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“Good location, average hostel” 3 of 5 stars
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The Greenhouse Backpacker
228 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Singapore, Singapore
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“Good location, average hostel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for two nights.

It's very centrally located, less than a 5 minute walk from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. Very convenient for sight seeing in Melbourne as the free City Circle tourist tram and many regular trams all stop nearby.

We stayed in a double room with shared facilities. While the room was good, bathroom was not as clean as those in other hostels we stayed at during this trip, 'Hot' showers were warm at best and water pressure was low.

Free WiFi is included in room rate but only works in the common lobby on L06, and not in the rooms. A basic but filling breakfast (cereal, toast, jam, milk, tea / coffee) is free every morning.

Rooftop has a good view of the city.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Great location and easy walking distance to everything in Melbourne, really enjoyed my stay here nice hostel and staff. If you use th elift make sure you get out on the right floor. Great rooftop area

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay came back a second time, had a private double room first time with a window second time without. Lockers available continental breakfast, rooftop lazy boys central to everything a comfy clean stay .

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

The Hostel is the best in Melbourne, but i cant understand why i must change the rooms every or every second day. And i am every time in a mixed dorm. Thats anoying. And i am not the only one. the most people who works here, are friendly, but some you can forget. Especial if you lost one time your internet code, than you dont get a second one for the free internet, but when i must change rooms, than it can be happend that i lost things. The Breakfest isn t nice and the kitchen all time dirty. Its a to small kitchen for so many backpackers, and all time you cant find space in Fridge or plats and cuterly. I dont like to cook here. the rooms are different. Some are good and some not. The floor had a aircondition, that means, they can just control the complette floor not every room, so it can be, that it is in one room very freezing and in the next one very hot. All together is the weekly price from 217 $ to expensive. The showers are ok, but yeah i cleaned in an other hostel, so for me it can be better

Room Tip: look for a room to the back or to the site street not inside or flinders lane it s to loud
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Hi Krissy,

Sorry to hear you experienced a few issues during your stay.

When guests do not tell us about their need to extend their stay until late, we often need to move them to accommodate for other bookings that have been made.

Our breakfast if cereals, tea and coffee, toast and spreads and needs to be kept this basic to ensure we can keep offering budget accommodation. Our kitchen is cleaned 4 times every day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed in many backpacker places around the world, and this is by far the best I have ever stayed in!! I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Location is excellent, very close to the train station, federation square and a really cool little lane with nice funky bars and restaurants on. It's as close to Paris as Melbourne can get. Everything is run like clockwork, counter staff 24hours, really professional, now exactly what is going on and are used to dealing with 20 something's. it's kind of like being at university again. The communal area on the top floor is where the counter is, it's clean bright, loads of computers, a tv room, laundry, friendly feel to it. Dorms are immaculately clean and well set out, great facilities. Free wifi which is great, it gets me so annoyed when places charge for wifi, it's about as essential as the toilet or a bed in this day and age. They also have a large communal kitchen and you can help your self to free breakfast a d coffee. To summarise, an excellent backpacker place, I cannot fault it in anyway. If more businesses were run as efficiently and as well as this the world would be a better place!

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Stayed at Greenhouse Backpackers for a week in one of their 6 bed dorms. I found this place very clean and comfy. It's quite a large hostel so for a shy person like me I found it hard to meet people but this is just personal. Great rooftop for smokers and they have heaps of freebies. The free internet is fantastic, as well as free breakfast everyday etc. Only qualms is that room has no windows but I guess thats just the type of building really and my bunk was a little squeaky but ear plugs remedy that. Fabulous location, right on Flinders lane which is a brilliant place surrounded by amazing shops and cafes.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I hadn't stayed at a Backpackers before so wasn't sure what to expect but did some research on previous reviews of melb backpackers. I was tossing up between three of them. I liked the central location of this place and thought the price was very good, and liked that it didn't have a bar within the building. Stayed for 5nights in a 6bed dorm.
Enjoyed the free use of internet, lots of places to sit in the lounge area, extremely clean bathrooms, never had to wait for one, and bed clean as well, didn't use the cooking area, ..... The things that I didn't like were, the bed felt pretty hard for me, I had taken my own pillow, so I used theirs to put under me, there were no windows in the rooms either, so it felt a bit stuffy in the morning, and staying with 6 people couldn't switch the main light on when someone was in bed, no matter what the time, had bed light, but could've done with a torch, but I managed ok. Not sure if this happens at other backpackers or because this one didn't have windows?? Anyway, overall was pretty good, and staff were always helpful!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 228 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Melbourne CBD
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 64
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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