The Modern Honolulu
What We Love
- If the Apple Store were a hotel, this might be what it would look like
- At the Sunset Pool, choose from longues in the pool, a day bed, a hammock or a carpet on the sand strewn with throw pillows
- Surf's up! There’s a sweet surf break in front of the hotel for a morning session with the locals
What To Know
- There are two pools, an intimate upper deck pool and larger lower deck pool, and beach access is a 90-second walk
- Water views include the boat harbor right in front of the hotel
- Cityscape Rooms can pick up some street noise
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Modern Honolulu in Honolulu (Waikiki), you’ll be minutes from Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and close to University of Hawaii at Manoa. This 4.5-star hotel is close to Aloha Tower and Diamond Head.
Make yourself at home in one of the 353 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, a nightclub, and a fitness center. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 poolside bars.
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and meeting rooms.
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Visited the Modern in early May for a total of 7 nights. We have previously visited 5 times since 2013. While both of us really enjoyed our stay and had no personal issues with the hotel or its staff, it is good to hear that some renovations to rooms will be commencing later this year.
While we understand that these changes are more to do with the Modern converting to timeshare accommodation, we nevertheless hope that rooms can be freshened up, tired carpet replaced, walls painted, possibly even fresh mattresses procured as none of these have apparently occurred in 6 or more years.
We are not saying the place is falling down or rooms are like hovels. Far from it. The hotel is superbly located and still offers a very good stay at competitive prices.
But, in the pool area, further spend is required to bring the beds up to a suitable standard. When the towelling cover is presently removed from the lounger, a hideous and rather offensive looking mattress - which was once presumably pristine- is now exposed. This sight does nothing for the standard and reputation of the hotel.
So come on Modern, let’s get a bit of modernising in place to ensure the standard of accommodation is commensurate with the number of stars afforded.
Looking forward to viewing the renovations when next in Waikiki.
We recently spent a week in Hawaii (Oahu & The Big Island), and this was our favourite hotel. Loved the clean design, the friendly pool bar staff, the spacious room, and walkability to the main strip in Honolulu. I particularly liked the international clientele - Australian, Japanese, German and Americans - which gave it a cool vibe.
It wasn't perfect - despite the hotel having been entirely renovated just a few years ago, it was showing its age in some areas (some finishings in rooms were quite scuffed up/corroded, pool deck looking tired). The adults-only pool was ankle deep, only had a handful of loungers, and was otherwise a dead zone (no service during day). We arrived very early in the morning from Asia, and couldn't for the life of us get an earlier check-in to our room (despite being told to come back in another hour, every hour). Vibe of the hotel will likely change as the new owners (Diamond) turn it into a "time share" hotel.
The modern is a reasonable hotel that neighbours the hilton complex.
Yes its nice, good service but its well over priced for what it is and the location.
The reception area lacks the high end quality you would expect and a key note is it does not have fridges in the rooms...i found hundreds of them down in the carpark.
The annoying part of the stay was the time share subtle push they play.
First and last stay not for me
Recently stayed here, very quiet and fairly basic hotel accommodation, but new rooms will be very nice. Handy to bus and tram pickups and Ala Moana. Made very welcome and helped with trips and tours. Would recommend and some good eating places nearby.
1st time here. Diamond Resorts recently purchased this property. Renovation of rooms should be done be summer of 2020. Current rooms are good but can be definitely better. Staff is excellent. Location is fabulous. Not directly in the heart of busy Waikiki but very walkable to all the shops and restaurants of downtown Waikiki. A very short walk to Ala Moana Shopping center. Amenities were excellent. Nice pool(s) but not very big or deep. Nice view of the harbor and ocean.