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San Diego, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here twice-wouldn't return after my second stay. The outside area is great-nice and spacious, comfortable couches, and the location in town is good. Loved the private bathroom in the dorms. The bed/pillow comfort, cleanliness and service were so-so. With the exception of the friendly guy working 1/27/17 in the morning who helped me with diving reservations because the...

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

Hi Brie, Sorry to hear you had some air-con problems during your stay. We wish you would have decided to come down and let us know, as we could have fixed it for you. We hope we can welcome you back soon to show you our great town.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my stay at this hostel - thanks to Dave in Sydney for the recommendation :) Felt like a friendly motel, was a really nice surprise after some of the other hostels I previoulsy stayed in. The location is great, close to bars and restaurants, to the night market and to the esplanade but far enough from the party...

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

Hi TravellingNutter77, We would like to give your review A++++++ too. When I showed our North Queensland Manager, he e-mailed it to everyone to share the pride. Great to hear you loved your stay and we hope to welcome you back a third time :)

Madrid, Spain
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's in the center of town and accessible to everywhere. It was probably a motel before and turned into a hostel. I was told most rooms are 6 bed dorms with ensue toilet. Pros: Big kitchen, 24 hr front desk, 24 hr aircon, pool table, swimming pool, parking, travel desk, not a party hostel, relaxed environment, fridge in room, all...

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Reviewed 15 January 2017

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....

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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 8 January 2017

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...

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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 January 2017

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...

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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...

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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...

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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 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...

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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 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...

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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!

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
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: £15 - £37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Northern Greenhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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“Try to get a dorm room with a lower bunk available-I had terrible luck with top bunks here.”
 of 5 bubbles BrieLBC, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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.”
 of 5 bubbles 275arianae, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If you want a quiet room ask to be away from the decking / kitchen area.”
 of 5 bubbles Katen49, 26 Aug 2016 | Read review
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