Corte Madera Inn, Corte Madera
An excellent Best Western Inn with free parking and a lush, five acre resort-like setting this is where our classes meet. Through May 2016, HTI's hugely discounted single or double occupancy
rate is $135/night plus tax, including hot breakfast
The June-October 2016 rate is $155 (which is $77.50/night if sharing with another student). Facilities include 37" LCD TVs, complimentary wireless internet, courtesy shuttle service, guest laundry room, picnic area, putting green, outdoor fire pit, heated pool, two whirlpool spas & executive fitness room. Rooms have refrigerators. The large, charming "Town Centre" shopping center across the street has a supermarket and many restaurants and shops.
Marin Suites Hotel, Corte Madera
A three block walk from class, this recently remodeled hotel has free parking and the following complimentary amenities: expanded continental breakfast, high speed & wireless internet, local area & 800 calls, in-room safe usage, morning newspaper, an exercise facility, sauna, whirlpool spa and heated pool. Most units include either a kitchen or kitchenette (all have at least a refrigerator and a microwave). The steeply discounted HTI daily rates for all of 2016 are studio: $135; 1 bedroom suite with 1 or 2 beds: $149; 2 bedroom suite with 3 beds and sofa bed: $175, plus tax. For example, sharing a 1-bedroom apartment with 2 beds would cost $74.50/night per person. HTI students may even get further discounts, depending on length of stay & availability. HTI students may even get further discounts, depending on length of stay & availability -check with Director of Sales Matthew about that or for any monthly stay needs.
Motel 6, San Rafael
This new privately owned motel at 737 Francisco Blvd E. is a 7-minute drive north of class, so you will need a car or to share one with a classmate. There are no standard rates for HTI students, but expect a 10%-15% discount off regular rates. Talk to manager Brian for discount. Rates are usually $89 on weekdays and $95 on weekend days for 1 person during the Spring and $95 on weekdays and $120 on weekend days during the Summer. Prices can vary depending on local events.
Extended Stay America, San Rafael
This hotel is a 7-minute drive north of class, located at 1775 Francisco Blvd. E. in San Rafael. It has full sized kitchens and flat-screened TVs with DVD players in all of the rooms, as well as free wireless internet throughout the property, on-site laundry, indoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, meeting room, Continental breakfast, business center and fitness center. The 2016 monthly discount is $108/night through April, and $131/night in May through October, with no tax charged if you stay 31 nights or more. The discount for 7-14 nights is $117/night through April, then $144, and for 15-29 nights is $113/night through April, then $140. Book using the special rates corporate code: CRM:0079193
Marinwood Inn & Suites, Novato
This Inn completed a total remodel 2 years ago and is a
12 minute drive north up Hwy. 101 from class, between San
Rafael and Novato. Includes breakfast, fridge, microwave, LCD
TVs, wifi, and new carpet, furnishings and paint. The king rooms include a microwave and fridge, the king and queen suites include full kitchenettes. Contact the Inn for current rates and for a potential discount for HTI students.
Presidio Inn, San Francisco
This friendly inn is close to the Golden Gate at 2361
Lombard Street. Much closer than most S.F. accommodations,
it is a 20 minute drive to class. Includes flat screen TV, free parking,
fridge, microwave, continental breakfast. As of this writing, the special rates for HTI students approved by manager Ricky: $400/
week plus tax per room with a king bed, or $1200/4 weeks.
Show our brochure to request the rate.
Encore Express, San Francisco
This is at 1353 Bush Street, in the prestigious Nob Hill area. As
of this writing, hostel dorm bunk beds: $29-45/night, double with shared bath: $59-79/night, queen with shared bathrooms: $69-89, queen with private bath: $89-109/night plus tax, Jr. Suites range from $119-139. These are weekday rates, but manager Lily will give weekday rates to HTI students on weekends as well. Check for current price and availability.
International Quarters, Inc. Marin & Bay Area
This is an agency that rents completely furnished and equipped studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments (with an extra roll-away bed available). At Larkspur Landing, within a 5-minute drive of
class, rentals are $141-$157 per day for 1 bedroom, $185-$192 per day for 2 bedrooms and $214-$226 per day for 3 bedrooms - plus tax. Lower prices are available in north San Rafael, a 10-minute drive. Includes all utilities, wireless internet, cable TV, long distance phone, housewares and linens. Clients can arrive any day depending on availability. International Quarters prorates partial months. Move-in ready.
American Youth Hostels
There are four local sites of the American Youth Hostel chain in the area:
Marin County site
Marin Headlands (Sausalito): phone: 415/331-2777
The Marin Headlands Hostel is the closest, most reasonable and perhaps nicest of the Bay Area hostels, and draws adults of all ages. It is in a National Park near Sausalito (the three others are in San Francisco). Prices are $28-$35/night in a dorm. Private rooms: $82-$132 /night total for up to three persons. There is no tax or membership fee. There is a 14-night per year limit per hostel. Cooking facilities are available. Like the closer San Francisco hostels, Marin Headlands Hostel is a 25 minute drive from class. You will need to have a car or share a car with a classmate because there is no public transportation except for Sundays and holidays.
San Francisco sites
Ft. Mason (Fisherman's Wharf):
Building 240, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Downtown (Union Square, San Francisco):
312 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
685 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
The 3 San Francisco hostels of the American Youth Hostel chain have public transportation and are convenient to S.F. attractions. Dorms are $28-$65 /night and private rooms are $89-$155. Memberships are required for Downtown and City Center. Call for reservations.
Marin Park (an RV Park)
Tel: 415/461-5199 fax: 415/925-1584
Only one mile from class at 2140 Redwood Highway, Greenbrae, CA 94904.
Rates for 2016 for units under 18 ft. are $450/week, plus 10% tax, for 1-2 people, including water, electricity
& cable TV.
Reasonable Accommodations Ideas
First, let's again emphasize that if you stay at least 31 consecutive days at the same accommodations, you can arrange to avoid paying sales tax.
Local hotel prices are reflective of this being an upscale, popular area between San Francisco, beautiful parks and beaches, and the wine country. However, we've negotiated large discounts with many accommodations for 2016. Sharing can, in most cases, help you further slash the cost in half.
All of our accelerated classes have students from other states and countries who are actively seeking to share accommodations, but it is much better to arrange this once classes begin. (In fact, you can begin to meet classmates at our optional get-acquainted meeting the evening before class begins.) Plan on having your own private room for the first two or three nights, then a motel room can usually be shared for the remainder of the time.
Or other opportunities may be even more appealing. For example, we have connections for rooms in private homes in the area for reasonable prices. If interested in this option, get more information by phoning or emailing Pat at the HTI office.
And once classes have begun, another possibility may be to get a room at a local classmate's home, which would cost considerably less than motel rates.
For those of you who have a travel trailer or other camping gear and like the outdoors, there are some lovely parks in the area with reasonable rates. There is also Marin Park, (a trailer park) about a mile from class (see above).
There can be many creative ways to keep costs down. For example, the Marin Headlands Hostel tends to draw mature adults of all ages who appreciate nature. Sharing a private room with two classmates could cost $28 per night each, and if a car is needed the costs can be shared of a reasonable rented car as described below.