The Modern is an oceanview hotel, not an oceanfront one, as it is on the outskirts of Waikiki Beach. It’s just far enough away (about a 25-minute walk) from Waikiki’s center and its crowded beaches but only a 2 minute walk down a sidewalk to hit the sand. The sand closest to the Modern is part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s family-friendly lagoon. It’s an ideal spot for kids to swim and paddle board since it’s shallow.
However, just on the other side of the lagoon is the ocean but there are alot of coral so it’s not ideal for swimming. Walk a few hundred yards down the beach if you want soft ocean sand.
The Modern has 353 rooms, including 26 oceanfront suites. The suites have two balconies and are an exquisite example of modern minimalism. All the rooms have a colorful ukulele and three sarongs hanging on the wall. They serve as artwork but you can also use them!
Just off the lobby, you’ll find a bookcase. But come 5 pm, the hotel staff pushes it a few yards so it becomes an entryway to a speak-easy inspired bar. It’s fun, classy and a bit retro.
Of course, the hotel is home to Morimoto Waikiki. This is Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant where he creates divine dishes featuring a Hawaiian/Japanese flair.
The Modern also has two casual dining places called the Grove and Passageway. They are both outdoor restaurants, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Standard fare: pizzas, sandwiches and tacos.
The hotel that has two pools–one for families and one for adults 21 and over.
The hotel has a small spa and their signature treatment is The Lomi Lomi Massage.
Sand and surf come together beautifully at one of America’s most iconic stretches of coast. A desirable resort destination since the early 20th century, Waikiki is home not only to golden sands and flocks of surfers, but also attractions such as Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium.