The Nobu Ryokan Malibu—named one of Forbes’s most anticipated hotel openings of the year—is opening later this month in the former 1950s-era Casa Malibu Inn. A heavy renovation has transformed the motel into a high-end, Japanese-inspired hotel with only 17 rooms.
The intimate hotel (16 custom guest rooms, including suites and oceanfront bungalows) is designed by Studio PCH and Montalba Architects and all interior design was created by international luxury hotel and resort designer Todd – Avery Lenahan and his TAL Studio and its wood-heavy interior combines both Californian and Japanese designs – it is really a luxurious take on the ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. The outside features a 37-foot lap pool, sundecks, a garden, and, of course, close proximately to the sea. Rooms will feature elements such as tatami mats, shoji screens, and teak soaking tubs “placed beneath skylights,” all within a stone’s throw of Malibu’s Carbon Beach (also called Billionaire’s Beach).
Located just steps away from Nobu’s Malibu’s outpost, the hotel is the perfect spot for some sanctuary when things get a little too crazy at the restaurant.
Do note this though: This is not the first Nobu hotel (there’s one in Las Vegas and one on the way way in Chicago), but it is the first of the Nobu Ryokan brand, owned by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, actor Robert De Niro, and film producer Meir Teper.
The best part? You can order-in Nobu as room service.
The hotel will be open for stays from April 28.