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The Northern Greenhouse

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

This hostel was amazing value for money - it's so so clean and actually employs external staff to clean it daily (rather than trading feee accommodation to travellers). The wifi is quite good and there is a pool too. It's within walking distance to the centre - 10 mins max where there is wifi everywhere. Could fault this hostel as...

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Rebecca, Wow, we thought you were amazing too. Glad you liked our free tours, we change them around every now and again, so we hope you can come back soon and see the new ones!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived to Cairns on Saturday night. Checked in and headed straight down to the pool area where there were a group of people having some drinks. Everyone was lovely and very sociable, giving tips on where to head for the best nights craic. We headed to the Irish bar and the Woolshed which was brilliant. The hostel is in an...

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Michelle, Thanks for the great review. Great to hear how much you enjoyed our big bathrooms and comfy beds. We hope we can welcome you back soon, so we can share more about our great town with you. Happy travels!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed my stay at this hostel. Great location, close to bars & restaurants but far enough away that you can get a good night's sleep. Rooms were clean, beds were comfy, bathrooms were decent size and you also had your own locker & kitchen area. Nice communal area with free wifi. Didn't really use kitchen facilities but did make...

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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Julie, Free breakfast is a nice bonus. One of my favorites is looking out over the pool from the deck at dinner time. Sorry to hear you found your room a little hot, we've looked into this and it looks like it is already being fixed. Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the rooms here are fantastic, alays clean. they have their own kitchen areas, fridge and lockers in the room. staff were friendly and helpful. not the most social hostel but that could have been down to the huge group of students staying there at the time, who only spoke to eah other

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Claire, Great to hear you thought our rooms were fantastic. Friendly and helpful is certainly what we aim for. Sorry to hear you didn't get a chance to mix and meet other travellers, did you check out our free tours? Thanks for the feedback.

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 26 October 2016

- Great place for staying if you are one or more people. - Bit noisy because some room is closed to public area - Located in centre - Room toilet share with roommates. - Little kitchen with refrigerator

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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Muel Chow, Sorry to hear you felt the room could get a little noisy, I've spoken with the team about it and they said to let you know on your next visit and they will try to put you in the rooms furthest from the deck. The kitchens are pretty handy. Thanks for the review!

Skive, Denmark
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the hostel for 3 nights and we absolutely loved it. The staff was friendly, the price for the room was reasonable and the lobby and kitchen area was really nice and made, so that it was easy to meet other people.

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Karen, Thanks for the review! We absolutely loved you too. Meeting fellow travellers is one of the many awesome things about staying in hostels, so it was great to hear you enjoyed that. We hope to welcome you back or to one of our other hostels soon. Happy travels!

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Me and a couple of friends stayed here for a week in August in a 6-bedroom dorm. The rooms were really spacious and clean, with lockers, and storage for each bed. En-suite bathroom was great and the room had a fridge, sink and cupboard too. The communal space is lovely and spacious and had a relaxed atmosphere. It has a...

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Julia, Thanks for an awesome review! We take a lot of pride in taking care of our guests so it is always great to read about how much it is enjoyed. We hope we can welcome you back. Happy travels!

Hong Kong
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I loved the pool area and the chill out area next to the kitchen. Sunday night there was a free BBQ, which was awesome and made people hang out in the common area. The rooms are clean and there are lockers and bathrooms in each room. I enjoyed staying in the 6 bed female dorm. Had a great time in...

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Eva-Christina, Thanks for leaving a review. Hanging out on the deck with guests is so awesome, sometimes we get distracted and want to join the guests. Have an amazing journey and remember to connect with us next time you're in Cairns or Melbourne as we would be happy to welcome you back.

Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Staying in the Northern Greenhouse was my first time in a hostel and I'm left with very few complaints! I stayed in a 6 bed girls dorm which was clean, and had lockers to store my personals. Only issue was faulty room keys, but would recommend!

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Monica, Welcome to the fun world of backpacker hostels! We think our guests are awesome so it's always amazing to read reviews like yours. Thanks again and hopefully we can welcome you to our hostels in Melbourne and New York too. Happy travels!

Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I stayed in the six person dorm and it would have been really nice but, when the room was full, someone had to sleep such that the air con blew directly on them whenever it was on. This meant that we turned it off over night so the temperature climbed and climbed all night and I could not sleep past...

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Jonathan L, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review

Hi Lizzie, Glad to hear you thought our hostel was lovely. We've often thought of ourselves as a little chilled, but sorry to hear that you were a little uncomfortable during your stay. We are looking into this now. Thanks for the feedback!

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
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 

Additional Information about The Northern Greenhouse

Address: 117 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shooting Star Apartments)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $23 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Northern Greenhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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“If you want a quiet room ask to be away from the decking / kitchen area.”
 of 5 bubbles Katen49, 26 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Its all good”
 of 5 bubbles ThelastJourneyman, 23 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Go to the free activity days”
 of 5 bubbles moniquew105, 4 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Obviously the less people in one room the quieter but all rooms are quite good depending on your budget.”
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“If you stay in a double room, ask for one on the upper floor!”
 of 5 bubbles stimela, 15 Sep 2014 | Read review
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