Tokyo hotel Henn-na has become the first hotel in the world with robotic staff to record in the Guinness Book of Records.
Japan is the world leader in robotics and therefore it is not surprising that this news has just come from here. Part of the hotel name, “Henn” in Japanese means “change”. And the hotel does not opt to change from regular hotels. In addition to the dinosaur robots at the reception, each room is equipped with small robots. They act as helpers and do everything from switching channels to playing music.
In the “Concept” section, you can find the following sentences: “For efficiency gains, most of the staff are robots. Enjoy conversation with these friendly and friendly robots while performing their work effectively.”
As the hotel looks good, it captures the following video.
Inside the Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots
Nowhere is this more evident than at Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel, a hotel run by robots that opened this year. Walk into reception and a mechanised dinosaur will guide you through check-in; go to your room and a luggage bot will wheel your suitcase along beside you; get ready for bed and your own robot companion will turn out the lights.
Henn-na Hotel CEO Hideo Sawada sells his offering as part of a utopian vision where robots take over manual labour so humans can turn their attention to more creative pursuits. Replacing staff with robots might reduce labour costs, but their appeal to visitors needs to last beyond novelty value.
Motherboard host Ben Ferguson checks into the robot hotel in the first episode of our new travel series Voyager, made possible by travel tool KAYAK (http://www.kayak.co.uk/). The robot workers he meets are courteous and communicative, but can they emulate the human warmth of their flesh-and-blood counterparts? Could robots really be our future holiday companions, or do man and machine ultimately get lost in translation?
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Hotel price and reservations
If you look at a hotel page on Booking.com where you can find the rated guests, the robotic experience praises, especially the reception with robotic dinosaurs. The hotel is relatively close to Disneyland, and as the guests say if you are going to visit just that, this hotel is a perfect addition to the experience. The price of accommodation depends, of course, on many factors, but not even the cheapest room of the hotel is less than 200 EUR per night.