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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #7 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

My last visit to Honolulu was in Dec 1972. It was just not for me. I had resisted returning but I succumbed to family pressure over the past few years and so I reluctantly returned in Nov 2013. Big mistake. I should have returned earlier.

My wife made all the arrangements. Based on recommendations from friends she selected The Modern. Everyone had spoken well of it.

Honolulu itself was very good but The Modern made our holiday memorable.

We had a great room facing the pool, the staff were all excellent, the gym was good and the pool area was very relaxing. The concierge staff arranged dinner for us for the 6 nights that we were there, recommending and then booking some nice places.

We ate in-house twice at Morimoto (of Iron Chef fame) and enjoyed our meals there. The highlight was the rendition of Bagna Cauda, a famous Northern Italian meal, very difficult to find anywhere other than in and around Torino.

The hotel is a short walk to Ala Moana Shopping Centre. This is a pity in some ways because if it was further away I would have spent less. But I did stock up on my Hawaiian shirts at Reyn Spooner.

The hotel is a slightly longer walk the other way to Kalakua Ave and all the hustle and bustle of the busy, but pleasant, strip.

All in all, the hotel is well-located, enjoyable and professionally managed.

Our plan for 2014 is France and Italy, but my guess is that some time in 2015 or 2016 The Modern may just see us again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We stayed 8nights at the Modern Honolulu for our honeymoon in November and it was the best decision we have made. From the moment we arrived at the front desk and were greeted with a refreshment and towel we new we were in for a treat. The views from the 14th floor ocean view suite were amazing (especially for the sunsets). The concierge were able to easily organize a hire car and some activities for us (snorkeling etc)....nothing was ever a problem. The pool area and the lounge bar were both really relaxed areas to be (with ambient music during the day and live music in the evening) and the guests staying were predominately couples intent on having a relaxing time like we were. In both these sections the attention to ensure you are comfortable with food and drink service was excellent. We would highly recommend dining at Morimoto restaurant during your stay- the meal and service was excellent (hopefully you are lucky enough to have Martin). Transport up to Waikiki beach was very easy using the $2 Trolley, or a casual stroll along the beach. It was great to stay slightly away from the busy part of Waikiki in our little piece of paradise. Its also about 10min walk to Ala Moana shopping center for bargains. We really couldn't say anything bad at all about this hotel, we both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would stay again on any return to Oahu.

Room Tip: Recommend Ocean Front Suite (Marina View)
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Our room was lovely but very noisy when trying to sleep.
There were no tea and coffee making facilities supplied but they could be requested. When we requested the coffee making, we did not get any cups or mugs. When we requested tea making, nothing happened and we had to ask again but were told all 85 kettles were booked.
We were awoken at 3 am with an alarm system which kept telling us there was an 'incident'. It was not clear what we should do. On the 5th 30 second interval, the message said to evacuate immediately. We got out of bed and called our friends down the hall. They had phoned the front desk and been told it was a false alarm. There were a lot of people in the hallway - there was no official announcement about it being a false alarm. People didn't know whether to use the lifts, it was bedlam. There was no apology in any form. The state of confusion makes you wonder what would happen in a real emergency.
The staff were cheerful but clueless. Not much point having a nice building when you can't provide breakfast after 10am, operate an evacuation (or not) or give guests a kettle to boil water. Worse still, you don't even tell them the kettle isn't coming, so they wait 40 minutes and have to call again before they are informed. Recommend a checklist of items to deliver with the coffee machine, such as cups.
Close to Ala Moana but are you in Honolulu only to go to a shopping centre? A solid 20 mins walk into the main part of Waikiki and another 5-10 minutes to the main Waikiki Beach.

Room Tip: City side rooms are very noisy and definitely not worth the money unless you are a total party anima...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Lucille D, Manager at The Modern Honolulu, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2013

Dear Honey-LuLu,
Thank you for taking the time to share with us your experience you had at the Modern Honolulu. Feedback like this is the best way for us to learn from our opportunities. There is no excuse on our behavior in responding to the false fire alarm and not following up on your coffee and tea request, which I truly apologize. Please be assured that all items you have mentioned will be addressed at the highest levels within our property. I know this does not change your experience but I hope that you can feel confident that we heard your concerns and are addressing it.
We continuously strive to improve and truly appreciate your feedback in guiding us to our goals. I would like to speak with you further about your experience and be able to assist with ratifying the situation. Please contact me at your convenience at 808-943-5899.
Thank you, Lucille Dang

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

This hotel is not on the beach, but near the beach. The service is good and the rooms are clean. it is right on the main drag so the street noise is considerable. However, you can't hear it with the door closed so as long you like AC and not outside air you are fine.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I stayed at the Modern in early Oct'12 and had a very good stay. Had a corner room that was spacious, clean and very well appointed. Service was good and the staff was very efficient. The location was good, a short walk to Waikiki beach. Used the pool every morning and the service was good. Pool side food was good. Did not try the restaurant in the hotel though.
Overall I would stay there again, really liked the decor and environment at the Modern.

Room Tip: Corner room has a nice layout
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

The lobby of the hotel was extremely sleek and modern. I was greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable staff member at the reception desk. The room was very spacious and well appointed, with plenty of space to unpack clothes, and the bathroom had lots of counter space for toiletries. The shower was large and had excellent water pressure. The location was very convenient and the concierge was well informed and helpful. All this for a reasonable price. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Service was excellent, staff super friendly and focused on our business and vacation needs. Beautiful facility, especially the pools. Good meeting facilities. Great food. Fun might club. Could not have been better. Can't wait to come back.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about 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 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: $245 - $601 (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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