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Check In: Nobu Ryokan
The recently opened Nobu Ryokan Malibu hotel blends gently into its surroundings on Carbon Beach, melding Japanese design and midcentury California architecture–think George Nakashima meets Richard Neutra.
A collaborative effort by Montalba Architects, Studio PCH and TAL Studio, the boutique hotel (originally a 1950s beach motel), located adjacent to Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s famed eatery, Nobu Malibu, now offers 16 individually designed luxury guest rooms overlooking a central ocean-facing courtyard planted with palms and native species.
The designers traveled to Japan to research historic temples and ryokans–traditional Japanese country inns–to create an authentic experience for guests, and the result is pure tranquility.
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