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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #2 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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“perfect vacation we had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Very modern and stylish facility in the hotel. Not big, quietly but definitely not boring the ambience. The staff are very attentive and Nice. Total satisfied! In the hotel there is one of the best sushi restaurants and one of the best clubs of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Modern Honolulu for 4 nights in September. The rooms, hotel decor and amenities are very nice. The hotel staff is top notch and location is near Ala Moana and to the center of Waikiki. The Charthouse and Red Lobster are close by if you want to grab a quick meal. The adjacent harbor and beaches are adjacent to the Modern.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I have stayed here a number of times, both when it was the Edition and after it became the Modern. It has slowly deteriorated since the hostile and possibly illegal takeover (the story of the takeover is an interesting one--read about it in news archives).

The rooms are the same: rather small, but attractive. The bathrooms offer very little privacy (that hasn't changed). The grounds and staff are still attractive. The fitness room is excellent.

Areas of decline:
There used to be a lot of staff around. Now there is serious under-staffing, especially at the valet and less so at the bar.

Originally the bar had an incredible drink menu put together by a top-notch mixologist. After he left, they kept most of his drinks for a while, but now they are almost all gone, replaced by nothing of note.

There used to be bathrobes in the rooms and the best smelling hotel soap that I ever smelled. Now the robes are gone and the soap is run-of-the-mill.

There are not even umbrellas in the room any more.

This is still a nice place to stay, but it is not nearly as hip or design-oriented as it once was.

Room Tip: Don't expect a real ocean view unless you pay for a suite
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I stayed at the modern for 3 nights last week, it is a beautiful hotel with really nice decor etc. The pool is fantastic and I loved that it wasn't full of tourists. Sitting down by the pool to have breakfast in the outdoor restaurant was amazing & the staff were so helpful. The rooms have a lovely view of the Marina & the hotel is within walking distance to Ala Moana shopping centre. It is on the outskirts of Waikiki but still really close, it was quite nice to be out of all the hustle and bustle of downtown honolulu, definitely the perfect hotel for honeymooners!

Room Tip: Twin rooms do not have balcony's although doubles do. The City View rooms have views of the ocea...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Durham, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Was in town for a conference, and found a deal via Tripadvisor so stayed here versus the giant mega-resort next door. I generally like the smaller "boutique" hotels, so I was in general happy with the stay, but some minor irritations added up to a less than "wow" experience.
Pros: Location a little down from the main drag of Waikiki, so less crowds, but still an easy walk to the restaurants. Convenient parking (they only have valet parking, which is $28/day with in/out--kind of pricey, but comparable to other cities, and the valet service was usually quick and efficient). Ecocabs always at the door. Didn't spend much time at the pool, but the adults-only wading pool was pretty (if totally useless for swimming).
Cons: When we checked in, only had a room with two doubles rather than the king bed I requested. Offered to switch us halfway through the stay, but who wants to re-pack and unpack again for a few nights? I realize bed preferences aren't guaranteed, but it would have made a difference if the front desk staff was apologetic about this rather than seemingly totally indifferent. Platform beds, with platforms that stick out in each direction from the mattress. Two platform beds = way too many opportunities to hit your ankles/stub toes really hard getting around the room. I still have bruises a week later. Even on the 11th floor there was a lot of street noise.
A few notes--the bathroom has a sliding door and jalousie-style wooden windows between it and the room, so there's not much privacy if that's a concern at all. There's no ice machines, but they fill your ice bucket with their turn-down service, and bring ice on request. They included some bonus coronas with our ice bucket, which was a nice touch--however, we couldn't find a bottle opener in the room, so that was a little irritating.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

When looking for hotels for a 3 night stay in Honolulu, I checked out all the larger resorts and just did not want to be around 100's of other guests when I wanted to relax. I picked the modern because its boutique feel and size appealed to me. The staff was awesome, the food yummy and the pool...quiet and lovely. It def. Has the south beach vibe going for it!

Room Tip: Ocean view isn't really an ocean view but it's still nice to look over the pool area and the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Stayed here with three friends and not one of us could fault it. Friendly/helpful staff, nice modern and clean rooms. The pool was great as well as the service. Even the Eco cabs at the front were a plus :) I have travelled a fair bit and i could say it is probably the best hotel ive ever stayed at. All four of us would not even think twice as to where to stay next time we visit hawaii.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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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 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#2 Family 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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