Tokyo: A robot-staffed hotel, said to be the world’s first, is set to open in Japan in July where guests checking into the futuristic facility will be greeted and served by human-like robots.
Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in typical Dutch style in terms of its architecture in Nagasaki Prefecture has unveiled plans to open the modern hotel with robot staff and other advanced technologies to significantly reduce operating costs.
The hotel will be called Henn-na Hotel, which translates as Strange Hotel. The hotel will be partially staffed by what are termed ‘actroid’ androids remarkably human-like robots who will be able to greet, carry luggage to rooms, make cups of coffee and even smile.
The robots will be able to speak Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English.
According to the park, the first phase of the two-storey hotel will open on July 17 with 72 rooms. The second phase will be completed in 2016 with an additional 72 rooms.
The hotel will have three robots that will act as receptionists apart from four service and porter robots, and others engaged in menial tasks such as cleaning.
“We’ll make the most efficient hotel in the world,” boasts Huis Ten Bosch, president of Hideo Sawada who hoped that robots will eventually run 90 per cent of the property.