NAGASAKI, Japan — Japan’s Huis Ten Bosch theme park is set to become home to a hotel exclusively run by robots.

The Henn-na, which translates to strange hotel in English, will be a 72-room property staffed by robots working as receptionists, servers, porters and housekeepers.

Following the motto “A commitment for evolution,” the tech-savvy hotel’s guests will access their rooms via facial recognition and adjust room temperatures with the use of radiation panels, eliminating the usage of air conditioners. The room will be equipped with other solar-powered energy-saving features, and guests will be able to request extra amenities and food through a tablet.

“We’d like to draw visitors to this setting, surrounded by nature, by establishing a smart hotel, which could be something we could spread through Japan and the world,” a spokeswoman for the Huis Ten Bosch theme park told the U.K.’s Telegraph.

Since labour costs are minimal, a room night will cost just US$60, and if the hotel reaches capacity, rooms will be auctioned to the highest bidder (up to US$150).

The Henn-na is scheduled to open July 17.


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