STAY: 2 Nights
TYPE OF ROOM: 5 Bed Mixed dorm
LOCATION: Superb. Located on SE corner of city square mile. 5 min walk to supermarket and well served by trams. Close to Flinders Street station. Not too hard to get to Southern Cross station to catch sky bus to airport. Everything cool in central Melbourne is down alleyways and this makes it the perfect location as most of the good ones are over this side of the city. Small cafes and sushi bars around corner and your main Macdonalds/subway etc on main road.
STAFF: Reception was on 6th floor which I found strange till I realised that the hostel comprises the 3rd floor up to the 7th. It really isn't a chore to get into a lift and press a button. Staff were helpful and reasonably friendly although not overtly so. I can't put my finger on it but there was something missing that I've seen elsewhere. Perhaps an enthusiasm to help new travellers and volunteer info on what to do in town and how to get around. There were always plenty of them though and they often put reminders out over the tannoy for people to wash and clean up after themselves! The staff member who took us on the free day walk was superb. So knowledgeable being a local and she took us to all the things that you can't find on a tourist map.
ROOMS: Clean and serviceable. Well secured by swipe card which is required to get anywhere private. Only negative is that my room backed on to an alleyway which seemed to be the central HQ hub for the city road sweepers. Hence I was wide awake from 6:30am as they came and went. Just luck of the draw.
BATHROOMS: Communal, large, very clean and reminded me of the changing rooms at a decent gym or day spa. Showers were pretty good.
KITCHEN: Plenty of utensils and cooking stoves. They serve a free breakfast every day of Cereal, milk, bread and spreads. Also free tea and coffee throughout the day. The fridges were pretty rammed full though so I imagine it gets tight in peak season.
COMMON ROOM/TV: Utterly brilliant. Large tv area with about a dozen sofas. Common area next to dining area with comfy seats/ sofas. Bright, colourful. Even seats where you could plug in laptops etc to use WIFI.
LAUNDRY: Usual washers and dryers costing about $7 to do both. They sell powder at reception for $1.
INTERNET: Free! Both the 4 terminals and the WIFI. The terminals were never that busy and there would usually be one free shortly if there wasn't already. You could pretty much hop on and off when ever you wanted as long as you didn't permanently hog a terminal and were considerate to other guests wanting to use them. Only negative was that the terminals had no USB ports to upload photos.
MISC: Every sort of brochure/flyer for tours and activities you can think of in common room area plus a booking centre manned by a member of staff. The hostel always had something social organised each day. There was a good vibe although people didn't come up and talk to you like they do elsewhere and I sensed this was because there was a higher proportion of longer term livers-in who were there to work. You pretty much need to go to the hostel socials if you want to meet people or actively engage smaller groups.
SUMMARY: GREAT PLACE. Ideal if you are there to work longer term. Still your best bet if you're there for a shorter stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Greenhouse Backpackers is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD with Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and famous cafe filled laneways less than a five minute walk away.Guests are welcomed with inclusions such as Free Daily Breakfast, Free Unlimited Internet 24/7, Free Walking Tour, Free Dinner Tuesdays, Free Activities and more.Get the inside information on the sights of Melbourne on our half-day walking tour, hear the tunes of local DJ's and bands on our pub crawl, taste the market fresh ingredients in our Free Tuesday dinners.If you are looking for even more tours and trips, see our in house Fully Licensed Travel Agency for expert experience and the best deals on trips around Australia. ... more less
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