September Travel News: Henn-na, The Robot Hotel

There’s so much weirdness here that it’s difficult to pin it all down. Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan. What is the theme, exactly? The Netherlands. Within this 376-acre Dutch town replica-slash-waterpark, you will find Henn-na, a hotel staffed by dozens and dozens of robots. A small number of humans work there as well, but you may never see one. At check-in you may be greeted by a pleasant female robot, or a velociraptor robot—it’s impossible to say which is more disconcerting—and then something that looks like a cross between a vacuum cleaner and a gas pump will bring your luggage to your room. Novelty is not the only benefit of automation: Henn-na’s goals are energy efficiency and conservation. As you’ll read on their concept website, “In order to reduce waste, we provide the minimum necessary to remove useless amenities.”  And make no mistake, the velociraptor makes that possible. Visit h-n-h.jp/en for reservations, or a chuckle.

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