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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 92%

From 66 Reviews

Hostel rating (66)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 88%
Location 98%
Security 91%
Service 92%
Comfort 89%
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 $33.00
  • Private
    From $100.00
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



We have been coming here on road trips from Seattle since before we had children. Now we get to share the experience with our school-age kids and a family room works well. Yes, Marin hostel does *everything* right! But it's the flora, fauna, the coastal air, healing eucalyptus, and the hikes/trails of this location that are unique. The hostel's indoor/outdoor spaces offer plenty for unwinding and self care, or you have San Francisco just a quick drive over the GG Bridge! Amazing place!!


Avatar for Ture


Sun 22 Apr 2018

Biodegradable dish soap and natural fiber dish washing tool (loofah instead of sponge) would be more green. Lockers are not big enough for my laptop, which I would like to lock up when I go out for a walk, etc. I wish there was a way to dampen the noise from the stairway.


Avatar for Jeanette


Tue 10 Apr 2018

A rather outdated hostel in a beautiful building and location. It would be stunning if it is renewed.


Avatar for Guadalupe


Mon 09 Apr 2018

Our hostel is definitely old school and a pretty nostalgic place for many people. We are happy to update though! We just need some specific tips; please feel free to send us an email with specific suggestions and we're happy to look into it and change where we can. We want this place to be as cozy as possible for our guests! Happy Travels!

Manager avatar

Manager, General Manager

Wed 11 Apr 2018

First off, I love the hostel and will be back! For the area marked fair, I was in the glacier room and once the windows were closed at night, it really stunk in there. I also don't like the idea of using a comforter that someone else used unless the cover has been cleaned. I also had flea bites on the first night but I cant say for certain when I was bit. I didn't get any more bites the second night. Last, I mentioned it to staff but food of mine was stolen out of the marked bag in the fridge.


Avatar for Julie


Mon 09 Apr 2018

I'm glad to hear you had a nice time out here! We'll definitely look into giving Glacier a more thorough deep clean. We do have a regular cleaning schedule for our duvets. We checked glacier and couldn't find evidence of any fleas, but as an extra precaution, washed all duvets and curtains in that room as soon as we saw this review. Our field out front does have lots of bugs and the bite may have come from there if you were out hiking. I'm so sorry to hear your food was stolen! We'll do some brainstorming on how to keep that from happening. Thanks for your time and helpful suggestions! Happy travels!

Manager avatar

Manager, General Manager

Wed 11 Apr 2018

We had an excellent experience here. I like the area because it is so peaceful and lots of nice trails and things to see here. I never realized there was a lower level with fun things to do!


Avatar for Leticia


Wed 04 Apr 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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