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Floating, capsule hotel joins robot hotel at theme park

Not a hotel, not a boat… we’re not sure what you’d call this

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to float on the sea, look straight at the stars, and fall asleep, but do so much more comfortably than Pi or Tom Hanks in Castaway, this new ‘hotel’ will be for you.


A major, Dutch-themed park in Japan plans to launch a new experience in which hotel guests sleep in futuristic, spheric capsules with glass-topped bedrooms that float to an island full of attractions.


The Huis Ten Bosch theme park, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings, hopes to launch the new accommodation offering by the end of this year, Kyodo News Agency reported.


Located in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Huis Ten Bosch is developing a new adventure-filled island of 39,000 sqm, and hopes the new attraction will help draw more domestic and international tourists.


Huis Ten Bosch is not averse to wild concepts; in 2015, the theme park also launched the Henn na Hotel (‘Strange Hotel’), where robots provide porter, front desk and housekeeping services.


A subsidiary of major Japanese travel agency, H.I.S. Co, Huis Ten Bosch says a night in the floating capsule, which will hold up to four people, would cost ¥30,000 ($345) to ¥40,000 ($460) per night.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 13 March 2017

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