The Surfrider, Malibu
Photos and Words by Taylor Simpson
The Surfrider is one of those boutique hotels that immediately upon entry you know you'll be back. Located directly on the Pacific Coast Highway, owners Emma and Matt brought this old motel back to life paying homage to the Surfrider beach situated just steps from the property. The hotel is two floors with just twenty lovely rooms making it the perfect quiet getaway from bustling LA. Guests have sole and exclusive access to everything the property has to offer, including the already legendary rooftop restaurant and bar. Other amenities include a curated selection of goods for purchase, complimentary parking, the library dreams are made of, luxurious beach towels, a daily coffee bar, and surf boards if you so desire.
For those that came for the California minimal-meets-bohemian beach design (like us!), this is the pinnacle. With countless decor odes to the surf culture that dominates Malibu, the Surfrider is coined as "Your California Beach House," if only for a weekend. The staff does an impeccable job of welcoming you and truly making you feel at home, taking you on a personal tour of the property and offering to answer any questions you may have or make any recommendations you need for the area.
Our recommendation: get there early and drop your bags, walk across the street to Malibu Farm to enjoy a locally sourced lunch (and preferably cocktails). Then head to the beach to soak up some sun, swim, or just watch the surfers catch some waves. At sunset, the rooftop restaurant is not to be missed. With sweeping panoramas of the ocean and surrounding area, this is the best view in town. Dusk turns to night while you savor a bottle of Napa Valley wine and pretend this is indeed your personal California beach home. We could get used to this.
Starting at $400/night
All rooms are double occupancy only.