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Shipman House Bed & Breakfast, Hilo 
$$$$

Second to none

Posted on: February 14, 2010 at 9:43AM


by Gitte
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Once you've crossed the wooden "thunder" bridge entering Ka'iulani Street, you literally find yourself in another world. And when you set your eyes on No. 131, it dawns on you that you're in for something very special. Next thing, after having settled in your room (the gorgeous "Makai" in the cottage, in my case), you feel like not ever wanting to leave again. This feeling intensifies in the morning - after a good night's sleep with Coqui frogs singing their lullaby - when you're sitting in one of the rocker chairs on the lanai of the main building overlooking the gorge, sipping the last cup of great coffee after one of the most delicious breakfasts on the face of this earth ... Yes, it's hard to hold my horses, my raving is honest and sincere - I fell in love with that place! I'm glad I relied on my gut feeling. When planning my trip I had made it a point staying there even if it meant (re-)arranging my itineray around their availability. Shipman House certainly is not a bargain but it's definitely worth its price. Its location, its enchanted garden, its cleanliness, its old-world charm, and its calm and serene atmosphere are unsurpassed. But what would all that be without the people who make it possible?! Barbary and Gary are the most wonderful and considerate hosts you can imagine, always giving that special attention to every detail. It's so obvious they love what they're doing as they're doing everything with love. This, I believe, is true aloha spirit. Far away from that paradise I'm sitting in my home in Germany, watching the snow coming down in a harsh winter that seems endless, writing this review that's taking me forever as I keep stopping to dream of that one of a kind place in Hilo, Hawai'i...