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HI - Marin Headlands

941 Rosenstock Rd, Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Recreational Area, Sausalito, California, 94965, United States

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Overall Rating 91%

From 64 Reviews

Hostel rating (64)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 88%
Location 97%
Security 91%
Service 91%
Comfort 88%
Green rating 94%

Located just north of San Francisco, in a National Park with beaches, meadows, mountains, and spectacular views of the Golden Gate.

  • Dorm
    From $34.00
  • Private
    From $94.00
10 or more people?

Sausalito Hostel

Hostel Sausalito

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Marin Headlands, a comfortable hostel in a rustic setting, sits on a hillside in the Marin Headlands section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

The hostel itself is nice and spacious with a large kitchen, large reading room with couches, and a downstairs game room with foos ball, pool table, and a ping-pong table.

In the park just outside the door, you can 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 nation's only officially restored Nike missile site, or head to one of many local beaches. Several other popular destinations, including Mount Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods, where you can stand or hike among the majestic coastal redwoods are also nearby.

We are in a beautifully isolated area with very limited to no cell reception and no public transportation except for on Saturday and Sunday.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 16:00 and 23:00
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 4 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 12 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Only parties of mixed sex may be accommodated in mixed (co-ed) dorms.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:30 to 23:30
From 15:30 to 22:30

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-415-331 2777

Fax. 1-415-331 3568

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Golden Gate National Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • San Francisco (5 to 10km)
  • Sausalito (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions





Avatar for JULIAN


Wed 14 Mar 2018

No one mentioned the basement when we checked in - didn’t realize there were pool/foosball/ping pong tables there until the end of our stay!


Avatar for Robert


Wed 21 Feb 2018

It's a great location! My main concern is that there is no way to ensure that the dishes are clean! There is no dishwasher and there are three sinks next to each other labeled something like sterilize, wash and rinse. No other instructions. At times the first sink (?sterilize? disinfect? I can't remember for sure the exact label) was partially full of dirty and tepid water. I'm sure people tried to be responsible, but really, it seems like it would be a great way to spread hepatitis!


Avatar for Barbara


Wed 07 Feb 2018

Overall a great visit. I gave a down-check on cleanliness because several times I used a cup to make tea and noticed the water was sudsy due to detergent residue. I suspect many people washing their cups individually used a dollop of detergent from the plastic bottle, cold water to wash, and cold water to rinse. This doesn't do a good job of removing all the soap. Maybe post a notice with cartoons to show using hot water to wash & rinse to ensure all the soap gets removed.


Avatar for Eric


Thu 01 Feb 2018

The combination of mattress and wires makes sleeping a little bit uncomfortable. If I compare it to wooden bunk beds in HI Point Reyes, theirs are much more comfortable. But overall, I had a great stay, common area is spacious and comfortable, kitchen has everything (except for a good non sticky pan :P) and the location is amazing!!


Avatar for Patricija


Sat 20 Jan 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (1 to 2km)
  • Cinema (5 to 10km)
  • City Centre (5 to 10km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Theatre (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Shuttle: Marin Door To Door provides shuttle service from SFO to the hostel.
The MUNI bus #76 runs on Saturdays Sundays and Holidays from 10am-6pm.
5 miles
From downtown San Francisco take MUNI bus #76 to the Marin Headlands Visitors Center.
Alternate Transport
The hostel is about 5 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. 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.
5 miles north of Golden Gate Bridge. Free parking at hostel on a first-come first-served basis.

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