Barbie Hsu has hotel named after her
IT is not exactly the Taj Mahal, but S Hotel may well be a monument of love for the Weibo set.
Last week, Chinese businessman Wang Xiaofei opened the Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, which he has dedicated to and named after his wife, Taiwanese actress Barbie “Big S” Hsu, China Times reported.
Converted from a rented building, S Hotel has more than 100 rooms in Starck’s white modern style, with bathrobes, bed linen and other amenities chosen by Hsu.
It has a Nordic restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Mikkel Maarbjerg and, in the lobby, there are photos of Hsu and her sister, television host Dee “Little S” Hsu, Apple Daily said.
In opening a hotel in Taiwan, Wang’s primary goal is to break even, he was quoted as saying by China Times. He also hopes that Taiwanese will one day recommend S Hotel to their foreign friends.
The couple married in 2010 and have a three-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy. At the opening ceremony, which Starck attended, Hsu, 40, quashed recent rumours that she is pregnant.
She stressed that she had ful- filled her social duty by having two children and would not have a third child. In fact, she said she and her husband had reached a consensus that he would have a vasectomy.
To which Wang, 35, said: “I’m still busy with the hotel, there’s no hurry.”
His wife clarified: “I’m not rushing him into it. This is also a major life event. We’re considering whether to have the surgery in Beijing or Taiwan.”
As he spoke on tourism in China and Taiwan at the ceremony, she told a joke about S Hotel’s name at her sister’s expense.
“If business is good, it’s Big S Hotel. If business is bad, it’s Little S Hotel.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
Hsu and her husband, businessman Wang, at the opening of S Hotel in Taipei. — Big S Studio/Weibo