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Stay at this Japanese robot hotel that has a dinosaur receptionist

Forget the Hilton.


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 16, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 8:25 am CDT

A dinosaur might be checking you in at Henn-Na Hotel, but don’t worry about becoming prehistoric dinner like in Jurassic World—this reptile is just a robot. 

The Guardian reports that the robotic dinosaur receptionist is just one of the many bionic beings at the recently opened hotel in Japan’s southwestern Sasebo. We heard about Henn-na earlier this year, also known as Weird Hotel, but it’s doors are finally open. The venue is pretty much staffed with only robots as part of an effort to use technology to achieve efficiency.

At the receptionist desk, the dinosaur speaks English and lets visitors know to push a button in order to check in. Next to the clawed being is a lady humanoid, which communicates with Japanese-speaking guests. Along with these two bots at the entrance, there’s also a large robotic arm that helps store people’s belongings, a concierge robot that spews out info on events and breakfast, and various other beings that were built in a workshop. 

¡Bienvenido a su suite! En #HennnaHotel, en Nagasaki, #Japón, ¡te atienden #robots! Video: #robot #vacaciones

A photo posted by NEWS (@newsforkids) on Jul 16, 2015 at 10:30am PDT

But the robots are far from the capabilities of the ones from I, Robot. There’s still no machine that can make beds or call cabs.

Hideo Sawada is the man behind the hotel. He hopes to open another robot hotel in Japan and eventually abroad.

A stay at Henn-Na starts at about 9,000 yen ($80). Sounds like a deal to get to do something as cool as being taken care of by a bunch of sentiment appliances. And especially to get to check out that dinobot. 

Does this remind you of #JurassicPark? Fear not for the one you see in photo is a receptionist dinosaur robot performing at the new #robothotel, aptly called #HennnaHotel or #WeirdHotel in #Sasebo, #Japan. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch #amusementpark, is “manned” almost totally by #robots to save labor costs. | AP PHOTO

A photo posted by The Philippine STAR (@philippinestar) on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:50am PDT

H/T The Guardian | Photo via philippinestar/Instagram

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*First Published: Jul 16, 2015, 10:54 pm CDT