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The Northern Greenhouse

117 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shooting Star Apartments)
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Ranked #12 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
eraine18 Sheffield, United Kingdom
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best hostel I've stayed at during travels in Australia. By far the most clean and tidy hostel. It is also the quietest one I stayed at! The rooms allow for luggage to be packed and re packed, with baskets under the bed for more items to be contained. Well worth the money! Good kitchen facilities

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Canadian Rockies, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very clean hostel and lovely layout. The covered area is a great place to hang out that is protected from the elements yet still outside. The girls I shared a room with we're very unfriendly (spoke no English) which put a damper on my experience. And the hostel environment was fairly unfriendly- everyone already had their friends and set groups.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Northern Greenhouse was a good place to stay. The rooms have lockers (with plugs) and big bins underneath the beds. There is also a fridge, ensuite, and balcony. Staff was nice, especially the man who helped us with the wifi, which did not work well. The ensuite in the dorm was a little challenging, since there were no other bathrooms... More

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One week Nothern Greenhouse is equal to one week without sleep. Before 03:00 a.m. you won't close an eye and that's every single night the case. If you are looking for party it will be your 5 star location. Wanna sleep don't choose the Northern Greenhouse. The price isn't bad, the service during the day isn't too. Sorry guys, you... More

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

Hi RTWorld, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Sorry to hear you experienced issues during your stay. This is the first we've heard of this issue, can you please contact us directly so we can address this issue further. Thanks again and happy travels! More

3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent service given by staff - on par perhaps with something you'd expect to find in a 5 star hotel. Clean rooms. Nice pool. Very central location. Unfortunately, I missed the free pancakes on Saturday morning. Would definitely book again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

stayed 4 nights here and it has to be one of the best backpackers around. Dorm rooms have ensuite and fridge AND freezer, lockers, poweboards in each locker, wire baskets for each guest to store their stuff under the bed, and choice of n or air con (though it was set to 20C). They have free WiFi and breakfast of... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

This place is worth it. The covered common area was really great. There are people there to hang out every night. And since it rained daily, it was nice to not have to return to an indoor room. Our room had air conditioning, but if it got turned off at night it was really uncomfortable. Otherwise, the rooms are really... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Would highly recommend this hostel to anyone. Staff are really helpful. Super value; WiFi is free, computers are free, free weekly BBQ which was actually pretty tasty, free transport to different location everyday of the week. Beds are really comfortable. Lockers with 4 power points each. Good sized communal area which has a nice atmosphere. Overall really enjoyed my stay!... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This was the best hostel I've done in Australia. The fact that I did really enjoy Cairns might be a thing that helped a lot but the facilities were great. First, the hostel offers a lot of free activities everyweek. The sunday BBQ is really great. The kitchen facitily is really good and the commun area are great ! The... More

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This hostel was so impressive. It used to be a hotel, so all the dorm rooms have their own bathroom. My friend and I stayed in the 6 bunk female dorm. The beds were comfy, the air conditioning was great, and they had these big baskets on wheels that slid under the bunks to put all your stuff in. Very... More

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

Hi Lauren, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I was thrilled to read you enjoyed your stay with us in Cairns. We are working towards speeding up the internet, so hopefully you will see some great innovations on your next visit. More

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Address: 117 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shooting Star Apartments)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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The Northern Greenhouse is centrally located in the middle of Cairns with tour pick up points, night life and attractions less than a five minute walk from the hostel. Every room includes a an ensuite bathroom and shower, air conditioning, private balcony or garden, powered lockers and kitchenette. Guests also receive Free Daily Breakfast, Free Unlimited Internet 24/7 as well as experiences such as a Free trip to a hidden rainforest swimming hole, sailing classes, trip to nearby Ellis Beach, the Botanical Gardens and more.If you are still looking for ideas of tours and day trips, see the experts at our in house Fully Licensed Travel Agency for the best deals on travel and experiences around Australia. ... more   less 
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