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The Northern Greenhouse
Ranked #9 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Great place to stay in Cairns, central location - everywhere is walkable to.

Also nice rooms, generously sazied sturdy bunks, not squeaky or small. Ensuite bathroom for the dorm. Breakfast and tea and coffee included. Very clean, quiet, safe.

Happy staff, very helpful. Also has small tour agency in the lobby to sort out all the day trips you'd need. And there's a pool. And a pool table. And the biggest fan I have ever seen.

Nice layout too, giant open common area under a big circus tent roof to keep the rain off, but no walls, so there is a constant sense of being in the open.

Bonuses - pancakes on a Saturday, barbeque on a Sunday (vegetarians catered for), movie on a big screen on Sunday night (when I was there they showed The Way with Martin Sheen), and there are certain freebie trips to places like The Cascades during the week.

Room Tip: Not so much room choice, but here's some tips. Firstly, there aren't many common access bat...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We had a double room which was very clean, spacious and included a kitchenette, ensuite bathroom and balcony. It was far and away the nicest hostel we have stayed at in Australia. Great location- was very easy to walk to the esplanade, catch a bus/shuttle or rent a car right around the corner. There were affordable places to eat nearby, including a cheap japanese/sushi restaurant right next door. Free basic breakfast and the ability to store and cook food really adds to the value. Wifi is included but didn't work inside the room, had to sit on the balcony. They also have a free BBQ one night, and tours on other days. We didn't get the chance to join in any of those but it's nice that they offer it. Common areas are light and bright and open. Would highly recommend The Northern Greenhouse to young-ish people on a budget.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Such a nice place to stay, I don't know where to start !
The dorms are nice a big with ensuite bathroom, lockers, fridge and Balcony . It's like individual flats ! The cleaning is done religiously every day, so the dorms and bathrooms are always clean.pretty comfortable beds.
the facilities are great too : swimming pool, big kitchen and communal area with lots of seats to chill out.
Free WiFi . pool table . Included Breackfast (toasts, tea and coffee).

the hostel also organise free shuttle on Mondays to the Rainforest to go for a swim in the waterfall and on Tuesdays to the Botanic Garden.
11am free pancakes on Saturdays and Free BBQ on Sundays afternoon (from 5pm) .
They have movie nights as well.

They have a tour desk with an ultra helpfull staff team ! the girls booked everything for us : from day tour to the reef and hiring a car, to next hostel and Skydiving.
The location of the hostel is good too; 10minutes walk from the Esplanade (free swim with view on the ocean)and the Marina where you can catch boats to the Great Barier Reef .

(The only think I did not like that much was some of the people who stayed there. They were 19 or 20, had been staying in the hostel for weeks without sightseeing or anything, just getting drunk everynight and making noise. But these kind of people are everywhere in Australia .Most of the people staying at the Northern Greenhouse are easygoing people very considerate and chillout. IT ISN'T A PARTY HOSTEL)

so What can you ask for more ?? It's worth every penny. I can not recommend it more. I really liked it

PS : Just watch out for the hot water for tea and coffee ...I burnt 2 of my fingers pretty badlywith it. But it's just me being clumbsy

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Lived in Cairns for nearly 5 months working as a backpacker travel agent, so i know most of the hostels in town, and have had reviews from nearly all of them from customers or being there myself!!

I've personally stayed at 3 in town but this Hostel EXCEEDS all expectations. The rooms are all the same 6 bed dorms, but gives you clean spacious accommodation, all ensuite with a little kitchenette and fridge provided in the rooms. The Hostel itself has a big communal kitchen, dining area and lounge which has comfy seating and shows DVDS, the pool is nice and big for a quick cool down and they provided trips and BBQ's throughout out the week!! Don't forget the FREE functioning WIFI...BONUS!!

I have nothing bad to say about this hostel!! And only 30 seconds from city centre but in quiet peaceful surroundings!!

BOOK all your TRAVEL needs down at WICKED TRAVEL, mention the lucky word 27 for great discounts and deals on day trips in Cairns and East Coast packages :o)

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Hi Dog_27,

Thanks for the review. I was thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay so much. Did you know we have our own travel desk inside the hostel too?
Thanks again.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights in a 6 bed dorm and couldn't fault it, it was very clean and relaxed and the reception staff were so helpful and friendly. The free wifi was great too!
We'd recommend the Billy Tea Safari to Cape Tribulation!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

I am staying at the Northern Greenhouse for ten nights with my daughters. We absolutely love it! We have a very spacious family room that includes a kitchen with all the amenities (even a freeze compartment and microwave) and a very nice bathroom. The room is clean and has excellent beds. The girls especially love the swimming pool that is open until 10 pm and deep enough to practice diving (less appropriate for small children though).

The hostel is very quiet even though it is located in the center of Cairns, within short walking distance of the lagoon, loads of shops and restaurants, the bus terminal and train station and the marina, which makes taking tours and trips easy. Lots of free activities are organised, including trips to Ellis Beach (including snacks), a very interesting guided trip to Crystal Cascades and the Botanical Gardens. Every Saturday morning there are pancakes for breakfast and every Sunday evening a free barbecue! The hostel has a large deck next to the kitchen where a movie is shown twice a week and where you can eat, play pool or hang out and enjoy the free wifi. The organised trips are a nice way to get to know other hostel guests.

The hostel generally has a very nice and relaxed atmosphere which is mainly thanks to its main asset: the excellent and very friendly staff! Both the receptionists and the travel agent go to all lengths to make your stay as enjoyable as possible and really make you feel welcome.

In all, we can say that the Northern Greenhouse is like a home away from home. If we ever come back to Cairns, we will not stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Hi Pauline,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Excellent hostel. Rooms very clean and spacious. Relaxed atmosphere and a very good kitchen area. Free barbeques on Sundays and very good free WIFI. Right in the centre of town so you are only a couple of minutes walk from the main bars and clubs, but far enough away for the hostel to be quiet at night. Great upper deck common room area and pool and free pool table!
No complaints here - we stayed twice!

Room Tip: A couple of rooms don't have working WIFI as they are behind a huge wall. If this is an issue ma...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 117 Grafton St, 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 #9 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: $19 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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