control, and it would be unusual to find more than one or two in a guestroom.
Countryside, Small town, Tropical
Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 4 miles
From Hilo International: Turn right at light onto Hwy. 11, then left at next light onto Hwy. 19. Going north, turn left at 3rd light onto Waianuenue Ave. Go to 3rd light, turn right onto Kaiulani St. Cross wood bridge--we are first house on left.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Waterfalls, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Farmers' Market, Orchid Nurseries, Botanical Gardens, Surf Beach, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Winery, Zoo
Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast
Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Telephone , Fresh Flowers, Hula Lesson, Free Internet Wireless
Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi
Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Hula Lessons, Birding, Whale Watching, Picnicking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool, Tennis courts
Gary and Barbara Andersen
A Shipman great-granddaughter, born in Hilo, Barbara experiments with local foods and flavors, and paints in her spare time. Gary, from the San Francisco Bay Area, plays soccer, and would like to hunt and fish more.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten-free