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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #7 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Our sixth annual Shakacon IT Security Conference was held at The Modern Honolulu for the first time this past June and it was nothing short of a 5-Star experience to say the least. Great location, very modern and chic venue! Everyone at The Modern Honolulu from the valet, pool, catering, and AV staff and management were all very welcoming and extremely accommodating. We can’t thank them enough for their warm hospitality and continued dedication in providing excellent service! The attendee feedback was overwhelmingly positive with respect to the venue and we look forward to a continued relationship with The Modern Honolulu as our conference continues to grow.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

In a city full of dated, overpriced hotels, The Modern is a clear stand out. I am constantly staggered with what some Honolulu hotels get away with. Daggy, heavy wooden furniture, bathrooms dating back to the 70's and prices that are outlandish - and all because they can boast a beachfront location.

This is our fourth stay at the Modern and we have loved it every time, service is outstanding, rooms are fresh and up to date, the pool area is one of the best in Honolulu with lovely touches like fresh chilled water, free Sun Bum sunscreen and fruit and sorbet during the day.

However on this trip we noticed a fair bit of wear and tear. The carpets are looking really grubby and despite the lights being dimmed so low in the hallways you can see it. The were huge rips in the carpet in our room and common areas. When we got into bed the first night we noticed our sheets had a 12 inch tear in them.

The fact that the Modern is so popular is making common areas quite congested. It is a very small gym and if you get 6 people in there you can hardly move. The pool was extremely busy and throw in half a dozen screaming kids and its not the relaxing time you were looking for. The pool upstairs is adults only but its so shallow you can only cool your ankles.

Breakfast was also a nightmare it took us nearly an hour to get our food, so we only tried it once. While service is generally excellent, we had a couple of incidences that let the hotel down. We were in a corner room facing the road and it was pretty noisy, when we rang down for some ear plugs at 11.30 they told us to walk across the road to the ABC and when we tried to get our bags to go to the airport the porters were all so busy fist pumping each other in the driveway that we stood being ignored.

For The Modern to stay on top of its game, it needs to attend to some of the maintenance issues because there will be plenty of other hotels looking at its occupation rates ready to knock if off.

We were returning to Hawaii after a week and looked at booking again. The room rates had doubled for the weekend and we didn't think it was worth that sort of money. The Modern works because it is a really good hotel that is great value for money. It needs to be careful not to lose that.




Honolulu definitely needs more Moderns.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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3  Thank Sevegne N
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

I chose this hotel based on the comments here for my first trip to Hawai'i. Granted, this hotel screams nothing about Hawai'i and the decor is contemporary, this is the place to stay. When our friends heard that I was staying here, they asked about it and wished that they had gone with their first instinct in booking The Modern.

Having previously worked at a luxury car dealership, I know a little bit about customer service and guest satisfaction. The staff at The Modern is exceptional and their actions always exceeded my expectations. "Under-promise, over-deliver" as they always say -- and The Modern does over-deliver.

Check-in experience was awesome. Greeted with some house-made lemonade and the process was fast. Elevators are just right there for the rooms for quick access. Valet experience was exceptional. Being greeted by, "welcome back," was a shocker to me. When I ordered room service, there was only one button to press (Concierge / Guest Services). I asked for what I wanted and they didn't even transfer me. Same with the valet. No transferring, just being taken care of in one request.

Other misc notes: If you plan on staying here, only one thing to note is that the entrance / valet is on Hobron Ln., not on Ala Moana Blvd. as Google Maps navigated me to. I got the Ocean View King. There was a balcony with two seats and a table that overlooked the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. Probably a 10-15 minute walk to the Ala Moana Center.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

With the beach front hotels booked out for our first days in Waikiki, I chose this hotel just because it sounded great. And it was. Great attention to detail with making most things effortless. Swift checkin with minimal time spent on formalities. Fabulous up to date decor, comfy beds, great bathrooms and an easy poolside area with good music, polite,friendly staff everywhere and a very easy beachside walk to the the Waikiki hub.
I loved the general easy relaxed feel of this hotel with just enough obvious sophistication to make you feel special all the time.
I was especially surprised how easily the atmosphere adapted during the day. A fabulous setting with the beach and Harbour in the background was perfect for early yoga, family time, casual lunch, early and late night cocktails!
Would definitely go back!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Apart from the late checkin (at 3pm) everything was great. Great rooms, modern look and excellent service. The amenities and WiFi are good and the restaurant does excellent food, especially the breakfast and sushi. Worth trying !
The pool is great and it's really nice to just sit there and relax. It's very close to the beach and to a lagoon.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MihaiTrip
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

What a great hotel! Recently I sent a technology company from Northern CA for "company thank you" trip. Patricia in sales and the rest of the hotel team was amazing to work with and willing to work with us on our very specific needs! I would highly recommend this hotel! It also has amazing options for dining and the top night club in the city!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Yummy444
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had a wonderful stay at The Modern Hotel. It was perfect! The location (right on the beach), the room (bright and spacious), the food (Morimoto) and most of all, the nightlife (The Study & Addiction) were great!
Situated on one end of Waikiki, it is a perfect spot for exploring ALL that Honolulu has to offer.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Modern Honolulu

Address: 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1603
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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: £184 - £450 (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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