Are You Being Bot Served?

Muchaneta Kapfunde | @FashNerdEditor

Whilst the rest of us are still busy trying to get our heads around which fitness wearable is right for us, the Hen-na Hotel in Japan is embracing the i,Robot future with impressive tech determination.


Being the fashionable tech geeks we are we know that we would love to check into Hen-na Hotel and be greeted by a rather amiable robot eager to please us. Besides giving its patrons a memorable stay, the Robots at the hotel are designed to provide porter service, room cleaning and front desk management.

“We will make the most efficient hotel in the world” said company president Hideo Sawada, “in the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots.” (reported by Japan Times)

[quote_center]”In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots.”[/quote_center]

The Hen-na Hotel, which in Japanese translates to strange hotel, customers will be using facial recognition to unlock their room, which is a great perk for those who are always misplacing their key. With 142 rooms planned, the first 72 room complex  is scheduled to open on 17th July 2015 and the second 72 room complex will be completed by 2016.


With the Robots replacing human employees the labour costs will be at a minimum, which means the rooms will be available at cheaper rates. A night at the Hen-na hotel will cost you £40 per night ($60 | 7,000 yen) for a single room and £53 per night ($80 | 9,000 yen) for a twin room. The third price is a twist, during busy season all rooms will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Lastly, Japan is not the only country opening theme parks and hotels with cutting edge technology. South Korea is will reportedly open the world’s first theme park devoted entirely to robotics and artificial intelligence. The theme park will be called Robot Land and is set to open in 2016.