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The Greenhouse Backpacker
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Stayed here for 6 months, from the start of October 2011 to April 2012. The location of the hostel couldn't be any better, you are right by Federation Square and Flinders Street Station which is the Central Hub for the transport system around Melbourne. The hostel itself is very good, the tv room and area on the 6th floor are where everyone socializes, as well as the rooftop which on a nice day is good for sunbathing! The rooms are pretty basic but it's just somewhere to sleep so its fine. The receptionists are helpful on the whole but some of them aren't the most friendly, once asking to borrow cards off them was met with "why don't you lot buy your own?" At the hostel there is roster drawn up for people staying there to clean the kitchen, or common area on different nights for which they get a nights free accommodation. A great idea but unfortunately the night manager decides the roster and he displays extreme favoritism. My name was down on the list since for months and I never got given any days to clean, with the occasional day here and there when the person supposed to be doing it couldn't. The shifts were always given to girls who used to complain about doing it - very frustrating.
The hostel often runs events which are good, such as the pub crawl and the free meal (usually pasta). Breakfast is provided free between 7-9 every morning and there are pancakes on a sunday morning also. This is a nice touch and starts the day off well with free cereal, tea and bread for toast. The kitchen on the whole is good but can get very messy which is due to people staying there not the hostel. Free access to computers is a big plus, its supposed to be 30 minutes a day but whenever one is free you can always jump on.
Overall I would recommend this hostel as its location is unbelievable and you will be well placed to see all of Melbourne. The rent is around 217 a week during summer which is decent value for Melbourne city centre.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2012

Hi Tottey,

I was glad to read that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I have passed it along to our team here.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Good location close to central Melbourne trendy cafes close by.
Free Meal not good at all.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

First off, it's a hostel. Know what to expect when you stay at one.

I booked a double for one, because it's still a great deal. Room was clean and nicely sized, nothing too comfortable, but again, it's just a place to lay your head at night. No windows, which was a bit irritating, but I would've just been looking at the side of the next building anyways. Bathrooms were clean, up-to-date. Kitchen was clean, although I only used it for storing beer and leftover kebab. They do breakfast once in a while, decent, but you need to get there quick. The etiquette of fellow travelers in regards to kitchenware and behavior was questionable, but that's not the fault of the hostel.

Staff was friendly and helpful. They have events almost every day, take advantage of them. Cut-price AFL tickets and the pub crawl were both good times, and really inexpensive. In-house travel booker was helpful as well, found a nice daytrip.

Location couldn't be better for a visitor to the city. Right in the middle of everything, a block from Federation Square, a 10 minute walk from the MCG. Very secure - aside from advanced locks, it's right on top of a police post. Rooftop was a nice place to catch a smoke, eat, or just look out over the city.

Negatives? The WiFi was free, and you could get it in your room... sometimes. Very tempermental, but I wasn't there to surf the internet anyways. One sink in the bathroom was busted, but there were 3 others. The one lift was acting strange, sometimes would stop a few inches above or below level, and was down for a day or two.

All in all, a pretty good experience. I wouldn't recommend it for families, couples would be iffy, and would avoid it for business. But solo or friends? It'd be a horrible idea to not consider the place.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

This was the first hostel that i stayed in when coming to Oz and it was actually recommend to me by a friend who now lives Melbourne and i'm so glad that i chose this hostel to stay in. Firstly value for money defiantly!! $35 a night but you get so much for that, I've stay in a lot of hostels for roughly the same money and this one is so clean, rooms clean, lockers, bathrooms best that I've used in oz, great common rooms, free breakfast and WIFI and also the open air roof top as well. Secondly the feel of the place chilled, relaxed and very homely also such a great vibe it just makes you wanna get up and enjoy every day!!!! and last but not least the staff again amazing!! makes you feel so welcomed, as helpful as anyone can be to whoever you are and such a great laugh and when the staff are that good it always makes the hostel that much better as well. I've made some amazing new friends since I've stay here and also friends for life!!!! IF YOUR STAYING IN MELBOURNE DON'T GO ANYWHERE ELSE!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

This was one of the worst hostels we stayed in 3 months. To start positive: the location is great, in the centre Melbourne. We didn’t like the room without windows and noisy till late. The kitchen is not always available because some evenings they were making free meals and then you can’t use the kitchen. Kitchen was often dirty. Fridge is very full and some items of use were stolen. When we told the reception they were not interested at all. The security camera didn’t work, they told us.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jonathan L, Public Relations Manager at The Greenhouse Backpacker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2012

Hi Jacky,

Thank you for leaving your feedback. Sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay with us. In the year since your visit we have renovated the hostel, upgraded our kitchen and more. Thanks again and if there is anything else you wish to ad, please feel free to call or e-mail us.

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Reviewed 27 March 2012

First hostel in Melbourne I stayed in & i'm so glad I chose this one!! It's centrally located, clean and definitely secure! Nice big kitchen, welcoming communal area and of course the roof top where I met some lovely people :) Pub nits & pasta nits included! Not to mention the helpful staff throughout!! Free Wi-fi & best rooms are on the 4th floor especially the corner ones where you get heaps of light, which of course you can block out when you want to! Bathrooms were cleaned regularly and hot water was never an issue, no matter how full the hostel was! Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Will definitely return !!

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

I have stayed at 12 diff hostels across Oz and this is by far the best, clean room, the beds are sooo comfortable and sturdy as in if i roll over i don't move the person below me, the social areas are brilliant too with the massive TV room. I Defiantly recommend this hostel!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about 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 #31 of 153 Speciality Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range: $33 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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