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The Greenhouse Backpacker
Ranked #30 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
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Leixlip, Ireland
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“Large hostel in CBD”
Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

This is the second time I'm staying at this hostel. Great location, quite clean and friendly staff.

Door lockers needs to be maintained as you have to swipe the card many times for your door to open. I'm somewhat disappointed that they hadn't solved the issues with WiFi as such a large hostel in Melbourne CBD. It was exactly the same last year. WiFi Is free, but it barely works. Impossible to book tours / tickets online or synchronise your holiday photos to the cloud with this connection. Had to use mobile broadband.

All in all it's a quite good hostel, and yes I'd stay there again in my next visit to Melbourne.

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

- Room is small, with locker and double decker bed
- Provide breakfast
- Hostel is clean and have some relaxing corner
- Convenience location with transport & food
- Staffs is friendly and easy to get the travel information

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

Overall the hostel was ok but having been given 4 star rating when we booked we did expect more. Wifi is free but the connection is terrible! We kept going to the Internet cafe on Swanston St and therefore having to pay! The kitchen is tiny, there was no space in the kitchen to store any of our food in either cupboards or fridges. Key cards to the rooms never seem to work and all you can hear all night is people trying to swipe their cards to get into their rooms. Bathrooms were never clean!
There were two of us staying in a 8 bed dorm but we had to share a key card because the room only had 7 keys! If you only have 7 keys only rent 7 beds! It's annoying having to wait for each other to have showers etc before you leave the room otherwise you can't get back in.
Location was good but that's about it....

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Hi Loma,
Sorry to hear you had experienced some issues during your stay with us. We are about to do a major upgrade of our key card system, so the situation will be resolved very soon. Thanks you for taking the time to leave a response.
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

I've stayed in many backpackers during one year, but trust me, the Greenhouse backpacker is the best backpacker ever !
Everything looks new.
The kitchen is big with at least 10 fires to cook, you have plenty of pans, saucepans, plates... The kitchen is being cleaned twice a day, but it can't help people leaving their dishes in the sink and of course if you come in the middle of the day it's a bit messy, but it's people's fault !
there is a laundry with 4 or 5 washing machines and 3 dryers even if most of the time at least one dryer is out of order and the others won't work properly it's quiet good.
Rooms are being cleaned every day. Some matresses are worst than others, but you have a nice duvet. and sometime the air con is realy cold at night but that's not a big deal.
The good thing about the greenhouse is that they organise something every night (bingo night, pasta night, pub crowl, moovie night, free tour guide of the city and so on) and it helps a lot to meet new people !
They have free wifi and usally it's alright but when everybody is on in the same time it's quite bad! They also have 4 computer with internet access fro free.
The bathrooms are quite clean, they are been cleaned twice a day, and it's all new.
The roof top is very nice to have some drinks at night but it closes at midnight.
And last but not least, the Greenhouse is really central, 2minutes away from flinders station and 4 to the yarra river ! that's perfect !

Room Tip: Some rooms are bigger than others. The rooms in the middle have no windows so they are more chilly...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Greenhouse had a lot to offer in terms of the activities going on at the hostel. On my first day I went on a free tour of Melbourne with Molly who showed us the hidden laneways and best spots to shop and eat which was great. They also offer events nearly every other day/night, including a free BBQ on the terrace which was fantastic.
The room itself was fine, the bed side lights are useful but could do with putting plug sockets at each bed side as well. The bathroom however isn't great and the shower water pressure is very poor on the 3rd floor. The tv room was great and made for a great atmosphere and the free breakfast was also a huge positive. The only major letdown was the slow and unreliable Internet which never seemed to work. I would definitely stay again though as the location is perfect.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Stayed here for about 4 nights. Location is pretty easy to find, strategic as it is located in the middle of the city and to know that there is a police station downstairs, you'll feel safe, LOL.

Overall, it's a positive experience. I like the bathroom. Many many cubicles and pretty clean. No need to wait too long during peak hours.

Rooms were pretty average though. Very simple rooms but clean enough. It's one of the good places to choose to stay as price is also alright.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Hi Shelly,
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I was thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 nights in January, and would definately stay here again!
Good central location, friendly staff, and the hostel was pretty clean too! Found it really easy to meet people & would reccomend going on the pub crawl with Molly! Was heaps of fun!

All in all was a great stay, nothing bad to stay & would stay here again!

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Property: The Greenhouse Backpacker
Address: 228 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 139 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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