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Nov 02, 2018 08:00 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Alibaba Switches On First Smart Hotel

A robot serves a guest on Monday at Alibaba’s futuristic FlyZoo Hotel in the eastern city of Hangzhou. Photo: IC
A robot serves a guest on Monday at Alibaba’s futuristic FlyZoo Hotel in the eastern city of Hangzhou. Photo: IC

Robot receptionists and facial recognition-powered door locks. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has unveiled its “hotel of the future.”

FlyZoo Hotel has an evocative name in Chinese: Feizhubuke, which sounds close to “Facebook” in the language and can be loosely translated as “staying here is a must.”

The two-block, low-rise hotel will open its doors to guests by the end of the year. It’s located in the company’s headquarters compound in western Hangzhou, the touristic capital of Zhejiang Province. The hotel is near a national wetland park and is less than an hour’s drive from downtown.

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