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“5 Star Yet Casual Service”

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The Modern Honolulu
Ranked #5 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
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“5 Star Yet Casual Service”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Small enough to not feel swamped with thousands of guests, yet large enough to provide every possible service, the Modern Honolulu really delivers an amazing travel experience. They've managed to blend a very high standard of service with a casual feel that says "surf, sun, sand, fun". Nothing is a problem, and every staff member is genuinely friendly and interested in the guests. Very good fit for Kiwi travelers. I preferred the marina view over busy Waikiki beachfront, and the rooms are indeed "modern"! Loved every minute can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Oceanview was very nice
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Haleiwa, Hawaii
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The Modern Honolulu is THE play to vacation for both locals and visitors looking to have a luxurious stay in Waikiki. The amenities trump any other hotel in the area- from a free coffee bar in the lobby and hourly poolside amenities to free surfboard storage and easy parking options, The Modern has an all-inclusive feel with a gorgeous atmosphere.

Both pools are a wonderful way to soak up the sun and relax in luxury. I highly recommend the upper 'adults only' pool, as it features sand around the perimeter, palm trees and chaise lounge chairs. Also, plan to make all your meals in-house as well, since the property features delicious artisan menu options and cocktails with fresh and local produce. The Lounge offers a complete menu too, and you can also enjoy world-famous culinary delights at Morimoto's. And if you're looking to party, check out Honolulu's hottest night club, Addiction, right at The Modern!

Wonderful amenities, fantastic service and an incredible location only minutes from the sandy shores of Waikiki beach. If you're coming to Honolulu, do yourself a favor and book at The Modern!

Room Tip: Any view is great, but opt for an ocean view if you can!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Friends had stayed here and we had met them for a drink on a previous trip, so we decided to stay her on this vacation. The staff was wonderful, probably the friendliest I've ever encountered in any hotel ever! The room was beautiful, very understated and comfortable. I would try to stay away from the Ala Moana side, as it was very noisy and we switched rooms. Our partial ocean view was really the marina view, which I didn't mind. My only negative on this hotel was the slow elevators, especially on the weekend. At times there were 30 people waiting for 10 minutes or more. I'm really not sure why as it has 3 elevators which should be enough for the size of the hotel. With that being said, I would stay here again as I really enjoyed it!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Anytime you can go for lunch at a hotel and the workers are there all dressed in white with dark glasses all looking as cool as extras in Cool Hand Luke...well you have my attention! Add in the fact that the Hotel also has a restaurant owned by my favorite Iron Chef (Morimoto) and it's clear this review will be a slam dunk.
Hotel is all in white, contemporary and quirky with a very laid back but chic ambience that i found charming. Workers and staff were outstanding in service and in their general attitude to ensure that we had a great stay. The view from our hotel room was quite frankly stunning and worth every cent of the room rate alone.
For those who may find the hotel food costs a bit high, there are an abundant number of places to eat within the vicinity and a large mall within a 7 minute stroll from the hotel.
Taxi's we easily available so getting around was a snap. Hitting the pool, a man-made lagoon by the hotel or the beach was a breeze using a walkway by the hotel and proved a hit with the family. Definitely one of the most enjoyable stays we have had.
At the end of our trip, all i could say was MAHALO!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

We loved every minute we spent at the Modern Honolulu, the service was amazing and the cocktails and food poolside were delicious. Every staff member we encountered was helpful and friendly and went out of their way to ensure you were happy. Some of the nice touches we appreciated were the conplimentary pinapple morning tea on our first day, as well as the free sorbet they offered offered to everyone by the pool. The room was cleaned thoroughly each day and the beautiful shower products were topped up or replaced repeatedly. Not to mention the delicious Honolulu cookie company treats on the pillow each night. It was so nice to stay in a hotel that felt unique and had a boutique feel and did not make you feel like they were pinching penny's at every opportunity as some of the larger chains do. The value for money, the staff and the beautiful well kept facilities will be the reason we will definitely return to the Modern soon.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Haleiwa, Hawaii
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Literally is the most amazing hotel in Honolulu! Not only are the rooms and the entire hotel aesthetically pleasing, the pool is luxurious and the food is incredible! Not to mention the free coffee service in the morning!! The staff is really helpful and extremely friendly! The frozen coconut mojitos are to die for and the underwater sounds system at the pool really makes you feel like you are in your own special world! AND to top it all off, you can get room service 24 hours, which is unheard of in Honolulu!

Need I need mention the epic surf that is steps away from the hotel??? It is a must do and must stay in Honolulu! It is the only hotel worth staying at!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

W hotels take note, The Modern Honolulu is setting the standard in terms of atmosphere, service, quality and customer satisfaction. The place is busy but they make sure of taking good care of you. Clean and lovely rooms with a nice touch, room service is impeccable and the food is amazing: go for the short rib pappardelle, unmissable! The staff was always helpful and friendly, the concierge very prompt, useful and diligent. The place was recommended by a close friend and he was totally right. I'll definitely be staying at the Modern in my next trip to the Island.

Stayed August 2014, travelled 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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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 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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