If The Surfrider looks familiar, it might be because it’s been the backdrop for a few of California’s most iconic moments: The Doors stayed there, it made an appearance in 1966’s surf movie The Endless Summer, and Neil Young had a bar next door for a while. The motel first opened in the 1950s, and its location on the Pacific Coast Highway overlooking Surfrider Beach in Malibu quickly made it a favorite hangout for surfers through the 1960s and ’70s (read more about its storied, and sometimes seedy, history here).
Now the hotel has been reopened by couple Matthew Goodwin (surfer and architect) and Emma Crowther-Goodwin (Australian-born designer) who, together with co-owner Alessandro Zampedri, revamped it in classic California beach style, suitable for 2018 but with plenty of homage paid to its retro roots. “If California could be made into a room, this is it,” they say. Take a look.
Photography via The Surfrider.
For another rehabbed hotel with a star-studded Malibu history (also renovated by Burdge & Associates), see Native Hotel: A Laid-Back Malibu Retreat.
Plus, see a few more of our favorite hotels throughout the Golden State:
- A Northern California Roadhouse Inn, Restored with Whimsy (and a Hint of Surrealism)
- NoMad LA: An Iconic Hotel Debuts on the West Coast, Italian Grandeur Edition
- The Coachman: The First Stylish Hotel in Lake Tahoe