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August, 2018

mi-pad Queenstown, New Zealands first fully smart hotel has opened
its doors in the heart of Queenstown.

MIPAD Holdings Ltd has opened mi-pad Queenstown, a next generation,
energy-conscious hotel experience for the smart traveller and the
ultimate marriage of technology, sustainability, comfort and

The six-storey hotel features 57 stylish and well-appointed rooms with
the latest in-room tech, multiple social spaces and an impressive
rooftop terrace.
And the key to mi-pad Queenstown is that there is no key.

Guests booking their stay download the hotels personal app mia and
their smartphone becomes a room key, meaning physical check-ins (or
check outs) are a thing of the past.

Mia also has a range of other tricks up her sleeve, with the app enabling
guests to set temperatures and mood lighting in their room (even
remotely), request room service or alert hotel staff that they dont
want to be disturbed.

Access to the hotel is available 24/7 thanks to the technology. Once
guests are settled in, mia transforms into a personal digital concierge,
delivering the latest information on events, activities or offers and
encouraging them to experience the best of this stunning destination.

The $15m John Blair-designed hotel is in the heart of Queenstown, less
than a two-minute walk from the vibrant centre with its hundreds of
bars, restaurants and activity operators set on the shores of stunning
Lake Wakatipu.

The mi-pad hotel concept is the brainchild of Queenstown property
developer Lewis Gdanitz and is the fruition of three years of hard work.

mi-pad is the result of 15 years of research, travelling the world and
finding the places that did accommodation really well, he says.

Im delighted that weve been able to deliver a property thats unlike
anything else on offer in New Zealand, operating on a premise of
affordable luxury delivered using the latest technology.

Im also very proud of the eco-conscious initiatives we have in place
for every aspect of the operation.

MIPAD Holdings Ltd is a joint venture between Lewis and experienced
hotel investment and development company TJK NZ Ltd, owner of
luxury boutique hotels The George in Christchurch and Regent of

TJK NZ CEO Stephen Borcoskie said the company had a proud pedigree
of leadership in, and commitment to, the New Zealand hotel industry.

Our goal is to always exceed customer expectations by excelling in
service delivery, and were thrilled to be entering the Queenstown
market which consistently leads the way in delivering world-class
experiences and lifelong memories to visitors from around the globe.

It makes perfect sense to open a unique property like this in

Hotel manager Kylie Hogan has 20 years experience in international
resort management.
Were offering an innovative, connected hotel experience for smart
travellers whod prefer to spend their hard-earned dollars on
experiences rather than pay over the odds for accommodation, she
We appreciate that they want to keep in touch with family, friends, or
colleagues whether theyre here to ski their hearts out, check out bike
trails, enjoy some world-class golf or award-winning wines.
mias the key to all of that, the complete package for guests who want
to have fun like a local.
The hotel hasnt forgotten the basics of ensuring guests get a great
nights sleep, with Queen beds, clever storage options, smart TVs and
bathrooms featuring organic products and top-of-the-line hair styling
Guests can have as much or as little interaction with mi-pad staff and
other guests as they like, including the option to share experiences,
photos or messages through mias private chat group.
A floor-to-ceiling social wall in the hotels entrance lobby also
features mias latest updates and guests shared experiences.
Although there are snacks and breakfast options available within the
hotel, mi-pads owners made a conscious decision to keep F&B services
to a minimum to encourage guests to savour the towns renowned
But if they prefer to order-in or BYO, the hotels best kept secret is its
huge rooftop terrace with an outdoor fireplace, plentiful seating and
wraparound 270-degree views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding
The terrace is exclusively available to guests and is the perfect spot to
enjoy an outdoor dining experience or luscious wine with some of the
best views in town.


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