Malibu Beach Inn
Los Angeles, California
Modern, $$$ (From $349)
Any hotel that guarantees ocean views from each of its stylish guest rooms is okay in our book. Top that off with a prime location in one of the world’s most enviable zip codes and you’ve got yourself a winner. Malibu, a major draw for travelers touching down in Los Angeles, is a celebrity hideaway with a hippie-centric core that sees a steady crowd of local surfers, nature enthusiasts, and out-of-towners who want to experience the area’s famous farm-fresh lifestyle and crystal blue waters firsthand. With just a handful of oceanside accommodations in the area, Malibu Beach Inn is the hotel to visit for a slice of the action.
At a Glance
Style: SoCal cool.
Standout Detail: There’s no need to waste time anywhere other than the hotel’s privately owned strip of sand overlooking the sparkling Pacific. It’s furnished with comfy lounge chairs and has staff on hand to handle food and drink orders all day long.
This Place Is Perfect For: Wannabe billionaires, beach lovers, and anyone who appreciates a view.
Rooms: Each of the 47 well-appointed guest rooms has a set of glass doors leading out to a private balcony with sweeping views of Carbon Beach and Malibu Pier. Decorated in shades of gray and blue, the elegant abodes are understated but refined with custom white oak furniture, in-room fireplaces, and walk-in showers. Amenities include Toto toilets, Smeg tea kettles, custom beach totes you can take home, binoculars, and toiletries from Bamford, a UK brand that uses pure essential oils and botanicals.
On Site: A private beach with complimentary morning yoga, oceanfront spa suite, daily newspapers, fast WiFi, and free access to a nearby fitness center. The freshly baked chocolate chip cookies offered at checkout are also worth noting.
What to Do Nearby
Start your day with breakfast at Malibu Farm (we’re fans of the mini Swedish pancakes), followed by a stroll along Malibu Pier, where fisherman, locals, tourists, and celebrities mingle. Give one of the local sports a shot with Malibu Surf Shack. They can set you up with the board (surf, stand-up paddle) of your choice and an instructor to guide you. Further afield, Solstice Canyon Hike is easy to access, super tranquil, and leads you to a secret waterfall. Once the sun sets and the day-trippers head home, Nobu Malibu is the place to be.