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The Modern Honolulu

1,987 reviews
+1 808-450-2404

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Free Wifi
Pets Allowed
Fitness Center

The Modern Honolulu, 100% Smoke-Free

Ala Wai Yacht Harbor Location

The Modern Honolulu, a member of the Aqua Hotels group, is a 100% smoke-free property with city, swimming pool, ocean, and Ala Wai Yacht Harbor views from its 353 guestrooms and suites. Conveniently situated at the gateway to Waikiki Beach, the hotel is near Ala Moana Shopping Center, the largest shopping center in the state. Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, and the North Shore surfing beaches are a taxi ride away.

Two Swimming Pools, On-Site Spa Services, Nearby Sports Activities

The Modern Honolulu has two swimming pools. Guests enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean on one side of Sunrise Pool and a Waikiki cityscape on another. Evenings see local musicians entertaining guests as they sip their tropical Hawaiian drinks. Sunset Pool, one flight of stairs up from Sunrise Pool, is for adults only.

The on-site hotel spa offers aromatherapy treatments, body treatments, oxygen facials, and traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage in addition to nail and waxing services. In-room massage services are also available.

The hotel features two restaurants. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is the Executive Chef of the Morimoto Waikiki. The restaurant serves Japanese and Western food, seafood from Hawaiian and Japanese waters, and locally grown vegetables and fruit. Executive Chef Scott Toner’s Passageway and the Grove serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Water sports available nearby include boogie boarding, kayaking, rafting, sailing, surfing, water skiing, and windsurfing. On dry land, try golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and moped and scooter rentals.

Rooms, Suites, or Penthouse

The Modern Honolulu’s guestrooms, primarily white with teak accents, feature pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding, including Frette sheets imported from Italy. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and high-speed wired Internet access, 46-inch flat screen televisions with full cable access, bathrobes and slippers, and twice daily housekeeping. A video game system, DVD library, and hot tea kettle and Keurig coffee maker are available upon request. Guests have their choice of rooms, studio or one-bedroom suites, or a penthouse with 1400 square feet of interior space and a 1500-square-foot landscaped terrace.

The Bottom Line

The Modern Honolulu, 100% smoke-free and dog-friendly, is a quiet boutique hotel near the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The hotel has two swimming pools. Children are not permitted in the Sunset Pool. The closest beaches are at Ala Moana Beach Park and Hilton Hawaiian Village. Many water sports are available nearby. Ala Moana Shopping Center requires a 7-minute walk or short bus ride, and the center of Waikiki requires a 25-minute walk. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is the Executive Chef at one of the hotel’s two restaurants, neither of which is for budget-conscious travelers.

Hipmunk staff recommends the restaurants in the Ala Moana Shopping Center for meals. There are several shops selling snacks, which travelers can bring back to the hotel. Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, a nearby property not as laid-back or elegant as The Modern Honolulu, is a short walk from The Modern.

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1775 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815
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User Highlights
Overall Guest Score
"Main pool is beautiful and CLEAN" "Rooms were kept immaculate"
88% said rooms were clean.
92% thought it was clean.
"Almost tranquil atmosphere" "Beautiful lounge area"
92% thought, the hotel was modern.
90% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
"The restaurants and bars were fantastic" "Location was perfect for our family"
97% liked the proximity to shopping.
90% appreciated the closeness to the beach.
"Main pool is beautiful and CLEAN" "Loved the adult pool on the second floor"
Only 56% thought the pool was clean.
"Perfect, helpful and professional staff" "Front staff fantastic"
94% found the staff to be very friendly.
72% thought the service was very professional.
"Wi-fi was good and always available" "Good internet"
76% said the wifi quality was great.
100% thought it was a great value.
"Big Breakfast plate with rice" "Great breakfast"
Breakfast prices were ok, according to 60%.
"Hotel room was stunning" "Loved the private balconies"
88% said rooms were clean.
95% thought the view was good.

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Great shopping
Modern Hotel
Stylish hotel
Beach nearby
Expert Reviews
The hipsters of Honolulu were clamoring for a new hangout, and the arrival of this Ian Schrager-designed hotel answered their call.
Waikiki’s trendiest hotel is hip and modern and not your typical Hawaiian hotel, which means you won’t find rattan furniture nor slack key music over the speakers.
Choose this hotel, too, if you’re looking to get away from the kids—the top pool is adults only.
Schrager'€™s creative direction is evident in all aspects of this hotel, from the bi-level pools overlooking an outdoor theater... to the tropical-urban style in the 353 guest rooms and suites.
Hotel Information
Airport Shuttle
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Fitness Center
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Pets Allowed
Spa or Sauna
From 3:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 12:00pm
# of Rooms
  • Pet Deposit: USD 250.00
  • Breakfast Fee: between USD 15 and USD 45 for adults, USD 10 and USD 25 for children (approximately)
  • Airport Shuttle Fee: USD TBA per person (roundtrip)
  • Parking Fee: USD 35 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet Fee: USD 50 per pet (varies based on length of stay)
  • Rollaway Bed Fee: USD 75.00 per night
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible