The continuing renaissance of Christchurch is set for further rejuvenation with Mantra Group announcing it will manage the fully reconstructed 263-room hotel located at 165 Cashel Street when it reopens in April 2015 as the BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch.
The hotel, formerly the All Seasons, was a highly successful concept and the largest hotel in the South Island, however it remained closed after the February 2011 earthquakes.
An extensive 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. This includes an expanded ground floor café/restaurant and the inclusion of a number of high quality traditional hotel rooms located on the top floor executive level.
Property Group managing director Brett Russell said it was pleasing to be part of the Christchurch resurgence.
“A total investment of over $30m has been committed to the project, which will also see the hotel reach a Grade A seismic rating, incorporate a new exterior façade and provide an active and expanded ground floor opening onto Cashel Street.
“This will undoubtedly revive what is arguably the city’s most popular hotel by offering modern and vibrant, yet a highly affordable accommodation for the tech-savvy business and leisure traveller.”
Christchurch & Canterbury CEO, Tim Hunter, said with the city centre revival, visitors are returning to see the new inner city take shape.
“With the $40 billion rebuild gathering momentum and 90 per cent of the pre- earthquake tourism activities back in operation the city is being enjoyed by many more visitors this summer.
“More than 35 new restaurant, bars and cafes have opened in the inner city in the past six months, fantastic new architecture is emerging and Christchurch is again becoming a focal point for tourism in the South Island.”
The remodelled BreakFree on Cashel is strategically and centrally located to capture a diverse range of corporate and leisure business.
The hotel is in close proximity to the revitalised Cashel Mall and in the vicinity of many new and exciting projects currently underway; the Justice Precinct; the Central Bus Interchange; the new sports stadium and the Convention Centre.
The hotel features a conference room catering for up to 80 people and two boardroom style meeting spaces with capacity for 20 people. The redevelopment incorporates some of the latest smart technology throughout the property, including high-definition and interactive digital entertainment systems and advanced communication and information capabilities.
Plans for self check-in kiosks to be implemented late 2016 will further provide guests with capabilities rarely experienced at such affordable levels.
Mantra Group CEO Bob East noted the importance of the development both to the city of Christchurch and to Mantra Group’s New Zealand network.
“Christchurch is fast returning to the vibrant tourism and business precinct for which it has been known.
“We are pleased to have a significant presence in the city’s resurgence by filling a gap in the accommodation market with the 263 room BreakFree on Cashel; the largest 3-4 star hotel in Christchurch,” he said.