HI - Marin Headlands
Just 20 minutes north of San Francisco, HI-Marin Headlands is set in a coastal wilderness steeped in more than 100 years of American military history. Stay in turn-of-the-century buildings -- a former military hospital and generals quarters -- nestled into the rolling hills of the Headlands. The traditional red-roofed buildings are surrounded by a grove of eucalyptus trees overlooking a huge swatch of green space.
In the park just outside the door, hike the open meadows, bike the coastal mountainside, check out the operating Point Bonita lighthouse, tour military barracks and batteries from both world wars, see the nations only officially restored NIKE missile site, or head to one of many local beaches -- and dont forget your binoculars! The park is famous for both migrating raptors and long-legged shorebirds.
A camera comes in handy as well -- some of the most famous photos of San Francisco are taken from the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the City by the Bay.
The Marin Headlands -- part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area -- borders several other popular destinations, including Mount Tamalpais State Park (climbing the mountain gives you 360 degree views of the bay, San Francisco, and beyond), and Muir Woods, where you can stand or hike among the majestic coastal redwoods.
Back at the hostel, enjoy free parking, free linens and towels, bag and bike storage, a yoga room, two shared kitchens, and a cozy lounge with a wood stove, piano, and library. Accomodations are available in shared dorms, private rooms, and family private rooms.
Nearby shopping and dining options are just 5 miles away in the coastal town of Sausalito. San Francisco is a short drive or bike ride away over the Golden Gate Bridge, and is also reachable by ferry from Sausalito.
The hostel is also a Certified Bay Area Green Business. Our green practices include composting, recycling, reducing water and energy usage through efficient appliances, lighting, and faucets, and using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
** Please contact the hostel directly in regards to a date where there are no beds available for online booking. **
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast not included
- Card phones
- Child Friendly
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Parking
- Free Wifi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Lock Out
- Luggage Storage
- Meeting Room
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Pool Table
- Reading Light
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Towels Included
- Wheelchair Accessible
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
From the SOUTH: Take 101 North over the Golden Gate Bridge and exit on Alexander Avenue. Stay to the right as you exit and then drive a short distance to the first road (the road is not clearly marked, but it is called Bunker Road). Take a left onto Bunker Road until you come to a one-way tunnel. Drive through when prompted and then follow the directions under 'From the Tunnel' below.
From the NORTH: Take 101 South to the second exit for Sausalito (this is the final exit before you hit the Golden Gate Bridge). As you come off the exit, take a right toward Sausalito and then take the first left you encounter. At the one-way tunnel, drive through when prompted and then follow the directions under 'From the Tunnel' below.
From the TUNNEL: When you are out of the tunnel drive 2 miles west into the Headlands. At the fork in the road (Field Road), take a left and then follow the signs to the hostel.
Free parking is available at the hostel on a first-come first-served basis.
FROM THE AIRPORT:
By Shuttle: Marin Door To Door provides shuttle service from SFO to the hostel for US$40 (US$12 for each additional person). Reserve online and receive a $3 discount.
By Car: See 'From the SOUTH' driving directions above.
The most convenient Amtrak train station is in Emeryville, because Amtrak offers connecting bus service to San Francisco. When you purchase your train ticket, select 'San Francisco - Financial District' as your final destination. From the Financial District bus stop, walk half a block south to Market Street, turn right and walk 2 blocks to Fremont Steeet. At Market and Fremont, take MUNI bus #76 to the Marin Headlands Visitors Center, a short walk from the hostel. This bus runs Sundays and holidays only.
From downtown San Francisco, take MUNI bus #76 to the Marin Headlands Visitors Center, a short walk from the hostel. **This bus runs Sundays and holidays only.**