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- Malibu Beach Inn is one of the few luxury hotels in Malibu and is located directly on a private part of Carbon Beach, also known as Billionaire’s Beach, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
- The laid-back but upscale hotel is located next to multi-million dollar celebrity homes and the iconic Malibu Pier, and exudes the coastal vibes of California. A recent renovation added custom furniture, a fresh color palette, and a new look to the Carbon Beach Club restaurant.
- I stayed in an Ocean Front King Premier Room which went through a review, but typically costs $ 755 a night. The more accessible King Pier View room offers the same features but with a view of the Malibu Pier and starts at over $ 545.
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It’s not hard to see why Malibu is such a world famous coastal destination. Locals and tourists alike flock to the bohemian seaside town to surf the crystal-clear waters and savor a taste of the California dream.
It’s also a tight-knit community that has become a hotbed for celebrities and the filming base for countless movies and TV shows. As such, it has become something of a poster for upscale beach life. Still, there is a surprising shortage of suitable hotels in this coveted stretch along the Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding areas.
Malibu Beach Inn was one of the first, originally built in 1989 and underwent its first multi-million dollar renovation in 2007, making it the only luxury resort in Malibu at the time. Later in 2015, the hotel underwent another transformation with a revamp of all guest rooms, public areas, and the on-site restaurant, the Carbon Beach Club.
It now feels contemporary and refined, injected with a neutral color palette that reflects the earthy tones of the exterior, complemented by custom-designed furniture and natural materials to create an inviting and relaxed vibe.
I decided to visit Malibu Beach Inn on a girls’ getaway to experience this new iteration. We stayed in a mid-range Premier Ocean Front King room, which typically costs $ 755 a night. The high price is certainly a nod to the upscale clientele that frequent Malibu. Standard King Pier View rooms, however, are a bit more affordable at $ 545 with all of the same amenities, just a different view.
With just 47 rooms, the hotel feels intimate and attracts an older clientele and some families, all looking for a sophisticated, quiet weekend or a well-appointed break by the beach.