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HI - Sausalito - Marin Headlands Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
A comfortable hostel in a rustic setting. It's located in the Marin Headlands, a hilly natural park area in Marin, located across the bay from San Francisco. The hostel is just up the hill from the lagoon. It's a large and spacious hostel. It's a short drive from the city by car and parking is available at the hostel. Direct public transportation by bus is only available on Sundays and holidays. But you can reach it by the Golden Gate Transit buses (see www.goldengate.org) everyday, but it's a four mile hike from the bus stop. If your pack isn't too heavy, it is a nice and scenic hike through the headlands.

The hostel itself is nice and spacious. There is a large kitchen, a large reading room with couches, and a downstairs game room with vending machines, a pool table, and a ping-pong table. The rooms are nice and clean, and the shared rooms have sturdy wooden bunk beds. The backrooms are reasonably decent, but the showers offer limited privacy. The age range of guests at the hostel ranges from occassional school groups up to senior travellers. In keeping with the transquil setting, it isn't a usually fun/social hostel. It tends to be fairly quiet and it's a good choice if you're looking for a peaceful escape away from the city.

by David
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How is HI - Sausalito - Marin Headlands Hostel rated on other websites?
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Very Pleasant Place Excellent location, the facilities are awesome, and the den is very relaxing and comfortable with plenty of couches and books to take a look at. The location, while scenic, is somewhat a pain when it comes to getting a bite to eat. The closest restaurants and grocery store is in Sausalito. While not too far away in terms of driving, there aren't any street lights and the road does a number of twists and turns. Hence going out to eat at night is somewhat unsafe. Would stay here again. Top notch place.  , USA ()
5  This is a great hostel! We spent Christmas 2006 here and loved it. Lots of great hiking. No need to leave. You can hike all the way to Muir Beach!  , USA ()
4  Wow, what an incredible area, so close to San Francisco. We arrived late but had called ahead and our keys were waiting for us outside the front door. We stayed in a private bedroom in the second house and were very pleased with our arrangements. Our only frustration was the lack of internet access. We found a few nearby wifi hotspots with our laptop but they were all secured and we weren't able to get internet access. We also didn't see any lockers in our building and so we didn't feel safe leaving our stuff during the day while we were out exploring.  ()
5  This was my first experience "hosteling," and I thoroughly enjoyed my four-night stay in June 2004. This hostel has a great, remote setting in what was once part of a military base. It's close to some of the best hiking in California, yet also close (if you have a car) to other Bay Area locations and, of course, San Francisco. Highly recommended. The only drawback is that when it is foggy along the coast, you will most likely be fogged in for most or all of the day. This just adds to the overall scenic drama of the location. The staff are very friendly, laid-back, and have good recommendations for things to do. People who stay here tend to be on the older side (post-30), but there are a number of younger couples and larger groups (Girl Scouts, high-school groups) who also stay here. This hostel is definitely worth staying at!  ()
5  This has got to be one the best group hostels around. It's got an amazing location (in a national park!) with wildlife galore. The kitchen is top-notch, and the game room is an added bonus. It's a wonderful weekend getaway for San Francisco folks, too!  ()
5  This is a lovely hostel in an extraordinary setting, so close to San Francisco but in a national park. I saw lots of deer along the trails, and hawks and egrets. This is a great place to stay if you like hiking. It's a quiet respite from city life. It has nice private rooms.  ()

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