Henn-na Robot Hotel

A robot hotel (billed as the "World's First") will be opening in a Japanese theme park.


(Actroid robot ready to serve you)

Apparently learning nothing from a longstanding and highly regarded canon of dystopian fiction, the Henn-na Hotel will be partially staffed by artificial humans called 'Actroids.'

The hotel will be located inside the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, just outside the city of Nagasaki, which has the general aim of recreating a stereotypically Dutch town...

Three androids will serve as receptionists, four will be porter and service robots, and others will work as cloak room attendants and cleaners...

The minimum room rate will be a surprisingly reasonable ¥7000 (£40), which is significantly cheaper than other hotels in the park. This might be because the use of androids cuts running costs.

Fans of sf great Harry Harrison may recall the Robotnik from his 1970 novel The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge:

As soon as we had landed and our baggage had been disgorged, a robocab took us to the Dosadan-GIup Robotnik. This was the local branch of a planet-wide chain of hotels that specialized in non-human service. Everything was mechanized and computerized. Human beings presumably visited them once in a while to check the gauges and empty the tills, but I had never seen one although I had used these hotels quite often, for many obvious reasons. I had occasionally seen other guests entering or leaving but we had avoided each other's gaze like plague carriers. The Robotniks were islands of privacy in a sea of staring eyes.

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