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Robotnik Automated Hotel  
  A fully-automated hotel; no human interaction required.  

When you're on the run, and you don't want questions, where can you go?

As soon as we had landed and our baggage had been disgorged, a robocab took us to the Dosadan-GIup Robotnik. This was the local branch of a planet-wide chain of hotels that specialized in non-human service. Everything was mechanized and computerized. Human beings presumably visited them once in a while to check the gauges and empty the tills, but I had never seen one although I had used these hotels quite often, for many obvious reasons. I had occasionally seen other guests entering or leaving but we had avoided each other's gaze like plague carriers. The Robotniks were islands of privacy in a sea of staring eyes. They had certain drawbacks, but I had long since learned to cope with these. To the Robotnik we went...

Cash in advance was the rule at the Robotnik with any balance returned upon departure. A bellboy robot, armed with a key, rolled out and showed us the way, throwing the door wide with a blare of recorded trumpets as though it were announcing the second coming...

From The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Pyramid in 1970
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Compare to the automatic hotel from Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan in 2003.

Thanks to Arivne for the tip on this item.

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