The Modern Honolulu
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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 83%Business Travelers
- 59%Family Travelers
- 58%Art & Design Lovers
- 58%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (25)
- The Modern HonoluluNov 03, 2013
This is probably the hippest hotel in Waikiki—and the entire state (which isn’t saying much in Hawaii, however). As a 40-something woman, I did feel vaguely intimidated by the youthful ‘tude at the front desk and the MTV-style girls hosting poolside, but in truth the crowd is a mellow mix of the trendies and more seasoned stylish.
I especially love the minimalist, white-walled feel of the place, the shallow saltwater swimming pool surrounded by sand, the broken-surfboard décor behind the front desk, the “vintage Hawaii beach house” bookshelf in the lobby. Rooms are crisp, clean and white to match the vibe. Morimoto Waikiki, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is the creation of a renowned Iron Chef, with an interior perfectly soothing in lime green and white.
Although not on the beach, the property fronts a boat harbor only a few minutes’ walk from a shallow lagoon and the beachfront.
- The Modern HonoluluMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 5Jul 17, 2013
Hip and swanky hotel that you'd expect to find in Vegas or Miami. While it's not beachfront, you'll love hanging out at the sexy pool area. The Lobby Bar is fabulous and you'll find all the beautiful locals hanging out there on any given night. Enjoy dinner at Morimoto's and grab a drink at Lobby Bar after. Addition nightclub downstairs is a hotspot, but the space itself gets cramped and the crowd is mixed.
Hotel rates are very reasonable, so if you're looking to stay outside of the touristy area of Waikiki and want a more upscale adults-only scene, this is where it's at.
- The Modern HonoluluOct 20, 2013
At the top of the boutique hotel game in Waikiki, this Ian Schrager-designed hotel feels much more expensive than it is (it's now managed by the awesome island-based Aqua chain of hotels and resorts, which are eco-friendly). Don't miss having a drink in the lobby bar, hidden behind a revolving bookcase, James Bond-style. The pool deck adjoins Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant, and the hotel's nightclub is one of the trendiest dance floors in Waikiki or Honolulu. The only big drawback is that the hotel faces the yacht harbor, so you'll have to walk or catch the bus to Waikiki Beach.
- The Modern HonoluluMember ofTrendstersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 3Jun 06, 2013
I attended The Modern's movie night this week for the first time and enjoyed the cozy seating on the sand on the 2/F upper deck pool area. In spite of a few windy periods during the evening, the location was comfortable and the movie screen didn't flap around! It's a cool view of the Ilikai Hotel and other high rise buildings that surround this pool area. The staff at the pool side bar was friendly; the free popcorn was a nice touch. I sort of wish there were more lounge chairs available, but the area is a bit small to begin with. Roaming around the area, the hotel is very classy and trendy. I haven't taken a picture of a bathroom before, but this place warranted a shot!
-- Parking is presumably pricy if you choose to go onsite, so I just went to the beach area in the marina where free parking is available.
- The Modern HonoluluCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Dec 18, 2013
I didn't have the pleasure of staying here, but I've been inside the hotel room and been a patron of hotel bars and events they hosted. It's a beautiful, modern, sleek, chic hotel. Love the simplicity, clean edge design, paired with comfort and luxury, making guests and visitors feel like celebs and important people.
I love their pools, beautiful views of the harbor, especially around sunset. The Lobby Bar is so cool, it's a bookcase during the day, and in the evening the bookcase rotates to a hidden bar lounge. Genius!
- The Modern HonoluluJun 06, 2013
Truly remarkable design here. Fresh and clean with white being the primary choice. But lots of texture, pops of color and contrasting darker woods are used, so it’s very relaxing and not sterile, with a simple, subdued and softly-lit lobby. Everything was custom-designed in the large partial-ocean view room, with a crisp bed of linens and beautiful finishes throughout. The bathroom was spacious with a big, glass-enclosed shower. There was a 46” flatscreen, complimentary internet access with iPods and iPads available on request. A large lanai overlooked the yacht harbor and the magnificent two-pool area below (one saltwater). There’s an excellent fitness center and spa plus two bar/lounges, with one outside for amazing sunsets. They also house the Addiction Nightclub featuring top DJs and dancing as well as Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant, with its amazing décor and excellent food, including a full sushi bar. Just being there made me feel really good.
- The Modern HonoluluJan 21, 2013
Although I have not stayed and seen the rooms yet. But the settings here is very nice. Hip, very chic! Alfresco dining near the pool, with a full bar. A good size screen tv for the sports fan.
The food is great, maybe a bit pricey but it was really good and the portions are not bad either.
I think, this could be another "marked" favorite place for me to come back to.
- The Modern HonoluluMember ofTrendstersFoodiesArt & Design LoversJan 02, 2013
There are a few adjectives that people consistently use to describe this hotel. As much as I hate to use the word "hip" because I feel like an old lady trying to describe something too cool for her, but that's what I'd use to describe this place. Hotels in Hawaii are usually decorated in tacky floral print and rattan, but not this place! It almost reminded me of the Ace Hotel with its minimal design. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, although the dividing wall between the bedroom and bathroom are only shutters, so if you're staying with friends and don't want them to hear your bathroom noises, expect to turn on the TV.
The Modern has two pools, one with sand and one without. There are a ton of lounge chairs and the employees are quick to offer you a cool towel or some juice. The pool is open 24 hours a day, so my friends and I were able to have a fun night playing games in the pool at midnight. If that's not for you, check out the club downstairs.
The only gripe I had with this hotel was its distance from Waikiki. There weren't that many things in immediate walking distance, but a cab to the touristy area will only cost less than $10.
Dining options at The Modern Honolulu include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 5.0 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and a technology helpdesk. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. This Honolulu property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Wedding services and translation services are available. Additional property amenities include a poolside bar, valet parking, and multilingual staff. This is a smoke free property. A total renovation of this property was completed in September 2010.
There are 353 guestrooms at The Modern Honolulu. Balconies offer city or ocean views. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses, Frette Italian sheets, down comforters, and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations with handheld showerheads. They also offer makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access, guestrooms offer cordless phones, iPod docking stations, and in room safes. 46 inch LCD televisions have cable channels and pay movies. Air conditioned rooms also include desks, blackout drapes/curtains, electronic/magnetic keys, and trouser presses. Guests may request refrigerators, microwaves, and irons/ironing boards. Cribs (infant beds) are available on request. Guestroom renovations were completed in September 2010. Guestrooms are all non smoking.
Notifications and Fees:
- All guests staying in hotel guestrooms must be registered with the hotel.
- Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
- Valet parking: US$ 28 per night
- Pets: US$ 250 per pet, per stay, maximum US$ 1000 per stay
- Pet deposit: US$ 250 per stay
- Rollaway bed: US$ 60 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
Excellent!1610 reviews across the web.
- Guests think this is a good boutique hotel.
- Guests recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway.
- BeachBeach sports facilities are great, according to 100%.
- Location98% liked the proximity to shopping.
- Hotel96% thought it was clean.
- Ambiance95% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
- Service94% found the staff to be very friendly.
- GroundsClean pool, said 92%.