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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
Melbourne
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“5 star service”
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.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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 toast and cereal and free trips to the waterfalls for a very short trip with lots of informative talking beforehand. It's a quiet hostel but a social one close to everything.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 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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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 well setup.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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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! One thing; fridge needs clearing out and a few more saucepans with handles would be nice. Thank you!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 room are nice ! Private bathroom and fridge in the dorm, lockers, free wifi, close to everything in the city, nice atmosphere, helpful staff. I only have positive comment about this hostel. I totally recommend this hostel. And it was really cheap ! :)

  • Stayed April 2014, 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 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 cool. There were also lockers to keep your valuables in and they even had outlets inside them so you could charge things while you were gone. Our room had a large fridge and freezer and a kitchen sink. They cleaned the room and bathroom daily, and I even watched her as she scrubbed the shower top to bottom. Very impressive for a hostel. Laundry facilities on site. They provide free breakfast which is really just toast and peanut butter, but that's fine by me. They have a great common area, outdoor deck with a giant fan that keeps it really cool. Very modern furnishings and they have movie nights and free BBQ's. The only issue I had with this place was the internet. The logging on process was ridiculous and once you finally were on it was so slow. The location is great, just a few blocks from the esplanade. I definitely would stay at this hostel again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
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.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I had a great stay at this hostel, the rooms were very clean and roomy, the fridge, wardrobes, cupboards and sink were welcome extras you don't usually find in hostels! Nice ensuite and great social area. They also do movie nights every week and a free BBQ which is quite substantial, not the usual one sausage in a slice of bread! Great location and helpful and friendly staff :)

Stayed March 2014
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Additional Information about The Northern Greenhouse

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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