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Shipman House Bed & Breakfast Inn

131 Ka`iulani Street , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)
200 Reviews
$219 - $249
per night

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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.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.8

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Shipman House in Hilo is a Gem

4.8 on January 13, 2015

Beautiful historic home, wonderful hosts, and breakfast included an astonishing variety of tropical fruits from the property.

Wonderful Place and Hosts!!!

5 on December 20, 2014

What a wonderful place!! And the most gracious hosts!! We stayed in the guest cottage and felt like we were staying with relatives on a lush, tropical plantation. Every morning we would walk up to the main house, a beautiful Victorian mansion, and were not only treated to a wonderful breakfast consisting of a large array of freshly picked fruits (from trees on the property) and other yummy things but were joined by our host and hostess, Gary and Barbara, who ate and socialized with us and the other guests. Their home is gorgeous (we took a tour), the grounds are spectacular (as is the entire neighborhood), and as a special treat we were serenaded each night by the resident coqui frogs, which we fell in love with. We slept soooooo good! Can't wait to go back! Thank you, Barbara and Gary, for a wonderful experience. You two are the best!!! - P&S

Take Barara's Tips

4.6 on December 18, 2014

Enjoyed staying at Shippman house the hosts are knowledgeable about the area, especially with regard to dining options. Would have liked to stay longer, plan to return again with my husband.

Beautiful place with outstanding hosts

3.8 on November 25, 2014

Beautiful old Victorian house on an amazing tropical estate. The breakfast was outstanding. The best are the hosts Barbara and Gary, who made us feel truly welcome.

Essence of Hawaii

5 on November 16, 2014

We had an amazing time at the Shipman House B&B. The home is absolutely beautiful with Hawaiian history and personal stories enveloping every room. Barbara and Gary are wonderful hosts, sharing facts and history about the home, culture and community. The breakfasts were presented beautifully, including exotic fruits that are never seen on the mainland. Barbara prepares different breakfast items daily, incorporating local foods (poi, taro, macadamias, fruit) into traditional breakfast dishes (hash browns, muffins, fantastic smoothies). Barbara makes her own granola and it's delicious. We felt at home and were extremely comfortable and relaxed, wishing we had stayed a couple more days. We will definitely return with friends and/or family!

Loved the Shipman House and Hilo

4.4 on November 13, 2014

We were delighted with our stay at Shipman House. This beautiful 19th century Queen Anne Victorian mansion is exceptionally spacious, light and airy, with amazing antiques. Barbara and Gary are friendly and hospitable, with lots of great suggestions for activities, restaurants, and more. Our room in the main house was comfortable, with a great bed and good lighting, and the bathroom combined modern conveniences with period charm. The “ginger shampoo” -- a flower from their gardens, made a wonderful hair conditioner and was a special Hawaiian touch. An amazing variety of local fruit was a breakfast highlight, along with conversations with the other guests. Would definitely recommend and return.

Lovely old mansion

4.0 on October 27, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at Shipman House. The house is located close to the main part of Hilo but feels secluded. The house and grounds are lovely. The daily breakfast on the veranda is amazing with a wide selection of fruit, breads, jams, juices, and good coffee. The seating is at two large tables so you have a chance to get to know fellow guests. Our room was upstairs in the main house. The room was large and furnished with everything we needed, as was the bathroom. The room also included a notebook of articles about the area as well as restaurant recommendations. I would stay here again if visiting Hilo again

Beautiful B and B

4.2 on October 25, 2014

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Shipman House. Our inn keepers were excellent hosts! Delicious breakfasts each morning.

Relaxing B & B

4.6 on October 20, 2014

It was a wonderful and relaxing place to stay. The hospitality of Barbara and Gary was exceptional! Conversation was great and the sharing of information regarding the Island was welcomed!

A truly unique historical treat!

5 on October 08, 2014

This is a rare jewel indeed! And my thanks go out to Barbra and Gary for sharing this amazing home and allowing us a glimpse into a bygone era. This is a home not to be missed! And thank you for the great breakfast. I will be back!

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town, Tropical


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 4 miles

Directions to property:

From Hwy 19 in Hilo, turn up Waianuenue Ave. Turn right at 3rd light onto Kaiulani St. First house on left after wooden bridge.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Telephone , Fresh Flowers, Hula Lesson, Free Internet Wireless

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Hula Lessons, Birding, Whale Watching, Picnicking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 10am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum unless a single night is available between other bookings.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit, 50% for longer stays, balance on arrival.
  • Cancellations: Refund less 5% for cancellation 2 weeks before reserved date. Within 2 weeks of reservation date, refund less 5% IF accommodation is rebooked.



Gary and Barbara Andersen

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

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.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7:45 - 9:00 A.M.
  • Serving Location: on the verandah

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten-free


131 Ka`iulani Street , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $20 gift card!