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If you go to this hotel in Japan, you might be greeted by a robotic dinosaur at the front desk. The Hen-na Hotel, near Tokyo Disneyland, is literally named “Strange Hotel,” with “hen-na” meaning “strange” in Japanese. It’s no wonder you walk through its doors to find a dinosaur robot waiting for you.
The dinosaur in the lobby might turn heads, but that’s all part of the fun. It’s not meant to replace a human staff, but it’s more to make the hotel a more whimsical and exciting experience for visitors.
The hotel has 100 rooms in all, and each room has a special little egg-shaped robot meant to help turn on the TV, offer the weather, and help guests with other little interactions meant to make their trip feel like home. There’s even a little talking garbage can in the lobby that can pick up litter while chatting with guests. It speaks Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean as well.
The hotel features keyless rooms with doors that open up with face recognition too, so pretty much every single part of the experience is futuristic and engaging in its approach. It’s all about thinking outside the box and letting fun little robots automate guests’ time at the Hen-na.
This particular robot hotel is the second one that’s opened in Japan, with the first one opening its doors back in July 2015 near a Nagasaki theme park. The owner and designer, H.I.S. Co., is looking to open up 100 additional hotels within the next five years, that will feature at least seven human employees and charging from $123 to $265 nightly. This particular hotel is just about booked for the rest of the month at present, but that doesn’t mean you’re totally out of luck if you’re looking to go to Tokyo Disneyland.
This is a fun an interesting new frontier for staying at hotels, and personally, I’d love to see what it’s like!