Monthly Archives: September 2007

Rideshare Here, There, and Everywhere

If 16 people stay overnight at the hostel, chances are that 16 cars will stay overnight too.

So many cars driving up, then driving down Highway 101.

The train service stopped years ago, and bus transportation is inconvenient (with at least 2 buses to get here from San Francisco and 4 buses + a taxi ride from Portland, not to mention the difficulty you’ll have getting to the trailheads and into the heart of the forest without a car).

It’s a difficult truth to face when we’re trying, oh so trying to become more sustainable. That no matter how “green” we buy, think, preach and believe, the soot belching from the behinds of our cars as we chug hundreds of miles towards wilderness–well, the color evoked by such an image is certainly not a soothing shade of green.

To remedy this? The laws, they have to change. Our driven culture, it has to change too. But in the interim I’d like to share a link that may prove useful to a few: It may help get you here without giving away too many emissions.

We’d like to reward your efforts: If you arrive at the Redwood Hostel by bicycle or foot, you can stay for $15 instead of the usual $20.

It ain’t much, but it’s something.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Anthropologist Margaret Mead

Categories: Miscellany

You’ll like it here–but don’t take our word for it

Periodically we get questions about our quality, our cleanliness, our customer service, etc.  And sure we think we’re clean,   But the ratings of other hostellers would probably matter more than what a hostel says about itself.  That’s why we’re proud that Lonely Planet listed us as one of the top five hostels in the U.S. and Canada (in "US and Canada on a Shoestring").  Sure, it’s the most recent edition, but it was written a few years ago.  For a much more recent assessment of the good ol’ Redwood Hostel, you can turn to, a website where you can book your bed at thousands of HI hostels around the world. 

If you book a bed through the site, you can rate your satisfaction with the hostel after your stay.  They recently released the Top Ten lists for these satisfaction ratings. They divide the hostels into small, medium, and large, so there are actually 3 top ten lists.  And we are proud to report that for the months of June-July-August 2007, we made the top five for the medium-volume hostels.   Not only that, but our good friends at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel came in number one in the category! Keep in mind that this is not just a list of U.S. or North Amercican hostels, but an international list.

Here’s the top 5:


Hostel (Country)


1 HI – Montara, Point Montara Lighthouse (USA) 92%
2 Hardanger (Norway) 92%
3 Cancale – Mont St Michel (France) 92%
4 Osaka – Shin-Osaka YH (Japan) 92%
5 HI – Redwood National Park (Klamath) (USA) 92%


Categories: About Redwood Hostel, Hostel News

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