The Surfrider Malibu Hotel is a modern version of the quintessential classic beach house. In keeping with Malibu’s historic and iconic surf culture, the new boutique hotel opened in summer of 2017, in the heart of Malibu across from the Malibu Pier and legendary surf spot, First Point Malibu.
At the helm of preserving the iconic 1950’s Surfrider Hotel, formerly known as the Malibu Shores is architect Matthew Goodwin who grew up surfing at First Point. Along with his wife, Emma Crowther Goodwin, as creative director, they have created the ultimate California coastal vibe throughout the twenty-room hotel.
The rooms, light filled and airy, each with its own ocean-facing balcony complete with hammocks, are stocked with Grown Alchemist toiletries in the bathroom and Parachute Home waffle robes. The 500-square-foot Surfrider Suite feels like a second home with a large balcony, separate sitting area, and luxurious kitchenette.
They teamed up with local favorite Malibu Market & Design for custom furniture.
Each room features reclaimed teak floors, imported tiles, woven overhead lights, and Italian linens. Rooms that include a kitchenette are stocked with locally-made ceramics.
The guests-only roof deck bar and restaurant has uninterrupted views of Surfrider Beach across the street with a cozy fire pit to enjoy spectacular sunsets.
Cece Woods considers herself the “accidental activist”. Having spent most her childhood on sands of Zuma Beach, Cece left Southern California in her early 20’s but it was only a matter of time before she returned to the idyllic place that held so many wonderful memories from her youth. In 2006, she made the journey back to Malibu permanently, the passion to preserve it was ignited. In 2012, Cece became involved in local environmental and political activism at the urging of former husband Steve Woods, a resident for more than 4o years. Together, they were involved in many high-profile environmental battles including the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project, Measure R, Measure W, and more. Cece founded influential print and online media publications, The Local Malibu and 90265 Magazine in 2013 highlighting the authentic Malibu lifestyle with a strategic focus on environmental and political activism. In the summer of 2018, Cece broke multiple global stories including the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and is considered by major news media as a trusted authority on Malibu.