When we were in Honolulu, we stayed at The Modern Honolulu. Honolulu is a bit of time warp as far as hotels are concerned and most rooms look like they came straight out of the 70s. I had originally booked the Hilton but decided I just didn’t want to stay at a Hilton for a week. (And now that Mike has Starwood Gold, I’m giving up on Hiltons entirely. But that’s another story.) Anyway, The Modern is my kind of hotel. Minimalist with all white rooms. I didn’t really take any photos of the room, but you can see some examples on their website.
I also wasn’t looking for a hotel with a beach or beach access because I’m not a beach person. And I’ll take a fancy pool where a server will bring you endless mojitos over a beach any day! As a bonus, they also have an adults only pool in case you hate kids as much as I do. We saw very few kids anyway. It’s not really a kid-friendly hotel.
Two of my favourite things about The Modern Honolulu:
The lobby. They bring you some kind of really delicious lemonade drink while you check in.
After we checked in, they brought up a card and some salted macadamia nut caramels since it was Mike’s birthday. A nice touch! The guy that brought the caramels into the room noticed that I was watching Japanese tv and said “You know Japanese?” I said “A little bit,” and he seemed weirdly impressed. (Considering that practically everything in Waikiki is in Japanese, I’m surprised if most people don’t know at least a tiny amount of Japanese.) And the caramels were tasty.
The main pool.
I just kept ordering the frozen coconut mojito.
Better than a beach.
No one will bring you snacks at the beach.
The pool area at night. We ate dinner there one night, but I regretted it because although the food is fine, I’d rather spend 1/10 the money and eat at Marukame Udon (mentioned here). But I really love Marukame Udon. There’s also a Morimoto restaurant in the hotel — we didn’t eat there, but apparently Barack Obama is a big fan.
I’m not really sure why I took this photo.
View from the balcony.
Hawaii bottled water was replenished every day.
It was nice having a balcony, even though it was a million degrees and humid. Here’s Mike playing the ukelele that came with the room. Because it’s only really Hawaii when you’re listening to music that sounds like Spongebob Squarepants.