Perched on the hillside of the coastal beach town of Malibu, California, the Native Hotel (once famed as the Malibu Riviera Motel hosting guests like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Bob Dylan) recently reopened under the new ownership of SKG Investments. In dire need of a complete overhaul, the new hotel owners turned to Los Angeles-based creative design agency Folklor to handle the renovation—giving the hotel a new contemporary look while preserving its old paradise charm. The midcentury-inspired boutique-style retreat includes an Airstream food trailer, outdoor gathering spaces, a wellness center, and pathways to some of California’s most idyllic beaches (including Zuma Beach and Point Dume). Here’s a look inside.
Photography by Dylan + Jeni, unless otherwise noted.
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