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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #5 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Sydney, Australia
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“Lovely hotel”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was a great modern boutique hotel on the edge of Waikiki, close to Ala Moana shopping centre. I was pleased to be away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, but if you want to be in amongst it, the hotel is a reasonable walk away. The ocean view room was excellent, although our room was next to the lift - this was somewhat noisy. It didn't bother us, but if you're a light sleeper ask for a room away from the lifts. Free bottled water in the rooms and free coffee machine, but you have to request it. Pool was excellent, as was service and food around the pool. We ate at Morimotos one night which was also excellent. Would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

My experience with The Modern Honolulu was amazing! The hotel staff and staff at Morimoto's Waikiki were exceptional and made sure that my stay was comfortable and relaxing to the very last detail. I had planned this as the bachelor party for my friend and the evening was absolutely amazing and really something that everyone will remember. The dinner we had at Morimoto's was amazing and Rachel and the servers and chefs made sure that our meal was exquisite. We were able to get VIP access to Addiction, their nightclub and it was fun! The music was good and the vibe was great! I would recommend anyone who is planning a trip to Honolulu to stay at The Modern if you're looking for a VIP, upscale experience. Be sure to put them at the top of the list!

Room Tip: It's worth the money to get a 1 bed suite. The ocean view and surroundings are amazing!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stayed in this hotel for 4 nights in June'14. I really liked the decoration and the modern/minimalistic feel of the hotel. Fantastic location and great service! You may end up waiting for the elevators in some cases but that's no biggie. The only change I'd do to the room would be to remove the shutters in the bathroom and put an actual wall or window that can help increase the privacy that people need in the bathroom. I appreciate the modern approach in design but privacy first when we are talking about bathrooms :)

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

I was stoked my "city view" room had a great view of the ocean, and in particular the "Kaisers" & "Rockpiles" surf breaks. It also had a city view, but I never really paid attention to that. It was a quick 5-10 minute walk to the beach. Good location if you want to shop at Ala Moana, little far if you want the full Waikiki experience. Everyone on staff greeted you with a smile all the time, and room was really comfortable & clean & roomy….no claustrophobia there. Had a great omelet from room service, also had a hamburger (from room service) that was pretty average.

Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stayed here with family in January. Amenities were great, pool area is beautiful (and slightly heated) and food and drinks are amazing! Great getaway spot for couples or families. Fast wifi, and everyone you meet is super friendly and helpful. Made great friends with the other guests. There's a nightclub downstairs and a smaller lounge area to go at night too once the pool closes. Definitely would recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Maple Ridge, Canada
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Ashley Chang/and her staff did a wonderful job. They exceeded their limits in expertise and I would definitely consider The Modern Honolulu for future business and pleasure!

Thank you so much for making it such a great experience for my couple.

Sincerely
Allyson Hoy
Wedding Planner

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Just came back from a 10 night stay at The Modern and we loved every minute of it. We stayed in a partial ocean view room on the 12th floor so had a nice view of the water to the left and the mountains to the right of our balcony (and Ala Moana shopping centre straight ahead). The room was quiet and really spacious (as was the bathroom) and the light, contemporary decor gave the room a beachy, holiday feel - think modern Hawaii.

Both pools are lovely - at the Sunrise pool service was friendly and fast (definitely try a coconut mojito here, they are delicious). One night we had dinner at Morimoto and were seated outside overlooking the yachts with the sun setting - just beautiful (try the pork belly appetizer here, amazing!).

The cookies and bottles of water left in our room at the end of each day were a really nice gesture, as was being able to help ourselves to tea and coffee in The Study each morning (drinks at night in The Study are worth it it too, nice and laidback and the music the night we went there was really good).

Don't really get why some people think the location is a minus for The Modern - we thought it was actually a great spot as we could access Ala Moana and the Ward Centres easily at one end and Waikiki at the other. For the day trips we did, pick up was at the hotel next door, so everything was in easy reach and it was nice to have a leisurely walk back to the hotel after all the big dinners we had in Waikiki.

We thought maybe this would be a younger hotel but we didn't feel that at all - there was a real variety of ages staying here - young and older families, young couples, older couples and everyone in between. Sure, The Modern is a hip hotel but not in a pretentious way at all - the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful and it was just an awesome holiday experience overall. Will definitely stay here again!

  • 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
#3 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Luxury 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):
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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