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The Greenhouse Backpacker
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Madrid, Spain
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Not as great as I hoped”
Reviewed 27 January 2012

When you stay alone at a backpacker, the value of your experience depends on things outside the reach of the place you are staying at, as for example, the people you have to stay with. And that is why I don't give it a lower rating.

Anyway, Greenhouse is located at a great spot in the best city of Australia. The staff is friendly (not as much as promised, they seemed very busy those days), and it seems clean enough. But details like waking up in the morning with a cockroach in your face are the reason I can't have good memories of this place.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2011

I have stayed here many times on trips to Melbourne for Formula 1 and during other times. Staff are always friendly, check in/out is pretty effortless and the rooms are pretty good value. I have never actually used the kitchen here, so I'm not sure how good it is. The main upside to Greenhouse is the location; a short walk from everything you would ever need, right in the CBD.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this review, 28 February 2012
Hi Steve,

Thank you for your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your stay."
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Paris, France
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2011

This place was really not much.
- The kitchen was really (but really !) disgusting eventhough it was cleaned twice a day. What does that say for the guests staying there ?
- No oven in the kitchen. How do we cook a pizza ???
- Our first room was windowless !!! For the same price, we had a much better room the next day.
- Guests were very loud, drinking and yelling until late at night on the rooftop. Could hear them quite well.
- Loudspeakers with announcements from reception throughout the hotel. What is this, 1984 ???
- The wireless network was really slow.

Some good points though :
Good mattress
Good location in the city

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fobioid, Public Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this review, 17 January 2012
Hi Alka,
I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your stay. We have made some amazing upgrades recently including a brand new internet system. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.
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Lyon, France
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2011

A great place to stay in Melbourne. First of all, the location is excellent: the hostel is situated right in the middle of the city centre.
We spent 4 nights in a double room and enjoyed our stay here. The staff is cool and friendly, you have free and unlimited internet access, the kitchen is gigantic, there’s free breakfast in the morning, and there’s even a rooftop where you can eat, drink, or chill out…
Very important : it’s clean ! The showers and toilets are regularly cleaned, so you don’t have to worry about it at all.

The only two problems are the dishes (many people don’t wash their own dishes…idiots…) and the absence of windows in the rooms (or, at least, in most of the rooms). So, do not expect to spend too much time in your room.

If you don’t know where to stay in Melbourne, here’s a safe choice. No worries !

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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NorthernGreenhouse, Guest Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this review, 6 December 2011
Dear Pofdega,
Thank you for your review. It was great to read about how much you enjoyed your stay. We are proud to have such a great team who are able to provide an amazing experience. We do have a variety of rooms available, if you would like to book in the future, please talk to our team about it.
Thanks again for your feedback and have a great day.
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2011

I loved this place!! The free breaky is a great idea as it frees up unecessary fridge space with people having to buy breakfeast stuff and its free, what more could anyone want. i found the staff to be friendly and laid back - had an epic time!! Must return again soon!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Thank ajs604
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NorthernGreenhouse, Guest Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this review, 8 November 2011
Hi AJS64,

Thank you for taking a moment to leave your feedback. I was thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay and our breakfast. Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Property: The Greenhouse Backpacker
Address: 228 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 136 Speciality Lodging in Melbourne
Price range (per night): $30 - $99
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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