Vibe: A private enclave of Mid-century bungalows that once served as historic hideaways for wayfaring writers, musicians, and artists on iconic Point Dume.
Area: Not particularly pretty, along the Pacific Coast Highway, but only a few minutes from the beach.
The DNA: 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. 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.
Suite-Me-Up: The Premier King is the largest of the accommodations and sleeps up to four with two built-in full size bunk beds. Local art adorns every room, including framed black and white photographs by original owner Wayne Wilcox, whose work evokes an era in Malibu history rarely seen by outsiders.
✅ free Wi-Fi • 13 rooms • hotel opened: 2017 (originally Riviera Motel, 1947 and Native Hotel) • interior design: Folklor (Los Angeles) • bathroom amenities: Aesop ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed