Japan’s robot hotel opens its (automatic) doors

Update: 6:14PM TOKYO – When the reception desk is staffed by a robot dinosaur, the chances of a room upgrade are going to be fairly slim.

That hasn’t stopped the first guests checking in to what’s billed as the world’s first robot hotel.

The five-star Japanese Henn-na Hotel — a name that translates as Strange Hotel — this week opened its doors to bemused visitors to Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture.

Humanoid robots greet Japanese-speaking guests at reception, while English-speaking guests are met, for reasons that aren’t exactly clear, by a robotic dinosaur.

The robots are said to be able to engage in intelligent conversations.

More functional droids are on hand to cart luggage to the hotel’s 72 rooms, staff luggage lockers and clean.

Tipping, thankfully, does not compute.

The hotel is currently in its first phase. A second stage is due to be completed in 2016 adding an additional 72 rooms.

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