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( Malibu Beach Inn )
Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu; (866) 265-5360, www.malibubeachinn.com
I had expected a luxury floor plan, not something that seemed like a dressed-up motel room, as this one did. The desk, gas fireplace, coffee table and 7-foot-long sofa sleeper hug the walls, but from the bed, you can look straight out at the water and sky.
The tidy bathroom includes a single sink with ample counter space, a lighted makeup mirror, Molton Brown toiletries and a limestone-tiled shower in place of a bathtub. My new favorite amenity? Two sets of robes, one waffle-weave cotton, the other silky, dry-clean-only Trink Turk print kimonos.
-- Valli Herman
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