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.
- 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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