Visitors to Nagasaki’s Huis Ten Bosch amusement park now have another hotel to choose from aside from the Hotel Europe, Hotel Amsterdam and Hotel ForestVilla. Henn na Hotel (Strange Hotel), which opened on July 17, 2015, offers an entirely different experience for visitors. Designed in cooperation by Kawazoe Lab, the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo and Kajima Corporation, the hotel is staffed by approximately 80 robots and 10 humans who function behind the scenes to supervise security and cleaning. Hence, the hotel is touted as a futuristic, low-cost hotel since they are apparently saving on labor costs.
With 144 rooms, the hotel offers guests some futuristic fun with rates starting at ¥9,000 per night.
The front desk is staffed by two robots, a female robot, which looks quite human and a velociraptor. The female robot only speaks Japanese so, if you require a staff member who speaks English, you will have to deal with the velociraptor. Self-service check-in and check-out terminals are also available for those who want to avoid stopping off at the front desk or waiting in line. There are several service robots, 2 porter robots, a locker robot and numerous cleaning robots.
After you check in, the robotic porter will take your bags and escort you to your room. The hotel employs a facial recognition system to unlock your room’s door. For those that are unwilling to surrender to this technology, swipe cards are available. The rooms employ simple comforts and minimal amenities. The air-conditioning responds to your body temperature, motion sensors control lighting and other amenities can be controlled using a tablet. A small lamp-sized character beside your bed serves as your robotic concierge. The character is named Tuly and can provide you with the weather report, instruct you on how to control the lighting and set your alarm for you.
If you want to store your bags while you stroll the park, there is a large robotic arm similar to the robots found in animated factories that will take care of your luggage for you. If you are in the mood for a snack, pop into the Smart Café. It is rumored that the hotel is working on plans to have drones fly snacks to hotel guests in their rooms eventually.
All in all, the Henn na Hotel is an interesting and yet another only in Japan experience that should not be missed.
Guests can reserve rooms online through the hotel’s web page: http://www.h-n-h.jp/en/
Address: Huis Ten Bosch, Hausutenbosu-machi, Sasebo 859-3243 Nagasaki Prefecture