Many people associate Japan and especially Tokyo with modern and cutting-edge technology. While this stereotype is not always correct, in some cases, it is spot-on. The Henn Na Hotel is a superb example of a fine illustration of Japanese modern tech. In this robot hotel, it is not people but humanoid robots who greet and serve you. They do look a lot like actual humans, and that makes this hotel a must-see for anyone who is interested in futurology.
First Robot Hotel
In Japan, there is a wide variety of hotels, from traditional Japanese-style ryokan to large Western chain hotels. Among all this diversity there is one especially special hotel that has several branches in Tokyo. Usually, there are no human employees at the reception. But at these hotels, clients are served by humanoid-looking robots instead.
It is called Henn Na Hotel which, translated to English would be ‘Strange Hotel’. The hotel is one of the most innovative franchises in the hotel industry in the world. As indicated before, it does not require people to man the reception since the entire process of check-in and check-out is done by robots and an electronic tablet. Foreign guests will only need their passports to register. The whole process is explained by the robots, and it is also written on the tablet for extra clarity.
What to Expect
Furthermore, the lobby has a fishbowl that is not inhabited by normal fish but with robots that move through the room with their futuristic appearance. The elevator can only be used with the electronic key in the form of a card, in this way the security of the customers is reinforced.
The rooms are not very spacious, but they are quite clean and cozy. Each room is equipped with a smartphone designed to help tourists plan their trips. They also have a special machine for customers’ clothes that improves their condition and eliminates wrinkles.
Breakfast varies depending on where the hotel is located, there are several hotels in Tokyo. In the case of the Asakusabashi branch breakfast is in an Indian restaurant meaning that you can enjoy a Japanese, American, or Indian-style buffet.
Henn Na Hotel is in Guinness World Records as the first hotel in the world to use robots as employees. The robots are real-looking and can speak Japanese, English, Chinese, and a few other languages. Staying at this hotel is definitely a unique experience, and it is especially recommended for those who wish to enjoy an unusual experience.
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