World’s first robot-staffed hotel to open in Japan

A theme park in typical Dutch style has unveiled plans to open the modern hotel with robot staff.

By: Press Trust of India | Tokyo | Updated: February 8, 2015 5:56 pm
Robots, japan robots, Human like robots, Huis Ten Bosch, Japan, japan news, world news, world trending now, indian express The hotel will be partially staffed by what are termed ‘actroid’ androids – remarkably human-like robots who will be able to greet, carry luggage to rooms, make cups of coffee –and even smile. (Source: AP photo)

A robot-staffed hotel, said to be the world’s first, is set to open in Japan in July where guests checking into the futuristic facility will be greeted and served by remarkably human-like robots.

Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in typical Dutch style in terms of its architecture in Nagasaki Prefecture has unveiled plans to open the modern hotel with robot staff and other advanced technologies to significantly reduce operating costs.

The hotel will be called Henn-na Hotel, which translates as Strange Hotel. The hotel will be partially staffed by what are termed ‘actroid’ androids – remarkably human-like robots who will be able to greet, carry luggage to rooms, make cups of coffee –and even smile.

The robots will be able to speak Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English. According to the park, the first phrase of the two-story hotel will open on July 17 with 72 rooms. The second phrase will be completed in 2016 with an additional 72 rooms.

The hotel will have three robots that will act as receptionists apart from four service and porter robots, and others engaged in menial tasks such as cleaning.

“We’ll make the most efficient hotel in the world,” boasts Huis Ten Bosch president Hideo Sawada. Sawada says he hopes robots will eventually run 90 per cent of the property.

“In the future, we’re hoping to build 1,000 similar hotels around the world,” says Sawada, CNN quoted Japan’s Nikkei News as saying. Other features will help make Henn-na the most futuristic low-cost hotel in the industry, according to the company.

Guestroom doors will be accessed by facial-recognition technology. Amenities provided in rooms will be kept minimal. Guests can request items through a tablet when needed.

Instead of air-conditioning, a radiation panel will detect body heat in rooms and adjust the temperature. Solar power and other energy-saving features will be used to reduce operating costs.

Room rates will vary depending on demand. Instead of being presented with a fixed price, guests will bid for rooms during peak season. The highest bidders will secure rooms, though there will be a price cap on bidding.

The hotel says room fees at opening will be from 7,000 Yen (USD 60) for a single room to 18,000 Yen (USD 153), the highest possible price after bidding, for a triple room.

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First Published on: February 8, 2015 3:34 pm
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    bender
    Feb 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm
    Hit it with a stick!
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      Derek Taylor
      Feb 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm
      Skynet is coming soon
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        Alex Wheaton
        Feb 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm
        The hotel is going to open in "phrases"???
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          Cnn Banned
          Feb 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm
          And so it begins....
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            Christopher Begeman
            Feb 9, 2015 at 12:35 am
            This should do wonders for employment.
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              Carmi
              Feb 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm
              That robot looks remarkably like a toy, especially the mouth.
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                ErikMartin-Reddit
                Feb 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm
                anese are still inferior people
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                  James Krause
                  Feb 8, 2015 at 7:31 pm
                  Cool
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                    James Krause
                    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:31 pm
                    Cool! =D
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                      James Krause
                      Feb 8, 2015 at 7:32 pm
                      Interesting! =)
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                        Joan
                        Feb 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm
                        The robots are taking people's jobs, but can't replace people! I prefer people!
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                          thejoe
                          Feb 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm
                          And just where will the people work when you do all this, if people don't make money to spend and robots don't spend how d you keep your country going, the rich can only spend so much you need middle cl to keep a country going. no ry no business no country.
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                            John Warren
                            Feb 8, 2015 at 8:55 pm
                            Why did this news story have to come out while I was reading this book? :www.amazon/How-Survive-Robot-Uprising-Defending/dp/1582345929
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                              Karlrb
                              Feb 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm
                              I consider Erik-Martin's post as sick.
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                                Denizen
                                Feb 8, 2015 at 8:14 pm
                                If I were in an, I would definitely stay at the Henn-na Hotel just to check that out!
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                                  Lola Udabor
                                  Feb 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm
                                  Really?
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                                    robert
                                    Feb 8, 2015 at 9:18 pm
                                    Exactly! Ugghh.
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                                      robert
                                      Feb 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm
                                      Taking away jobs and just creepy!
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                                        robert
                                        Feb 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm
                                        Yep, exactly. If this becomes a trend, the world will begin to collapse. Economy is already shot, how about creating jobs, not taking away from!
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                                          Scott Reed
                                          Feb 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm
                                          West world and future world rolled into one. :)
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                                            Stephen H
                                            Feb 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm
                                            Man, that's one creapy bot.
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