Once the infamous Malibu Riviera, a motel that welcomed the likes of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Bob Dylan (who wrote his 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks, there), a creative overhaul by LA-based creative agency Folklor has seen the icon reborn; the Riviera reopening recently as the new and handsomely improved June Hotel by the people behind Proper Hotels.
The lettering of the former Malibu Riviera Motel can still be made out beneath the hotel’s stylishly updated signage, set amid lush greenery along the Pacific Coast Highway it reminds guests of the hotel’s storied beginnings. With just 13 rooms, Folklor freshened up the property — unveiling a modern look informed by old paradise charm; a place where guests can relax in subtle and timeless design that recalls a Southern California bungalow.
Exposed white wooden beams and Dutch doors lead onto private patios draped in hammocks, whilst inside crisp white bedding and white walls adorned with nicely-curated art contrast against tiled flooring covered with colourful rugs and light wooden furniture. Hotel June’s dining concepts tell the story of a culinary road trip from Santa Barbara to Northern Baja, Mexico — with takeaway fare from Scenic Route, the Cal-Mex cafe from the West LA sister hotel. Order at the counter and enjoy drinks and bites either inside around our cozy fireplace, outside on the lush patio or poolside.
✅ free Wi-Fi • 13 rooms • hotel opened: 2017 (originally Riviera Motel, 1947 and Native Hotel) • interior design: Folklor (Los Angeles) ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed