Ashford Castle voted world’s best hotel

Ashford Castle voted world’s best hotel
News from Irish Independent:

Pól Ó Conghaile

Published 13/08/2015 | 07:19

Ashford Castle, which re-opened after refurbishment this April. One of the newly refurbished rooms at Ashford Castle, recently voted the world’s best hotel Ashford Castle Niall Rochford, Ashford Castle manager with staff members from left to right, Mark Gibbons, Reece O’Toole, Bernie O’Byrne, Paula Stakelum, Robert Bowe, Paul Coyne, and T.J Mulcahy, the Hotel is reopening this Friday after a major reinvestment. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2015

Ashford Castle has been voted the world’s No.1 hotel by one of the travel industry’s leading luxury networks.

The announcement was made last night at the Best of the Best Aw…………… continues on Irish Independent

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Inside Japan’s first robot-staffed hotel
News from The Guardian:

Who are you calling a dinosaur? Huis Ten Bosch President Hideo Sawada with robot ‘staff’ at the Henn-na Hotel in Sasebo, Japan. Photograph: The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

News of the world’s first hotel staffed by robots, which opened last month near Nagasaki, Japan (where else?), immediately went viral, but few of the reports actually involved a visit. I went along last week to see if Henn-na hotel lived up to the hype.

I arrive at 2.55pm. All is quiet. Behind reception is a motionless but lifelike girl robot wearing a cream jacket and a smirk. She has a sign saying “only Japanese”, so I approach another robot, this one designed, bizarrely, to look like a velociraptor and sporting a bow tie and a bellhop hat. I say hello. Nothing. I wave and he stares past me, his arms outstretched but unmoving.

“I’d like to check in please,” I shout, wondering if the robots are voice-activated. A door opens to the right and a real live human in a black T-shirt appears. “Check-in is 3pm” he says, and goes back into his room.

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