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HI Marin Headlands Hostel

Building 941 at Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965
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HI-Marin Headlands is your ticket to breathtaking ocean vistas and trails that lead to scenic beaches, forests, and rolling hills. Nestled in a wooded setting five minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, HI-Marin Headlands provides low-cost accommodations in historic buildings in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Both shared and private rooms available, as well as a fully equipped guest kitchen, common room with woodstove and piano, game room, on-site laundry, and free parking.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Snack bar
Game room
Kids' outdoor play equipment
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Sabrina N wrote a review May 2020
Los Angeles, California437 contributions136 helpful votes
Set in a former hospital care facility for military personnel, this site has its stories. I was a “resident” there the full two weeks allowed. It is peaceful, serene, yet it bustles with activity with lodgers from all over the world. The staff was wonderful: dedicated, always attentive, ready to assist. They were in constant motion, keeping up with what they have to work with. Granted, the site has a long list of things that need upgrading, however since the site is a registered landmark, there is only so much they can do given the restrictions and what it would cost to do so. For hostelers, the site can use those upgrades, even simple things like new shower curtains. If you stay long enough, you’ll need your own food or snacks. They do provide coffee in the morning and oatmeal and pancake mix for breakfast. The kitchen is where most visitors spend time, cooking food. For someone who has some inkling as what to do when and where in a kitchen, there are others that do not. The industrial stove is gas, so be careful. Add that there is an absence of multiples of certain utensils, like spatulas, large stirring spoons, colanders, etc. Who would take these items is beyond me but sometimes extras can be found if you look around the kitchen. Replacing these items costs the site money. Sharing is one thing, the absence of the thing to share is another. If you have food, mark it yours. They have masking tape and Sharpies to write your name, room, and date of departure on your bag of food. If you have food left over, don’t just leave it in the refrigerator for the staff to figure out. Give your new food to someone staying on and compost leftover cooked food. And PLEASE, clean up after yourself! The beds are comfortable enough. I can’t climb, so the lower bunks are probably used more often and therefore, more used. The sheets and towels were always clean at the ready at check in and bins marked where to put the used linens when you check out. The great room has ample room…the dining area part has four large, long tables with benches. The living room area has several couches, all comfortable enough. If you plan on getting computer or smartphone work done, the signal is spotty and or slow. If you do not have a car, contacting rideshare is a tough go because the site is remote, in a valley. The phone reception is best up on the hill or out at the headlands by the water. There are plenty of hiking trails around and lots of history there because of its connection to the military base. It really is a quiet, pleasant place. You may see deer or coyote around, so don’t be alarmed. You’ll enjoy it, that is if this coronavirus lockdown doesn’t shut it down forever. There is a game room and washer/dryer in the basement, too. My best memory of staying here? Two other individual visitors, Chris and Pierre. They had a competitive plan of attack to finish up an illustrated map puzzle of San Francisco: separate the remaining pieces…map, map, map, water, water, water. It’s a good lesson for life.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Michele S wrote a review Sept 2019
San Francisco, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
Words do not do justice for this hidden gem of tranquility. Home from Home. Great staff and venue. Always feel welcome. Super close to the beach and fantastic hilly hikes. Great for all ages and family types and solo travellers too. You are blessed if you get to stay in this piece of magic w a rich history.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Bunk beds but may have single rooms too. May allow camping - not sure - big field adjacent.
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Response from Mellice H, General Manager at HI Marin Headlands Hostel
Responded 10 Dec 2019
Aww shucks! Thanks for the kind words, Michele. We agree, and we love it when our guests feel the same. Happy Travels :)
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christina p. wrote a review Aug 2019
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I have stayed here multiple times and each time I am ready to book my next one. Absolutely gorgeous location, super friendly staff, and the rooms were actually nicer than any hotel (or lack-thereof) in the area. It was a quiet location and they even have a pancake mix they put out everyday with a full kitchen if you bring your own food at any time of day! I saw a full-on taco bar going at one point with people adding whatever they had. Seriously, great place and energy.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: All I've stayed in were rad!
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Response from Mellice H, General Manager at HI Marin Headlands Hostel
Responded 10 Dec 2019
So good to hear! As you said, this place can really have some great energy and communal feel. Thanks for being part of that!
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Kalen Abe wrote a review July 2019
Santa Clara, California102 contributions10 helpful votes
This place is huge, has the most comfortable beds, and is so cozy. There are lots of games in the living room area and cool guests to mingle with. The beach is located ten minutes away. The bathrooms are clean and have nice smelling soap in the showers.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Mellice H, General Manager at HI Marin Headlands Hostel
Responded 10 Dec 2019
Wonderful to hear! Thanks for your kind words about our hostel :)
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ALP wrote a review Apr 2019
10 contributions
You really can't beat this hostel, the location of it amidst all the tall eucalyptus trees, and so close to the ocean, it really is such a wonderful stay! So much to do, you can go check out the historic gun batteries, there are hikes overlooking the ocean, a gorgeous lighthouse walk, a big open field and basketball court, the beach!...The list goes on and on... We rented out the whole hostel for a weekend wedding and our friends constantly talk about how much fun it was! The people at the hostel are so accommodating and friendly and we just had such a nice time.
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Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
USD 35 - USD 122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about HI Marin Headlands Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to HI Marin Headlands Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Golden Gate Bridge (3.8 km), Palace Games (6.8 km), and Marin Headlands (1.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at HI Marin Headlands Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at HI Marin Headlands Hostel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at HI Marin Headlands Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to HI Marin Headlands Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pacific Cafe, Chapeau!, and Fred's Coffee Shop.
Are any cleaning services offered at HI Marin Headlands Hostel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to HI Marin Headlands Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Golden Gate Bridge (3.8 km), Battery Spencer (0.8 km), and Fort Point National Historic Site (4.3 km).