The Surfrider Malibu
What We Love
- The classic Pacific Coast Highway address
- Seared tuna tacos (tortillas are freshly made) at The Roof Deck, the hotel’s organic restaurant
- Custom surfboards, crafted by local shapers, are available to use
- The gregarious owners, architect Matthew Goodwin and his wife Emma, are always around to chat
What To Know
- The Roof Deck is for hotel guests only
- There’s no pool on the property, but you’re just a short walk from Surfrider Beach
- There are electric car charging stations onsite
- Parking is included as part of your stay
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Preserved Malibu stalwart featuring ocean-facing balconies and hammocks in each of its 20 homey guest rooms
An integral player in Californian history (its eponymous beach was featured in the 1966 cult film, The Endless Summer), this overhauled 1953 surf lodge now exudes an easygoing coastal cool. Natural materials like reclaimed wooden floorboards, custom-made teak beds, textured rugs, and plants add warmth to guest rooms, while owner-operators Matthew and Emma make constant cameos to ensure guests are comfortable. With a fire-pit/sound system combo on the roof deck, rain showers in your spa-like bathroom, and Italian linens on your four-poster Californian King bed, how could you not be? It’s no surprise that this stylish sleep is as popular with the staycationers as it is with the cosmopolitan creative set, all seeking a mellow hangout within easy distance of nearby First Point.
In the Area
Surfrider Beach, a legendary World Surfing Reserve, is situated in the scenic heart of Malibu and draws steady crowds for its flawless swells. East of that legendary landscape is where you’ll find the town’s historic wooden pier, where a stroll might result in a dolphin—or even celebrity—sighting. Enlist the hotel to help arrange a vintage Land Rover excursion to other acclaimed surfing hotspots like Leo Carrillo Beach, whose sands and boulders have showed up in a long list of Hollywood films including The Usual Suspects and Pirates of the Caribbean.
How to Get There
We had an amazing experience from the moment we arrived at the Surfrider Malibu. My daughter and I stayed here when she was attending a college preview day at Pepperdine.
We got to the hotel a bit before check in time. They escorted us up to the rooftop deck where we were offered drinks (me a glass of wine and her some water) and a blanket to warm up from the afternoon rain showers. The view from this spot is a breathtaking panorama of the ocean and lush hillside.
They offer food and a snack menu prepared onsite that can be eaten on the rooftop deck, in the cozy library, or as room service if we preferred.
My daughter and I arrived on Valentines Day and they had a rose in the room and a handwritten note welcoming us.
I loved the Cali style Minimalist surf inspired decor. Our room was clean, bed comfy and all the details were perfection. Two robes, a lovey rain style shower in the bathroom, and a great assortment of health conscious snacks and drinks to purchase in the room.
This is walking distance from many great restaurants including Nobu and the Pier across the road. Also great shopping with upscale shops w/in a 5 minute walk.
I got a great sunrise pic from our room and honestly can’t wait to come back and stay here with my hubby.
Surf Rider Malibu’s hotel lobby is really something else. It feels natural and organic, and really calls towards reconnecting to the world around you on a personal level. The hotel isn’t huge but it’s a series of amazing boutique hotels that I visited during my stay in America. It seemingly looks like a recently renovated old-school motel from the outside but it really is a modern and eco-friendly architectural masterpiece. It reminds me of a cross between hotels in Byron and a cute little café in Bali called the Organic Café.
Our check-in process was too easy as the receptionists were simply angels. Although there is no valet parking available, you could easily pull up next to your room, which made up in terms of convenience. The hotel’s bar is superbly stunning. We were escorted there by the staff and gawked at its beauty. It’s what you see on everyone’s Instagrams when you think of Malibu. It was a postcard view overlooking the whole strip of the Malibu beach. It was simply to die for. There’s definitely something about dining during a gorgeous golden hour sunset, paired with delicious food, and sublime cocktails. Room service was also completely divine.
The room was quite small but had beautiful earthy décor that matched the hotel aesthetic as well as a private balcony. There was also a quaint but adorable bathroom.
A cozy inn style place to stay. Looked like an upscaled, converted classic motel inn without sacrificing the initial feel of it. So organic chic, so earthy LA. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to stay here, the rooftop bar is a must see in Malibu, regardless.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this upmarket Boutique Hotel. The rooms are well appointed. Beds are most comfortable. Staff were attentive and friendly. Terrific views from our room and form the top floor outdoor restaurant. The only negative is road noise throughout the night as it is on Pacific Coast Highway. I also believe the outdoor restaurant could be very cold in winter despite the many patio heaters. There is no indoor dining or bar facility.
Attentive service, amazing food, great location, and truly lovely rooms with comfy beds. We had a wonderful experience at The Surfrider Malibu! We only wish we lived closer so we could stay here all the time.
I saw this hotel in a magazine or online and immediately fell in love with the design. I travel a lot at high end hotels and honestly the room design here is my favorite ever! It is simple, minimal, but elegant, luxurious, textural and curated. It makes me feel relaxed, at ease, and so comfortable. It’s rare that a hotel room can make me feel the way I want to feel and this one does just that, perfection all the way down to the smallest details. The neutral color palette, the perfectly custom designed furniture pieces in the room, the luxurious parachute robes, the linen curtains draping on the floor, the white board formed concrete walls, the lush landscaping, it all adds up to a very sensually designed experience. The one downside of this place is the location being right on highway 1, it’s loud, but they have done an amazing job of sound insulating the sliding doors and the walls. I can tell they spared no expensive in doing this and went to great lengths to make it quiet. Unfortunately I was woken up about five times during the night by people slamming doors even though I had ear plugs in. That was the one and only downside. The food was also fantastic and I really appreciated that they use organic and local food. Overall, this place made my heart skip a beat with it’s beauty and attention to design. I was inspired. My only hope is that the owners create a 2nd property with cottages that are more in nature where the outside feels like the inside of the rooms. Sign me up if you do!