The Modern Honolulu

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard | Honolulu, HI 96815 [See Map]
#5 in Best Honolulu - Oahu Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1903 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 353 rooms, 18 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Ocean
Style Modern
Best For Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Located within walking distance of the Ala Moana Center shopping mecca and the powdery sands of Waikiki Beach, The Modern Honolulu combines style and swank with the surfer vibe that many visitors expect from Hawaii's capital. The boutique hotel's 353 guest rooms include 46-inch TVs and glass-encased showers, plus a few sarongs and a ukulele for guests to use to get into the Aloha spirit. However, because of its urban locale, some guests complain of street noise, and recommend staying on one of the higher floors. Aside from the noise, travelers say their stays here couldn't have been better, attributing their experiences to the hotel's excellent customer service and wealth of amenities. Guests can lounge by two pools — Sunrise is for everyone, and Sunset is adults-only — or indulge in Japanese fusion fare served at The Modern's on-site restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki (headed by chef Masaharu Morimoto of "Iron Chef America" fame).

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Critic Reviews


“The 353-room Modern Honolulu is a chic hotel catering to youthful guests with its gorgeous outdoor pools with live music, bars, and lounging areas.”


“This is perhaps the best pick for urbanites who like the feel of a hip, big-city hotel.”


“Come here to see and be seen, at the clubby lobby bar behind the bookcase or alongside two oceanview pools — each with its own bar and expansive daybeds.”
Award: Frommer's Recommended


“It's casual and elegant but still beach-y here.”

Condé Nast Traveler

“The Modern Honolulu seduces guests by offering the best of both worlds in terms of its scenery, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean out one window and the city’s picturesque skyline out the other.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1903 guests have reviewed the The Modern Honolulu, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1903 reviews)

Guest Reviews: Read most recent guest reviews



  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Modern Honolulu attracts travelers who prefer to stay within the hustle and bustle of a big city environment, offering views of surrounding buildings and a busy boat harbor from its rooms. Guests can walk to Kahanamoku Beach, and Waikiki Beach is located just 1 mile away.

  • Ala Moana Shopping Center is within walking distance of the property
  • A bus stop just outside the building allows guests to easily access the rest of the city
  • Hotel concierge can assist in arranging an airport shuttle or car service through a third party

  • 24-hour valet parking ($28)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The Modern Honolulu lives up to its name with guest rooms featuring a sleek, minimalist style of primarily white decor. Previous guest commend the style and frequently mention that the rooms look very clean. Most guest bathrooms offer standing glass-enclosed showers, but some rooms with combined tubs are available.

  • DVDs and video game systems available
  • Many rooms feature private terraces
  • Minifridges are available upon request for no additional charge

Standard room size:

390 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The Modern Honolulu is home to Morimoto Waikiki, a restaurant specializing in serving fresh Hawaiian and Japanese seafood alongside an open kitchen and funky modern decor. A selection of American and Hawaiian dishes can be enjoyed al fresco at The Grove and Passageway, which features a romantic outdoor atmosphere with views of the pool. Nightlife options include a sophisticated lounge, The Study, and the Addiction nightclub.

  • Each dining location utilizes organic and locally sourced ingredients
  • The Grove and Passageway serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


All guests of The Modern Honolulu are welcome to enjoy the Sunrise Pool, which is surrounded by a cool-wood pool deck and several chaise lounges, and offers a shallow end for wading. An adjacent staircase leads to the adults-only Sunset Pool one floor above, which features a sandy pool deck and views of the nearby harbor.

  • Daybed reservation packages include food, beverages and personalized poolside service
  • Live music is frequently performed poolside in the afternoon and evenings

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The spa at The Modern Honolulu features a selection of classic spa treatments, including oxygen facials and the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage. Body treatments utilize Ola spa products, which are made from ingredients grown on Hawaii's Big Island.

  • Waxing, tinting and nail services available
  • Post-treatment product recommendations are provided after each service to help maintain treatment results

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The contemporary style and bustling nightlife at The Modern Honolulu appeals more to couples and groups rather than families traveling with children. Guest rooms are modest in size, but some rooms offer two double beds for larger families.

  • Bathtubs available in some rooms
  • Cribs and high chairs will be provided in guest rooms upon advance request

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The fitness center at The Modern Honolulu is equipped with free weights and resistance machines for strength training, as well as ellipticals and treadmills with individual TVs. Guests can also request a complimentary running map to help choose jogging routes around the property.

  • Fitness center is accessible 24 hours a day
  • Yoga equipment and exercise balls provided
  • Yoga classes are offered once a month and hotel guests can attend for free

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Modern Honolulu provides a business center with computers, printers, scanners and other office equipment. Business groups are welcome to host meetings and receptions on-site in the hotel's ballroom, meeting studios or pool deck.

  • Business center is accessible 24 hours a day
  • Meeting rooms have videoconferencing equipment and other audiovisual materials

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Modern Honolulu allows pets, but out-of-state travelers are advised to research Hawaii's animal travel laws before choosing to bring a pet along.

  • Pets must weigh 25 pounds or less
  • A $50 cleaning fee applies for each night of the pet's stay

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


There is a course nearby.

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The Modern Honolulu offers multiple venue choices for couples interested in hosting an urban wedding ceremony or reception. The 9,200-square-foot ballroom can be arranged in a variety of styles, and can accommodate up to 1,100 guests. Outdoor venues include the deck at the Sunrise Pool and the Sun Suite Terrace.

  • Wedding couples will meet with the executive chef to design a custom catering menu
  • Up to 800 guests can be hosted on the pool deck

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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1775 Ala Moana Boulevard | Honolulu, HI 96815 [See Full Map]