A charming, beach-shack style Malibu retreat

The Surfrider has been lovingly retrofitted into a once iconic 1950s motel

The Surfrider in Malibu has hammocks on its balconies, which offer stunning ocean views
The Surfrider in Malibu has hammocks on its balconies, which offer stunning ocean views

There’s no shortage of small, cool digs at which to play and lay one’s head in Malibu these days, between Nobu Ryokan, Little Beach House and the Malibu Beach Inn. November saw the arrival of another, which promises to be a standout: The Surfrider (thesurfridermalibu.com; from $325) – an 18-room, two-suite charmer lovingly retrofitted into the c1953 Surfrider Motel, a once iconic, long-faded site on the Pacific Coast Highway that the new owners – who include local and longtime surfer Matthew Goodwin and his wife, designer Emma Crowther – have had their eyes on for years.

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Post their attentions, it shines with quiet but unassailable beach-shack style: white wainscoting, soft jute matting on faded teak floors; scads of Panama hats on pegs in the lounge; and a rooftop deck lush with potted plants and low-slung loungers boasting mint Malibu Pier views. The standard rooms make up for their slightly cosy dimensions with sigh-provoking ocean vistas and balconies hung with hammocks.

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