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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #5 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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“Modern and great location”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

He hotel was relatively easy to find located on the west side of the Waikiki strip. With the hotel being on the edge of the strip it was perfect for being able to leave the city for the day. Decor is minimalist and understated. Staff were relatively friendly and very helpful. The room was very nice, we had a partial ocean view room with a balcony which was nice for watching the sunset and drying out our beach towels. There was valet parking available for $28 or $20 per day if you parked yourself in the parade across the street. Rooms were very clean and had everything you could want including a fridge. Only unconvienent thing was that if you wanted ice, you had to call the front desk for them to bring it to you.

Iron chef Morimoto has a restaurant in this hotel which we ate at twice during our stay. It was impeccable and delicious. A must if you are visiting the Honolulu area.

We ate at the sunrise bar one morning for breakfast and it was delicious.

Had drinks one afternoon at the sunset bar and it was very nice. Relaxing music, nice chairs with an ankle deep pool and good drink selection.

Would return to this hotel in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

A chic hip hotel located about 6 or 7 blocks from the action in Waikiki. Beautiful rooms, very clean, with a great tv, a very nice bathroom with plenty of towels and great shampoo and conditioner along with body lotion. The primary color here is white and spotless. I stayed in an ocean front suite, 2 rooms, 2 tvs, 2 lanais and a great bed. Excellant maid service, very friendly and prompt. The pool is a salt water pool, 4 feet deep and very nice, they also have an adult only wading pool which also is very nice. The restaurant is Morimotos, which is a terrific restaurant, 24 hour room service, they also have a great pool bar and very good eats at the pool, breakfast and lunch.
Everyone i ran into was very helpful and friendly, i would stay here again in a heartbeat, but book a room away from the main street which can get noisy. Aloha

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed at the Modern while my husband was in Honolulu on business. It was a gorgeous property - meticulously kept - and the rooms were a great size and very comfortable. The staff goes completely above and beyond to ensure you have a great stay. The hotel food, while very pricey, was amazing - everything we tried from breakfast to snacks to drinks to lunch/dinner was fabulous.
The only drawback is it is in a bit of a strange spot in Honolulu - not quite close enough to the true Waikiki area and there aren't a whole lot of nightlife/good restaurants around the hotel.
We did not try the nightclub at the hotel, but it's supposed to be one of the best on the island. We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We have stayed twice recently at the Modern Honolulu. The rooms are spacious, nicely furnished and comfortable. The service is outstanding. The proximity to activities makes it convenient.

The wheelchair access is very good in room and around the hitel and despite the lift to the driveway the bell staff make themselves available in seconds to help with the lift.

Because of the way the building was built, the view of the ocean is usually obstructed on one side by skyscrapers so city view rooms have nearly the same view as ocean view (so keep your cash and go out to the pool).

In room dining is absolutely delish, prompt & courteous.

Overall the Modern Honolulu is top notch.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Clinton, NY
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

What a pleasure to stay here. Our visit was a mix of business and pleasure. We arrived to the hotel early (check-in was at 3, we arrived at 1pm). But that did not stop Katherin at the front desk from greeting us warmly. As a matter of fact, my husband requested a room upgrade. Katherin showed us 3 rooms to choose from. Taking her time, telling us a bit about the island before we selected a room with the view my husband liked best. It was as if we were the only guests there. She also made 3 terrific dinner suggestions which we enjoyed very, very much. Imagine our delight, when a little later that afternoon, a champagne cocktail was delivered to our room! My husband and I were joking around that we did not have much of a honeymoon when we married and we decided that this would be our honeymoon 15 years later! Katherin sent us a cocktail in celebration of our delayed honeymoon! What a way to start our stay! Everyday was like that. The employees go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and enjoy paradise! I wish all our travels could be as enjoyable as this. The rooms are great, the place is clean, clean, clean. We would definitely return here for service alone! But the views and room size are definitely a plus! Also Morimoto's!! Delicious. We ate there twice!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kona, Hawaii
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We "Outer Island" residents have reasons to come to Oahu (medical services, shopping, big name entertainment, etc.), and we're always looking for a reasonably priced, well-located hotel for our stay. For many of us, it used to be the no frills Ala Moana, but that property has doubled its prices in recent years. With occupancy rates in Honolulu very high at the moment, there are few bargains to be found. That said, I very much enjoyed a one night stay at the Modern, located in front of the Waikiki yacht harbor, next to the Illikai and across the street from the Charthouse restaurant and the Prince Hotel (also excellent, but pricier.)
The Modern is a new name for an updated hotel, with an attentive and friendly staff. It appears to have been completely renovated, based on the new carpets, furnishings, paint and ultra clean and efficient room I was given. There was an enormous television, iPhone/iPod music docking station and a usable lanai. My city view room was quieter than I expected. Honolulu hotel rooms can be noisy from street traffic, but The Modern is far enough from Ala Moana blvd to have reduced noise.
The pool area was nice, with good but very pricey food service. Breakfast for one was $36 (pancakes and a Mimosa) and an evening Mai-tai was $12.50. Morimoto's restaurant is at hand for an upscale dining experience.
The Modern isn't one of the Waikiki hotels where you tumble out of the hotel directly onto the sand, you are fronting the yacht harbor, but beach access isn't that far.
WiFi is free as is valet car service, which can run $32 per day at hotels like the Waikiki Beach Marriott.
A price under $250 (plus taxes), the friendly staff, free and quick valet parking, easy walking to good restaurants and beaches and proximity to Ala Moana shopping center means I will come back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the best hotel we've ever been to. Perfect located, very stylish, super clean and individual. Just perfect in value for money ratio. Let's hope it stays that way.

Furthermore the staff is veryvery friendly. One downside: Breakfast is very good but comparing to the price quite small. We can 100% recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013
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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 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Luxury 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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