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22752 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
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#6 of 7 hotels in Malibu
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Renovated from a historic 1950s era motel and named after traditional Japanese inns, Nobu Ryokan offers a unique blend of Japanese hospitality and Californian coastline. Located on the shores of Malibu's Carbon Beach, the hotel's naturally stained teak and ipe woods eases the eyes and mind with their warm, earthy tones and clean, linear form.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Breakfast available
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Brad K wrote a review Feb 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a beautiful small boutique hotel. We had an oceanfront suite and it was a perfect setting to celebrate our anniversary. The reason, however, for this review is not to discuss the things you can read in other reviews. What I want to highlight is what happened when something went wrong. Like any property sometimes things don’t go as planned. How the hotel reacts to a problem often tells you more then when things go well. In this case, the A/C wasn’t working. Try as they might they couldn’t fix it. They could not possibly have been any more responsive and concerned. They did everything they could to make sure our anniversary trip was still special and that we had a cool comfortable place to sleep. They were simply amazing. They kept trying to make it up to us and it got to the point that I was trying to make them feel better. Their concern was genuine. While I don’t like to have problems when I travel, they are inevitable. The people at Nobu made our stay more special then if everything had gone well. Amazing hotel and amazing culture of service. We will be back!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Jeremiah Christopher wrote a review Aug 2021
California535 contributions130 helpful votes
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The Nobu Ryokan Malibu is a fabulous, relaxing, elegant property, with amazing, uncompromising, top of the line service. The entire staff worked seamlessly together, to create a most memorable and enjoyable stay. Our suite was sweet and spacious, with two luxurious spa like bathrooms. The room has a couple easy fixes that need to be addressed: ie a new carpet in the living area, discoloration's or oil stains on the couch need to be removed, and the bed needs to be replaced. It felt like a futon, a thin, hard, old futon mattress, which detracted from the luxurious vibe the hotel is striving for. Located right on the ocean, we enjoyed our terrace for sunning, relaxing, dining, and taking in the ocean scene. One of the rooms highlights was the mini bar. It was completely personalized, down to the very last detail. All requests were answered thoroughly. While staying at the Ryokan, I also enjoyed a very powerful Reiki session in my room, through Fit Concierge. I HIGHLY recommend having a Reiki session at the Ryokan, it was like the icing on the cake for our stay. I hope you get a chance to stay at the Nobu Ryokan Malibu soon. Thank you one last time too, to the entire Nobu Ryokan Malibu family, for your amazing hospitality and care!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Oceanfront rooms have lovely views, while garden rooms seem to be more private.
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anouska c wrote a review Aug 2021
New York City, New York242 contributions41 helpful votes
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My brother, sister and I had a fantastic time at Nobu. The food was delicious and the views are amazing as previous reviewers have attested to. Cocktails are not to be missed. But I feel like what set it apart was the incredible service we received from Francisco and his team. They provided terrific guidance on the menu and just made the overall experience feel special.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Rhys O wrote a review Mar 2021
San Francisco, California8 contributions3 helpful votes
Where do I start? In most hotels, the arrival experience is the be-all and end-all. Not this one, from arrival to departure, the Nobu Ryokan made us feel like family throughout our entire stay. A huge and special thanks to Gerard, Jeff, Austin, Trevor, Erick, Eddie, Soony, Allyson and Janelle!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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EddieHernz wrote a review Aug 2020
Santa Monica, California2 contributions23 helpful votes
Let me begin by saying, I have done 5 staycations in Malibu since the pandemic began and 4 have been on Carbon Beach, my favorite beach in LA County (I live in LA). As far as location goes, Nobu Ryokan is great, but that is where it begins and ends. We went to Nobu Ryokan for a milestone birthday and I had high expectations. I knew the area well, so was just looking forward to the hotel experience. Our experience started with the staff booking the wrong date (despite the communication being via email), something my girlfriend luckily caught with the confirmation. When selecting rooms I was asked whether I wanted a garden, beach or ocean view room, I selected ocean view. The confirm has a great photo of a 2nd floor room facing directly to the ocean. We check in and the room we had could at best be described as a partial ocean room. I politely requested a room change and even stated I would pay more, but staff could not accommodate. We then enjoyed the beach and the paddle boards (other nice things about hotel). We then ordered lunch. It took over an hour and the portions were absurdly small, finger food would not be accurate, more like pinky food. We then requested to move back our reservation time at Nobu Malibu cause we were so hungry but did not want to order again and wait only to spoil our appetite, once again staff could not accommodate (this is a theme). I have been to Nobu Malibu many times, so I simply requested that Nobu Ryokan book a nice ocean view table outside (not a big request since it is Covid and all dining is al fresco). We arrive at the restaurant and big surprise, we are placed in the only obstructed view table in the entire deck area, this was after the hotel assured me they had personally viewed the table. Later that night we decided we wanted a little snack and we were informed the kitchen closed at 10pm, once again the staff could not accommodate. Great location, nice venue, horrendous service and even more incompetent management. Upon notifying the general manager of all the issues she insulted me! I can honestly say this is not worth $500 a night let alone $2000+. If you want to experience carbon beach, rent a bungalow on Airbnb for much less and you will have a much better experience in Malibu. And if you want great service and to be pampered, go to Calamigos Ranch and beach club.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ryan M wrote a review Dec 2019
72 contributions83 helpful votes
We stopped in on a killer afternoon at the perfect time to enjoy a fun sampling of what Nobu has to offer. I was honestly expecting to be underwhelmed when I ordered the first round of food but that was only a matter of minutes before I was soon proven wrong. The sashimi I ordered was some of the best I have ever had, with the Toro being out of this world in quality. The chicken and waffles are fun as are the tacos of any flavor. The yakitori filet was pretty good, with the lobster ceviche being exceptional and one of the highlights on the seafood side. We had so much fun here we just kept ordering food and drinks and soaking up the killer vibes.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Heini_Freiherr_von_Haplitz wrote a review May 2019
New Providence Island226 contributions139 helpful votes
Kidding. But expecting all of the utmost seems to be a reasonable expectation when room prices run at these astronomical levels. Too bad , none of the "other" big room renters were visible. Maybe they were enjoying the view 24hours or were dissolving in the outside tub. The beds are very good. Not Japanese, but "Western" quality. Design outstanding, but spending $60.000+ on a 5*Hotel room is standard in the luxury segment of the hostellerie business. Views are spectacular, no kidding. The staff needs reality training, less arrogance, more as if they are doing this job for a long time, and not since yesterday. Tipping is not needed. Staff drives Porsches, I guess. Can guests stay over without a guest-bed? Not just to inhale the panorama. Yes.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: get a suite upgrade
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avidtraveler5 wrote a review May 2019
New York5 contributions12 helpful votes
Nice place, but overpriced. Excellent marketing, but it is not a "Ryokan" despite its name. The area is fantastic, and the property is high class. And that it is very private (basically empty) is an advantage. However if one is looking for value for money, look elsewhere. As mentioned in another review, which I should have read first, they are "way over-confident in their hotel." Very disapointed on that score.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Rachel T wrote a review Mar 2019
San Francisco, California6 contributions15 helpful votes
When I stayed at Nobu Ryokan... Absolutely the hotel is 100% beautiful but the reservationist is way over-confident in their "hotel product" as she said. They are not organized when a new guest is asking for information on the rooms and the reservationist seemed was dismissive and sometimes wouldn't clearly answer my simple questions. There are Zero surprises it was my anniversary and they said "Happy Anniversary" and left it at that. Yes there is espresso and a stocked complimentary mini bar. Yet they stock it with items that don't fit the environment... like full sized Dean and Deluca chocolate bars (peanut butter, dark chocolate) only, Plain potato chips, simple nuts and protein bars that (tasted terrible). When it should be stocked either with LOCAL snacks or asian flavor profile snacks. *Room service has automatic 20% gratuity Even a simple Green Tea cookie world work better. Guests don't need a full 4 full-sized chocolate bars that don't taste good. Less is more if it's of good quality and thoughtful. Costumer service was great during the stay! I recommend the Salmon Skin Role and Nobu French Toast from room service. If they fixed these issues I've mentioned, I would have come here often but it's not worth the hassle of looking into a complementary fridge a seeing nothing really special or adding to the experience. Most 5 star hotels now, offer complementary Nesspresso and fruit amenities so Nobu Ryokan is not up to the "exclusive" Hype. The only part that exclusive is that not everyone will pay $2,000 a night. I've posted photo's on Yelp because My laptop doesn't have the photos
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Garden Room is very nice and private
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Valter Gonzaga wrote a review Jan 2019
Malibu, California7 contributions15 helpful votes
I love Nobu Ryokan! Always wonderful customer service, beachfront rooms always spotless, the garden rooms are also awesome. It's great to be able to relax in the teak soaking tub! Congratulations to all of the team!
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Beachfront rooms or Garden room, both are amazing!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nobu Ryokan Malibu
Which popular attractions are close to Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Nearby attractions include Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum (0.6 miles), Malibu Pier (0.3 miles), and Malibu Lagoon State Beach (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a fitness center, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Malibu Farm Restaurant, Nobu Malibu, and Malibu Farm Pier Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Nobu Ryokan Malibu located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Malibu.
Are any cleaning services offered at Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Nobu Ryokan Malibu?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Will Rogers State Historic Park (9.1 miles) and Annenberg Community Beach House (9.1 miles).
Is Nobu Ryokan Malibu accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.