Planning a visit to Hawaii? With top luxury resorts all over the island, you have so many options of where to stay on Oahu. Here’s why The Modern Honolulu is one of my top favorite places to stay in Hawaii. 

Where to Stay on Oahu – A review of The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a luxury boutique hotel that overlooks Waikiki and Ala Moana. Located on Ala Moana Blvd, The Modern Honolulu is near all the action in Waikiki, yet a bit further from the main hustle and bustle.

2020 Update -The Modern is a hotel that is being converted into a timeshare property. You can currently still book a reservation. 

Where to Stay on Oahu

The hotel is located near Kahanamoku Beach, Ala Moana Bowls, and the Hilton Lagoon. It’s also not far from the Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Shopping Center. Guests can watch the sunset from the pools or balconies. 

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From the Honolulu airport to the Modern Honolulu, it’s approximately a 17-minute drive without traffic. If you’re visiting the Modern Hotel pool, bar, or restaurant, you can get validated parking for $35 plus tax.

If you’re only visiting for a few hours, you can park at the Ala Moana Bowls parking lot for free in some stalls. (Some stalls are paid parking.) Keep an eye out for the sign, so you don’t get a ticket. 

1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 943-5800

The Modern Honolulu hotel

The Penthouse at the Modern Honolulu Hotel 

Disclosure – I’m a big fan of this hotel, and during the three years I lived in Hawaii, I spent countless afternoons relaxing at the pool with my closest friends. I posted a photo on Instagram at the pool and won a one-night stay in an Ocean Front Suite at the Modern. When I arrived at check-in, I got the best news ever. The wonderful hotel staff upgraded my reservation to the Penthouse!  

The Penthouse features floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views as far as the eye can see. There is also a 1,500 sq. ft. landscaped terrace, with stunning views. It’s a complete luxury experience. 

Travel Insurance – I never travel without Travel Insurance. I’ve had several injuries and mishaps occur while traveling. From a broken ankle to refilling prescriptions, I never hesitate to visit a doctor abroad because I know I’m covered. I like World Nomads because it’s so easy to file claims. 

The Modern Honolulu pool 

The Sunrise Pool is a resort pool with a wood deck, surrounded by greenery. There is a pool bar that serves drinks and food. The sunrise pool is open daily from 7:00 am- 9:00 pm and is open to guests of all ages. 

Located on the 2nd floor, The Sunset Pool is an Adults-only pool. It’s currently under renovations and is closed through March 1, 2020. 

Waikiki Nightlife
Celebrating Cina’s bachelorette at the Modern

Waikiki Nightlife – The Modern Honolulu bar 

Start your night at THE STUDY Bar + Lounge inside the Modern Honolulu. Go beyond the lobby bookshelves and step into a chic lounge. THE STUDY has Happy Hour every night from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Live music starts at 8:00 pm. After a few hours at THE STUDY, make your way past the velvet rope to ADDICTION, one of the hottest nightclubs in Honolulu.

Planning a girl’s trip, or a bachelorette? Reserve a table and dance the night away.

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Things to do on Oahu 

With some of the best beaches and surf in the world, there are countless bucket list experiences on Oahu. Spend time climbing mountains. Explore some of the best hikes in Hawaii. Swim with turtles and visit some of the best beaches in the world. Eat local food and embrace the “aloha” spirit. 

Related: Things To Do On Oahu – Top Bucket List Experiences in Hawaii

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Haleiwa, North Shore

A visit to Hawaii isn’t complete until you visit the North Shore. From Waimea Bay to Sunset Beach, the North Shore is home to some of the best beaches in the world! Stop in Haleiwa to visit the local shops, restaurants, and boutiques. 

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Check out exhibit galleries, the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

Free Fireworks Show

Don’t miss the free fireworks show every Friday at 7:45 pm. The light display is hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village, near the Modern Honolulu hotel. Visit the sunset pool for a cocktail and a great view of the show. 

Take a sunset cruise

One of the best ways to experience Waikiki is on a boat. With iconic views of Diamond Head and the city skyline, spending a few hours on the water is always a good time. Daily catamaran and boat cruises are available in the morning and around sunset in Waikiki. 

Tips for visiting Oahu

Check out my Oahu Travel Guide for the Best Beaches, Hikes, and Ultimate Experiences. If you’re looking for luxury accommodations, with incredible views of Waikiki and Ala Moana, you’ll love staying at The Modern Honolulu hotel in Oahu, Hawaii. 

Where to Stay on Oahu

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I lived on Oahu for three years in Waikiki and the North Shore. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. I’m happy to answer any questions to help you plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Send me a message anytime!




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