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 loved this place for its overall decor/vibe, the smell (such great candles), the rooftop patio, and the location being so central in Malibu. Unfortunately, our room (16) was an “upstairs ocean view room” with no mention of noise issues, but we could easily hear people walking around on the upstairs rooftop patio. This started shortly before 7 AM and went until about 10:30 PM. This room should be offered at a discounted rate, similar to the room they mention on the website that gets noise from the kitchen. It was disappointing to have paid the full price for this room and then be woken up before 7 each morning. Not sure we will be back but this place is as cool as it looks in the pictures!
I should have done more research into the location of this motel - it’s right on Highway 101, a six lane highway - so it is noisy but that being said, the windows were thick enough that we weren’t disturbed sleeping until maybe 7am. The ambience of this m/hotel is simply lovely - beautiful crisp modern decor, and the place smells scrumptious. The rooftop bar is very nice and is exclusively for guests so we easily got a table and the view of the beach/sea is great. Service is good but this place is not cheap. We had some cocktails which were delicious but we decided to eat elsewhere as the food choice is limited and expensive - guacamole for US$15 is a bit of a joke. Our room was spacious and the mini bar was appreciated. We also had a balcony with a fun hammock. One thing which seemed unfair and opportunistic was to charge US$15 for one night’s parking in a car park exclusively for the use of hotel guests. A nice end to our two week vacation but by that point we were poor and this place didn’t help...!
I was expecting the Surfrider to be California cool and beautiful But it was so much more than I could have expected. Everything from the Lobby when we first walked in (they sell the coolest hats, sunnies, bags, towels etc), to the stunning roof top deck to the gorgeous room. Everything was perfect! I appreciated the personal touches everywhere. I love that we were walked to our room and shown around. I loved the hand written note in our room (not to mention how amazing the room smelt). The roof top deck was the perfect icing on the cake. We were greeted by the coolest and most friendly bar staff that quickly handed us binoculars to watch the dolphins jumping in the water. The mojito’s were The perfect refreshing drink on a hot summer afternoon. We were so impressed with the roof top deck that we cancelled our resos at Nobu and had dinner at the hotel. The bar staff set up the perfect table over looking the sunset on the ocean. A few other things to note were the fact that the hotel offers free surf boards and paddle boards for guest to use. We also had the hotel arrange private surf lessons with Pete from Surf lessons Malibu, who was absolutely fantastic!! I also just put in a huge order with Grown Alchemist for all the soaps and lotions we had provided to us in our room!! One night was not enough...we can’t wait to return!!