|Project Name||The Native Hotel||Posted in||Design, Interior Design||Location||
28920 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265United States
|Telephone||+1 424 644 0517||Official Website||The Native Hotel|
Perched below the Pacific Coast Highway surrounded by the unspoiled woodlands of the Malibu hills, The Native Hotel, a mid-century line-up of interconnected bungalows, has been relaunched by Los Angeles creative agency Folklor as a boutique-style retreat that combines the laid-back vibe and stripped down modernism of the original design with a contemporary sense of refinement and a touch of understated luxury.
Built in 1947 as a cabin-meets-motel one-storey building, in its heyday the Malibu Riviera Motel - as it was originally known, its former logo faintly visible behind The Native’s refurbished roadside signage - provided an understated hideaway for celebrities like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Bob Dylan, the latter famously writing the album “Blood on the Tracks” while staying there. In its new incarnation under the co-ownership of SKG Investments and Folklor, the original mid-century charm and ascetic intimacy have been revamped to reflect a contemporary aesthetic of eclectic elegance.
The lobby, which incorporates both a lounge and a retail area by Brooklyn-based designer Jill Lindsey showcasing home goods and clothing made by local and international artisans, combines rustic features such as a stone fireplace and wooden beamed ceilings, with industrial elements like the concrete aggregate floors and Italian check-in desk circa 1870. Eclectically furnished, the space also features a contemporary blush pink sofa by Early Work, two Jerry Johnson’s mid-century chairs and a custom circular wooden bench.
Atop the hotel’s driveway stands, in the guise of a retrofitted 1947 Airstream trailer, the hotel’s canteen, Coffee & Waffles, signalling an outdoor meeting space for the local community. But more than that, it encapsulates The Native’s concept of no-frills quality by serving a menu by Los Angelino - America's French chef Ludo Lefebvre (the talent behind award-winning restaurants Petit Trois, Trois Familia and Trois Mec) - which includes waffles stuffed with gourmet fillings like coconut and dried shrimp and inspired sauces like avocado and peanut caramel.
Providing free Wi-Fi but no television sets, the thirteen rooms have been designed to provide both modern comforts as well as a reprieve from the intensity of modern life. The uncluttered, airy interiors feature the building's original concrete aggregate floors, walls and wood-beamed ceilings that have been painted white and handmade woodwork in natural hues. Dominated by Casper king-size beds, the individually-curated rooms are decorated with an eclectic selection of furnishings such as hand-dyed Turkish rugs, 1910 Italian industrial desk stools and vintage ice chests, as well as artworks by local artists. Moreover, the guests have access, through a Dutch door, to a private pebbled patio, where they can enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding lush greenery while wearing the hotel's complimentary custom-made robes, sewn from vintage Kente cloth, while swinging snugly in a bespoke hammock.
The Native also offers services such as massage, acupuncture, reiki and yoga at its new wellness centre, and later this year, in collaboration with new lifestyle brand Habitas, the opportunity to stay at your own luxury tent amidst the expansive 4.5-acre property, thus making it the ideal destination not only for travellers seeking to take advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities that Malibu’s numerous beaches, canyons and state parks offer — from swimming and surfing to hiking, horseback-riding and mountain-biking — but also for those who just want to take a break and relax in style in a setting of natural beauty.