Shipman House - Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

What Our Guests Are Saying

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We consider the discovery of Shipman House our Great Find of this trip! Naturally our stay was too short...--M.R., Cedar Rapids, IA

Shipman House is a not so hidden treasure.  The minute you cross the bridge you become breathless with the beauty and charm of the home and stay that way during your whole visit.  Barbara and Gary are superb hosts and are a wealth of information.  You are well advised to take their advice as every word is of value.  We stayed in Auntie Clara's Shell room on the second floor; slept with the windows open all night; in the morning took advantage of the claw foot bathtub in our private bath (not ensuite but who cares!); then downstairs to the breakfast veranda for a wonderful breakfast with our hosts and other interesting guests which always included Barbara's home made granola.  Maybe one day we will be able to order it online. 
If you love wonderful people; great hospitality; old world charm in architecture and furniture you must stay here.  We think we left a part of our hearts here and will return to recover just a small piece as we might need to come back again after that ....
Susan and Peter
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

From the moment we stepped from our car, we knew this was it! Transported to our first "jungle" experience, we soon found our cares transported away as well. And the breakfasts were always looked forward to - amazing that fruit can taste like flowers smell! -C., Seattle

OK. The Shipman house defies normal description. If it were just a beautiful house, it would be overwhelming, but coupled with the wonderful people who inhabit it, it becomes the sweetest of dreams. WE LOVE THIS PLACE! Thank you for bringing it back to life with your sweat, blood and love. You have really created something special here. --MCK, Minnesota

Your warmth and welcoming hospitality, talk story and sight-seeing advice make staying in Hawaii an experience and memory to excel all others....We agree with many of your other guests: once here is definitely NOT enough. We wonder can there ever be "enough" of this magical paradise you've created for us? After no debate at all, we declare unanimously--absolutely NOT!--C.R., Waipahu, Hawaii wife and I spent our honeymoon at the Shipman House and it was magical!  We just celebrated our 10th anniversary ...and we love that our first trip together was to Hilo.  Thank you so much for making our first week of forever such a wonderful experience....--A.P., Citrus Heights, CA

The breakfasts were delicious with a greater variety of fresh fruit than I have ever seen. It was wonderful to be on the "green side" of the Orchid Isle. I could definitely get used to the pace. --D.H.

In many years of B&B experience in many countries, this is the first we found with a Steinway piano, which made me feel at home. It is in excellent tune, and has that lovely Steinway singing tone. --T.M., Toronto

Your pictures don't begin to do it justice.--K.H., Orlando, FL

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Shipman House
131 Ka`iulani Street
Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States
Call: (808) 934-8002


Shipman House Guest Cottage, Hilo, Hawaii Island ('the Big Island')

Shipman House Guest Cottage was built in 1910 to house guests of the W. H. Shipman family at their Reed's Island home in Hilo. Long before there were hotels in Hilo, important visitors were 'put up' in the large homes. After Mr. and Mrs. Jack London stayed for 5 weeks as guests in the main house, there must've been a conversation about needing a place to put long-term guests, and the Guest Cottage was built. Sleep under the headboard of the bed Jack London slept in, while enjoying modern amenities like Free Wi-Fi , modern plumbing and nice comfortable queen beds. This National Register treasure has been lovingly restored, with many antique furnishings original to the house and the Shipman family. Your host is a Shipman descendent who welcomes you like long-lost friends, and shares with you her favorite places to visit, photograph, shop, swim or eat. You may not want to leave.