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HI Marin Headlands Hostel

2.0 out of 5.0

HI Marin Headlands Hostel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

You really can't beat this hostel, the location of it amidst all the tall eucalyptus trees, and so close to the ocean, it really is such a wonderful stay! So much to do, you can go check out the historic gun batteries, there are hikes overlooking the ocean, a gorgeous lighthouse walk, a big open field and basketball court, the beach!...The list goes on and on... We rented out the whole hostel for a weekend wedding and our friends constantly talk about how much fun it was! The people at the hostel are so accommodating and friendly and we just had such a nice time.

I had never stayed in a hostel before, but I needed a break from "the norm." I hiked in from Sausalito and found that this quiet spot was what I had been looking for. The bedding and linens and bath towels provided were nicer than a lot of hotels I've stayed in. I was in a dorm with 7 other women, got a quiet night's sleep. The common areas were quiet and peaceful. I never did see anything for breakfast but I had a granola bar in my bag. Honestly, my biggest worry was that I would be expected to socialize (I was on a solo trip for a reason!), and I found that I was able to be politely alone. :) Very much enjoyed my stay.

Ask for a room in the annex, it's a nicer, more cozy atmosphere. The main house has a huge kitchen and a lot male guests who hang around and don't seem to be tourists. The family room in the annex has a nice view.

It was a great hostel I just got unlucky with the people that were also travelling at the same time as me. No one was social, I felt I was being judged all the time. The staff were so kind though they gave me free ear plugs and as the room had 22 people in. I was thankful! The room stank of feet which was not nice - it would have been great to have an area to have shoes and maybe give shoe spray for free to help the smell of the room for other guests. They have free coffee which was great. There were tampons and pads in case you forgot yours. There was a small locker, enough to fit a laptop, phone and money, although you will need your own lock. The hostel looks beautiful, it is in the countryside and it has a yoga room. There is free parking and it is really close to San Francisco but if you think it is a cheap option for there you are mistaken as it costs $8 to get into San Francisco on the Golden Gate Bridge and the detour avoiding this is hours long. Then parking is about $40 a day minimum.

My girlfriend and i stayed in this hostel for one night in mid-September, after having stayed in San Francisco for 5 nights preceding this part of our trip. We stayed in the sequoia room - one of the private rooms upstairs in the hostel and absolutely loved it. The hostel was clean, comfy, warm and cosy. Staff were friendly and helpful; the toilets and showers were spotless and clean and, best of all, the hostel was on its own and away from everything and everyone. Now i realise this is rather inconvenient if you need to hit the shops or head out for tea so be prepared to find somewhere on the way to eat. A car, while visiting this hostel is essential, but, having said that, breakfast will be provided - pancake mix is set-out of a morning to cook up some delicious home-made pancakes first thing. If you wish to see Muir woods/Stinson beach or are hitting the road north of San Francisco at all this hostel is a must....we only wish we could've stayed longer

Staff are awesome very nice and professional. The set up is amazing considering this is a heritage building and over 100 years old! Large open lounge in the main building and games room in the basement, decent size kitchen (you get free pancakes that you fry up yourself so the mix is there for you in the morning, or oatmeal) has everything you need to cook a meal, environmentally cautious which is awesome to see in the US, we stayed in the 8 bed female dorm, SO CLEAN!, comfortable beds for a dorm probably one of the best I’ve slept on in a hostel, it’s only a 30 minute drive from downtown San Fran if that, lots of nice walks near by to go on. Just an all round awesome place to stay, good for family’s, backpackers (the kind that just want to relax and enjoy nature not a party hostel whatsoever), even saw some retirees while we were there and people there for business who didn’t want to stay in the busy city. Priced well to, we paid 140 usd for two of us for two nights in the 8 Bed dorm. The only thing that may deter people really is if they don’t have a car it’s hard to get to and from San Fran as the bus only runs on sat and sun, although Uber and Lyft both go out there and Safeway will deliver food for free if you order it online to be dropped off, and the showers are only separated by a shower curtain not a wall or anything but that has to do with the fact the building is protected and no structural changes can be made in order to keep the heritage feeling of the building. Just try and get in there when no one is around and it’s fine. Will be back next time we are in San Fran for sure!!

I love how this place is set in among the trees with a short walk to the ocean. Wow. It's truly magical. They have several kitchens, a huge living room, and more living rooms in each of the large houses with private rooms and dorms. You can actually have a glass of wine at this hostel, you just can't store it at the hostel. Nice option for sipping on their front porch. Comfy beds. Majestic location! Many great hiking trails too. And I walked to Sausalito. It was wonderful.

A hostel surrounded by nature ( listen to the night coyote..) accross the Golden Gate with many hiking options. Dorms,common room and kitchen functional with an unexpected basement gameroom and a large outdoors field for ball contests. Fit to backpackers who want social connections and families who want à green break from the -sometimes- loud city.

The dorms were massive but I still felt like I had my own space. The location was great, I think there was even a hiking trail close by! The social area was large but it was not that social, I think that is down to the guests staying at the time though. The staff are pretty friendly and sometimes they went above and beyond! the bathrooms need some SERIOUS updating though. the rooms needs updating too and they were pretty dark with little sunlight

Stayed in the annex in a private room. Loved the fact there was no TV. The room was cozy and loved keeping the windows open all night and day. It used to be an artillery housing for soldiers. The history of this place is awesome. The beach is a short walk and there are hiking/biking trails everywhere. We came and stayed on a girls trip and I will be bringing my family back here. A hidden gem in the Headlands.

941 Rosenstock Road Sausalito CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities

Located within a leisurely stroll of Marin Headlands, HI Marin Headlands Hostel is within a 15-minute drive of Golden Gate Bridge. This 17-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a computer station.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

At HI Marin Headlands Hostel, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and a computer station. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can help with luggage storage, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include an arcade/game room, a library, and laundry facilities.

Room options

8-bed male dorms

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

8-bed female dorms

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

22-bed coed dorm

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 110 reviews