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The Northern Greenhouse
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Lived in Cairns for nearly 5 months working as a backpacker travel agent, so i know most of the hostels in town, and have had reviews from nearly all of them from customers or being there myself!!

I've personally stayed at 3 in town but this Hostel EXCEEDS all expectations. The rooms are all the same 6 bed dorms, but gives you clean spacious accommodation, all ensuite with a little kitchenette and fridge provided in the rooms. The Hostel itself has a big communal kitchen, dining area and lounge which has comfy seating and shows DVDS, the pool is nice and big for a quick cool down and they provided trips and BBQ's throughout out the week!! Don't forget the FREE functioning WIFI...BONUS!!

I have nothing bad to say about this hostel!! And only 30 seconds from city centre but in quiet peaceful surroundings!!

BOOK all your TRAVEL needs down at WICKED TRAVEL, mention the lucky word 27 for great discounts and deals on day trips in Cairns and East Coast packages :o)

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2012

Hi Dog_27,

Thanks for the review. I was thrilled to read that you enjoyed your stay so much. Did you know we have our own travel desk inside the hostel too?
Thanks again.

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Reviewed 10 September 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights in a 6 bed dorm and couldn't fault it, it was very clean and relaxed and the reception staff were so helpful and friendly. The free wifi was great too!
We'd recommend the Billy Tea Safari to Cape Tribulation!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

I am staying at the Northern Greenhouse for ten nights with my daughters. We absolutely love it! We have a very spacious family room that includes a kitchen with all the amenities (even a freeze compartment and microwave) and a very nice bathroom. The room is clean and has excellent beds. The girls especially love the swimming pool that is open until 10 pm and deep enough to practice diving (less appropriate for small children though).

The hostel is very quiet even though it is located in the center of Cairns, within short walking distance of the lagoon, loads of shops and restaurants, the bus terminal and train station and the marina, which makes taking tours and trips easy. Lots of free activities are organised, including trips to Ellis Beach (including snacks), a very interesting guided trip to Crystal Cascades and the Botanical Gardens. Every Saturday morning there are pancakes for breakfast and every Sunday evening a free barbecue! The hostel has a large deck next to the kitchen where a movie is shown twice a week and where you can eat, play pool or hang out and enjoy the free wifi. The organised trips are a nice way to get to know other hostel guests.

The hostel generally has a very nice and relaxed atmosphere which is mainly thanks to its main asset: the excellent and very friendly staff! Both the receptionists and the travel agent go to all lengths to make your stay as enjoyable as possible and really make you feel welcome.

In all, we can say that the Northern Greenhouse is like a home away from home. If we ever come back to Cairns, we will not stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2012

Hi Pauline,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Excellent hostel. Rooms very clean and spacious. Relaxed atmosphere and a very good kitchen area. Free barbeques on Sundays and very good free WIFI. Right in the centre of town so you are only a couple of minutes walk from the main bars and clubs, but far enough away for the hostel to be quiet at night. Great upper deck common room area and pool and free pool table!
No complaints here - we stayed twice!

Room Tip: A couple of rooms don't have working WIFI as they are behind a huge wall. If this is an issue ma...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

I was here just over a week and loved this hostel.
Free wifi (uncommon in oz), air conditioning. En suite dorms, bar, huge kitchen and dining area, events daily and nightly, swimming pool. Just minutes from the bars and 5 minutes walk to the lagoon. Lovely place to chill out after partying in cairns :)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2012 via mobile

Twin rooms are basically hotel rooms. There is daily room service including fresh towels. Great pool and deck. Most of the staff were very friendly. Secure car park. Dorm rooms were also good but a little more tired looking.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

This was my second stay at the Northern Greenhouse between July 20 and August 2. (my first was in July last year). It was kind of like a holiday within a holiday as I had to change rooms, so that was kind of like an adventure in itself. Everything is pretty much the same as it was last year - Free breakfast everyday, free WiFi, Free Activities (trip to Crystal cascades, Flecker Botanic Gardens, Ellis Beach, etc.), Free BBQ Sunday arvo (we could go back for seconds once everyone in the line had their 1st's - if there was any food left!), and much more. Best value for money. If you're traveling up to Cairns by train, it's only 2 blocks away from the main shopping centre/train station, and the popular night spots are well within walking distance (or depending how inebriated one is, pedicab or staggering distance)

The only minor complaints I had was the fact that the Bar had closed down due to a lack of customers, the fact that the second room looked out on to nothing but a brick wall (the good thing was the bathroom came with a holdable/movable shower head) and the fact that I couldn't get a refund for a cancelled trip to Port Douglas (but the staff were very apologetic and polite about the issue).

Apart from those little gripes. I had an epically AWESOME time and will definitely be coming to stay there again in the near future. (hmmmm I wonder what the maximum time is that one is allowed to stay at the greenhouse...)

Room Tip: If you get a private room, make sure its upstairs overlooking the pool!
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about The Northern Greenhouse

Address: 117 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shooting Star Apartments)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: £14 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Northern Greenhouse 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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 
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