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


Henn na Hotel, known for its eccentricity and staffed entirely by robots in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan will open on 17 July.

The 144-room hotel has a modern design and features amenities that are necessary for guests, and those that can be operated through a tablet.

Upon entrance, guests are welcomed by an English speaking 'robotic dinosaur' receptionist, along with a Japanese speaking female humanoid with blinking lashes.

"Upon entrance, guests are welcomed by an English speaking 'robotic dinosaur' receptionist, along with a Japanese speaking female humanoid with blinking lashes."

Guests will be provided with a touchscreen panel to get their booking information, while a robotic trolley will take luggage to the room.

The robot staff also includes a robotic arm, which is placed at glass quarters in the lobby. It is being used to stack luggage into the wall, which is used as a locker.

Kokoro Company, Aldebaran Robotics, and Yasukawa Electric are some of the companies that helped Henn na Hotel with robot employees.

The Henn na Hotel uses a facial recognition system to provide access to rooms, which eradicates the need for keys. Guests who do not want to use face recognition technology can opt for an IC card instead.

According to the creators, the smart hotel project aims to reduce construction and labour costs, while use of solar power to power the property has helped the company cut down on fuel and light expenses.

According to reports, the cost of staying at Henn na Hotel starts at 9,000 yen ($80), which is nearly half the amount required to stay at other hotels in the city.