The 264-room BreakFree on Cashel opened in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand. The $30M project - which also sees the hotel reach a Grade A seismic rating – embraces the city's history with the interior showcasing recycled timber salvaged from Christchurch buildings demolished following the earthquakes the city experienced, including timber from the old stands at the Lancaster Park sports stadium.
The refurbishment and redesign of the hotel has been underway since new owners – Auckland based Russell Property Group and an investment partner – purchased the property in January 2014. Christchurch-based Dalman Architecture undertook the architectural and interior design of the property.
The hotel incorporated new technologies, including interactive digital entertainment systems enabling guests to mirror their smartphone on the TV screen via the Smartview App for social media interaction, as well as music and videos through iTunes, YouTube or Netflix. Complimentary wireless keyboards are available for loan from reception.
Hotel facilities include “pod style rooms” as well as the addition of traditional hotel rooms located on the top floor executive level. There is an interactive café/restaurant and bar; breakfast room and guest lounge; conference room catering for up to 80 people and two boardroom style meeting spaces with capacity for 20 people; 24-hour reception; Internet kiosk; guest laundry; and onsite parking.
Mantra Group also manages the Peppers Clearwater Resort situated seven kilometers from the center of Christchurch. BreakFree on Cashel brings the total number of Mantra Group hotels in New Zealand to 11, but this is the first traditional hotel concept under the BreakFree brand. The group also manages BreakFree on the Point and BreakFree The Waterfront both in Queenstown as serviced apartment properties.