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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


  •  Bar
  •  Concierge
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Wheelchair
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Preserved Malibu stalwart featuring ocean-facing balconies and hammocks in each of its 20 homey guest rooms

The Lowdown

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

The Surfrider Malibu
23033 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265 United States


5.0 Excellent 72 Reviews
Another lovely visit.
Reviewed 3 days ago

An all too short visit at this lovely little Malibu hotel.
Thank you so much to all who looked after us at this gorgeous hotel. We appreciate so much the warm friendly atmosphere.... and dinner at the roof bar was magical by the fire pit and under the stars.

Don’t ever trust Gweneth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Queen bed, small room, no place to store clothes (no dresser), $450 a night and living out of a suitcase. I’m all for minimalist but this isn’t worth the price. Front desk gal super nice. Won’t stay here again, rather drive a little and stay somewhere with more amenities.

Surfrider experience
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all - the staff at the hotel are incredibly nice, easy to talk to and very attentative. There’s a special feel to this place that I can’t quite verbalize - we will definitely visit again. Top marks for food, service and view. Thank you for a lovely time - kind regards “The Danish famliy”

The perfect California beach house!
Reviewed 1 month ago

The Surfrider Hotel feels so special and homely - a refreshing change from larger hotels.

I see comments on here about the spot on the PCH but I have to say, the whole city of Malibu is basically along the PCH and if you want to be right by the beach then it's totally unavoidable. The patio doors are soundproof and I couldn't hear any noise from inside my room. Also, you can't hear the traffic from the roofdeck which is were you'll want to spend most of your time! It's also a 2 minute walk from the pier and beach which are beautiful.

My experience
The team are super friendly and made me feel right at home from the get-go! As soon as I entered my room it smelt amazing and everything was immaculate. The fresh white sheets, Parachute robes and personalized welcome note was such a nice touch. The hotel was so clean and every aspect had obviously been given a lot of TLC.I spent most of my time on the roof deck (the perfect spot to watch the sunset). The food was delicious, I had the tacos and margaritas - you have to try their spicy margarita! I also had the pleasure of meeting the owners Emma and Matt and they were super friendly and showed genuine care for all the guests, it was as if I was staying in their home.

I can't wait to go back for a longer stay :)

Beautiful but dangerous spot
Reviewed 1 month ago

The surf rider is beautiful. Just what you’d think Malibu would feel like. The rooftop was gorgeous and the 2 bartenders who were there made the best spicy marg ever and they were so kind and attentive. Unfortunately as many others noted it is right on the PCH, and the right turn coming out of the hotel parking lot onto the highway is very dangerous (and unavoidable for guests). We were in a car accident in our rental car an hour after checking in, due to the horrible turning spot. Obviously this ruined the duration of our trip and we were too nervous to drive again because the spot was unavoidable for our time in Malibu. Then! Barely 4 hours later from our accident, when we were sitting on the roof trying to calm down from what had happened we saw another car accident happen in the exact same spot as ours!!! So clearly it’s just a dangerous spot. Even the sheriff who reported to the accident said he sees it all the time there. The hotel is great they unfortunately are just in a bad spot that’s unavoidable. That being said, I loved the hotel and everything about it just if you could go and do without a car I’d highly recommended.