Shipman House - Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

Reservation Policies

Be delightfully surprised by Hilo! Stay at Shipman to make it really special!

Before you book...

  • We are strictly NO SMOKING
  • Children are restricted, it's like a museum, next to a deep gulch
  • Luggage may not be rolled in the house
  • Most guest rooms are upstairs - we have no elevator or porter
  • The guest telephone is in the front hall and local calls are free
  • There are no TV's
  • We remove shoes before entering the house. A local custom, it preserves the soft, historic Douglas fir floors and antique rugs.You may wear soft-soled house slippers or orthotic shoes indoors
  • When you reserve, please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions

Check In:

3:00 to 6:00 P.M., or call for other times

Check out:

10:00 A.M.

To Reserve...

You may reserve at the availability calendar, or contact us directly...

by phone (800) 627-8447 or (808) 934-8002.

or by email

Rates for 2012

$189 - $249/night...subject to change. See individual guestrooms.

Extra charges...$35 for third person (per bedroom, per night).

Taxes to add...Hawaii's Transient Accommodations Tax 9.25%... General Excise Tax 4.166%.

Deposit... Full amount for one night stays... 50% for longer stays, with the balance due upon arrival.

We accept...MasterCard, Visa, American Express and JCB; Cash and Travelers Checks.

Cancellations... 95% refund for cancellations received more than two weeks before your reserved date. If you cancel less than 2 weeks before your reservation date, you will get that refund if we are able to re-book the room(s). *Cancellation period for Merrie Monarch Hula Festival: 60 days prior.

Ask about our 7-night and Active Military discounts.


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.