'weird Hotels' Staffed By Robots To Add 10 Outlets Mainly In Tokyo

'Weird hotels' staffed by robots to add 10 outlets mainly in Tokyo

A hotel chain named Henn na Hotel (weird hotels) isn't scaring away potential guests with its odd-sounding name.

Instead, travel company H.I.S. Co. announced plans on Oct. 16 to open 10 additional Henn na Hotel branches in Tokyo's Tsukiji district, Osaka's Shinsaibashi district and elsewhere between December this year and March 2019.

The hotel chain is famed for being staffed by robot receptionists and concierges.

Offering 100 to 200 guest rooms, the new branches are aimed at tourists and business travelers. The room rate for two people is expected to be 10,000 yen ($88), or less a night per person, the company said.

In Tokyo, the new outlets will open sequentially in the districts of Nishi-Kasai, Tsukiji, Hamamatsucho, Asakusabashi and Akasaka, in addition to an area surrounding Haneda Airport. Two new outlets will open in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi district, while Fukuoka’s Nakasu district and Kyoto Prefecture will also have a Henn na Hotel.

The first outlet opened next to the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, in 2015.

In 2017, two more branches opened in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, and Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture.