We stayed in a Japaneses hotel staffed by robots

Would you check into a hotel staffed by robots?

The owners of this new hotel in southern Japan hope so. The Henn-na Hotel means “strange hotel” and it’s certainly bizarre.

There’s a mechatronic velociraptor and a female android to check you in. They even bow and speak in awkward English.

A large industrial robot arm supplied by Yaskawa Electric can store your luggage in an automated cloakroom.

The hotel is part of Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed amusement park north of Nagasaki, and has a lot of gimmicky machines -- but that’s part of the attraction, according to the owners.

Aldebaran Robotics’ Nao humanoid is on hand to act as a desk clerk and concierge.

And if you don’t want to deal with human waiters, you can get hot dogs or rice balls from a vending machine

Shades of Westworld

Meanwhile, porter robots developed by Sharp are ready to carry your bags to your room, where a facial-recognition camera system eliminates the need for a key.

By having mostly robot staff, the hotel can keep labour costs down and charge less than other hotels at the theme park.

Rooms start at around 9,000 yen (around £46.50), and demand is already brisk.

The Henn-na Hotel plans to add another wing with 72 more rooms next year, and may even expand overseas. After all, everyone loves dinosaurs.

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