Situated on the Pacific Coast Highway, across the street from the storied Surfrider Beach, this unrivaled boutique hotel offers guests a breezy, contemporary take on midcentury-Malibu surf culture. Originally a 50s-era hotel, the Surfrider—redesigned by co-owner and architect Matthew Goodwin, who grew up surfing the same coastline—has 20 minimally appointed guestrooms with light-reflecting white surfaces, pale-wood upholstery, custom teak beds, and stone tiles. All rooms have access to a seaview balcony, and those on the upper level come complete with a hammock. The hotel stocks locally made surfboards for wave-catching guests, offers electric-car charging stations, and even prepares picnics for those wishing to hike the surrounding terrain.
The Surfrider Malibu
Images by M. K. Sadler