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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I was able to spend one night at the Surfrider! Wishing I could have stayed longer. I was greeted by Derek upon arrival and he made me feel welcome from the second I walked in the door. He then gave me a tour of the place and took me up to the private restaurant. After that he took me to my room and actually took the time to walk in with me to make sure everything was great. IT WAS!
I got settled in, took a walk on the beach, showered, and headed up to the restaurant. I have a great meal looking out at the Pacific Ocean from a great vantage point. Everyone in the restaurant was great and the food was amazing.
The bed was very comfortable, the room was quite, and decorated tastefully. The scent of a burning candle once I walked was refreshing.
Oh and the soaps in the bathroom. +++
Defiantly a stopping point next time I am in the area.
Born and raised in California (northern that is), I realized recently that this 50+ gal had never been to Malibu! Crazy I know. We booked the Surfrider as it wasn't the high end per se, but not the low end either. Wow, were we impressed! The renovation of this gem is exquisite. The vibe is so laid back that you just want to nap there all day and never leave. The rooftop deck (guests only!) is fabulous - a beautiful bar and absolutely terrific food. The menu is pure healthy, tasty Californian. We ate there for all three meals throughout our stay, weaving in a dinner at Nobu and a lunch at the nearby Malibu Country Mart. The location is absolutely perfect. We stayed in a suite. I would suggest the one that is away from the kitchen due to a bit of noise, but other than that...this place is top notch. Definitely, definitely returning.
I visited The Surfrider with my daughter on a trip up to San Francisco by way of a staycation in LA, Malibu, Santa Barbara and Big Sur. This was by far the highlight of our trip. When we arrived, we were greeted with smiling faces and what felt like a sincere desire to make sure we felt very welcomed. It genuinely felt like the staff were so excited to have us staying and were actually interested in us and our travels. They gave us a tour of the hotel pointing out the free surfboards, paddle boards, morning coffee in the cozy library, complimentary sunscreen, beach bags, hats and...Mini Coopers which could be taken out by guests (also free and seriously without a catch!). They gave us their fun Surfrider guide to Malibu and helped us to plan our morning so that we could make the most of our time in Malibu. (We loved the hotel so much that we missed most of our plans!)
We chose to book a ground floor room based on feedback that we would spend a lot of our time exploring, on the roof deck and in the library anyway. Truthfully, we were a little jealous by the hammocks and views upstairs but were more than comfortable and happy. The room was petite but the finishes were beautiful and really well thought out, the way I'd like my home to look and feel. It's unusual when Mom and daughter agree but on that, we did! They have done a sensational job at blocking out any road noise which is near silent at night time...we live in LA and our small street is louder than inside our Surfrider room.
We knew about the roof deck but it was so much better in person. Great music. Lovely people (guests and staff included). And the food!!! We arrived the day after they introduced a light afternoon menu which they called "Apres Surf". I thought that was very fun. We had one thing off that snack menu and cancelled our dinner plans because it was so good (the burrata). For dinner my daughter had the ceviche and ahi tacos. I had the Sardinian pasta. But the best part, after dinner, we moved to the fire pit to enjoy our homemade cobbler served in a cast iron pot with some hot cocoa. Highly highly recommended. Breakfast was just as good and it felt like the view got even better overnight.
I cannot say enough good things about this motel turned boutique hotel. It's not your typical 5 star big hotel by any means and yes, you have to cross the road to get to the beach (there is a crosswalk right in front) but not a single detail has been overlooked. It was exactly what a coastal California hotel should be, a combination of "cool" and comfortable. Both my daughter and I felt welcomed and important. We didn't want to leave.