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1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1603
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Perfectly situated, THE MODERN HONOLULU stands at the epicenter between the world renowned Hawaiian experience of Waikiki Beach, the blossoming Kaka’ako arts district, and Honolulu’s downtown cosmopolitan scene. We are the hub of contemporary culture and creativity in Honolulu. Our boutique luxury is as refined as it is relaxed. An empowered team delivers THE MODERN HONOLULU experience -- alluring, personalized and innovative – surrounded by an award-winning design concept that creates an urban chic beach aesthetic. Two stylish pools overlook the ocean for daytime fun. It’s no wonder Thrillist magazine called us “The best boutique hotel in Hawaii.”
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Poolside bar
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
24-hour security
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
ATM on site
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Safe
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Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Aarti Raythatha wrote a review Today
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
- Poor service with front desk - Did not accommodate for late checkout - Slow to fulfill room service requests (> 1 hour for a luggage stand) - Poor maintenance/cleanliness of rooms and amenities (I.e peeling mirror, peeling paint on walls, stained rugs, ripped umbrellas by poolside, stained sun chairs by poolside) - No daily room cleaning provided although a nightly resort rate was paid and most Honolulu/Hawaii hotels provide this service (this was also not mentioned in booking) - Extremely slow elevators (> 10 min wait per use) - Protest occurred during stay @6AM and no compensation was provided for the disruption - Everything is a surcharge and not included in daily resort fee (I.e parking, sun beds etc..) Overall, for the price point this hotel is NOT worth it. The Modern has been acquired by The Hilton Group and since have fallen short in every respect including; service, cleanliness/maintenance and friendliness of hotel staff.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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WHwang1979 wrote a review Yesterday
Seoul, South Korea1 contribution
I already wrote it enough during this survey. This is second time to visit Modern honolulu because the first visit was satisfied. I will not visit it again. 1. Lots of Ants in a room 2. Poor services 3. Old facilities(soundproof needed/ old fashioned furniture and electronics)
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daye0njung wrote a review Sep 2022
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Although it is a little far from Waikiki Beach, you can enjoy the fireworks at the Hilton Resort right next door and it was good to see the Aloha Festival. The staff were very kind and handled the request right away, but the lighting in the room was too dark, so it was a little uncomfortable to stay with all the lights on at dawn or in the evening. And when I checked in late at night, it was difficult to find the entrance to the parking lot and I could only see the stop sign, so I was at a loss where to enter.
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Response from Kenric Lo, Guest Services / Front Office at The Modern Honolulu
Responded 4 days ago
Aloha dayeOnjung, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated the kind comments about our staff. Your feedback about the lighting around our property will be forwarded to our maintenance team to address. We look forward to welcoming you back to our property in the future. Mahalo!
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sactocat wrote a review Sep 2022
Sacramento, California10 contributions
Good location: walk to Ala Moana Beach one way or Waikiki the other way. Rooms were large and the beds were comfy. BUT, the hotel itself lacks any island vibe or aloha spirit. It also is in need of major sprucing up from paint to furniture. All food is served in disposable containers with single use plastic cutlery. The cushions on the pool lounges were filthy.
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Response from The Modern Honolulu, Guest Services / Front Office at The Modern Honolulu
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha sactocat, Thank you for reviewing the hotel; we apologize for not meeting your expectations. We look forward to the future with our new owner and providing an experience most guests come to expect; many positive changes are on their way, including room renovations and mid-stay service. Mahalo,
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deidrewalker2022 wrote a review Sep 2022
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Arrived at the hotel to be greeted by welcoming staff. They are expected to deliver to arriving guests that there is no housekeeping with your stay. I ask “staying 10 days and no one will attend to my room or change sheets?” That is correct. We can deliver to your room fresh sheet, the vacuum cleaner and anything you need but you have to do this yourself. The dining room served on paper plates with plastic cutlery. Room has no kettle and again no cups, cutlery to make tea with. Would discourage anyone considering this hotel. Find a hotel that gives you what you pay for
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Responded 1 week ago
Aloha deidrewalker2022, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay with us. We sincerely apologize we did not meet your expectations during your stay. We are currently in negotiations with the union in bringing back housekeeping service and we hope you will give us another opportunity in the future to welcome you back to our property once it returns. Mahalo!
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MissELH wrote a review Sep 2022
Lichfield, United Kingdom17 contributions17 helpful votes
DO NOT STAY!! I read the reviews after booking and was skeptical but thought we’d give it the benefit of the doubt. Upon check in the staff were all lovely but unfortunately that’s where anything positive about this experience ended. The lobby is old and dated. As soon as we’d arrived after travelling for 24 hours we were pounced on by an employee wanting us to attending “welcome meetings” to bury excursions and pressuring us to do things for which it was really hard to keep saying no! We eventually got to our room after a shakey elevator ride and a walk down the dingiest hallway which was littered with trash as the place doesn’t have daily house keeping only To find it simply wasn’t up to par. The room was grubby, dated, the furniture was broken, the bed literally sagged when you sat on it, I feared to take my shoes off as the carpet was so gross. This combined with the lack of room service/house keeping was enough for us and we swiftly checked straight back out. The saddest part is the staff clearly know it’s not up to standard as they really sympathised with us and we’re extremely helpful in getting us a full refund. This was supposed to be a special occasion for us and after 24 hours of travelling we ended up traipsing the street after another hotel. Genuinely the worse and shortest hotel experience of my life, don’t go.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Aloha MissELH, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay. We sincerely apologize we did not meet your expectations that ultimately led you to not staying with us. Your feedback will be forwarded to the respective departments to address. We are looking to renovate our property in the near future and do expect it to become a better product. We hope you will give us another opportunity after the renovations to welcome you back to our property. Mahalo!
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Cathy B wrote a review Sep 2022
Quakertown, Pennsylvania11 contributions6 helpful votes
Great location! We walked to mall and lots of restaurants. Recommend for breakfast Goofys a 4 min walk and a $10 Uber to Bogarts. For dinner we liked Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood (10 minute walk) We were at Modern for 3 nights and true there was no housekeeping but towels were delivered to our rooms when requested. Very minimalistic design so be prepared to live out of your suitcase. No drawers. There is a microwave which was nice. Pool area was nice and looked over marina. It is dated but not as bad as we thought after reading comments. Good for a couple day stay for the location but I wouldn’t want to be here any longer.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Cathy B, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your stay. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and we appreciate the constructive feedback. The property will be going through a renovation in the near future and do expect us to be more updated once it's complete. We look forward to welcoming you back to our property in the future after our renovations. Mahalo!
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jeffong369 wrote a review Sep 2022
Fremont, California1 contribution
Elevator is super noisy. There was repair/construction one morning without any notice to guest. Even the lobby staffs did not know about the construction that started at 8AM on SUNDAY. No room service for the entire week.
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Response from The Modern Honolulu, Guest Services / Front Office at The Modern Honolulu
Responded 2 weeks ago
Aloha jeffong369, Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay. We are sorry for the elevator noise and for not providing the mid-stay service. I have shared your comment with the Director of Engineering to alter this type of experience. In addition, the hotel is currently negotiating with the union to bring back the mid-stay housekeeping service. Once again, we apologize, and we thank you for your patience. Mahalo,
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Bess wrote a review Sep 2022
Honolulu, Hawaii40 contributions77 helpful votes
This hotel is in the process of transitioning into a Hilton timeshare, but at least TRY to care about the quality! Our stay was terrible. The hotel is past it’s glory day, as there seems to be no maintenance or upkeep. The common areas are nice, but there’s very little onsite amenities, and nothing really great in walking distance (besides Ala Moana). The room looks nice at first glance, but looking closer it is filthy. Carpets were disgusting, stains on everything possible - even the headboard and lamp shade! Gross. The bed was one of the most uncomfortable beds we’ve ever slept on at a hotel; hard, no comfortable or warm bedding, pillows flat. Our backs were aching and my poor husband ended up freezing on the small couch the second night. We had to ask for better pillows and another blanket - I don’t understand how some hotels feel two sheets are enough for a blanket. Also, no housekeeping service when your staff doesn’t even seem to care about Covid anymore just screams out, corporate greed, and more for the bottom line. Check-in at 4p and check-out at 10a, to shave off two hours from the typical check-in/out times was also laughable. No transfer of any Hilton benefits was also poorly thought out. We need another vacation to offset this terrible experience. My goodness, at least try to serve your guests better. Never again, and maybe never any Hilton Hawaii hotels as well - where they really try to squeeze out as much money as they can per square foot. Pretty disappointing if you ask me.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from The Modern Honolulu, Guest Services / Front Office at The Modern Honolulu
Responded 2 weeks ago
Aloha Beth N, Thank you for the time to review the hotel. We sincerely apologize for not meeting your expectations. Through the years, the hotel has changed numerous owners, and situational factors have impacted the hotel. Recently, The Hilton Grand Vacation acquired Diamond Resorts and is in the process of transitioning the portfolio. Unfortunately, rebranding does not occur overnight, and some past practices are difficult to amend. We look forward to the future with our new owner and providing an experience most guests come to expect; many positive changes are on their way, including room renovations and mid-stay service. Once again, our apologies, and we thank you for your patience. Mahalo,
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v8doctor2000 wrote a review Sep 2022
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From check-in to checkout , everyone was friendly, helpful and always trying to make our stay great. Fantastic beaches and views, the pool and restaurant were both excellent. Will stay here on our next trip.
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Aloha v8doctor2000, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the kind remarks and excellent rating! We look forward to serving you again. Mahalo!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Modern Honolulu
Which popular attractions are close to The Modern Honolulu?
Nearby attractions include Honolulu Cookie Company (0.3 km), Friday Night Fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort (0.4 km), and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Modern Honolulu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Modern Honolulu?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Modern Honolulu?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a poolside bar, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Modern Honolulu?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Modern Honolulu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tropical Tribe, Lappert's Ice Cream, and goofy cafe & dine.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Modern Honolulu?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Modern Honolulu?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Modern Honolulu?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Experience Nutridge (3.9 km), Iolani Palace (3.1 km), and Shangri La (5.5 km).
Does The Modern Honolulu have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Modern Honolulu accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.