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The Northern Greenhouse
Ranked #8 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Medemblik, The Netherlands
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36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best Hostel I've ever stayed in!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Iv stayed with Northern Greenhouse for 3 nights in a dorm for 6. The beds were very comfortable and clean, the room was ensuite with a clean bathroom and nice shower, had a balcony, a fridge and lockers. Next to that it is centrally located, but quiet, free WiFi, free breakfast with pancakes on saturday, free activities every week and free BBQ on sunday. The people are incredibly kind and helpful. I had a great stay and would without a doubt come back!

Room Tip: The dorms are great, but if you have a little more to spend, they also have lovely twin and double p...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lisanne6
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Hi Lisanne6,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
I was thrilled to read you enjoyed your stay with us.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We had a private appartment with bathroom and kitchen, it was spacious and clean with towels and toiletries provided, fully equipped kitchen and washing up liquid. There were ants in the kitchen but they are everywhere in Oz and caused no problem because the place was clean and tidy. The hostel provided free breakfast which was great - toast, butter, jam, peanut butter, cereals and milk. The pool was clean and a nice cool dip was welcomed in the heat but it was small with not many sunbeds and lots of smokers tended to chill out there so if you don't smoke it's not nice.
The location was a good central spot and only 10 minutes walk to supermarket and pubs, then 5 more minutes on to the marina and the lagoon.
The travel agent on site was perfect for advicing on and booking trips out to the reef and rainforest, all with pick ups from the hostel itself.
The place was pretty busy but not too noisy and people seemed to keep themselves to themselves. The deck common area was big and comfortable to sit with free wifi (we couldn't get the free wifi in our room). This was fine for us but I think it may be too quiet for someone looking to have a party time atmosphere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Helen C
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Shropshire
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Arriving Cairns as the eclipse was due, this was the only available room near the railway stn. When my husband said it was backpacker but an 'upmarket backpacker' I was not thrilled. They provided transport from the airport, the room was clean and very good, overlooking the pool. The place was full but not noisy. The girl on evening reception was extremely helpful with ongoing travel and storing our case, as we returned after Cape Trib. Would thoroughly recommend the King Studio Apartments.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DavisH10
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Calgary, Canada
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280 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

I loved staying here! It was clean, convenient, and a fun place to hang out and meet other travelers! I would recommend this place to anyone, and as a solo female traveler, it was an ideal location. The tourist office was great in planning day trips, and it was right there at the hostel...so convenient! I highly recommend this place to anyone!

Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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52 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

This hostel felt more like a hotel than a hostel. It has a very nice pool and deck area to relax at is very convient to all the shops and restaurants in Cairns. The rooms were well kept and quite large for a 6 bed room.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Osusnwbrder
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Northern Green house is undoubtably the best hostel in Cairns. Clean, Quiet, and has a homey feel to it. Between working on the reef I called the Greenhouse home for 4 months. The biggest flaw this hostel has is Dave the General Manager, he is rude, loud and belligerent, Believe's he is perfect in every way and that he could never be wrong. Upon recommending the greenhouse to hundreds of people I've met on the boat I worked on and friends coming to Cairns as well I will no recommend someone else after the way Dave treated me my last week there. For the Greenhouse to be perfect they need to get rid of this clown, and according to a couple other reviews and guest comments I met while I was there I am not the only person that feels this way.

Room Tip: Avoid Dave at all costs. 14 is a good room with internet and great shower.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
3 Thank Suttar
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Hi Suttar,

Glad to hear you think the Northern Greenhouse is “undoubtedly the best hostel in Cairns”. I have looked into your issues and have been told you were calmly asked to leave the hostel by the manager in the presence of other staff members after several complaints from both guests and staff about your behavior around the hostel. If you would like to chat about this further, please send me an e-mail at greenhouse@friendlygroup.com.au.
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Shanghai, China
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58 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

great location in the cairns center, very convinient to go to pier, bus station or supermarket. the kitchen is a bit busy, and the plastic plat looks not so clean. but for the price, it's definityly the best choice compare other hostels.

the staff is very helpful, you can book the tickets through them, can be trust.

i stay in a 6-beds girl's room, the only thing i feel inconfortable is they should put a coutain on the bed, so everyone can close the coutain on the bed, it's more intimate, in asia's hostel like japan or Hongkong, they always have this kind of setting. small detail but better feeling!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank miy888
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Property: The Northern Greenhouse
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 #8 of 89 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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