A stay at a robot hotel: Henn-na
Henn-na Hotel is the world's first hotel primarily staffed and run by robots! It is within decent walking distance of the front entrance to Huis Ten Bosch. Once you finish checking in, though, you can walk onto the back lawn of the hotel, down a little path for a couple minutes, and enter the theme park from the back - a much quicker route.
A Gundam-ish robot stands guard outside the front door of the hotel. Inside, there are more robots! At the front desk, at least one of the clerk robots will speak English - when I went it was the velociraptor. You can actually use the self-checkout kiosk for an easier time but the robot will repeat the instructions at random.
My friend and I arrived early enough in the day that our room wasn't ready just yet, but a human staff member appeared (out of nowhere it seemed! very mysterious) and kindly offered to store our luggage in their office temporarily. As for our smaller carry-ons, we knew we didn't want to lug those around Huis Ten Bosch all day either - and that's when we discovered the robotic arm locker service! For a small fee you can choose to give a helpful robot arm your belongings to store in a locker - which is impossible for anyone else to get to, as you see.
We booked a standard room which is the smallest, but it still felt very roomy, and the beds were extremely comfortable. There's an option to have facial recognition software scan your face to enter your room instead of a key card, but we were a little nervous to rely on that method, haha. I still think that sounds really cool though!
Each room comes with a tablet and a small Tuly robot that also controls the lights. You can interact with Tuly via the tablet or by speaking to her out loud, though I believe she only responds to Japanese. You can ask her questions or sing to her, and she'll sing back. It was a little tricky to communicate to Tuly that we wanted to turn the lights in our room off and go to bed...she kept on singing! So the technology isn't perfect just yet.
Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into this very unique hotel. I recommend checking out the website as they have some video clips of the robots in action!
Website: (available in both English and Japanese)
Address: 〒859-3243, Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
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