Malibu, United States

Native

Rates per night from$219.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD219.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

California dream

Setting

Pacific Coast hideaway

The bright overhaul of a beloved motel on the Pacific Coast Highway, Native hotel in Malibu channels vintage California glamour. Beloved by Hollywood royalty since the 1940s as an escape from city mayhem, the 12 bungalow-style rooms have been restored to destination status, with custom art, dreamy beds and Dutch doors that open to a private terrace for a true A-list Malibu hideaway steps from some of the area’s beautiful and most beloved beaches, including Zuma and Point Dume. Rise with the sun to see world-class surfers, or retreat to the dedicated yoga room for Southern California serenity.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Twelve, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am. Check-in between 3pm and 9pm. Contact our Smith24 team or the hotel if you plan to arrive after 9pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $219.00, excluding tax at 12 per cent.

More details

Rates include continental breakfast, a buffet spread of granola, fresh fruit and organic yogurt and coffee and tea.

Also

Channel the local chill with sunrise salutations in the hotel’s dedicated yoga room.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, on-site parking. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, hammock, desk, organic locally made bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The rooms are all similarly sized and styled, with vintage accents, Casper beds, local art and stable doors that open onto a private hammock-slung deck. Of them all, opt for the Cali-cool Room 13, where Bob Dylan wrote Blood on the Tracks.

Packing tips

Bring along plenty of books and music: there are no TVs on the property.

Also

There’s no air-con, but retro fans are available in each room to simulate beachy breezes.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs weighing less than 15 pounds are welcome, with a fee of $100 per booking and a max of two dogs per room. The staff can arrange for food bowls in the rooms. See more pet-friendly hotels in Malibu.

Children

All ages welcome. There are no dedicated activities or games for little ones, but cribs and cots are available, and can fit nicely into guest rooms.

Food and Drink

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Dress Code

Cali cool and casual.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant is currently under construction. When it opens, it will be a waffle and coffee bar, served out of a vintage trailer. For now, each room has a well-stocked minibar, with local corn chips, potato chips, sweets and drinks.

Location

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Address
Native
28920 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
Malibu
90265
United States

Planes

Los Angeles International Airport is one of the busiest destinations in the country, welcoming direct flights from around the country and world, including New York, London, Paris and on innumerable airlines, including British Airways, Delta, United and Air France. Contact Smith24 for transfers.

Automobiles

Despite the city’s legendarily bonkers traffic, cars are the best way to see Los Angeles and explore the remote beaches and hideaways along the coast. On-site parking is free.

Worth getting out of bed for

Part of the appeal of Native is lounging in a slice of vintage Southern California, with views out to succulent-dotted hills and the sounds of chirping birds and crickets in lieu of car horns. Those disinterested in straying too far from bed can plop into the hammock strung just outside the door, on a hill-facing private deck.

Malibu rose to fame as a global surf destination, so it’s worth rising early to catch Southern California’s best boarders enjoying perfect breaks that average around five feet, but can climb to 20 feet and higher in stormy weather. Locals love Zuma – three miles north of the hotel – and Surfrider, a seven-mile drive toward town. For those interested in testing their own surf prowess, the hotel has a partnership with a local instructor, and can arrange surf or paddleboard lessons, on request. The area is also a prime hiking destination. Point Dume State Beach, just west of the hotel, has a hiking trail with prime ocean views, along with access to a favorite swimming beach, for those who don't mind chillier water.

Hiking is a favourite activity for many Angelenos, and Zuma Ridge Trail is one of the most popular places to kick up a bit of dirt. The three-mile trail wines through a canyon and up grassy hills, past plenty of local plants, with beautiful views. Then ease sore muscles with a visit to Malibu Wine Safari, a sprawling vineyard and animal sanctuary, where you can hop in an open-air jeep for a tour that includes sampling wines and waving to the lucky zebras, bison, and giraffe who live there. Stroll the shops at Malibu Country Mart, a celeb hangout, for cafes and shops, where locals stock up on beachy caftans, vintage-inspired flannels and picnic supplies.

Local restaurants

For exceptional sunset views, fantastically inventive sushi and A-list celeb-spotting, reserve a patio table at Nobu. Long a low-key local hotspot, the restaurant recently upgraded to a palatial waterfront space that is perennially one of the top tables in all of Los Angeles. Signature dishes include the Tiradito "Nobu Style", rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce and crispy rice with spicy tuna. Perched at the tip of the Malibu Pier, Malibu Farm Café has some of the best views in town from breakfast through dinner. The casual cafe offers Southern Californian spins on comfort food, including quinoa oatmeal, vegan chopped salads and an arugula-topped burger. Beloved by bikers cruising the Pacific Coast Highway, Neptune's Net, 10 miles up the coast, is a slice of old, pre-health-consciousness Malibu, where the fryer sizzles and gluten is a deity. Opt for chowder in a bread bowl, an oozing tuna melt or a fried seafood basket, including beer-battered fish and chips or perfectly greasy clam strips. Expect a wait on weekends, but the people-watching is nearly as good as the food.

Local cafés

For easy lunches, head to Malibu Country Mart. Plan a picnic at Malibu Kitchen, where the staff put California spins on classic deli sandwiches. Tra di Noi has a gorgeous patio ideal for lingering over pizza, artichoke salad and a few glasses of wine.

Local bars

Feeling like more surf culture? The Barefoot Bar inside Duke's specialises in old-school tiki cocktails with prime Pacific views. Pair the city’s best mai tai or a coconut mojito with crab wontons and poke tacos, or get a more substantial burger slathered with mango barbecue sauce.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Southern California and unpacked their sunscreen and star maps, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Native in Malibu…

The hippest address in posh Malibu isn’t an oceanfront celebrity beach house, but a classic Cali-chic hotel. A beloved retreat since 1947, the Native is a sunny sliver of old-school Southern California, paying tribute to the days when Point Dume, Zuma and Paradise Cove beaches were objects of love songs by surf-obsessed singers, and Malibu felt like the edge of the world. Back then, the scruffy musician strumming a guitar was Bob Dylan, penning the music to one of his most iconic albums, written in number 13. Today, the 12 mid-century modern bungalows all wait to inspire an opus. Each has a private hammock-strung deck, custom art, a minibar packed with local treats and Casper mattresses made up with Parachute Home linens to encourage plenty of California dreaming. And though time at the Native feels like an escape from civilisation, it’s actually a seashell’s toss from Malibu’s world-class beachfront restaurants and shopping.

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