The company also runs the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, where the hotel is located.
From the front desk to the porter that is an automated trolley taking luggage to the room, this hotel in south-western Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” nearly totally by robots to save labour costs. Well, depending on how you perceive dinosaurs or eerie human-looking robots. Henn na Hotel as it is called in the Japanese was shown to the reporters on Wednesday, which will be open for public from Friday.
“You are sure to sense the warmth that these robots exude when chatting with them as they efficiently go about their duties”, the website says. According to the wire service, this technology was implemented because robots are not yet very good at finding lost keys.
Robots working at the hotel will be helping to check guests in, carry bags to rooms and operate locker rooms.
On opening day at Henn na Hotel, 10 robots will be on staff. Multilingual humanoids, with hair coiffed and eyelashes batting, will greet guests upon check-in.
Japan’s Weird Hotel also features facial recognition technology at the doors, so you’ll only be allowed into your room, and not someone with your key.
Japan is a world leader in robotics technology, and the government is trumpeting robotics as a pillar of its growth strategy.
“And they still can’t make beds”, said Sawada, who has also engineered the rise of a popular affordable Japanese travel agency.
All 72 rooms of Henn na Hotel, which have modern minimalist looks, were designed by Yoshiyuki Kawazoe, associate professor at the Institute of Industrial Science in the University of Tokyo. Moreover, there is a lamp-sized robot in every room, nicknamed Tuly for its fat, pink tulip shape, which can provide information on time and weather, turn the lights on and off, and even give guests a wake-up call.
The first robot staffed hotel opened last week in Japan. He is also keen to add other languages, such as Chinese and Korean, to the robots’ vocabulary.