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 vending machines, 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.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sightseeing

Green rating



Generally a great place to base out of for exploring the Headlands. The Annex had a a family with noisy kids that was bothersome and echo'd throughout the house at 6:00AM. No phone reception but internet usable.I rated the Cleanliness poor because there are places in the room that have never been cleaned as evidenced by the cobwebs and dust. Green rating........ Recyclable paper products NO, Solar NO,


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Tue 03 Nov 2015

The place is too run down. It feels the building needs major maintenance- nothing has been fixed since end of cold war. Too many crazy people staying there not social travelers.


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Sat 10 Oct 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

San Francisco

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Fri 28 Aug 2015

Where next?

San Francisco Downtown Hostel

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Fri 28 Aug 2015