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The Modern Honolulu

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1603
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#53 of 90 hotels in Honolulu
Perfectly situated, THE MODERN HONOLULU stands at the epicenter between the world renowned Hawaiian experience of Waikiki Beach, the blossoming Kaka’ako arts district, and Honolulu’s downtown cosmopolitan scene. We are the hub of contemporary culture and creativity in Honolulu. Our boutique luxury is as refined as it is relaxed. An empowered team delivers THE MODERN HONOLULU experience -- alluring, personalized and innovative – surrounded by an award-winning design concept that creates an urban chic beach aesthetic. LATHER spa features treatments developed around the purest products in the world -- natural, organic, and sustainable. Two stylish pools overlook the ocean for daytime fun while a vibrant scene at The Study lobby bar is the spot for an evening rendezvous. It’s no wonder Thrillist magazine called us “The best boutique hotel in Hawaii.”
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Nightclub / DJ
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Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
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yatkilm wrote a review Jun 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii42 contributions16 helpful votes
I'm a Hawaii resident and have stayed here a few times before. Pre 2017 this hotel was awesome, hip, and the place to be! Ever since the new timeshare company has taken it over it has gone soooo downhill. If tripadvisor based the rating off reviews the past couple of years they would have 2/5, not 4.5/5. Not to mention they are trying to cut ties with the union so there are constantly protesters at the pool area. Do yourself a favor and sort reviews and pictures by recent! And do not stay here. The new hotels that have taken over as the "hip" spots are surfjack, laylow, or queen kapiolani.
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Date of stay: April 2020
Room Tip: Read recent reviews and only view recent photos. After a change in ownership this hotel has gone...
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5 Helpful votes
Markus N wrote a review Jun 2020
San Francisco, California11 contributions19 helpful votes
Poor experience across the board. New owners are a time share company. It's sad to see what has happened to this property. A night and day difference from our stay in 2014. Go elsewhere to experience hospitality because you won't find it here.
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Date of stay: July 2019
2 Helpful votes
washbrol wrote a review Apr 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates349 contributions153 helpful votes
I'm rarely disappointed, and The Modern Honolulu is "almost there" in so many ways as a trendy boutique hotel, but in so many ways it fell short and repeatedly frustrated our stay. Negatives that frustrated us: 1. No room service. 2. No mini-fridge in room. 3. No bottle-opener in room. (Front desk first advised me to bring my beer bottle to the lobby bartender) 4. Room not cleaned after 1st night; bed still a mess. Upon calling Reception, was told housekeeping had left for day. 5. Noisy outside. Even from high up safely in our room, the popularity of the hotel's lobby-side bar, a trendy spot, contributed to a loud nightly experience echoing outside, including passing drunken characters off the Waikiki strip road. Not in control of hotel, its true, but irksome. Positives: 1. Pool, lounge deck and restaurant. Very chic, pool was very clean and great refreshing temperature. Service at the restaurant/bar was excellent, as was quality of the lunch and drinks. 2. Room: Chic minimal design, quality of bed linens and bathroom all very good. 3. Reception & Bellhops: Friendly and helpful attitude.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Laura H wrote a review Mar 2020
Gladstone, Oregon6 contributions3 helpful votes
I should have asked more questions about this hotel - we were charged a five star rate and stayed in a room that was the equivalent of a Best Western (and I've stayed in nicer BWs). There is no warning that the hotel is under a major renovation. There is no warning that they're going to try to sell you their version of a time share - and if you've got $173,500 laying around it is a great deal to use points to travel all over the world. I did sit though the presentation and the people were very kind - but when I said I can't afford this and tried to walk away it was a little like being surrounded by an octopus. They were very nice - but weren't about to let me go without a fight. The 2.5 hours of presentation and saying no no no did get me some amazing discounts - so that was a good thing. The room we were in was not renovated - and was quite frankly run down - the carpet was dirty. The blackout curtain was stuck - it took me two days to get that fixed and then there was a giant wooden vertical blind that slid back and forth hampering the "partial ocean view" (we were supposed to have an OCEAN VIEW - not partial. The front desk and concierge were great - friendly knowledgeable and prompt, after I came back a second time to say the curtain is still broken. The bartenders at both bars were amazing - however the waitstaff was non-existent as far as I am concerned - I resigned myself to going to the bar for a drink - because they NEVER came to the table. If you are going to stay - and it is central to Waikiki and shopping etc - make sure you insist on a newly renovated room. I saw them - and they are beautiful - another carrot to get you to buy in to the timeshare.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: You want to book a room that is already renovated - and if you do not get an ocean view - demand it.
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1 Helpful vote
Response from pennyre, Guest Relations Manager at The Modern Honolulu
Responded Mar 30, 2020
Thank you for sharing, Laura. We hear your constructive comments and are actively working to remedy the issues you brought up. The renovation is currently underway and expected disruptions are posted on several pages of the resort website. We hope you will consider returning upon completion.
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serenity888 wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
This was the worst hotel stay ever experienced in Waikiki, and I am a frequent Honolulu visitor having stayed at majority of the major hotels in the strip. First off, front desk agent had issues using the computer system checking me in and my check in took over 30 minutes!! She inputted the wrong card on file and I got double charged all my resort fees for the stay. The first day our room keys got deactivated without notice. The second day the second round of room keys got deactivated again. The same thing happened the third day in a row, it was a nightmare getting locked out of the room constantly and having to go downstairs to get new keys. Then the elevators had issues and waiting for the elevators took over 10-15 minutes at times. The wifi and internet connection was not strong and kept disconnecting as well. The only decent thing was the housekeeping but they ended up throwing out my portable utensils kit which I left on the table. Overall terrible experience and stay, the experience at the Modern was frustrating and ruined what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Do not recommend this hotel!! Stay at the Sheraton or any of the main hotels along the beach and spend the little extra it is much more worth it.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from pennyre, Guest Relations Manager at The Modern Honolulu
Responded Mar 30, 2020
It’s heartbreaking to hear about your experience. Please be assured that the room key issues mentioned are unusual and rare. We appreciate you sharing this and will work with our team members to improve guest experience going forward.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Modern Honolulu
Which popular attractions are close to The Modern Honolulu?
Nearby attractions include Honolulu Cookie Company Hilton Hawaiian Village (0.2 miles), Friday Night Fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort (0.2 miles), and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Modern Honolulu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Modern Honolulu?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Modern Honolulu?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Modern Honolulu?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Modern Honolulu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tropical Tribe, Lappert's Ice Cream, and goofy cafe & dine.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Modern Honolulu?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does The Modern Honolulu have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Modern Honolulu offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Modern Honolulu?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Modern Honolulu?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Shangri La (3.4 miles), Iolani Palace (2.0 miles), and Queen Emma Summer Palace (3.5 miles).
Does The Modern Honolulu have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.