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Malibu Beach Inn

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Carbon Beach Club Restaurant
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When you arrive at the Malibu Beach Inn (which is located right on California’s famed Pacific Coast Highway), you might not know where to check-in. The entrance is a narrow foyer that leads to the quaint Carbon Beach Club Restaurant, which is flanked by gorgeous sea views. A valet will steer you to the small check-in building on the left of the driveway. From there, you’ll traverse through open-air hallways to your room. Once inside, you can take in the unobstructed ocean views from either the king bed or the sleeper sofa near the balcony. We recently stayed at this posh boutique property. Here's our review.

What You Need to Know

The Look

It's All in the Details

Simon and Daniel Mani (the owners of Brothers Realty Group) purchased the property for nearly $80 million from Hollywood mogul David Geffen in 2015. Since then, the hotel underwent a stylish renovation. Today, the rooms feature a very coastal California look, complete with Scandinavian style furniture and a color palette of blues and grays. Throughout the rooms and common spaces, you'll find specially curated artwork from the Mani brother's personal collections. 

The Vibe

The 47-room hotel is not your traditional seaside lodging filled with nautical-themed decor. Instead, you'll find modern art and photography rather than anchors and portholes. 

Who Will Love It

For those who want to enjoy what Malibu has to offer (namely the beach and nature) without too much of a scene, the Malibu Beach Inn makes it possible to do both.

Who Might Not:

The rooms are small in size but not necessarily in price (about $385 per night in low season, and an upwards of $700 per night in peak season for a 350-square-foot room). If you’re seeking more space to spread out or a cheaper stay, it might be best to take a day trip to Malibu instead. 

Best Amenity

Rooms are outfitted with a range of fun and high-end amenities like Nespresso machines, SMEG teapots, Bose speakers, free wifi, and giant TV screens — plus Dean & Deluca snacks along with full-sized bottles of alcohol in the minibar.The dolphin sightings are pretty spectacular, too (depending on the season). 

Money Matters

What’s Included

Guests have direct access to the beach behind the hotel, along with beach chair set-ups and umbrellas. A complimentary one-hour yoga class is also offered to guests at 8 a.m. daily.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About

The property charges a fee of $46 per night. Valet parking is $35 per day and self parking is not permitted. 

How to Get a Deal

Booking directly with the hotel — and checking the offers tab — is the best way to get the lowest price. Visit in the off season (winter) rather than the peak summer months to score lower rates. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood

The Malibu Pier, located on Surfrider Beach, is right next door. Come here to dine at Malibu Farm, and, afterwards, take some time to browse the nearby shops. The Adamson House, a historic mansion on the Malibu Lagoon, is about a 10- to 15-minute walk away. Across the street from the property you'll find the Malibu Country Mart, which is home to tons of shops, a SoulCycle, a Whole Foods, and a playground for kids. The celebrity-loved Nobu Malibu, along with Little Beach House (a Soho House outpost), are both a five-minute walk from the Malibu Beach Inn. 

Nearest Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 22 miles away (approximately 42 minutes by car, depending on the time of day; we recommend avoiding rush hour). Expect to pay around $40 for an Uber or Lyft. Airport shuttle services from LAX to Malibu are also available. 

Nearest Public Transit

While metro buses do run up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, public transportation can be difficult to navigate. Most people use a ride-share service or rental car.

The Bottom Line

The Malibu Beach Inn is a stylish beachside hotel that delivers on both luxury and location.

It's All in the Details