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“Very good, but there is no public toilet.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Northern Greenhouse
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very good, but there is no public toilet.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

The location is great. Close to everyting, but the street itself is not that noisy (except when they clean the streets, but that doesn't take too long. The staff is wonderfull and very relaxed. They have no strict reception times, which is a blessing! You can check-in early or late, it doesn't matter. They have free pancakes (not the best, but it will do when you're hungry) on Saturday around 11AM. If there are many people, wait 20-25 minutes and the line will be gone haha. The free barbecue on Sunday at 5 PM is really good! They play movies on Wednesday and Sunday and they fixed the soundsystem, that's nice. They could play a movie every night. Free wifi, but there are a lot of people using it, so your I-phone might not work. Free internet, but is it very slow. They really should replace the computers, that would help a lot. The rooms are allright, but there are no seperate toilets. Everything is ensuite, which is not handy when you are with 6 girls in a dorm. You can use the bar, but it is not always open (ask for the key at the reception, if you really need to go). I would love it, if they also offered a 4-girl dorm. The rooms are a bit small for 6 girls. Maybe they can take the kitchen out of the room and just leave the fridge. You can smoke on the balcony (each room has one, which is great) and near the nice swimming pool.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2011

Rooms: 6 beds with ENSUITE TOILET! That's fantastic compared to some places that have the whole level sharing 1 toilet. CLEAN ROOM AND BED. very important to me.

Freebies: WIFI IS FREE!! out on the deck you get free unlimited wifi which is awesome. Free breakky and pancakes on Saturday, BBQ on Sunday and all sorts of places you can go to for free just sign up at the reception. Crystal Cascades on Monday, Botanic Gardens on Tuesday.. etc

Friendly people, young crowd, relatively quiet enough to sleep well yet enough activity to make the place feel lively. Nice pool for dips in summer.

Location, 5~10min walk to Cairns Central where you can find Coles and lots of other shops. 5~10min walk to the lagoon and the fleet terminal where all the boats are. Right opposite the cinema. Right next to Rusty's markets.

All round good backpackers to stay at.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Angela_K09
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NorthernGreenhouse, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, 6 December 2011
Dear Angela,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I was thrilled to read about how you enjoyed your stay and our ensuites, free wifi, food and trips.
Thanks again for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you or your friends back soon.
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Cologne, Germany
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

I really liked the stay here! It felt like staying in a hotel with free widi and a great pool.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jannekanne
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NorthernGreenhouse, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, 6 December 2011
Dear Jane,
Thank you for your kind comments. It was great to see you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

I would go back to Cairns only to stay here!
The staff is very friendly and helpful, the rooms are really huge and clean. They provide big baskets to store your stuff and lockers in every room. The beds are very comfy and have very big mattresses.
There are heeps of freebies such as breakfast, pancakes on Saturday, BBQ on Sundays and many trips around Cairns you could join for free.
The Northern Greenhouse is definitely the cleanest hostel I have stayed at in Australia.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carrot745
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NorthernGreenhouse, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, 21 November 2011
Hi Carrot745,
Thank you for your review. I was thrilled to read about how much you enjoyed our generous rooms, freebies and service. We take pride in our staff and hostel.
Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

I quite enjoyed my stay in the Northern Greenhouse. Happily situated in the centre of town, but by no means a 'party hostel'. A bit lively and very relaxed. Has a nice area to chill out and a good kitchen which can get a tad overcrowded at times. Bathrooms are ensuite which is nice. Big baskets under the beds for luggage, lockers and a huge mirror on the wardrobe. Lockers have plug sockets inside. Sink and fridge in the room too. Also a small balcony. Free BBQ was great. Quite a lot of long term residents so its pretty popular. Pool on the ground floor. Oh and FREE wifi. Everything was pretty clean. Tour desk and reception was helpful and friendly. Would def recommend!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TrustMeImATraveller
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NorthernGreenhouse, Guest Relations Manager at The Northern Greenhouse, responded to this review, 15 November 2011
Hi TrustMeImATraveller,

Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. We take pride in providing a happy and comfortable place for our guests.

Thanks again for leaving your feedback and have a great day.
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Additional Information about The Northern Greenhouse

Property: 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 #6 of 88 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,184 - ₹ 3,089
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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