I booked Boana Torre Malibu direct on their website, without any advice or recommendation. I was traveling alone. I chose it because it is a gay-friendly hotel with kitchens, close to the beach but without the price. They offer a taxi service that I recommend if you haven’t been to PV. But I hired my own taxi.
Check-in was very casual and friendly. Although all rooms are nearly identical in layout, they vary in finish and floor. I believe I was “upgraded” to a higher floor. My room had spectacular 180 degree panoramic views. One floor lower and I would have only had a 90 degree view. If views are important to you, be sure to inquire about floor level. The room was actually an apartment with a large patio, living room, full kitchen, two bathrooms and one bedroom. The finishes were a bit rustic, but no complaints for the price and location. The bedroom was on the noisy street side of the hotel, as are all rooms. The bed was a bit hard, and pillows were flat. Thin curtains let too much light in at night. Since each unit is individually owned (and rented out by the management) conditions may vary. If you are a picky traveler, be sure to ask.
The property is on a hillside and there are many steps to get to the lobby. It is one block above Blue Chairs. If stairs are a problem you can take a taxi and arrive at the back side of the hotel which is level with the lobby. A nice large swimming pool is on the lobby level. I am in my mid-thirties and found the pool crowd to be a bit geriatric. For me, I loved it—no attitude and easy friendly conversation. This is NOT like the other younger cruisy sassy gay hotels in town.
All in all, I found this hotel to be an excellent value when considering price, size of rooms and location. Considering the price, I have no complaints or suggestions, and I would stay here again.