Historic Hawaiian Victorian estate with huge comfortable guestrooms, private modern baths. Free WiFi. The Victorian home will close June 30, but the Guest Cottage will become an Airbnb, with the 2 guest rooms rented individually or together. Book June now if you want the very special Shipman House experience! 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 museums, volcanoes, snorkeling, waterfalls. Learn a hula; explore our five lush tropical acres.
5 on May 14, 2017
We stayed here three nights in May. Our room was spacious and famous, the one where Jack London and his wife stayed. Outside our room was a wide veranda where we spent time, to sit,to enjoy being out of the rain and to absorb the peace. Breakfasts were divine. Home made biscuits, made by one of the owners and an explanation of all that was available by the other one. 4 kinds of granola, yogurt, toppings....various kinds of tropical fruit (all but papaya grown onsite)....bread and bagels that could be toasted, lilikoi butter, 4 or 5 fruit jams....fruit smoothie.....hot water for tea and coffee. And, the hosts sat and ate and talked story with us.
5 on April 30, 2017
Stayed in Aunt Clara's Shell Room for three days. I strongly recommend this B&B for travelers who want to stay on the east side of Hawaii. Barbara and Gary are delightful, thoughtful hosts. They restored Shipman House, a home that has been in Barbara's family for 100+ years. They know everything about the island and give very well thought out advice. The breakfasts consist of mostly homegrown fruits and from scratch baked breakfast breads, hot cereals, granola, hard boiled eggs, cheeses and yogurts. Must try the smoothies! Aunt Clara's private bathroom is not ensuite,, but the room looks out onto Hilo Bay. Beautiful!
5 on March 22, 2017
Stunning location and more stunning home. We absolutely loved our stay, the owners are fun and engaging and the breakfast spectacular. You could not ask for better, just like visiting a friend.
4.0 on March 19, 2017
It was lovely to be at your beautiful home. I enjoyed my rocker time in the morning and afternoons and the flowers and birds. You are very gracious hosts, making it feel as though each visitor is special. The breakfasts were outstanding. I loved the variety of fruits especially as there were some I hadn't tasted. I look forward to another stay with you in the future.
4.8 on March 12, 2017
I really enjoyed the history, character and gardens of the house. The Shipmans were very nice people and gave us an experience we will not forget. They explained their family history, the history of the area, and even the grew the breakfast ingredients on the property! They gave an explanation of everything on the fruit plate.
4.8 on March 02, 2017
Stayed here for 2 nights with my 2 sisters and my brother-in-law. We fell in love with the beautiful home and greatly enjoyed Barbara and Gary, our gracious hosts. Wonderful breakfasts on their veranda were highlighted by a huge tray of local fruits. Returning to the Shipman House at the end of a busy day felt like coming home! Barb Miles City, Montana
5 on February 23, 2017
Shipman House is a treasure of Hilo for sure. Barbara and Gary are great hosts. The breakfasts are phenomenal. The house is gorgeous and very comfortable. It is a short walk to downtown Hilo. We also made the short walk in the opposite direction to see the Rainbow Falls. Would definitely recommend this B&B.
5 on February 20, 2017
The Shipman House lived up to the on-line reviews. The B&B is a true treasure. The location is private, yet an easy walk into Hilo. Conversations about Hilo with the owners over a magnificent breakfast were informative and helped direct our exploration of the area. Overall, I highly recommend the Shipman House, especially considering limited options for upper end accommodations in Hilo.
5 on February 20, 2017
Atmosphere is friendly. Breakfasts are excellent with a wide variety of fruits, homemade granola, jams, biscuits and breads. Home is a wonderful example of early 20th Century Hawaiian architecture. Lanais are plentiful and expansive. We have stayed at Shipman House many times and been never disappointed.
3.6 on February 20, 2017
Gary, the host, was awesome!
Countryside, Rainforest, Rural, Small town, Tropical
Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 4 miles
From Hwy 19 in Hilo, turn up Waianuenue Ave. Turn right at 3rd light onto Kaiulani St. First house on left after wooden bridge.
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
Cottage, Historic Inn, Mansion
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, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi
Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Hula Lessons, Birding, Whale Watching, Picnicking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts