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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #6 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fantastic Hotel, with brilliant service and atmosphere!”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We have just returned from a fabulous family holiday at the Modern! We had four rooms, and 2 infants in our group, and we could not fault the hotel! The staff were all so obliging, and helpful, and could not do enough to make our stay memorable!
The breakfast and pool staff were able to meet all our needs with regards to menu changes, and special food for our two young children. Nothing was too much trouble, and all our questions were dealt with quickly and pleasantly! The rooms were spacious and modern, and the housekeeping staff were very prompt. We just loved everything, and felt the position near the marina was terrific. Not in the middle of the busy shopping strip, but, a quick walk to Ala Moana shopping mall, which is very handy! The walk into town was about 20 minutes, which was a great stroll most evenings. We even left the hotel to try somewhere else, but, we weren't happy, so came back to the Modern two days later, and it felt like coming home.
We had partial ocean view rooms, which were fine, and the big balcony was worth having.
Highly recommend this amazing hotel!!

Room Tip: Worth getting partial ocean view with balcony, on a high floor.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

I love this hotel. The staff are absolutely amazing - Mark and Luis are the best concierges I had dealt with, and the valet staff are fantastic too. Every one of my needs was dealt with immediately. It has a great vibe and I love the adults only pool. It is so serene and their coconut mojitos are the best in Hawaii. I stayed in the ocean front room and had views of fireworks every night which was a great surprise. In regards to location, I love that it is not in the middle of Waikiki. It's only a 10 minute walk there or to the Ala Moana shopping centre, and there is no craziness around. Do yourself a favour and stay here.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Las Vegas
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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

We visited Oahu in June for a destination wedding. We chose to return to The Modern Honolulu because we absolutely love everything about this hotel.

Here is what we loved about the hotel:

1. The location is ideal because it is not located smack in the middle of the overcrowded Waikiki strip, yet it is within walking distance of all if the best shops, restaurants, and beaches.

2. The hotel offers such an original and refreshing take on vacationing in Hawaii. From the intriguing lobby bar, The Study, to the uber posh salt water pool, the Modern provides a hip sanctuary for those seeking a luxe, yet laid back atmosphere.

3. The rooms are absolutely stunning! The all white decor induces an immediate state of tranquility. Splurge on a full ocean view and you will not be disappointed!

4. We love, love, love the pool! From the original cocktails to the amazing lunch menu, this is pool lounging at its best!

5. Overall, the customer service is the best part of the hotel. Every staff member you meet has a warm smile on their face and will go above and beyond to make sure that your stay is both enjoyable and memorable.

We will never stay anywhere else and we cannot wait to return to The Modern! Thank you all for a wonderful stay! We will be back next summer.




Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Service was great most of the time, but did have to wait a fairly long time for service at the poolside. Rooms were ok but had to ring reception to have it made up a couple of times.
Ocean view was a bit of a joke, certainly not what I would call an ocean view, looked directly into the apartment block next door, then over the marina, further in the distance was ocean, partial ocean view apartments were cheaper and probably should have booked one of these rooms as I think that's what we gone anyway.

Still enjoyed our stay, was a great location close to everything.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

I have been traveling to Oahu on a monthly basis for the past year for work. I have stayed at numerous hotels (Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt) and after all my experiences I would recommend The Modern to ANYONE visiting the Island no matter what the occasion. The Marriotts and The Hiltons are ALWAYS over crammed with people. If you are looking for a unique, quiet, seclusive stay while visiting the island The Modern is the place for you. The rooms are clean, the views are beautiful, and the location is perfect (2 min walk to Waikiki beaches). If you don't feel like moving too far from your room, the Pool is a great place to catch some rays and cool off. The Pool Bar is top notch as well with tasty drinks, great bartenders, and delicious snacks.

Speaking of food, the breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided by the hotel is phenomenal. My favorites include, the breakfast burrito, the omelettes, the blueberry pancakes, the hummus, the calamari, the pork/fish tacos, the cheeseburger, and the fish. Not to mention, Morimoto's is located on the fist floor and they have the best sushi on island.

The hotel staff is extremely friendly, super responsive, and willing to accommodate their guests anyway they can to ensure we are 100% satisfied. Complimentary items such as lemonade upon arrival, coffee in the morning, cookies at night, and bottles of water are just some examples of the treatment you receive when staying at The Modern.

The Modern is my home away from home, I am heading back there next week and always look forward to my return!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

First of all, we visit the island of Oahu every year. We always stay at the Modern Honolulu for every visit. We love the location and the boutique feel of the hotel. Every time we come back, we are both surprised and impressed with the level of service we receive while staying at The Modern.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a glass of ice cold fruit juice, cool hand towel, and a smile.

Our suite was absolutely gorgeous! We were traveling with baby this time, so we called ahead to request a refrigerator and crib; to our delight, both were waiting in our room ready for use. No muss, no fuss.

During our stay, we enjoyed the delicious hot coffee in the study every morning as well as an exchange of pleasantries with the staff.

At the pool, we sipped refreshing coconut mojitos and lounged around as the waitstaff took care of our every need. They even handed out complimentary li hing mui pineapple skewers! What a treat! It is these personal touches that create such a memorable vacation and keep us coming back.

Overall, The Modern continues to impress us with every stay! This hotel is an unexpected chic haven hidden amongst the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. If you are visiting Oahu, and would like a completely unique experience, you MUST stay at The Modern Honolulu!

Stayed June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

A very apt name for a pretty hip hotel. in fact it probably has the best pool and pool bar setup of all the Waikiki strip hotels. Reasonable prices and very helpful staff, in most instances, complete the package. However, some staff were either trainees, out of their depth or just didn't think about their answers to our questions.Go for an ocean view suite if you can afford, really noce rooms.

Room Tip: ocean view suite
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  • Stayed June 2014, 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 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Luxury 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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