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The Northern Greenhouse
Ranked #9 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
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“Clean and Comfortable, good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

I stayed the Northern greenhouse with a group of friends for a total of four days in a 4-share apartment.

The room was large and clean, and contained 2 twin single beds and a double-decker bunk bed. There was a kitchen area at the far end of the room equipped with sink microwave, fridge and a stove, which came in handy as it saved us the trouble having to use the shared kitchen, which unsuprisingly suffers from a drop-off in cleanliness. There was a spacious en-suite bathroom that whilst not hotel-grade, was clean and in decent condition. Most importantly, the room's air-conditioning and fan was fully functional, which kept us comfortably cool during the hotter periods of our stay.

The receptionists were friendly and offer us good advice about specific activities suitable for us based on flight time/available hours on the last day we were there.

I found the location to be perfect for our activities in Cairns, located right in the middle of the CBD. There is a large cluster of eateries located a few metres away at the intersection of Grafton/Shield st - Japanese, Italian, Ochre etc, and alternatively you can walk down to the esplanade where the pricier establishments are.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Stayed at The Northern Greenhouse between 28th Nov -7th Dec 2013 in female only dorms.
The dorms itself were very spacious. It included 3 sets of bunk beds, a wardrobe, lockers for each person, trolleys for belongings under the bed, a fridge, kitchen sink and a bathroom. The sheets provided are clean and comfortable (unlike other itchy, rough sheets I've encountered) and the dorms are cleaned everyday. The hostel is fairly quiet, and there was no trouble getting to sleep each night.

The common area, including the kitchen, is also large and spacious. They provide free breakfast every morning and also a BBQ dinner on Sunday nights, which comes in handy for someone on a budget.

Staff here are friendly, and will try their best to meet your requests. There is also a baggage storage area which can be used after you've checked out.

The location of the hostel is perfect! 5 min walk in one direction will take you to Cairns Central and 5-10mins in another will lead to an array of shops, restaurants and the esplanade (+the lagoon).

Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone visiting Cairns.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

I stayed there for 1 week and I highly recommend this place. Stuff was very friendly and helpful, rooms are clean and very comfy and after one week staying there I had lots of new friends :) also there is free wifi and a nice free BBQ on Sundays. It was truly one of the best hostels I've stayed in at my whole trip up the east coast and I really hope to come back there one day :)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Hi Dielisa11,
I was thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

I stayed in this hostel with a group off-and-on for four months. It was a lovely stay. The staff were so accommodating and friendly, and I loved the free Sunday BBQ. It can get a little noisy at night if you have a room next to the main hang-out area, but if you ask the staff they will have people quiet down. The only downsides are that the internet is VERY spotty and one time I got stained sheets (they were replaced when I asked a staff member). Aside from those things, I give the Northern Greenhouse top marks. The location is fantastic, the staff helpful, the accommodations clean and interesting (there's a pool as well), and I'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Ostfildern, Deutschland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

The Hostel is quit loud even after midnight. The rooms are clean but very sticky. Kitchen Equipment has seen its best days and is very dirty. Staff very unfriendly and unflexibel in discussions. Worst Hostel so far.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Hi Thoschm,
Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your stay with us. I've asked around but cannot find any information about your stay, can you please send us an e-mail with some more details. Thanks for leaving your review.
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This hostel was pretty big but the common areas were surprisingly quiet. The front desk was super nice as were the people we met here. We stayed in a mixed dorm which was comfortable as our roommates were really considerate and friendly. Breakfast is basic (cereal, toast and jam) but they have a full kitchen for those adventerous enough to prepare their own. Not sure if they provide towels though (and if there's a fee).
Close to supermarket, nightmarkets, Esplanade but on a quiet street. A lot of people stay here for a few weeks and make friends with fellow travellers which was nice to see.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

I've stayed this hostel for 1 month and had really enjoyable time with friends whom I met there!!

Some people says this hostel is expensive, but I think it's reasonable because of free wifi + breakfast + locker + WONDERFUL FRIENDLY STAFFS. They always listen to me and give some advise even if it is not about travelling.

and it is a quiet hostel which is not too far to the night spots. So you can enjoy both noisy fun nights and quiet chilling out nights.

Of course, something has troubles. Knives in the kitchen wasn't sharp. Kitchen is crowded with backpackers in the night. That's all. Only 2 problems!!

I really recommend you to stay here.

  • Stayed August 2013
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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 #9 of 85 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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