Jukkasjärvi, Sweden: Ice Hotel 2015 

[PHOTO] Meet the Faces of Japan’s First Robot-Staffed Hotel


Via Mat SmithEndgaget has a gallery of photos



Japan Hotel Features Robot Receptionists


Interestingly, the robots have been made to look like dinosaurs

 writes: Step aside, receptionists. Robots are coming to get you. At least, that’s what’s happening at a hotel in Japan. Called Weird Hotel, the place of business uses robots in order to cut costs, according to the Associated Press.

“I wanted to highlight innovation. I also wanted to do something about hotel prices going up.”

— Hotel owner Hideo Sawada

The owner of the hotel, Hideo Sawada, says robots are used to boost efficiency, too, and not as a gimmick to attract tourists. Interestingly, the robots have been made to look like dinosaurs. “If you want to check in, push one,” it says in English. The visitor then needs to enter their information into a touch screen. Read the rest of this entry »

Survey Finds 85% of Chinese Consumers Say They’ve Given Up Shark Fin Soup

"Next they'll be coming after my tail! Can't we start a similar public awareness campaign about lobster bisque?"

“Oh, great. Next they’ll be coming after my tail.”

[VIDEO] ‘Air Champagne’: California Hotel Uses Drone Delivery Service

SAUSALITO, Calif. (CNN/KRON) — A swanky California hotel is offering decadent, high-tech accommodation in the hopes of luring high-end guests.

“I think the drone is currently not part of everyone’s life, but as technology moves forward, we certainly foresee something that could be part of everyone’s life.”

That includes a unique way of delivering room service, via a drone.

You can see in the video that the drone is holding two bottles of champagne — on their way to guests. It’s a flying bell hop.

“I think we’re going to set ourselves apart,” said hotel manager Sieste Nabben.

Nabben is the general manager of Casa Madrona, the hotel and spa that is offering the drone delivery service. Read the rest of this entry »

[PHOTO] Passenger Jet Converted into Luxury Hotel in Costa Rica Rainforest


An old Boeing 727 passenger jet destined for scrap has been salvaged and converted into a luxury hotel suite. Picture: Caters News


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Python kills security guard outside luxury hotel in Bali

Bali Hyatt Hotel

Bali Hyatt Hotel

The lush Indonesian island of Bali is a tropical paradise full of world-class hotels, amazing beaches and ridiculous yoga retreats. It’s also home to the occasional terrorist bombing (2002 and 2005) and, of course, killer pythons.

Python / Getty Images

Python / Getty Images

One of those pythons strangled a security guard to death outside the Bali Hyatt, a luxury hotel in Bali’s Sanur area on Friday, reports the Daily Mail.

The victim, 59-year-old Ambar Arianto Mulyo, was an employee at a restaurant nearby.

He managed to capture the 15-foot-long snake, which had for awhile been menacing the hotel (which is, thankfully, closed for renovations until 2015).

Mulyo spotted the snake and successfully got his hands on the serpent’s head and tail. Then, however, he made the fatal mistake of hoisting the python on his shoulders.

The snake wrapped itself around Mulyo in a flash and suffocated him.

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National Housing Board Orders Fire Alarms to be Installed in Hotel Made Entirely of ICE

The best nanny state order ever?

IceHotelJazz Shaw writes: Sweden has a tourist attraction simply known as The Ice Hotel which gets constructed every winter in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna. Built entirely out of blocks of ice by a collection of artists, it draws a lot of visitors who presumably don’t mind freezing their backsides off just for the fun of staying there… So how does this relate to the problem of nanny state regulations? Well, this year The Ice Hotel will be equipped with one additional feature.

Sweden’s Ice Hotel has been ordered by the National Housing Board to install fire alarms, despite being made completely out of frozen water. The Ice Hotel, which is rebuilt every year in northern Sweden out of enormous chunks of ice from the Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna, will this year come equipped with fire alarms – and the irony isn’t lost on the staff.
“We were a little surprised when we found out,” hotel spokeswoman Beatrice Karlsson told The Local.
“But we do understand. Safety is a primary concern for us. There are indeed things that can catch fire, like the reindeer skins, the mattresses, and the pillows.”
While it might sound crazy that a building made of water needs to be equipped with fire alarms, the fact that the hotel is built from scratch every year means it needs to abide by the rules that apply to every new building, rules set by the National Housing Board (Boverket).

There’s really not much left to add, I suppose. Except to say that if you built one in New York, they’d probably need the same equipment plus about 500 union sign-offs before you could erect it. Here’s a video of the project with a few of the artists who are carving it. Enjoy.

Hot Air

Protecting Everyone From Themselves

Not so much to save lives as to forestall litigation


I’ve encountered these hyper-saftey suicide-proof hotel windows! They suck! Oddly enough, the one place I can recall finding a hotel that didn’t have prison-like windows was in, of all places, Vancouver, Canada. I could walk right out on the balcony, like a free person, at my own risk. What luxury! It led me to speculate that Canadians are less litigation-crazy, and don’t have the compulsion to over-manage the safety of their guests. I’m glad to see someone address this, and use it as a basis to discuss what it represents. Check out Taki’s Magazine for Dalrymple‘s full essay. Here’s an excerpt:

Theodore Dalrymple writes:  Of recent years I have noticed something rather peculiar about hotels. Nowadays they treat their guests as if they were all potential suicides: that is to say, as if their first thought on arrival in their rooms was to jump out of the window. To protect against this mass suicidal mania of hotel guests, the hotels have installed windows that cannot be opened more than a few inches, which means that the rooms are stuffy and airless. Read the rest of this entry »

EXCLUSIVE: Ahmadinejad relaxing in N.Y. Hotel Room