Hot Opening: Henn-na Hotel

We’ve already heard of robots serving in restaurants and aiding in natural disasters, so why not staffing a hotel? Japanese theme park Huis Ten Bosch is set to open futuristic Henn-na Hotel, aka “Strange Hotel” in July. And guess what? The two-story property will be partially staffed by robots. These “actroids” (that/who can apparently have human conversations) will perform check-in, room service and housekeeping. Other added techy touches include face-recognition door keys, auto air-con that adjusts according to your body temperature, and in-room tablets to control room settings or order services. Will it be the most efficient hotel in the world—or the creepiest?
Rooms prices will work on a bidding system, starting from JPY7,000 ($451). 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Nagasaki, Japan; (+81) 570-064-110,


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Kate Springer

Freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong. Contributor at CNN, Forbes Travel Guide, BBC Travel, Fodor's Travel Guide, superfuture, Tatler, and more.

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