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 lobby won't blow you away but this hotel has a good vibe and excellent service.
The modern rooms and bathrooms are really spacious, beds are comfortable and the shower pressure is one of the best I've experienced. Grown attached to the Keurig coffee machines and if coffee isn't for you, a tea set can be requested.
There is really only one pool here where you can actually swim in. Water and sunscreen is provided with external access at the back where you can walk to the lagoon. The adult pool is only ankle deep at the centre so mainly for lounging around. Great views to the Marina!
A little far from the centre of action in Waikiki, but that didn't concern us as there are bus and trolley stops outside the hotel. It's a short walk to Ala Moana centre.
Really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend.
We stayed for 6 nights and over all had a good experience. Having said that there are clearly a few inconsistencies when reading other reviews.
Upon check in we received neither cool towel or welcome drink but check in was fast and yes we were sent over to the concierge/timeshare sales man, who despite is explaining numerous times we didn’t want another hire car, dinner cruise or time share he still persisted which just became annoying and left a sour taste, if he is a sales man he needs to refine his technique and listen to his guests.
Other than this the staff were good.
The room was spacious and very clean, bed very nice and plenty of room to chill out. Shower could do with better pressure. We didn’t get a turn down or Cookie even once unlike other reviews.
We are a few times for breakfast and snacks at the groove and it was all fine, not amazing but good enough. Drinks service by the pool was very friendly. Happy hours were confusing never was sure what was included but seemed very minimal. Drinks prices and food were quite high. There is a good coffee shop at the next hotel that does better coffee. The pool was small and as there is no shade at the adults pool we used the main pool, it’s quite small and was often loud and taken over by children, it was hard to speak and relax at times and often this would go on after dark which ruined the adult vibe slightly. The private beach is ridiculous it’s a sand pit and nothing more. The real beach is 3 minute walk but gets quite busy early on.
The gym has the basics it’s ok but again gets crowded with more 6-7 people.
Basically we were in the holiday mood so we were happy to go with the flow so this place was fine but if you want a boutique and high quality service experience this isn’t quite it. Also be prepared to walk to the centre of things as this is at the edge of the main strip. (A plus for us as a little quieter).
Out of the centre of activity but close to Aloa Moana Shopping Plaza. Shuttle Bus to centre of Honolulu closeby $2, but does not run on the advertised 10 minute interval, we waited anywhere up to 35 minutes for a bus.
Lobby of Hotel very ordinary, not inviting, nor does it provide seating for guests. Room was okay, although not soundproof, returning partygoers were noisy. There was only a coffee pod machine and polystyrene cups, no milk or jug to boil water for tea or drinking. Very short walk to the beach and marina. Pool area relaxing.
We were excited to stay at the modern, the pictures looked amazing and it was our first trip to Hawaii.
As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we thought we made the right decision to stay at the modern. The lobby was small but is modern and looked hip. But then the whole experience just goes down hill from there. We were greeted by an unfriendly guy at the checkin counter who mumbled his way through the check in with absolutely no smile. For some reason their machine didn't work at the front, he disappeared with my credit card and ID for a good 10 minutes to make photocopies. When he came back we learned that we will be charged $34 resort fee per night. I understand that many hotels at popular designations charge these fees. But $34 is excessive considering the hotel itself was already not cheap and the wifi was crap, it kept diaconnecting. Anyways, after the long, annoying and unfriendly checkin was complete. We asked if we could get a map of the area so we can explore the next day. Instead of handing us a map, We were sent to the "concierge". After a long day of travel we were already pretty tired, we just wanted to get the map and go to our room. But this is not the concierge guy had in mind. All he cared was "sell", "sell", and "sell". The next 10 minute was excruciating... the sleezy sales guy tried to sell us helicopter rides, car rentals, turtle watching tour oh and did I mention time share??? After a good 10 minutes of hard sale, we finally managed to escape by telling him we are tired we'll do our own research tomorrow... word of advice, do NOT stop by the concierge... anyways, the room itself was actually clean, nice and spacious. However, the whole experience dealing with staff members just left a sour taste... the guy who helped us check out was actually nice and had a smile on his face. We were told that the bellboy would bring our luggages. we waited for a good 10 minutes for our luggages... the bellboys never brought out our stuff. When we went to check where our luggage was, apparently it got missed they never went to get it... the room I would give it a 4, but for service the modern deserves a 0.
The Modern is a great hotel well located in Honolulu. If you are getting an airport transfer this is one of the first stops on the route. The reception area is welcoming and we were checked in quickly and our bags were taken off our hands by a friendly porter. Our room was on the 6th floor (room 633) and had decent views down to Waikiki. The room was large and we had 2 double beds with large wardrobe space and a safe. The bathroom was large and there were some cool slatted window blinds that had to be shut if you wanted some privacy in the bathroom. There was very good free Wi-Fi in the room and throughout the hotel. There was a lot going on in the hotel. The 2nd floor has a gym, shop, spa and 2 pools, one is an adult only pool. There is a restaurant around the pool terrace that serves good food through the day and there is a pool bar serving drinks. There are a good number of sun loungers along with VIP beds that are larger, a little more comfortable and offer a little more shade. The staff will bring food & drinks to your sun longer so you can stay relaxing around the pool all day. In the reception area there is an area named ‘the library’. You could miss this area or be forgiven if you don’t know it is there. The area is closed off with a large book case that swings open/shut to reveal the area, almost like a secrete room. There is also a nightclub, my wife and I did not get to check this out. If you have hired a car parking is expensive, they wanted $35 for valet parking. Right across the road there is a safe public parking area that charges $1 an hour.