Who better to take on the tall order of preserving the iconic 1950s Surfrider Beach Club hotel than local son Matthew Goodwin, an architect who grew up surfing at First Point across the street? Together with business partner, New York-based restauranteur Alessandro Zampedri, they’re hoping to infuse a bit of polished California nostalgia back into a space they’re treating as an extended living room for both locals and visitors. While the 20-room hotel hasn’t opened its doors yet (they’re planning on a Labor Day 2017 opening), the overall vibe is luxurious, airy, and light-filled—you get the sense it’s the kind of place their friends will be hanging out. The rooms are thoughtfully laid out and beautifully appointed, each with its own ocean-facing balcony and hammocks. They teamed up with LA-based Croft House and Malibu Market & Design for custom furniture, and each room features reclaimed teak floors, imported tiles, woven overhead lights, and Italian linens; a few have their own en-suite kitchenette stocked with locally-made ceramics. There’s a guests-only roof deck, which has uninterrupted views of Surfrider Beach across the street, plus a fire pit and a small, locally-sourced drinks and food menu.

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