TOKYO: A hotel in Japan has become a cynosure for visitors for its extremely unusual feature – dinosaurs and robots welcoming the visitors at reception.
It is the second hotel in Japan to be run by robots although there is human staff to help maintain the 140 devices on site.
The first ‘Henn-na hotel,’ which literally means “strange hotel” in Japanese, opened in Nagasaki in 2015 and was recognized as “the first robot-staffed hotel” in the world by Guinness World Records.
Each room has a special robot which recognizes guests and suggests ideas. Room rates start at $122 (INR 8000 approx) a night for two. The company behind the hotel has global aims for the business model and is planning to open a third robot hotel this year.
Manager Yukio Nagai says the ‘hen’ in the hotel’s name which means strange in Japanese can also mean change, and illustrates the hotel’s potential to evolve.
The hotel main evolving attraction, he added, is the AI robots in every room.
Room rates begin at 14,000 Yen ($122 USD) for two people per night.