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“Too scared to sleep” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Malibu Riviera Motel

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Malibu Riviera Motel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Malibu
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Too scared to sleep”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2009

Phone didn't work, the back door blew open because the locks didn't work, the carpets were filthy and for what it was, it was very expensive. No one on duty after midnight & I woke at 3 am with strange sounds like someone walking down the sidewalk. I realized it was the window air conditioner, but I laid awake waiting till daylight so I could leave.

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Mstcal
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garybwilcox, Owner/Manager at Malibu Riviera Motel, responded to this review, 24 May 2009
Dear mstcal: Please note, All of our rooms have ceramic tile flooring wall to wall. None of the rooms have window air conditioners. I don't know what motel you stayed at, but , in writing reviews such as this, please make sure you know what motel you stayed in first.
Thanks, management
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Fountain Valley, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2008

The Malibu Riviera was the dirtiest motel I have ever seen in my life. We needed 2 rooms for our family and checked the 3 rooms that they had available. They were all disgustingly dirty - especially the room closest to PCH with a tile floor which according to the Riviera wedsite had been remodeled. Even though it had 2 queen beds we opted for the room next door with a queen and twin bed. The carpet was so dirty it had globs of sticky patches and we all kept our shoes on. The bathroom had obviously not been cleaned before us and looked like it had not been cleaned for some time. When I asked the office for toilet paper I was actually given 3 partially used up rolls! The 2nd room had a queen bed and a dirty couch that I wouldn't dream of ever sitting on. The cost for the rooms was not cheap at $125 each so we expected it to be at least decent. We've stayed in many older motels but never seen one as dirty or neglected as this one. No need to gut the place, just clean it once and awhile!

  • Liked — Leaving the place
  • Disliked — Dirty rooms and noisy guest yelling
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank InOurTravels
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New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2007

Ok so it may not look like much at first glance, and it may be a bit over priced, but this place has character! after driving hundreds of miles around CAli, and staying at at least seven motels this was by far our favorite. It felt like a real old school california motel experience. If only the walls could talk. i mean for god sake bob dylan wrote blood on the tracks while staying at this very motel, and it still feels like he may pop his head out of room 10 any moment now. There's a cool hot tub under the stars, and the beach is minutes away. It's not a four star hotel, but so what, they are all over the place, and have no soul. If you are openminded, and ready for a unique time in malibu, this is the spot.

Stayed October 2007
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3 Thank leggers
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Cornwall
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2007

We booked over the phone as the place was recommended in Rough Guide, and by the time we arrived it was too late to find somewhere else. All I can say is Rough Guide never went there because it is run down, dirty, expensive and just to complete the experience we woke up to find a black widow spider on our door! We had stayed at some really nice places as we toured the PCH, but this place took the 'Dusk 'til Dawn' vampire film award. The sad thing is that it's in a good location and could be a great little motel if it was gutted and redecorated (just cleaning would help).
I do have to admit though, it was the most memorable stay we had in the US...

  • Stayed October 2006
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank CDNCornwall
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maliburiviera, manager at Malibu Riviera Motel, responded to this review, 9 August 2007
The Malibu Riviera Motel was built in 1947.
It was constructed using concrete block.. The
rooms are approx.. 14' X 20' with ceiling fan,
tiled shower, and a closet. Rooms 1 thru 10 all have a back door that leads out to a small
private patio overlooking the gully. The ocean
is approx. 1/2 mile away and there is no ocean view. There are numerous restaurant all within 1/2 mile, and a gorcery store 3 miles away.

Humble accomadations at a reasonable price..

In a continuing effort to improve, by December of 2007 all rooms will have ceramic tile flooring and louvered blind window treatments.

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dallas, TX
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2007

We drove up from San Diego and I knew for sure that we would not find something reasonable as far as money goes. I knew what we were getting ready to see. So, if you are just looking for somewhere to rest for the night and dont feel like driving, you can likely get a room there. I will say the "patio" of the rooms face the PCH and the views are nice, vegetation is pretty. It is definately something that you have to understand. I also stayed at the Ocean Beach Hotel in OB and that was different too. There were NO BUGS as the other traveler said in the Malibu Hotel! i was quite suprised. Automatic coffee machine outside the office (coffee was pretty good). Phone did not work, we didnt bother to shower, just drank some beer on the patio and went to sleep. Not the place for kids.

  • Liked — location and scenery
  • Disliked — cleanliness
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank californiagirl30
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maliburiviera, management at Malibu Riviera Motel, responded to this review, 27 October 2007
Well its October 2007 and so far six of our rooms have been completed with new 16" X 16" ceramic tile flooring wall to wall. New window treatments are horizontal louvered blinds, provide privacy and an elegant look . Its been said our room could be considered 'hypo allergenic', but I dont know if I would go that far. Just plain 'clean' is more like it. We value our customers opinions of our establishment, and thanks to web sites such as this, something we never had to go by before, let us know how badly some people felt about staying here, and has allowed us to continue to make the changes necessary to become a desirable place to stay. We thank all that have left comments, and hope comments continue to improve. Thank you. Management
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Property: Malibu Riviera Motel
Address: 28920 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-3905
Region: United States > California > Malibu > Malibu
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Malibu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Malibu Riviera Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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