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HI - Montara - Point Montara Lighthouse

8800 Cabrillo Hwy. PO Box 370737, Montara, California, 94037, United States

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Overall Rating 92%

From 48 Reviews

Hostel rating (48)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 94%
Cleanliness 88%
Location 95%
Security 94%
Service 92%
Comfort 88%
Green rating 95%

A dramatic lighthouse location offering a spectacular Pacific Coast getaway, just 25 miles south of San Francisco.

  • Dorm
    From $30.00
10 or more people?

Montara Hostel

Hostel Montara

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Point Montara Lighthouse is situated on the rugged California coast, 25 miles south of San Francisco. A historic 1875 fog signal station and lighthouse have been preserved and restored into a hostel.

Guests are accommodated in both shared and private rooms. Enjoy cosy lounges, a secluded beach cove with tide pools, and landscaped native plant gardens. Amenities include DSL Internet and free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, free parking, and an espresso bar. In addition, you can rest assured that your travel footprint will be minimized, as the hostel is a certified green business.

The coastside location of the Point Montara Lighthouse hostel offers convenient access to several beaches for swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, and horseback riding. The hostel is also the perfect base for exploring the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Pillar Point Harbor and Marsh, Mount Montara, and the quaint coastal town of Half Moon Bay.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • 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 8 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable 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
  • Garden
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

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

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:30 to 22:00
From 15:30 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-650-728 7177

Fax. 1-650-728 7058

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Point Montara Lighthouse (At or next to the hostel)
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (At or next to the hostel)
  • Half Moon Bay (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Had an excellent first stay here! Stayed in the girls' dorm. Bunk bed mattresses have built-in memory foam top and were exceedingly comfortable. Bathrooms were small, but clean and adequate - with dry floors, clean tub, and regularly-emptied trash bins. Kitchens had a plethora of cooking utensils, stoves with induction tops, and large sinks - good for cleanup after eating. Lots of space. Very tidy overall. Staff was amazing and warm. I'd come again. :)


Avatar for Ben-Zhen


Tue 21 Nov 2017

toilet smelled of ammonia all the time and it wafted into the rooms. asked the receptionist to refill soap in shower, 2 hrs later she still did not do it. shower is clogged with hair and it fills up with water. microwave is so rusted it drips stuff onto the food.


Avatar for Werner


Tue 07 Nov 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. Our small staff tries our best to maintain our facility for our independent travellers. In addition to our daily housekeeping service, we hope our guests are self sufficient and help clean up after themselves. We hope that your experience did not change your opinion of our hostels, and we hope you will stay with HI in the future!

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Point Montara Montara,

Thu 09 Nov 2017

Everything was great, but I didn't appreciate the other two women entering the dorm when I was asleep at 1:22 AM that were making noise, talking and carrying on.


Avatar for Kelly


Mon 06 Nov 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. Sorry to hear that other guests were not respectful of our quiet hours. As a hostel, we hope that our guests can be respectful of shared spaces to provide a comfortable experience for everyone staying at our facility. Our front desk tries our best to communicate rules and regulations through our orientations, sign in sheets, and our confirmation emails. We hope you will stay with us again!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Wed 08 Nov 2017

It has been a long time since I stayed in a hostel (more than 20 years) and I was very pleased with my experience. It was very comfortable and clean. The staff and guests were all friendly and helpful.


Avatar for Heather


Sat 28 Oct 2017

Thank you for the great review of HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel! We are so happy you had a nice experience staying at our hostel after many years! It is Hosteling International's mission to provide a sense of community for our independent travelers. We have plenty of shared spaces where our guests can enjoy each other's company as well as places to enjoy the scenery on our property. Our front desk staff is available to help with any questions or concerns to try to best accommodate your visit. We hope you will visit us again in the future and also try some of our many other beautiful HI locations!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Mon 30 Oct 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Gym (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (3 to 5km)
  • 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 (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Theatre (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

From San Francisco International Airport take 101 North to 380 West to 280 North to Highway 1 South (Pacifica exit). Drive south on Highway 1
From the Daly City BART station take SamTrans bus 110 to the Linda Mar Park and Ride in Pacifica. Then bus 17 south to Montara
Free parking is available at the hostel on a first-come first-served basis.
Take Amtrak to the Richmond (RIC) or Oakland-Coliseum/Airport (OAC) station then take BART to Daly City
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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