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The robot dinosaur receptionist. | ©  Aflo/REX/Shutterstock
The robot dinosaur receptionist. | © Aflo/REX/Shutterstock
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The Rise of Robot Hotels in Japan

Picture of Peter Ward
Tech Editor
Updated: 16 March 2017
Ever wanted to be greeted at your hotel by a pair of robot dinosaurs? You may want to consider taking a trip to Japan, where robot hotels are popping up all over the country.

The travel agency H.I.S. Co. opened the Henn na Hotel this week near the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu. The name comes from a play on the Japanese word for strange, and the hotel certainly doesn’t disappoint in that respect.

The Urayasu hotel is not the first robot dinosaur establishment to open in Japan, however. The same company opened a similar hotel in Sasebo, Nagasaki, in 2015. The original hotel was recognized as the first “robot-staffed” hotel in the world by Guinness World Records. A third hotel is planned to be opened in central Japan this summer.

The floor-cleaning robot | ©  Aflo/REX/Shutterstock
The floor-cleaning robot | © Aflo/REX/Shutterstock

“Having robots in charge of the reception and placing robots everywhere, we aim to make it the most efficient hotel in the world,” Hideo Sawada, founder and chairman of H.I.S., said during an opening ceremony, according to Japan Times.

H.I.S. aims to open 100 more robot hotels, including some outside of Japan, within the next five years. The hotels aren’t run exclusively by robots; human staff are available to see to guests’ needs and to help maintain the 140 robots.

Besides having a robot dinosaur at reception, the hotels also use facial recognition technology to check-in guests, a robot porter capable of taking their luggage to the room, a floor-cleaning robot, and feature sensor panels in rooms that check body heat and adjust the temperature controls accordingly.