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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am an adult traveler who was on a volunteer program with my teen son in Cairns. We have done multiple trips like this and I generally brace myself for this type of lodging, as I am more accustomed to high end hotels. What a great surprise! The service of the front desk honestly matches that from a hotel concierge....

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

Hi Emilie, Wow, what an amazing review. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and tell us how much you enjoyed your stay. It was great having you stay. Happy travels!

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really glad to have chosen to stay here for transit in between flights and liveaboard experience out to the Great Barrier Reef. We stayed here for 2 nights (not consecutively) in a queen size bed room with ensuite, the backpacker location is a stone throw away from supermarket, eateries and The Esplanade, the room was spacious, clean and pleasant to...

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

Hi Derrick, Wow, thanks for the great review. We thought you were incredible too. We hope to welcome you back soon so we can share even more of our great city with you.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed staying at the Northern Greenhouse during my stay in Cairns. I had stayed in another hostel prior to this one, and by far I preferred Northern Greenhouse. Honestly, you really get your money's worth here. I went on one of the free trips that they offer daily (seriously, take advantage of them!) and it was lovely. I...

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

Hi Ariana, Wow! Thanks for the great review. The team was thrilled to read about how much you loved our free tours and the stay. We hope you do come back to Cairns soon, so we can show you some more famous tours. Happy travels!

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 10 December 2016

My son and I were doing a Father and son adventure tour and decided to spend 3 nights here in our own room. It was very clean, well priced, at a perfect location. Great staff and there is breakfast included, which proved handy when we had to leave at 630am one morning for a white water rafting tour. Other reviews...

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

Hi Scotty, Thanks for the great review! It is amazing to hear we could help make your father son adventure so enjoyable. Hope you enjoyed the rafting. Happy travels!

Reviewed 6 December 2016 via 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...

Thank Rebecca P
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 December 2016 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...

Thank Michelle M
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 28 November 2016 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...

Thank Julie I
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 23 November 2016

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

Thank Claire Y
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

Thank muelchow
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.

Thank Karen W
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!

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  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Breakfast included
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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: £14 - £35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Northern Greenhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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“we wanted an apartment and there are only a few to chose from”
 of 5 bubbles 662emiliek, 15 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms on the ground floor might be cooler during the day.”
 of 5 bubbles DerrickNgMel, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If you're a girl traveling alone, I really liked the 6-bed all female dorm personally. They're usually not full, so it's really nice.”
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“If you want a quiet room ask to be away from the decking / kitchen area.”
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