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The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu

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23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-4935
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#2 of 7 hotels in Malibu
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4.8
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4.9
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4.9
Value
4.5
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The 20-room Surfrider Malibu is a modern California Beach House located directly across the street from the famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California. The former 1953 motel has been converted into a boutique hotel capturing the essence of California's beach life. Featuring 18 rooms and 2 suites, along with a vaulted ceiling lobby, 2nd floor library, incredible roof deck bar and restaurant available to guests-only, outdoor shower, on-site parking, native and sub-tropical planting and completed with sustainable design and locally sourced materials.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Hiking
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Dry cleaning
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Rooftop bar
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Umbrella
Laundry service
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Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Minibar
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Bathrobes
Safe
Telephone
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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lisalbp123 wrote a review Nov 2022
New York City, New York12 contributions1 helpful vote
Lovely amenities, comfy bed and the perfect (almost) beachfront location. The beach os located across a busy highway but there is a safe cross walk. The hotel provides beach chairs, towels and a beach tote. The restaurant is exceptional - I ate breakfast and dinner at the beautiful rooftop restaurant with a view of the ocean. The only drawback I found with this hotel was the noise. They should double pane the windows - you can hear cars driving on the highway all night. I was on the first floor and the noise from the people in the room above me was relentless.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Book the second floor as it may be a bit quieter.
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Response from Surfrider Malibu, Other at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu
Responded 4 days ago
Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a positive review and we are so glad to hear you enjoyed so many aspects of our property. While we are located on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway and road noise is inevitable, we do actually have double paned windows with a special noise cancelling seal in our sliding glass doors. There is also white noise machines and earplugs in all of our guest rooms for the noise sensitive! We hope to welcome you back in the future! Sincerely, Team Surfrider
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Angela C wrote a review Oct 2022
Saint Louis, Missouri1 contribution1 helpful vote
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I cannot say enough amazing things about this hotel. The people, the room, the view. It was absolutely fantastic! Room was So clean, smelled beautiful and so much space. Was a very relaxing 24 hours. Worth every penny.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooftop bar is for guests only which I appreciated and wasn’t crowded
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Responded 6 days ago
Hi Angela! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of your 24 hour stay with us, we wish it was longer! Can't wait to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Team Surfrider
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Hans K wrote a review Aug 2022
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We loved staying in the Surfrider Malibu. The hotel rightfully prides itself for its easygoing, relaxed atmosphere. Very friendly staff, well designed functional rooms. Impeccable housekeeping. This hotel was apparently a motel in a previous life that has been completely redone. When moving within the hotel, its barebones still remind of the layout of a motel (organisation of parking, rooms access, reception etc). We found it a plus as it nicely blends into its environment right across the Malibu Pier. The star of the hotel is a guest-only rooftop with splendid bar/restaurant, offering magnificent views of the bay. Watching people catch the first wave in the morning almost felt as good as hitting the waves ourselves.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Aug 26, 2022
Hi! Thank you so much for staying with us and taking the time to write such a lovely review. So good to hear your appreciation of our goal of authenticity and a true Malibu experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future! Sincerely, Team Surfrider
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867karyn wrote a review Aug 2022
Austin, Texas21 contributions29 helpful votes
I love the vibe at this hotel - so very Malibu! If you could bottle up Malibu in a jar, it would be the rooftop deck at this hotel. We stayed in one of the downstairs rooms, and it was comfy and really cute. The only downside is the bathroom is teeny - not cut out for a large man-sized person, but it was fine for my daughter and I. They have a great team in place, and the food is farm-to-table special. I love the tiny flowers on the homemade banana bread. This is a very special place and the owners put a lot of thought into making it so Cali style.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: If you want a view, go for the suites. For quiet, pick downstairs
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Responded Aug 26, 2022
Hi Karyn! Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience with us. "Malibu in a jar..." we love that! We can't wait to welcome you back in the future! Cheers, Team Surfrider
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Lifeisgreat1964 wrote a review Jul 2022
Toronto10 contributions9 helpful votes
Our second annual visit and have to say the service is even better which I thought was impossible. The entire team (I apologize as I will omit names) Kelly, Derek, Hunter, Trevor, Shelby and Skully are truly relaxed professionals on the job at all times to make your stay special. 18 rooms and I see at least 10 staff members per day with the nicest cleaning staff you could imagine. The food is extraordinary and extremely thoughtful in terms of ingredients and presentation. If I could give it 6 out of 5 I would.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Surfrider Malibu, Other at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu
Responded Aug 25, 2022
Hi! Wow, what a gorgeous review, thank you so much for taking the time to give us such glowing feedback! We will be sure to pass this along to our entire team. We can't wait to welcome you back for next year's annual trip! - Team Surfrider
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Adrian I wrote a review Jun 2022
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My wife and I got married on Monday in Topanga, CA. If you haven’t had the misfortune of visiting, Topanga is mixture of the worst of several worlds; the bad cell service and barrenness of a rural area, the astronomical property values of a big city, and the ever-present aroma of human waste. The Surfrider Hotel is NOT in Topanga. Located in neighboring Malibu — and yet worlds apart — the Surfrider has proven to be the perfect spot for our mini-moon. While our room is not particularly large, it is adequately-sized and comfortable, with a private balcony (complete with hammock), nice furnishings and an awesome shower. There is a great beach right across the street as well. Having worked in hotels for a decade, I can say with some authority that the staff here is excellent. Lucy and Trevor on the rooftop were especially attentive to my and my wife’s needs, with Lucy even remembering a dietary allergy of mine from the day before. Finally, the restaurant at this hotel is incredible. It is only available to guests, which means we never had to wait for a table. There is a very relaxed vibe, and the food is absolutely delicious. Many coastal people consider themselves “foodies.” I am definitely not one. Or should I say, WAS not one; the dishes here are so consistently good, I have found myself trying (and invariably enjoying) menu items I would have scoffed at from anywhere else. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jun 6, 2022
Hi Adrian, Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave this amazing review. We really appreciate it and are so happy that you had a great time and loved everything, including those things you otherwise wouldn't have tried :) That's our goal!! We will also pass along your kind words about Lucy and Trevor! Warmly, Team Surfrider
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Clare B wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom66 contributions14 helpful votes
Lovely, friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are exceptionally clean and very comfortable. We were on the first floor with a partial sea view (14) for 3 nights and I did find the noise of the freeway was pretty loud but if you are a deep sleeper or have ear plugs it’s fine. We had to switch rooms on our last night, to a ground floor room which was slightly cheaper and had no view but, I preferred the room because it was much quieter. The bar/restaurant on the top deck is lovely. Great location. Would recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jun 6, 2022
Hi Clare, Thank you very much for a lovely review. We are so happy that you would recommend The Surfrider and, most importantly, that you had a great time. Naturally, we will work to improve to ensure your next stay is a 5/5. Safe travels! Team Surfrider
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Jessalyn Hines wrote a review Apr 2022
San Diego, California2 contributions
My family came down last weekend for my graduation and we booked 5 rooms. Incredible staff, views and rooms. Amazing customer service. Food and drinks were phenomenal!!! I literally never wanted to leave. So cute and trendy !!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded May 13, 2022
Thank you, Jessalyn! We loved having you and your family stay for your graduation. Thank you for celebrating your special day with us.
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channingkelly14 wrote a review Dec 2021
Fairfield, Connecticut3 contributions
My husband and I had been wanting to stay here since it opened. We had a trip planned in 2018 and it was when the horrific fires hit. It has been a MUST to get to and we finally came this fall. To say the staff, location , food and decor is excellent is an understatement. Every detail is so thought out and yet everything feels so easy and light all around all. Steps away from the historic pier and beach. The smell of the ocean is all around you. A modern California beach house that is so well thought out, a library, seating areas, roof top guest only restaurant and oh so cozy rooms. Every staff member was so wonderful and we never ate better! We can’t wait to come back!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Dec 16, 2021
Hi Channing and Mike, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this incredible review. You know how thrilled we were to FINALLY have you stay with us after all these years and we truly hope that you will be visiting us for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure and we are so glad that you had a perfect experience. All the best, Emma & Team Surfrider xo
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cathy wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
It is hard to put in words what this hotel means to me. I have stayed there many times over the last four years and the way I am treated always makes me feel special and well looked after as if I’m a family friend rather than a hotel guest. The hotel is on the busy Pacific Coast Highway but what you get when you are in the hotel is a small (20 rooms)peaceful haven with perfectly designed beach chic decor and a rooftop terrace to die for. In the day the view is incredible watching the best surfing on the whole coast of Malibu and depending on the time of year I have seen huge pods of dolphins. At night the terrace has an amazing starlit atmosphere with warm heaters and a fire pit. But the most important factor that makes this hotel stand out in a class of its own is the staff who make you feel like a guest or family. I arrived late on Thanksgiving night when Malibu was in a complete power cut and the circumstances for the hotel must’ve been a nightmare yet I was treated to some apple pie from the owner and the member of staff that it was meant for! Thank you Jordan for being so kind. Big thanks to Derek and of course Emma who is one of the owners.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Dec 16, 2021
Hi Cath, As always, thank you so much for visiting us and for taking the time to leave such a kind and thoughtful review. We adore having you with us and are so incredibly happy that the borders are open again so that we can see you. We've missed you! See you soon!! Emma and Team Surfrider x
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PRICE RANGE
$458 - $690 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
surfrider beach club hotel malibu
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Surfrider Beach Club
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaMalibu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu
Which popular attractions are close to The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Nearby attractions include Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum (0.2 miles), Malibu Pier (0.1 miles), and Malibu Lagoon State Beach (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Malibu Farm Restaurant, Nobu Malibu, and Marmalade Cafe - Malibu.
Is The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Malibu.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Will Rogers State Historic Park (9.6 miles) and Annenberg Community Beach House (9.5 miles).
Is The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.