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
- 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.
How to Get There
The Modern Honolulu is a very nice hotel. The location is a short walking distance to Waikiki Beach and about a mile to Walmart, the shopping districts etc.The staff was very helpful and friendly. The room was basic but large, comfortable and the view was good. It comes with a very small frig and you have to ask for a microwave and room service for ice. They have a restaurant and entertainment onsite There are many restaurants nearby as well as convenient stores, souvenir shops. The buses for the sightseeing tour pickup is around the corner as well as the regular city bus $2-10 fares. The food is expensive in the city but good. Be sure to check with the concierge about local tours, sites and shows.
Stayed here while we explored Oahu for 4 days, everyone was very nice. The room was comfortable, clean and I think looked modern. The location makes it possible to walk quite easily to most attractions, diamond head though is about an hour walk east - but we did it and was doable. Very close to the bus (literally across the street) which is convenient. The pool area was nice - though we didn’t take advantage, and the bar looked cool - again we didn’t take advantage of. I would recommend this hotel.
Looks can be deceiving... yes, from the outside, it appears to be a nice, contemporary, modern hotel. But it lacks in so many other ways, we would not only never return, we would never recommend. Perhaps we're too ingrained to appreciate the Marriott level of care, and also had stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina last time we were in Hawaii, where we truly felt the love of the Island in every part of the hotel. And perhaps if you're a millennial, this hotel is the perfect one for you. But as far as we're concerned, that's as far as the appreciation goes. Where to begin...
Pros: Food quality was great! We tried the hotel restaurant a few times. We also liked how they set up the pools- the top one being a beach-style, and the bottom one was comfortable. Although we did call in advance to ask about whether or not they would be open, based on reading other reviews, and they did tell us that if there is an event, and they never know when exactly that may be, then yes, the pools would close for private events. Also, we liked that it was just on the outskirts of downtown Waikiki, so you could avoid some of the major Waikiki traffic.
Cons: While the food was very good, it was WAY too expensive. We ate next door at the Cinnamon restaurant at the Ilikai- delicious, and much more appropriate price ranges. The $35 a night valet charge was also ridiculous, we parked right across the street for $10 less- and they have a crossover bridge that goes directly into the hotel. The hotel staff all around (except for housekeepers) was uninspired, uninteresting, unfriendly, and frankly, rude. The front desk hipsters never smiled, not once. They shove two shot glasses in your face upon arrival, don't explain what it's for, don't tell you where to go or what to do, oh, except to get your "welcome gift" from the concierge. We already knew about the concierge so we declined (with much push back, by the way- ANNOYING!!). You walk into the room and on the first glance it appears to be very chic, but then you realize that the beds are SO low to the ground, even for us 40 year olds it was uncomfortable and annoying to be so low. Oh, and not to mention how many times we hit our shins (once drawing blood) on the corners- we ended up having to use pillows to block the corners. And forget about it if you want some privacy while doing your morning constitutional- there are slots in the window between the bathroom and bedroom- not an actual window, but those Hawaii shade slot things, so you can truly hear EVERYTHING that's happening in the bathroom. My spouse and I are close, but we don't want THAT kind of closeness! Any time you want to get ice you have to call the front desk, and maybe you'll get it when you want it, maybe not. Anytime you have a question and want to ask a typical hotel concierge question for something, even just a simple local map, you get harassed to do the "welcome gift" that they adamantly deny is a time share presentation (LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE). Oh, and how could I forget my BIGGEST complaint- how incredibly dark the hallways are. Day/ night, whenever. The hallways are set to such a low lighting, when I complained I was told that's how the previous owners liked it. Well, we certainly didn't- it didn't make any sense, it was not "cool", and it was just weird. I think our biggest issue, however, was how loud it was when the nightclub was open on the weekends. We were on the 15th floor and we could STILL hear the nightclub, starting around 10pm. A "luxury hotel" shouldn't be so un-luxurious when it comes to sleep time. Also, not very luxurious to have thin bed coverings- LUXURY, people, is a nice, plush, cozy comforter. Actually, the only true luxury in the room was the bathrobe.
There are SOOOOOO many beautiful, lovely, friendly, awesome hotels in Hawaii. Next time we come back, we will certainly NOT be staying a The Millennial Honolulu.
Stayed in a City View Room which actually had views of the pools and ocean/marina which was a nice surprise!
The concierge was very helpful in organising last minute day trips for us.
Just a minute walk to the trams, or 10 minutes to Lewers St for restaurants and shopping.
Chilling by the poolside was a highlight. Relaxed, quiet, good menu.
Overall great place to stay if you prefer not to be around children. Only saw one child our entire stay.
I love getting people together! When I recently was tasked to pick a place for us to gather, I thought only for a second where this special place could be. The Study at The Modern was and still is indeed a gem of a venue in Honolulu, Hawaii. Everything from the chic decor, hip ambiance and delicious bites and wide range of beverages feast your fancy. This is the 2nd year in a row, I selected The Study for an annual gathering of 50-100 people. Since our meet ups are early from 6p-8p and during Happy Hour, it truly is the perfect setting for parties. It felt like the entire space was yours. The Study's layout is intimate. Possibly some may prefer a sunset view at that time, but for our purposes it worked out well. I'm all about the experience and holding onto my youth! The Study provides this - right on point. Everyone was super helpful, accommodating and friendly. They made sure we were well taken care of and tended to! Orchestrating a gathering at The Study will not disappoint. Relish the moment and enjoy The Study!