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
  • Eco-tourism
  • Sightseeing

Green rating



Great location! Friendly staff and people. Loved the walk to the lighthouse. Also nice to be so close to the Headlands Center for the Arts.


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Thu 05 Feb 2015

Hostel was great! And the staff very friendly and helpful. Recommend extending check in hours.


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Fri 16 Jan 2015

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Talking or playing a game of cards!

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Tue 27 May 2014

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Sat 16 Aug 2014