Los Angeles Hotels

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The Surfrider
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
Who better to take on the tall order of preserving the iconic 1950s Surfrider Hotel than local son Matthew Goodwin, an architect who grew up surfing at First Point across the street? Together with his wife, Emma Crowther Goodwin, as creative director, and New York–based business partner 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 in need of a staycation and visitors alike. The twenty-room hotel 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, plus Grown Alchemist toiletries in the bathroom and Parachute waffle robes. (For a real treat, book the Surfrider Suite, which at 500 square feet feels like a serious home away from home thanks to a generously sized balcony, separate sitting area, and kitchenette.) 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…
Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
Occupying an especially picturesque stretch of Carbon Beach (directly on the shore, to be exact), the Inn was the first luxury hotel in Malibu. And while others have joined the club since, its calming minimalist interiors, ocean-facing balconies—every single room comes with one—impressive art collection, and on-site spa suite are still a big hit with both out-of-towners and staycationing locals. The Carbon Beach Club restaurant, which blessedly welcomes non-guests as well, is a good way to get in on the action without booking an overnight stay—and enjoying a top notch seafood meal in the process. Note: The hotel is in the process of revamping all 47 guestrooms, so be sure to ask for a renovated room when booking.
Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu
If you're looking for a romantic getaway that's close to Los Angeles but feels entire worlds away, you won't find anything more fitting than the Calamigos Guest Ranch. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, it’s also no wonder why this picturesque property has become a coveted wedding venue. The private bungalows and cottages, set within 200 oak-filled acres, offer guests a place to decompress and reconnect with nature. Built in 1947 and family operated ever since, this rustic gem features a vineyard and organic garden that grows strawberries and herbs. Beyond exploring their three pools and five restaurants, you can make a quick trip (twelve-minute shuttle to be exact) to their five-acre beach club for all manner of beach activities.
Nobu Ryokan
22752 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
While Malibu has long had a shortage of places to stay, that’s all changing now and a prime stretch of PCH is getting a modern update with the arrival of the Nobu Ryokan (a new hotel concept for the brand), just a few yards up the street from its namesake restaurant on Carbon Beach. Here, the intimate 16-room hotel is done up in a minimalist Ryokan-style. This translates to wraparound terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows meant to maximize ocean views, and teak, bronze and limestone detailing. The generously-sized rooms are a nod to both California and Japanese design with clean lines, tatami mats, and outdoor teak soaking tub. Guests naturally have priority booking at the restaurant next door, but there’s also a special in-room dining menu for those who don’t want to leave the comfort of their kimono robe, either. Photos: Interior, Barbara Kraft; Exterior, Patrick Janelle (@aguynamedpatrick)
The Native Hotel
28920 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
Formerly known as the Malibu Riviera, and built back in 1947, a recent revamp has brought new life to this charming beach hideaway. Just steps from both Zuma Beach and Point Dume, thirteen rooms, all with king-sized beds (Casper mattresses, obviously), are sparse and resemble a fancy sleepaway camp; bathrooms are simple, but comfortable and outfitted with subway tiles and brass fixtures. (Don't miss the Dutch doors and private patios for unplugging amid the greenery-filled outdoors.) There's a beautiful collection of artwork, much of which was created by local artists especially for the hotel. Since the Native just quietly opened its doors in Spring 2017, more amenities, including a chef for their dining concept, will be announced soon.
Aja (Closed)
1821 Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu
This gorgeous, twenty-three-acre property sits high in the Malibu hills, overlooking the ocean. Run by shaman, healer, and mystic Inannya Magick, the retreat (which doesn't allow phones) is a center of positive energy in every possible way—there are crystals around each corner, displayed in bookshelves, infused into the spa, and even buried in seven chakra-themed medicinal gardens (to transfer positive energy to the plants). There's an herbalist on-site, and the food program offers raw, plant-based cuisine made with plenty of produce that's grown in Aja's mountaintop gardens. Spa-wise, they offer every conceivable healing modality, from an oxygenated and ozonated water swimming pool, to acupuncture and craniosacral massage to an infrared sauna. Each day is booked in seven-day increments, which allow guests to participate in Magick's full immersive program.
Oceana Beach Club Hotel
849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
A pale exterior, mid-century furniture, and a courtyard swimming pool make this 70-room boutique hotel—right across the street from the beachside bluffs at Palisades Park—feel like classic Santa Monica. What sets the Oceana apart, though, are its spacious (and reasonably priced) suites, which include living rooms with queen-sized sofa beds, private balconies, workstations, and well-equipped kitchenettes, making them great for families and extended stays. If you’re going to stay by the beach, Oceana is in a prime location: it’s both a short walk away from the shops on Montana and just removed enough from the chaos of the Promenade. In-suite spa treatments, private yoga sessions, guided hikes of nearby Temescal Canyon, and complimentary Saturday surf lessons sweeten the deal.
The Ranch at Live Oak
12220 Cotharin Rd., Malibu
When you find yourself reaching for your iPhone to check emails in the middle of the night, it's time for The Ranch. This week-long luxury bootcamp in the mountains of Malibu encourages you to power down, let go of stress, and break less-than-healthy habits of the day-to-day; and bring back balance through exercise, diet, massage, and rest. Whether it's a a bowl of their signature granola with almond milk or a bar of their lavender pumice soap, each element of this program has been been curated to ensure guests have the best of the best.
Pali Hotel
7950 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
If you're not inclined to stay right in the thick of it all on Sunset, this Melrose spot is a nice alternative. The first floor is home to Hart & Hunter, a Southern-inspired, hipster-ish restaurant that serves great brunch in the morning and excellent cocktails in the evenings. As for the rooms, they're spacious and simple, with quirky design flourishes like antique portraits and velvet settees adding personality to an otherwise straightforwardly comfortable design. A nice perk: This part of Melrose is very walkable, so you're in easy striking distance of great shopping and restaurants.