Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn - Hilo, HI

View of the historic Shipman House
The historic Shipman House with Victorian splendor.

Hilo District

Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Rooms/Suites: 5
Guests per Room: Varies per room, see details
Rates: $219 - $249

Where interesting people stay... A magnificently-restored Victorian mansion (one of Hawaii's last) and 1910 guesthouse are set on 5 acres of lush gardens, lawns, orchard and jungle. Strictly non-smoking. National Register.

Phone: 808-934-8002 Toll Free: 800-627-8447

131 Kaiulani Street
Hilo, HI 96720
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Aloha! Stay in of Hawaii's last real towns...with a beloved kama`aina family. Experience true Hawaiian Hospitality.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Barbara is the fourth Shipman generation to live in the 1899 home. In 1993, she and her husband returned to Hilo to purchase and lovingly restore it. Barbara and Gary continue the Shipman tradition of hospitality as they invite you into their historic home and guesthouse, sharing memories and family anecdotes of Old Hawaii with you.

Play the Steinway piano Hawaii's last queen, Lili`uokalani, played, as you gaze at Hilo Bay through curved windows of hand-rolled glass. Walk barefoot on honey-colored fir floors under 12-foot ceilings. Peruse the travel books of a century ago from a comfy library chair. Fall asleep on a porch rocker, or stroll downtown to buy an armful of tropical flowers at the farmers' market. Explore the grounds. Enjoy hula on the verandah...or have a lesson.

This is Old Hawaii...where interesting people stay.
Aloha, Barbara Ann & Gary Andersen

On Reed's Island between Rainbow Falls and Hilo Bay, 5 blocks to downtown Hilo, 10 minutes to Hilo airport, 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park, Waipio Valley or Mauna Kea's star-gazing.
All 5 rooms are among Hilo's largest B&B guest rooms, with 10'-12' ceilings; modern, private baths with showers and tubs; small refrigerators, fresh tropical flowers, soft cotton kimonos, and heirloom furnishings.

MAUKA ROOM and MAKAI ROOM, our largest rooms, are upstairs in the guesthouse, with private entrances, private baths, window seats, ceiling fans, and queen beds with koa headboards from the bed author Jack London slept in. They share a screened lanai. Each can sleep 3.

FLOSSIE'S is on the first floor of the main house, with twin koa beds and ceiling fans. Shower/tub with grabbars. Library adjacent. Opens onto wrap-around verandah. Can sleep 3.

AUNTIE CLARA'S SHELL ROOM is upstairs, with 4-poster queen bed, day bed, koa furniture, shell collection, and outstanding view of Hilo Bay. Private bath is adjacent in hall, with clawfoot tub and glass shower. Can sleep 3.

AUNTIE CARRIE'S ROOM is upstairs, 1/3 of original ballroom, overlooking the expansive side yard. Queen-size koa bed. Bath ensuite. Porch adjacent. Cool evening air.
Rates are quoted at double occupancy, single night rates, before taxes.

Auntie Clara's Shell Room is $249.
Flossie's and Makai rooms are each $219.
Auntie Carrie's and Mauka rooms are each $229.

Please add $35/night per extra person.

We have a 2-night minimum stay.
Breakfast is a glorious celebration of Island foods, served outside on the lanai with a view of Hilo Bay beyond the fern- and palm-lined gulch. Feast on fruits backyard-fresh, macadamia nut granola, fruit juice and smoothies, breads or rolls, and Kona coffee or exotic teas. Sometimes we serve breadfruit. We try to accommodate special diets with sufficient notice.
Wrap-around verandah; extensive grounds with mature trees; a book-lover's library; Steinway grand piano; porch rocking chairs; impressive collection of Asian and Hawaiian antiques and fine art. Self-guided tour of house. Picnic and beach gear, binoculars, maps, umbrellas. Complimentary wireless in both houses. Free parking on site.
Detached Suite(s) Innkeeper onsite Internet Access
On-site Activities Private Bath Queen Bed
Payment & Cancellation Policies
A refund, less 5%, will be given for cancellations made 2 weeks or more before the reserved date. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the reserved date will get the refund IF we are able to rebook the accommodations.
Payment Options
American Express Cash Master Card
Traveler's Check Visa
Listed by: Barbara Ann & Gary Andersen
Phone: 808-934-8002
Toll Free: 800-627-8447
Fax: 808-934-8002
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131 Kaiulani Street
Hilo, HI 96720
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Guest Comments

The Shipman House is a wonderful, historic home that has been beautifully refurnished featuring comfortable and relaxing amenities, breathtaking views and the most spectacular breakfasts. The Andersons are gracious hosts and provide excellent suggestions for visitors to enjoy the city of Hilo and area. I would love to stay here again. -- DSmax from Calgary, Canada

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