back to top

This Robot-Operated Japanese Hotel Will Take You To The Future

How much would you tip robot hospitality?

Posted on

True to its name, the Henn-na Hotel, which translates as "Strange Hotel" in English, is a low-cost establishment in southern Japan that's truly challenging current hospitality practices.

"Welcome to Henn-na Hotel, how may a robot help you today?"
Huis Ten Bosch

"Welcome to Henn-na Hotel, how may a robot help you today?"

The hotel is operated mostly by human-inspired machines, like this lovely looking lady at the front desk.

Essential human staff are also present, like for security and for the premium room keeping service. Basically, humans do the job that non-humans can't do (yet).
Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Essential human staff are also present, like for security and for the premium room keeping service. Basically, humans do the job that non-humans can't do (yet).

Or maybe you prefer this return-from-extinction fellow to serve you. Warning: he may bite!

Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Your luggage is whizzed off to your room on these wheels.

Most low-cost hotels don't even have bellboy service!
Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Most low-cost hotels don't even have bellboy service!

In true Japanese style, the rooms are sleek and minimalist, making your stay comfortable and practical.

Huis Ten Bosch

And in true futuristic style, these keyless rooms unlock using facial recognition.

Key cards are available upon request, though.
Huis Ten Bosch

Key cards are available upon request, though.

The hotel encourages guests to "enjoy conversations with robots with a humanly kind of warmth, while they work efficiently."

Huis Ten Bosch

The future is truly here, where valuables are protected in this highly-secure and efficient cloak room.

Shizuo Kambayashi / AP
Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

And yes, your food is also handled by robots.

There is no kitchen on site at the moment. A "cafe" area is available and small snacks can be bought at the "smart kiosk" -- a vending machine.
Huis Ten Bosch

There is no kitchen on site at the moment. A "cafe" area is available and small snacks can be bought at the "smart kiosk" -- a vending machine.

  1. Would you stay in... the future?

    Flickr / Shibuya246 / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: shibuya246
    Correct
    Incorrect
    YES! YES! Booking a room. Stat!
    Correct
    Incorrect
    No thanks, I need the human touch.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later
Looks like we are having a problem on the server.
Would you stay in... the future?
  1.  
    vote votes
    YES! YES! Booking a room. Stat!
  2.  
    vote votes
    No thanks, I need the human touch.
Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.