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The Northern Greenhouse
4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   117 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shooting Star Apartments)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Feeling like Home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

I really enjoyed this Place. Very spacious and clean Hostel. Terrific Barbeque a lot of Quality Food ! Different kind of Salads! Very tasty! Nice clean rooms with aircondition.Fan, Fridge, Freezer and Mini Kitchen!
A lots of cozy Couches! Its enough space for everyone!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I stayed in northern greenhouse for 5 nights. The hostel's location is good, it nears to night market, carins central and city place where you could take bus to DFO outlet.

Moreover, the reception service is great and the staff are very nice. They got BBQ night and free movie night. Besides, they provise breakfast which other hostels do not provide.

We lived in private room and the room is spacious with various facilities, like refrigerator, microwave oven etc. And we really appreciate that.

Overall, the hostel is good, just some people would have drinks at night and make noises. It awake us sometimes in the mid night. But it's highly recommended to stay if you have vacation in carins!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Enjoyed our stay in this hostel - the dorm was a good size with its own bathroom and small kitchen. Having plug sockets inside the lockers are a great touch. The main area is a really nice place to chill out, with a pool table and free wifi. Also enjoyed the movie that they put on one night. The only thing I thought was slightly odd is that there are not really many lights in the main area so you end up sitting in the dark!

The hostel is also in a good location, in easy walking distance to the esplanade and shops.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The rooms are really big. They have all you need - power sockets, baskets for your stuff and lockers. Every single room has a fridger and a small kitchen so you can prepare your meals without getting out of your room. What is more a plaza and the main kitchen is great. Hostel offers a free basic breakfast each day and pancakes once a week. That's cool. Oh, did I mentioned a big swimming pool. There's no better place in the middle of a hot day in Cairns. Would recommend it for anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This Hostel has the works and for the price is incredible. All dorm rooms have 3 bunk beds but they are very big and very stable, each room has it's own fridge and freezer, sink, and en-suite bathroom, aircon and fan which you can turn on and off at anytime. Rooms are very chilled and you feel right at home. The staff are amazing very welcoming and can't do enough for you. The free wi-fi is awesome, the deck area is great to chill out to and read a book and play FREE pool. The people who stay here are very chilled out. The pool is lovey and the pool area is very chilled and great to do some sunbathing, lovely saltwater pool and very deep. Free breakfast is great and free tea and coffee all day long including sugar and powdered milk. The location is awesome. A 2 minute walk to PJ O'Briens, The Woolshed and Gilligans and a five minute walk to Cairns City Plaza. This place has become my second home :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Not many will operate their reception counter in Cairns.
This one operates 24hrs, and they are so very accommodating and superb service.
Rooms and kitchen was well kept with cleaning ladies.
They also provide complimentary shuttle service to places on interest.
Breakfast was also provided for and they have BBQ dinner on Sunday!!
Well done.. You made me wanna come back and stay there again!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bellingham, Washington, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

A group of 30 of my mates stayed here and every single one of us had a terrible experience. Don't book any of your activities here because they are unhelpful and unwilling to do anything for you. It was all around a terrible experience and they do not deserve getting any commission from you based on their lack of customer service. Slapping a smile on your face shouldn't be that hard. RUDE.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Hi Lindsay,

As you are aware, an incident occurred which was addressed by management in a professional way in order to protect the other guests staying at the time.
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Address: 117 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shooting Star Apartments)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Northern Greenhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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