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
We stayed at the Bay House for two nights and loved it. The rooms are wonderful and the breakfast of fresh fruit, omelets, and bread was amazing. The Bay House is just a few minutes from restaurants in Hilo and a short drive to waterfalls, beaches, and adventure. Highly recommended.
Excellent view, a beautiful & clean room, fresh fruit for breakfast every day, just amazing! You fall asleep to the sound of ocean (and frogs - if you don't like it, ear plugs are provided there for you at the night stand - the land lady just thinks of everything :) )
We spent our 25th Anniversary at the Ala Kai BnB and were totally pleased with the accommodations provided by Mary and Pat. The cottage was just what we were looking for and was clean, comfortable and private. Situated very close to the shore of Kaloli Point we enjoyed the gentle sound of the surf each day and were pleasantly surprised by the exquisitely prepared breakfast each day. Our hosts were quite helpful in suggesting great local dining choices and alternate sights to see.
This is the second time we have stayed in this lovely place. We can't give high enough Kudos to do it justice! Great quiet location, wonderful staff and breakfast. We will definitely spend time here again in the future.
We so enjoyed our stay at Aaron's Cottage. The best part was Alan who did his very best to see that we had everything we needed. The breakfast in the AM was different each day and very good. We enjoyed eating with the other guests and getting to know them. The Cottage was very nicely located near everything.
We flew into Hilo arriving late evening - this B&B was just minutes from the airport and was nestled just a 100 yds or so from the crashing waves of Hilo Bay. Room was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. Each of the 3 rooms had a basket containing a loaf of homemade banana nut bread, an omelet, and some frest local fruit that you take back to your room and eat on your private porch/balcony. Soaps and amenities were average but adequate. Only saw our hosts for a few minutes the first morning, so not much interaction - but overall, would recommend.
We are sorry to say we had only a quick overnight here, but plan to come back and enjoy a longer stay at Aaron's. We are glad we choose this over the big hotels, much quieter, cheaper and a chance to experience living in Hilo's neighborhoods. The room was old fashioned but clean and comfortable, the serve yourself breakfast was simple but fresh and good! Our hosts were very nice, enjoyed talking to them.
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!
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.
We stayed in the Pagoda House and it was awesome. They had internet including a computer. It was clean and they had coffee and tea. The king size bed was very comfortable. The waterfall was literally right outside our door. We were met by the owner right after pulling in. We felt welcome. We loved our experience there and have recommended it to other.
I shared the Bay room with my parents for 3 nights. It was big enough for all of us plus luggage. The breakfast was wonderful and all freshly prepared with love every morning. On our departure day there was no problem to stay even until 1pm, as our flight was quite late in the afternoon. Paul even told us we could take a shower or freshen up if we wanted before departure. One of our greatest experiences in B&B. Much mahalo !!
The host Mathew made a wonderful breakfast with fresh fruit and yummy bakery goodies etc... The place was very clean and neat and had a great location to the downtown area of Hilo. It was noisy in the evening because of the tree frogs, which are everywhere.
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
Our stay at the Bay House was amazing. I would definitely stay again. The place is spotless, rooms are spacious. beautiful views from each one. No A/C but it was not needed with the fan and the breezes. I loved the sounds of the frogs at night. The breakfast was delicious. Anything you needed was found in the common area. It was very close to shops and restaurants too. I loved the Bay House, and Im so glad we had the opportunity to stay there! Hopefully we will be able to be return guests!
My husband and I made reservations at Bay House for Oct. 16-18 and when we arrived in Honolulu a day before we were to fly to Hilo just as a hurricane was reported to hit the Big Island. Tina was so kind to allow us to cancel without charge. I can't wait to come back and actually get to stay at this beautiful place.
Alan and Penne are wonderful hosts! The cottage is close to the airport, shopping, beach and restaurants. Limited noise from the airport and little traffic since cottage is located on dead end street. The hosts dogs are charmers! Breakfast was nice and the use of the kitchen was great. Would definitely stay here again.