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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #5 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Oregon
1 review
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“Refreshingly kitsch-free”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

A real breath of fresh air: the public spaces and guest rooms are beautifully designed along a mid-century modern vibe to match the original "bones" of the building. No bamboo, no palm trees, or other Hawaiiana in the decor--just clean lines and high-quality materials. Quiet and restful feel. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Easier to get out of Waikiki than many properties (if you want to drive around the island or do business), being on the west end near the Ilikai and just east of Ala Moana Center. I think I've just found a new favorite hotel in Honolulu!

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Just enjoyed a brief stay at the Modern H. Hotel was very fresh, and true to its title. Lots of white and cream colour palette throughout. Well suited, especially for couples and singles, not so much small children.It had a good location, near the Marina, and 2 doors up from the Hilton complex. Also very close, to the huge Ala Moana Shopping complex. Amenities were all top notch, bath in suite was huge and all bath products provided luxurious.
This Hotel is a little further away, from the main Waikiki beach area, and for me, that was its benefit I felt the pool areas, were far superior to its competitors. If you appreciate the non traditional furniture and styling, you should love this Hotel. Staffing seemed plentiful and as expected.Definitely a cool and upmarket place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Melbourne
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Loved the Modern.. super funky and current.. juat a wee walk to Waikiki shops but close to Ala Moana.. would def stay again.. Staff were great... The pool was amazing at sunset as well as the adults only upper deck pool...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

The Modern Honolulu was a great expereince for a recent vacation - a first time stay for myself and partner... Just off the beaten path of Kalakaua Ave near Ala Moana The Modern Hotel is a great place to relax and enjoy your "island" experience without the feeling a "big" chain hotel. The Modern staff is amazing and does very well as hosting it's LGBT guests - offering up fantastic modern comforts that appeal to world travelers. Beaches are a close walk if you can pull yourself away from the amazing salt water pool, sipping on Coconut Mojito's while lounging in the sun. All around a great botique experiene in Honolulu.

Room Tip: The corner suite is a great room where you feel like you are treating yourself well without killing...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Loa, Utah
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We just enjoyed 5 days of peace, pampering and paradise. The Modern was very clean with many open air spaces to relax. the staff was courteous and efficient and made the three of us feel like a VIP. Several VIP's checked in while we were there and they met all our needs with equal satisfaction. I loved the 24 hour pool with an incredible veiw. The view of the Friday fireworks were such a nice touch. The short walk to the beaches and shopping were a nice surprise. I loved the add touches of luxery, cashmere throw, colorful sarrongs, and luxery lotions and soaps. The Addiciton night club was the best and it was so convenient just to wander upstairs after a night out. Thank you for an awesome experience! We will be back!

Room Tip: We had a room with a veiw of the boat harbor, Ocean and Sunset. It was wonderful to open the window...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

It is tucked a little away but it is absolutely beautiful. It was the best hotel that we ever stayed at. It had the view of the harbor and ocean. Two pools, bars by the pools and patios. Walk right to the other hotels and restraurants. When you walk in they call you by name. You turn on your flat screen tv and it welcomes you by name. We called and asked where the ice machine was and they told us that have someone assigned to our floor and within seconds someone was there to fill the ice or anything else we needed. They all were so nice and ready to help with any information needed. We wished we would have forgotten our cruise and stayed there the entire time. It was the best hotel we ever stayed at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With they had other hotels in other cities. We would definitely go to this hotel again!!

Room Tip: They will see you get the best room. They were all so nice.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newport Beach, CA, USA
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

The Modern is great for people who don't need or want the heavy tourist scene of Kalakaua. You can walk to the crowds or take the trolley. This is a serene, cool and clean property with minimalist design. The pool area is modern and geometric rather than fake jungle.The staff treat guests really well; the pool is open to all guests, regardless of background, so no fake hollywood scene here. In other words, OK for regular people.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor facing the ocean, as everyone says. 16th floor was excellent with the only nois...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Modern Honolulu
Address: 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1603
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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
#4 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Spa 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):
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. Local and house-made culinary menus are offered for poolside and in-room dining, complemented by RAVISH Restaurant which blends our Island’s bounty with Asian flavors and South American tastes creating a true Pacific Rim experience. 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.” ... more   less 
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