Theme park to get hotel staffed by robots in Japan

hotel with robot staff and face recognition instead of room keys will open this
summer in Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture, the operator of the theme park
said. The two-story Henn na Hotel is scheduled to open July 17. It will be
promoted with the slogan “A Commitment for Evolution,” Huis Ten Bosch Co. said.

Henn na Hotel at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, shown here in an architect’s
illustration, will have robot staff and a novel auction process for
reservations in peak seasons. | Credit: KYODO

name reflects how the hotel will “change with cutting-edge technology,” a
company official said. This is a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the
Japanese word for change. Robots will provide porter service, room cleaning,
front desk and other services to reduce costs and to ensure comfort.

will be facial recognition technology so guests can enter their rooms without a
key. “We will make the most efficient hotel in the world,” company President
Hideo Sawada told a news conference. “In the future, we’d like to have more
than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots.”

single room will be normally priced at ¥7,000 per night, while a twin room will
run ¥9,000. If the hotel looks like it will be filled during the peak season,
potential visitors will have to bid for the price they are willing to pay. The
highest one wins, although there will be an upper limit of ¥14,000 for a single

first building in the complex will open in July with 72 rooms, followed by
another 72-room building next year, the company said. The theme park in Sasebo
uses actual-sized copies of old Dutch buildings to bring the experience of the
Netherlands to Japan. (source:


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