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September 7, 2015

New Zealand Prime Minister opens new 264-room hotel in Christchurch

New Zealand prime minister John Key has officially inaugurated a 264-room hotel named BreakFree on Cashel in Christchurch.

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New Zealand prime minister John Key has officially inaugurated a 264-room hotel named BreakFree on Cashel in Christchurch.

Claimed to be the city’s largest hotel, BreakFree on Cashel has a spacious lobby that serves as a combined reception, lounge, bar and restaurant, as well as unique pod style rooms and high quality traditional hotel rooms located on the top floor executive level.

The hotel incorporates the latest smart technology, including high-definition and interactive digital entertainment systems that allow guests to mirror their smartphone on the TV screen through the Smartview app for social media interaction.

In addition, the guests can listen to music and videos through iTunes, YouTube or Netflix, and borrow complimentary wireless keyboards from reception.

"Developments like BreakFree on Cashel are crucial to inspire the confidence to invest in Christchurch and entice the return of visitors."

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said: "Developments like BreakFree on Cashel are crucial to inspire the confidence to invest in Christchurch and entice the return of visitors."

Other hotel facilities include a contemporary interactive cafe/restaurant and bar, breakfast room, guest lounge, conference room catering for up to 80 people and two boardroom style meeting spaces with the capacity for 20 people.

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The hotel also has a 24-hour reception, internet kiosk, guest laundry and onsite parking.

Mantra Group acquisitions director Michael Moret-Lalli said: "The hotel provides a glimpse of the future urban hotel design incorporating the important elements that make a great hotel – a clever use of space; comfortable quality beds; and seamless social spaces that integrate lifestyle and technology."

The hotel has been undergoing extensive refurbishment and redesign since being acquired by Auckland-based Russell Property Group and an investment partner in January 2014.

The $30m project also aims to help the hotel reach a Grade A seismic rating. The architectural and interior design elements were undertaken by Christchurch-based Dalman Architecture.

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