This page is newly updated in Summer 2017
Directions to Class
After classes begin, motel rooms can often be arranged to be shared with another student to slash prices in half. (It may not be as easy to share accommodations for those who need to stay over just for occasional class nights.) See "Reasonable Accommodations" below for details. The first Inn listed in the left column is where our classes are held, and the next one is within walking distance.
Call or email the hotel directly to make your reservation. Be sure to mention HTI to get special rates offered to our students. Most of the rates below are promised throughout 2016, but we can't guarantee all of them. Besides the discounts listed below, if you stay in a California hotel at least 31 consecutive days, you can arrange to avoid paying sales tax.
Reserve EARLY! This is a very popular area. These hotels can get booked on some days several months in advance.
Corte Madera Inn, Corte Madera
Tel: 800/777-9670; 415/924-1502
An excellent Best Western Inn with free parking and a lush, five acre resort-like setting this is where our classes meet. Through May 2017, HTI's hugely discounted single or double occupancy rate is $135/night plus tax, including hot breakfast buffet (which is $67.50/night if sharing with another student). The rate for June through October 2017 is $155/night plus tax.
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
Tel: 800/362-3372; 415/924-3608
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). And there are some pet friendly suites.
The steeply discounted HTI daily rates through March 2017 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. April-October rates are studio: $145, 1 bedroom suite with 1 or 2 beds: $159, 2 bedroom suite with 3 beds and sofa bed: $195. 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. The rates for HTI students are $385 per week for November through April 2017, then a discount of 10% off regular rates for May through October. Talk to manager Brian to receive the discount.
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 2017 monthly discount is $105/night through April 14, and $117/night for May through October, with no tax charged if you stay 31 nights or more. The discount for 7-14 nights is $115/night through April, then $145, and for 15-29 nights is $111/night through April, then $141. Book directly with the San Rafael location to get the discount.
Marinwood Inn & Suites, Novato
This Inn completed a total remodel 3 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. See their website for a Special Offers button that offers a 15% discount if you book at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
American Youth Hostels
There are four local sites of the American Youth Hostel chain in the area:
Marin County site
-->Marin Headlands (Sausalito)
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 $31-$37/night in a dorm. Private rooms: $105-$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.
-->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 2017 for units under 18 ft. are $450/week, plus 10% tax, for 1-2 people, including water, electricity & cable TV.
Reasonable Accomodations 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 2017. 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 accommodations can usually be shared for the remainder of the time.
Other opportunities may be even more appealing. For example, we have a few connections for rooms in private homes in the area for reasonable prices. If interested in this option, email or phone us to get more information.
You can check out Airbnb.com or any other another short term rental source. Airbnb gives you a selection of many choices in the Corte Madera area, scattered from northern San Rafael to Marin City. There are very few places within walking distance, so you would need to either rent a car or make sure your room is easily accessible by bus.
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 $35 per night each, and if a car is needed the costs can be shared of a reasonable rented car.