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“Fantastic, beautiful hotel that we didn't want to leave.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Modern Honolulu
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Ranked #2 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
1 review
“Fantastic, beautiful hotel that we didn't want to leave.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing hotel. We were so impressed with the staff, the decor, the atmosphere and everything else! Coming back to the hotel after a day out at the beach or the shops, felt like coming home. You will not regret staying at the modern. We can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Clean, great location & great staff, we will be back!
Perfect for walks on the beach and sunsets.
Miromoto restaruant and great room service.
We found this place on Trip Advisor and will be returning every year as aprt of our Spring vacation.

Room Tip: Free fireworks on Fridays on the ocean side views!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing reception we got at this superb ver modern hotel
Suki at the front desk made us so welcome as did all the staff.
We stay in partial ocean view and loved the experience
Beautiful pools and the Morimoto Resturant was first class.
The position is perfect just away enough from the take Waikiki beach
Go to this hotel it's perfect

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

You MUST stay at this hotel if you go to Waikiki. It is a modern sort if mins lost hotel, but the rooms are amazing and very spacious.

There is not the 'tacky' Hawian attempt at authenticity that you see with many older hotels along the main strip.

Their service was outstanding and there were staff everywhere when you needed them.

There are 2 pools and enough de k chairs, lounges and beds for everyone. They also seat you at your own deck chair and lay out your towl for you.

We were even treated to champagne cocktails in our room for the turn down service on our first night.

You also have to try the Morimitto restaurant there. It is the one from the Iron Chef and it was one if the best meals we have ever had.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

My husband and I spent the first part of our honeymoon at The Modern. We didn't want to stay at a typical resort (where there would be lots of family) or a honeymoon resort, where it would be very luvy-duby. The Modern was an almost adult-only, young professionals crowd. It's a boutique hotel and it has all the amenities that you would like, such as a pool, free wifi, great views of the harbor, etc. Our room had a partial ocean view and it was great to see the harbor. We dined at the wonderful Morimorito restaurant (amazing!).
On our first day, we arrived at 7am but our room was ready and we were able to check-in, relax, and get settled before we started our day.
On our last day, our plane didn't leave till 10pm but we still checked out at 1pm, stored our luggage at the hotel and hang out at the pool for the day. We were also able to use the guest showers at the Spa and that's a great perk for spending our last day at Honolulu.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

Five stars for service, one star for potential mistreatment of hotel workers...

We just returned from four wonderful nights in an Ocean Front suite at The Modern Honolulu. Everything about the experience was marvelous... especially the service we encountered at the hotel which was exceptional from the bellmen to the front desk staff, from the concierge, to the bar and restaurant servers all the way to the housekeeping department.

Sadly, on Saturday afternoon (3/9/13) while sitting by the pool, I suddenly found myself in the midst of a labor dispute between what I thought was the housekeeping department and the management of the hotel when about two dozen housekeepers and their children surrounded the pool with picket signs and megaphones. They delivered an impassioned speech about their lack of a living wage contract and it turns out, after asking several of the staff, I came to discover, that not only are the housekeepers working without a contract, but also the ENTIRE staff of the hotel has been without a contract since the Modern changed ownership a few years ago.

I do not have enough facts to choose a side in this dispute, however, as a lifelong union member, I cannot endorse a hotel where the workers have so publicly and courageously aired their grievances. Until the management and workers settle their dispute, I feel that staying here would be akin to crossing a picket line and therefore cannot recommend this hotel and I urge anyone who is a member of a union, is related to a member of a union or who has a conscience to avoid staying at this hotel until both sides resolve their differences. Hopefully this will happen soon because while this is a lovely property, it is the staff that makes it shine. I look forward to hearing that both sides have come to an agreement at which time I will happily recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nic B, Manager at The Modern Honolulu, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Aloha,

Thank you for your recent stay with us during your visit to Hawaii. We are so pleased that you had a “marvelous” experience.

We do regret that your stay was briefly impacted during 1 day by a short union rally outside our premises.

Please be assured that THE MODERN HONOLULU management shares your concerns for the wellbeing of our team members the vast majority of whom did not participate in or support the rally. We recognize the important role they play in ensuring guests like you receive “five stars” for service.

We are fully committed to providing our hardworking team members with secure and rewarding jobs, a positive work environment and increased career opportunities. We offer competitive wages and benefits, including fully paid health insurance premiums for our full-time employees and their families. And we continue to invest time and resources to provide training and career opportunities, while also creating a fun, team-oriented work environment.

THE MODERN HONOLULU management has been in the process of negotiating the first-ever collective bargaining agreement for our hotel. We remain committed to negotiating a fair and equitable contract.

Mahalo for sharing your comments and we hope to welcome you back to THE MODERN HONOLULU soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

My friend and I stayed at The Modern Honolulu for 10 days and we had such a wonderful time. The hotel's vibe was welcoming from the beginning until the end. All hotel staff were willing to assist and the concierge team helped us with selecting a range of tours to add to our Hawaiian experience. Background music greeted us each morning as we had breakfast at the Sunrise Pool - the perfect way to start the day. The Sunset Pool was also another place to relax and take in the marina. The Study (lobby bar) became our nightly retreat and our signature drink was the Huckle BERRY Fin cocktail! Our whole vacation was pure bliss! Highly recommended. Only a 10-minute walk to Ala Moana Shopping Centre and a 15-minute walk along the beach to the main strip.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Modern Honolulu

Address: 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#2 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#2 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Modern Honolulu 4.5*
Number of rooms: 353
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE MODERN HONOLULU introduces cosmopolitan chic for leisure and business pursuits in Hawaii. We deftly combine sexy and sophisticated in everything we do. Every element is original; authentic or custom-designed to enhance your experience. Gourmet pleasures, vibrant nightlife, intimate pool settings, exhilarating spa treatments and all that Oahu has to offer - luxury shopping, beaches, nature - blend to create a feeling of progressive luxury, as refined as it is relaxed. We invite you to make the most of every moment with us. ... more   less 
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