Henn-na: World’s first hotel staffed by robots to open soon in Japan
A very unique hotel is all set to open on July 17, 2015 at Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. Named Henn-na Hotel which translates to Strange Hotel in English, it will be the world’s first hotel to be staffed by robots that will look like humans. During the first phase of the project, we will see the opening of a two-story hotel with 72 rooms in July this year. If the experiment comes out as a success, there are plans to open a similar robot-powered hotel with 72 rooms in 2016.
The visitors will be greeted by four “actroid androids” or human-looking robots at the reception desk of the high-tech hotel. Capable of engaging in an intelligent conversation with the human guests, the robot staff at the reception will look like a young Japanese woman. They will be able to speak in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English and will be capable of making hand gestures and reciprocate your eye movements. Besides them, there will be four service and porter robots, an industrial robot serving as a cloak room attendant and several cleaning robots.
Good thing is that, the rooms at the world’s first hotel staffed by robots will start at a low 7,000 yen (US$60). The cheaper rates are possible because of free labor cost and power-saving equipment such as LED lights and renewable energy. Guests looking for this unique experience can bid for the rooms online through the hotel’s website.