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The Northern Greenhouse

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4.0 of 5
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shooting Star Apartments)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quality on the downside, service is good. Free wifi, free daytrips, free swimming pool, pool table and nice terrace. But the basics are critical. My dorm had mold fungus all over the ceiling, that can cause allergies and serious illnesses. Mould stinks like wet cellar. The kitchen is a mess. Not well cleaned, not well maintained by stuff. And not... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hostel is perfectly located close to everything in Cairns. The lagoon and all the shops, the harbor, and a taxi ranch. When we got there, we simply paid $34, got our key, and could go to our room. When we left the next morning, we were given $10 back. Would definitely recommend this hostel. Only flaw was that we... More 

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9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For only $24 a night in a 6 person dorm, this place was great and super cost effective. There was free wi-fi that mostly worked in the common areas. There was free basic breakfast of toast and cereal. I got a free BBQ when I was there and they also had a bunch of other free outings that I had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hostel is in a perfect location on Grafton Street. Right in town and minutes to restaurants and bars. The rooms are much better than a standard hostel as they have en suits. Free breakfast is perfect. It's a couple of dollars more expensive than some other hostels but you can definitely see the value. Friendly staff too :) Jas... More 

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Maineville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

My name is Nick Westermeyer. I am a quadriplegic from a gymnastics injury sustained at Michigan State University in April 1991 who is interested in global travel and participating in activities not normally associated with disabled people. I’m currently on an adventure that will explore worldwide handicapped accessibility. Many people have travel blogs, but there are none that I know... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great hostel and best equipped rooms I have seen in Oz. Lockers with sockets and storage space below the bed. Beds are comfy too. Outdoor seating area is a great place to meet people. Dustin at the reception and Jazmine from Friendly travel are great in providing recommendations. Ask them you won't regret it! My only point for improvement would... More 

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Carlingford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Stayed here in January 2013 but only getting round to writing a review now. I stayed in a six bed girls dorm which was very clean. The lockers with sockets inside them were great. I found the staff friendly and the hostel is in a great location. It's close to all the nightlife etc but far enough away to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stayed in a double room for one night, after we left for 2 days for a trip and after we came back for other 3 nights there. During the 2 days away we could leave the luggages there for free. The room was big and full equipped (also with the kitchen!!). They also change the towels everyday without asking... More 

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Francois, I was thrilled to read you enjoyed your stay so much. Thanks for the review. Happy travels. More 

Biel, Switzerland
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31 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The staff wasn't really warm... The hostel as a big sharing area, but is really quiet. At the evening (around 10pm), you can't drink alcohol anymore. Otherwise the rooms are big and have their own bathroom. A must.

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Joris, Glad you enjoyed our rooms. Sorry to hear there were a few issues, I have left you a private message and feel free to contact us if you would like to give us some more detail. Thank you for the feedback. More 

Hereford, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Stayed here on two occasions for a week each time. The rooms are excellent, very clean and spacious. There's Air-con and a fan, as well as lockers with 4 plugs inside them! . The Cleaners come every day and do a good job. There's a large common area with sofa, benches and a pool table. The kitchen is good, can... More 

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Codie, Awesome feedback. It was great to hear you enjoyed the activities and common areas. We hope to welcome you back soon. Happy travels. More 

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