The Modern Honolulu

1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA

The lobby of this edgy, slickly designed hotel has the feel of an upscale jazz club, with recessed lighting and bookcases, making this the best hotel pick in Waikiki for urbanites who like the hip, big-city atmosphere. With natural tones, modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, iPods programmed with music perfect for lounging, complimentary Wi-Fi, and private lanai in many units, guest rooms and suites are equally swanky. The hotel's signature restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki, is a creation of renowned Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who often can be spotted manning the sushi bar. There are two pools: one with a teak deck; the other, a sleek cobalt blue adults-only version of a wading pool, is surrounded by 100 tons of sand, creating a beach feel. Three bars on the premises—the most popular being the Study, hidden behind a rotating bookcase—offer their own signature cocktails. Addiction, a trendy nightlife space, lures a younger, hipper crowd.


  • excellent design
  • unpretentious feel
  • great bars and restaurants
  • nice spa


  • not kid-friendly
  • on the outer edge of Waikiki
  • direct beach access a five-minute walk away


Phones: 808-943–5800 | 888-970–4161


353 rooms, 30 suites
Rate Includes: No meals