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& And Hostel Opens in Kawabata Arcade, Fukuoka

A very unique hostel, “& And Hostel”, opens tomorrow, Aug. 19, along the covered Kawabata Shopping Arcade in central Fukuoka. Last night, we were given an advance look.

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While most hostels are bare bones in terms of features and amenities, & And Hostel is definitely not. Produced with cooperation from a university and private technology sector companies, this is Japan’s first “smart” hostel.

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Some of the rooms are outfitted with an array of gizmos and gadgets, some very functional and others maybe more for fun. Basic bunk bed dormitory accommodation starts at just ¥3,000 per night (without IoT). Private rooms with IoT (internet of things) features run from ¥9,500 to ¥12,800 per night.

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Guests use an application on their smartphones to lock and unlock their rooms, and to control the air conditioning, lighting, aroma diffuser, audio/visual, and a “robot concierge” (called “Bocco”) that acts as an intercom to the front desk (there are around 10 different kinds of IoT devices in total).

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Usually, each IoT device would need its own app (so for 10 devices you would need 10 apps), but & And Hostel has developed its own app (&IoT Platform Application), which allows you to control multiple IoT devices in your room using the one app.

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On the first floor there is a restaurant lounge which is open to not only guests, but the public as well.

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Published: Aug 18, 2016 / Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016

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