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“A great modern boutique hotel in Honolulu”

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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #7 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed at the Modern for 6 nights in early September. The rooms are very clean, comfortable and had a modern decor. We had a partial ocean view room with a balcony facing the pool area, which we highly recommend. The pool area is very nice and the service very attentive and not at all pretentious. The hotel is located right across the marina, and is a 10-15 minute walk to Waikiki. This distance is perfect, as you're walking distance to the beach, restaurants and shopping, but removed just enough from the packaged tourist crowds. During the day, it's actually a nice walk along the beach in the mornings and during the sunsets. The hotel serves coffee in the lobby in the mornings. There's a convenience store located diagonally across from the hotel, and a public parking garage two blocks away that charges only $12 for 24hrs (the hotel valet was pricey). We didn't feel that this hotel was such a party place as we had read (maybe it was back in the day when it first opened) and didn't have any noise complaints. We thought about checking out the club downstairs but decided not to as the crowd we saw in line seemed pretty lame. We felt the staff was nice, helpful, and professional. The only thing that we can complain is that one morning we called them asking for utensils and they never delivered to us. But other than that, our stay was great and we highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The Modern was exactly what we were after (& hard to find in Waikiki). It exceeded expectations.

Glamorous and Boutique- style, quieter end of the beach, relaxed atmosphere, great service and surrounds.

We could be as busy or relaxed as we wishes. Peaceful.

Two pools - one adults only (though there were few children at the hotel - it's not that kind if a venue).

Pool service attendants terrific - we never felt like a customer, more friendly! I must make particular mention of the concierges (Mark - wonderful in particular along with Stephanie when Mark was off-shift). This really made our stay so much better.

I'd recommend this hotel to any of my friends and plan to head back next December/January with a different group of friends.

The spa experience was amazing - a body polish and massage (sorry, I may have snored!). I think my therapist was Eddie (great again).

We stayed in an ocean view room, after being offered a well priced upgrade just before arrival. I'd request the same room again or book the one next door - with a balcony/lanai.

All in all - a wonderful trip and exactly what I needed.

Thanks Modern and staff!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Spent 6 nights at The Modern Honolulu and was able to obtain a free upgrade to a Partial Ocean View room. Service from staff was consistent and good. First night I checked in I was greeted with a towel and a glass of lemonade, something I did not expect.

Ordered room service dining three times and quality was excellent, also visited Marimoto's, quality service and food as well.

Great view, close to the beach. There are two pools to choose from, the adult only one was a major plus as it was quiet compared to the one on the lower deck.

Housekeeping was top notch, room was clean, and additional items like body wash/shampoo were provided without asking.

Another major plus was that I bumped into Ludacris with his bodyguard in the elevator one day. He was headed up to his presidential suite.

Overall, amazing experience for someone who's visiting Honolulu the first time. Might pay another visit later this summer again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We had a staycation right before I left for a long work trip and booked 2 nights at the Modern. The room was nicely appointed however, the staff service got the things we asked for but it wasn't the friendliest I've encountered. We also booked spa appointments that were so-so overall and totally not worth the price. The pool bar is typical of Waikiki prices ($12 mojitos) so we weren't too sticker shocked at our bill. You're probably better off getting a room at Halekulani or the Moana Surfrider for that price. Also, you'd think they'd have a bigger pool or even a jaccuzzi, but sad to say, this place is definitely lacking.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

The Modern Honolulu is the kind of hotel where the manager greets you by the entrance with a bottle of ice cold water after you go on a morning run by the beach. The level of service is impeccable - from the bellmen, to front desk people, pool and spa staff, and all the other staff. It is super new and shiny and very well-maintained. What a pleasure!

The sunset view is incredible, and there aren't many people during the week. Bonus: there aren't many kids either, so it's a great adult getaway! The pool drinks are great, too. Another amazing detail that got me is that the salt water pool is open 24/7... I loved swimming under beautiful Hawaiian stars.

The hotel is a short walk from the Waikiki beach area, which we loved because it makes it more secluded and private, unlike noisy and super touristy hotels right on the beach.

Thank you The Modern for an amazing stay!

p.s. another bonuz is complimentary wi-fi!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Spent 3 nights at this amazing hotel. Great views, beautiful suite facing harbor and ocean. Loved the atmosphere-hip yet not too trendy. Great food both poolside and marimoto's. spa is very nice and great massages. staff is young and attentive. Loved the adults only pool on the upper deck. Beds very comfortable. Close to everything. Would highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

The Modern feels like a New York hotel plopped on the edge of Waikiki. They create a sophisticated mood in a sea of kitsch. The rooms seem like they belong to a very different hotel. This place excels due to the incredibly well trained staff. This includes the front desk, housekeeping and restaurants. It is a very comfortable place to hang out but don't expect ocean front views. If you have to stay in Waikiki, this is your hideaway.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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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 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: $199 - $500 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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