Reservations

Reservations

The reservations process varies by hostel location. We recommend making your reservations at least two months in advance.

HI Marin Headlands

Step 1: Contact the group sales office to book your accommodations. Call 1 (877) 464-6783 or submit your request online.
Step 2: Once your group has a confirmed hostel reservation, call 1 (415) 940-7113 to schedule your Outdoor Hostel Adventure (OHA) program. You may also submit your program request online, and we will contact you.

HI Point Montara Lighthouse

To book your accommodations and schedule your program, please submit your request online and a staff person will contact you. If you prefer to contact us by phone, please call 1 (650) 728-7177.

HI Point Reyes

Step 1: Contact the group sales office to book your accommodations. Call 1 (877) 464-6783 or submit your request online.
Step 2: Once your group has a confirmed hostel reservation, call 1 (415) 940-7113 to schedule your Outdoor Hostel Adventure (OHA) program. You may also submit your program request online, and we will contact you.

Programs Without Accommodations

To schedule your program without accommodations, call 1 (415) 940-7113. You may also submit your program request online, and we will contact you.

Reservation Confirmations
If the dates that you have requested are available, you will receive an email with an invoice for your Outdoor Hostel Adventure (OHA) program. A deposit (50% of total program fees) is required to secure your reservation. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your deposit.


Dorothy Fowler OHA Scholarships

Scholarships are available, based on need, for groups participating in Outdoor Hostel Adventures (OHA). These grants support the commitment of Hostelling International to provide opportunities for youth in underserved communities by environmental education.

Revenue that supports the Dorothy Fowler OHA Scholarship Fund is raised by HI USA, Northwest Region. The generosity of individual donors, private donations and foundation and governmental grants makes these scholarships possible.  

Scholarship Guidelines

Groups may apply for OHA Scholarships based only on the need of their students.

Grant awards consider the demonstrated financial need of students, as well as evidence that teachers or group leaders are using the OHA program to support student learning and performance, by linking pre- and post-trip classroom projects to the OHA experience.

Groups who have never received an OHA Scholarship and are deemed eligible, and groups who have never participated in an OHA program before, may receive additional consideration.

The average scholarship award covers 15-50% of the group's program fees. Grants are not cash gifts; they will appear as a credit on the final invoice.

How to Apply

Groups may apply for scholarship funds only AFTER reserving a program.

Step 1: Make your program reservation using the online reservation request form.

Step 2: Receive your program confirmation.

Step 3: Contact us to request a scholarship application.

Step 4: Complete and return your application. Applications are reviewed approximately every 15 days, and will not be considered if received less than 30 days prior to your reserved program dates.

Grants for partial scholarships are available, based on need, for groups participating in OHA. These grants support the commitment of Hostelling International to provide opportunities for youth in communities underserved by environmental education.

Funds for OHA Scholarships are raised by HI USA. These scholarships enable groups to participate in the OHA program who would otherwise not be able to access experiential environmental education. Funds are limited. The generosity of individual donors as well as foundation and government grants make these scholarships possible.


Changes/Cancellations

Note: The policies below apply only to program reservations. For hostel accommodations, a different change/cancellation policy applies.

Changing Your Reservation
Because group trips and educational programs require careful planning and special arrangements, changing the number of people in your group on short notice significantly impacts our program.

For this reason, we must require groups to give an accurate estimate of the number of students and chaperones. Please determine your final group numbers before confirming your reservation.

If you need to add people to your group after your reservation has been confirmed, and space is available, the following fees will be applied in addition to regular program fees:

  • $5/person (if added 21 days or more prior to arrival date)
  • $10/person (if added less than 21 days before arrival date)

If you want to subtract people from your group, you must do so at least 14 days prior to your arrival date, and the following fees will be applied in addition to regular program fees:

  • $5/person (if subtracted 21 days or more prior to arrival date)
  • $10/person (if subtracted 14-20 days prior to arrival date)
  • Please note that reducing the number of people in your group is not possible less than 14 days prior to your arrival date; you will be held responsible for full payment of the total program fees due on your original reservation.

Canceling Your Reservation
When we hold your reservation, we turn away other groups as well as individual travelers at our hostels. For this reason, the following cancellation policies apply to all Outdoor Hostel Adventure (OHA) reservations:

  • Cancellations made 21 days or more prior to your arrival date:
    Hostelling International will retain 50% of your deposit plus a $75 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations made 14-20 days prior to your arrival date:
    Hostelling International will retain 100% of your deposit.
  • Cancellations made 0-13 days prior to your arrival date:
    You will be held responsible for full payment of the total program fees due for the dates reserved.